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  • Brand: Samsung
  • Product: Digital Camera
  • Model/name: NX100
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

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This user manual includes detailed usage instructions for your camera.
Please read this manual thoroughly.
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User Manual
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Copyright information
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Health and safety information
Handle and dispose of batteries and chargers with care
• Use only Samsung-approved batteries and chargers. Incompatible
batteries and chargers can cause serious injuries or damage to your
camera.
• Never dispose of batteries in a fire. Follow all local regulations when
disposing of used batteries.
• Never place batteries or cameras on or in heating devices, such as
microwave ovens, stoves, or radiators. Batteries may explode when
overheated.
• Do not use a damaged power supply cord, plug, or loose outlet when
charging batteries. This may cause fire or electric shock.
Safety precautions
Handle and store your camera carefully and sensibly
• Do not allow your camera to get wet—liquids can cause serious
damage. Do not handle your camera with wet hands. Water damage
to your camera can void your manufacturer’s warranty.
• Do not expose the camera to direct sunlight or high temperatures
for an extended period of time. Prolonged exposure to sunlight
or extreme temperatures can cause permanent damage to your
camera’s internal components.
Always comply with the following precautions and usage tips to avoid
dangerous situations and ensure peak performance of your camera.
Safety warnings
Do not use your camera near flammable or explosive
gases and liquids
Do not use your camera near fuels, combustibles, or flammable
chemicals. Do not store or carry flammable liquids, gases, or explosive
materials in the same compartment as the camera or its accessories.
Keep your camera away from small children and pets
Keep your camera and all accessories out of the reach of small
children and animals. Small parts may cause choking or serious injury
if swallowed. Moving parts and accessories may present physical
dangers as well.
Prevent damage to subjects’ eyesight
Do not use the flash in close proximity (closer than 1 m/3 ft) to people
or animals. Using the flash too close to your subject’s eyes can cause
temporary or permanent damage.
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Health and safety information
• Avoid using or storing your camera in dusty, dirty, humid, or poorly-
ventilated areas to prevent damage to moving parts and internal
components.
• Remove the batteries from your camera when storing it for an
extended period of time. Installed batteries may leak or corrode over
time and cause serious damage to your camera.
• Prolonged usage of the camera may overheat the battery and raise
the internal temperature of the camera. If the camera stops operating,
remove the battery and allow it to cool down.
• Protect your camera from sand and dirt when using it on beaches or
in other similar areas.
• Protect your camera from impact, rough handling, and excessive
vibration to avoid serious damage.
• Exercise caution when connecting cables or adapters and installing
batteries and memory cards. Forcing the connectors, improperly
connecting cables, or improperly installing batteries and memory
cards can damage ports, connectors, and accessories.
• Do not insert foreign objects into any of your camera’s compartments,
slots, or access points. Damage due to improper use may not be
covered by your warranty.
• Do not swing your camera by the strap. This may cause injury to
yourself or others.
• Do not paint your camera, as paint can clog moving parts and prevent
proper operation.
• Paint or metal on the outside of the camera may cause allergic
reactions, itchy skin, eczema, or swelling for people with sensitive
skin. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the camera
immediately and consult a doctor.
Protect batteries, chargers, and memory cards from
damage
• Avoid exposing batteries or memory cards to very cold or very hot
temperatures (below 0 ºC/32 ºF or above 40 ºC/104 ºF). Extreme
temperatures can reduce the charging capacity of your batteries and
can cause memory cards to malfunction.
• Prevent batteries from making contact with metal objects, as this can
create a connection between the + and – terminals of your battery
and lead to temporary or permanent battery damage. Also, this may
cause fire or electric shock.
• Prevent memory cards from making contact with liquids, dirt, or
foreign substances. If dirty, wipe the memory card clean with a soft
cloth before inserting in your camera.
• Do not allow liquids, dirt, or foreign substances to come in contact
with the memory card slot. Doing so may cause the camera to
malfunction.
• Insert the memory card in the correct direction. Inserting a memory
card in the wrong direction may damage your camera and memory
card.
