The NX100 unit I spent some time with was in the final stages of pre-production. I wouldn’t take the images you see here as the last word on NX100 image quality, but it seems that the camera was pretty close to full production.
I covered a couple of different lighting situations, from inside the Koelnmessse under convention hall lighting to the afternoon sun on a bridge over the Rhine. The NX100 performed well overall. Colors seemed accurate and auto exposure was generally good, even if I saw a slight tendency toward overexposure.
I put the 20-50mm lens’s focal range to work on Cologne’s gothic cathedral.
Details are reproduced nicely, even out toward the edges. The same is true in the images below of locks on the Hohenzollern bridge, both taken with the 20mm prime.
If I can nitpick this early in the camera’s production life, I’d say I saw a tendency toward slight overexposure in challenging lighting situations. That said, it did a good job most of the time exposing the key areas of my images. In the image below, the highlights on the tower in the distance are lost, though neither the person on the bridge or below it are completely lost.
However, in the image below using the 20-50mm, the details on the coins in the bucket are watery. The camera was in Auto ISO mode, and brought the ISO up around 300.
More to come
The NX100 shows a lot of promise. It’s nice to see some outside-of-the-box thinking on features like the i-Function lenses. Some more field use and testing is needed, and since the unit I tested wasn’t completely production-ready, we’ll have to wait for a full analysis.
And while we’re on the subject of review units, I’ll take this one please. Zebra included.
Additional Sample Images
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