• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.6 megapixels
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  • APS-C 365.0mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
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Differences

Samsung NX100 advantages over Sony NEX-C3

Sony NEX-C3 advantages over Samsung NX100

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,083 vs 563 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.2 vs 10.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 31 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.5 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Very small body, refined build. Large sensor for good light gathering. Various low-light shooting modes to improve results. HD video mode with real-time autofocus.

  • Menu-driven interface is sometimes confusing, making quickly finding what you want difficult. Camera may be too small for some.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5

Samsung NX100
Sony NEX-5
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-5
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony NEX-3

Samsung NX100
Sony NEX-3
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-3
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Samsung NX100
Sony NEX-5N
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-5N
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Samsung NX200

Samsung NX100
Samsung NX200
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • More dynamic range
  • Shoots 1080p video
Sony NEX-C3
Samsung NX200
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon EOS M

Samsung NX100
Canon EOS M
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony NEX-C3
Canon EOS M
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
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