• Turn off the camera when inserting or removing the memory card.
• Do not bend, drop, or subject memory cards to heavy impact or
pressure.
• Do not use memory cards that have been formatted by other cameras
or by a computer. Format the memory card with your camera.
• Never use a damaged charger, battery, or memory card.
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Health and safety information
Use only Samsung-approved accessories
Using incompatible accessories may damage your camera, cause injury,
or void your warranty.
Protect your camera’s lens
• Do not expose the lens to direct sunlight, as this may discolor the
image sensor or cause it to malfunction.
• Protect your lens from fingerprints and scratches. Clean your lens with
a soft, clean, debris-free lens cloth.
Important usage information
Allow only qualified personnel to service your camera
Do not allow unqualified personnel to service the camera or attempt to
service the camera yourself. Any damage that results from unqualified
service is not covered by your warranty.
Ensure maximum battery and charger life
• Overcharging batteries may shorten battery life. After charging is
finished, disconnect the cable from your camera.
• Over time, unused batteries will discharge and must be recharged
before use.
• Disconnect chargers from power sources when not in use.
• Use batteries only for their intended purpose.
Exercise caution when using the camera in humid
environments
When transferring the camera from a cold environment to a warm and
humid one, condensation may form on the delicate electronic circuitry
and memory card. In this situation, wait for at least 1 hour until all
moisture has evaporated before using the camera.
Check that the camera is operating properly before use
The manufacturer takes no responsibility for any loss of files or damage
that may result from camera malfunction or improper use.
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Indications used in this manual
Abbreviations used in this manual
Abbreviation Definition
AE Auto Exposure
AF Auto Focus
BKT Bracketing
DPOF Digital Print Order Format
EV Exposure Value
FA Focus Aid
MF Manual Focus
OIS Optical Image Stabilization
ISO
International Organization for
Standardization's measure for light
sensitivity
WB White Balance
Icons used in this manual
Icon Function
Additional information
Safety warnings and precautions
[ ]
Camera buttons. For example, [Shutter] represents the
shutter button.
( ) Page number of related information
►
The order of options or menus you must select to
perform a step; for example: Select 1 ► Quality
(represents select 1, and then Quality).
* Annotation
Shooting mode indications
Shooting mode Indication
Smart Auto t
Program P
Aperture Priority A
Shutter Priority S
Manual M
Lens Priority i
Scene s
Movie v
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Contents
Chapter 1
My Camera
Get started................................................................................... 24
Unpack ......................................................................................... 24
Camera layout ............................................................................. 25
Display icons ............................................................................... 28
In Shooting mode.......................................................................... 28
Capture photos............................................................................... 28
Record videos................................................................................. 29
In Playback mode.......................................................................... 30
View photos.................................................................................... 30
Play videos...................................................................................... 30
Lenses.......................................................................................... 31
Lens layout.................................................................................... 31
Lock or unlock the lens ................................................................... 32
Lens markings............................................................................... 34
Optional accessories .................................................................. 35
Flash layout ................................................................................... 35
Connect the flash .......................................................................... 35
GPS module layout........................................................................ 36
Attach the GPS module................................................................. 37
Attach the electronic viewfinder ..................................................... 38
Tips
Concepts in Photography
Shooting postures....................................................................... 10
Holding the camera......................................................................... 10
Standing photography..................................................................... 10
Crouching photography .................................................................. 11
Aperture....................................................................................... 11
Aperture value and the depth of field............................................... 12
Shutter speed.............................................................................. 13
ISO sensitivity.............................................................................. 14
How the aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity
control exposure ......................................................................... 15
Correlation between focal length, angle, and perspective....... 16
Depth of field............................................................................... 17
What controls out-of-focus effects? ................................................ 17
DOF preview ................................................................................... 19
Composition ................................................................................ 19
Rule of Thirds.................................................................................. 19
Photos with two subjects ................................................................ 20
Flash............................................................................................. 21
Flash guide number......................................................................... 21
Bounce Photography ...................................................................... 22
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Contents
Shooting modes.......................................................................... 39
t Smart Auto mode............................................................... 39
P Program mode.......................................................................... 40
Program Shift.................................................................................. 40
A Aperture Priority mode ............................................................. 41
S Shutter Priority mode................................................................ 41
M Manual mode........................................................................... 42
Framing Mode................................................................................. 42
Use a bulb ...................................................................................... 42
i Lens Priority mode................................................................... 42
