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Samsung has launched a new mirrorless camera that allows a user to manually adjust the settings using the lens.

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The NX100 uses some of the technologies found on its predecessor, the NX10, such as an APS-C size sensor and a 3-inch AMOLED screen for easy and clear viewing. However, this new camera has a slimmer body and features the i-Function lens which allows users to control their camera through the lens for the first time. Samsung also claims that the NX100 has one of the fastest AF on the market today and an ISO that is raised to a maximum of 6400.

The unique i-Function Lens incorporates a conveniently located i-Function button which allows users to scroll through manual settings, and a focus ring which is used to easily change parameters for each setting. Users can toggle between shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO by using the i-Function button and ring on the lens, meaning easier and quicker configuration while shooting.

The NX100 also has a lens priority mode which makes switching between lenses easy. Each lens is clearly marked with icons that illustrate their main usages, so beginners can quickly understand which lens they need to select for any given scene.

The lens priority mode provides scene options optimised for the lens being used – for example when a landscape lens is attached, the camera will immediately display the landscape mode. Also, when users change to a specialised lens, the camera would recognise the lens type and automatically configure the settings that would best match with the attached lens. This latter feature would work with specialised Samsung lenses in the future.

Also onboard is a ‘Smart Filter’ function, HD movie recording at 720P, and a ‘Sound Picture’ mode that can record audio when a photo is taken,

The NX100 will be available in Australia from October at RRP $899 for the camera body plus one i-Function lens from a choice of either a Samsung 20mm wide angle Pancake lens or a Samsung standard zoom 20-50mm lens. A bonus Samsung Flash will also be bundled with the body and lens pack for a limited time at launch.

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