Use i-Scene mode .......................................................................... 42
Use i-Function in PASM modes.................................................... 43
Available options ............................................................................ 44
s Scene mode...................................................................... 45
v Movie mode ........................................................................... 47
Available functions by shooting mode............................................ 48
Chapter 2
Shooting Functions
Size .............................................................................................. 50
Photo size options......................................................................... 50
Video size options ......................................................................... 50
Quality.......................................................................................... 51
Photo quality options..................................................................... 51
Video quality options ..................................................................... 51
ISO sensitivity.............................................................................. 52
Expand ISO value............................................................................ 52
White Balance (light source)....................................................... 53
White balance options................................................................... 53
Customize preset options................................................................ 54
Picture Wizard (photo styles)...................................................... 56
Color Space................................................................................. 57
AF Mode ...................................................................................... 58
Single AF....................................................................................... 58
Continuous AF............................................................................... 59
Manual Focus................................................................................ 59
AF Area ........................................................................................ 60
Selection AF.................................................................................. 60
Multi AF......................................................................................... 61
Face Detection AF......................................................................... 61
Self-Portrait AF.............................................................................. 62
AF Priority.................................................................................... 63
MF Assist..................................................................................... 64
Drive (shooting method) ............................................................. 65
Single ........................................................................................... 65
Continuous.................................................................................... 65
Burst ............................................................................................ 66
Timer............................................................................................. 66
AE BKT ......................................................................................... 67
WB BKT........................................................................................ 67
P Wiz BKT .................................................................................... 68
BKT Set......................................................................................... 68
Flash............................................................................................. 69
Flash options................................................................................. 69
Correct the red-eye effect.............................................................. 70
Adjust the flash intensity ................................................................ 70
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Metering....................................................................................... 71
Spot.............................................................................................. 71
Link AE to AF Point ........................................................................ 71
Center-weighted............................................................................ 72
Multi .............................................................................................. 72
Smart Range................................................................................ 73
OIS ............................................................................................... 74
OIS options ................................................................................... 74
Exposure Compensation ............................................................ 75
Exposure/Focus Lock................................................................. 76
Video functions............................................................................ 77
Movie AE Mode............................................................................. 77
Fader............................................................................................. 77
Wind Cut....................................................................................... 78
Auto Focus.................................................................................... 78
Voice ............................................................................................. 78
Chapter 3
Playback/Editing
Search and manage files ............................................................ 80
View photos .................................................................................. 80
View image thumbnails.................................................................. 80
View files by category in Smart Album ........................................... 81
Protect files ................................................................................... 81
Delete files..................................................................................... 81
Delete a single file ........................................................................... 81
Delete multiple files.......................................................................... 82
Delete all files .................................................................................. 82
View photos................................................................................. 83
Enlarge a photo............................................................................. 83
Start a slide show.......................................................................... 83
Highlight........................................................................................ 84
Auto Rotate................................................................................... 84
Play a video ................................................................................. 85
Video viewing controls..................................................................... 85
Trim a video during playback ......................................................... 85
Capture an image during playback ................................................ 86
Edit a photo................................................................................. 87
Options ......................................................................................... 87
Chapter 4
Camera settings menu
User settings .............................................................................. 90
ISO Step ....................................................................................... 90
Auto ISO Range ............................................................................ 90
Noise Reduction............................................................................ 90
AF Lamp ....................................................................................... 90
User Display .................................................................................. 91
Key Mapping................................................................................. 92
Setting 1....................................................................................... 93
Setting 2....................................................................................... 94
Setting 3....................................................................................... 95
Setting 4....................................................................................... 97
Setting 5....................................................................................... 98
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Chapter 5
Connect to external devices
View files on a TV or HDTV....................................................... 100
View files on a TV ........................................................................ 100
View files on an HDTV ................................................................. 101
Print photos............................................................................... 102
Print photos with a photo printer (PictBridge)............................... 102
Configure print settings ................................................................. 103
Set printer info using DPOF ......................................................... 103
DPOF options ............................................................................... 104
Transfer files to your computer ................................................ 105
Transfer files to your computer (for Windows) .............................. 105
Transfer files by connecting the camera as a removable disk......... 105
Disconnect the camera (Windows XP)........................................... 106
Transfer files to your computer (for Mac)...................................... 106
Edit photos on a PC.................................................................. 107
Install software ............................................................................ 107
Programs contained on the CD..................................................... 107
Use Intelli-studio.......................................................................... 107
System Requirements................................................................... 108
Use the Intelli-studio Interface ....................................................... 108
Transfer files using Intelli-studio ..................................................... 109
Use Samsung RAW Converter..................................................... 110
System Requirements for Windows............................................... 110
System Requirements for Mac ...................................................... 110
Use the Samsung RAW Converter Interface.................................. 111
Edit RAW format files .................................................................... 111
Chapter 6
Appendix
Error messages ......................................................................... 115
Maintain the camera ................................................................. 116
Clean the camera ........................................................................ 116
Camera lens and display............................................................... 116
About the image sensor ................................................................ 116
Camera body................................................................................ 116
About memory card..................................................................... 117
Supported memory card ............................................................... 117
Memory card capacity................................................................... 117
About the battery ...................................................................... 119
Battery specifications .................................................................. 119
Battery life ................................................................................... 119
Notes about charging the battery.................................................. 120
Before contacting a service center.......................................... 122
Camera specifications .............................................................. 125
Lens specifications ................................................................... 129
Accessories (optional)............................................................... 131
Index .......................................................................................... 132
FCC notice................................................................................. 135
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Concepts in Photography
Standing photography
Compose your shot; stand up straight with your feet shoulder-length
apart, and keep your elbows pointed down.
Shooting postures
A correct posture for stabilizing the camera is necessary for taking a
good photo. Even if you hold a camera correctly, the wrong posture
can cause the camera to shake. Stand up straight and remain still to
maintain a steady base for your camera. When shooting with a low
shutter speed, hold your breath to minimize body movement.
Holding the camera
Hold the camera with your right hand and place you right index finger
on the shutter button. Place your left hand under the lens for support.
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Concepts in Photography
Crouching photography
Compose your shot, crouch with one knee touching the ground, and
keep a straight posture.
Aperture
The aperture, a hole that controls the amount of light that enters the
camera, is one of the three factors that determine the exposure. The
aperture housing contains thin, metal plates that open and close to let
light through the aperture and into the camera. The size of the aperture
is closely related to the brightness of a photo: the larger the aperture,
the brighter the photo; the smaller the aperture, the darker the photo.
Aperture sizes
Minimum aperture Medium aperture Maximum aperture
Darker photo
(aperture opened slightly)
Brighter photo
(aperture opened wide)
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Concepts in Photography
The size of the aperture is represented by a value known as an
“F-number.” The f-number represents the focal length divided by the
diameter of the lens. For example, if a lens with a 50 mm focal length
has an f-number of F2, the diameter of the aperture is 25 mm. (50
mm/25 mm=F2) The smaller the f-number, the greater the size of the
aperture.
The opening in the aperture is described as the Exposure Value (EV).
Increasing the Exposure Value (+1 EV) means the amount of light
doubles. Decreasing the Exposure Value (-1 EV) means the amount of
light halves. You can also use the exposure compensation feature to
fine-tune the amount of light by subdividing exposure values into 1/2,
1/3 EV, and so on.
+1 EV
F1.4 F2 F2.8 F4 F5.6 F8
-1 EV
Exposure Value Steps
Aperture value and the depth of field
You can blur or sharpen the background of a photo by controlling the
aperture. It is closely related to the depth of field (DOF), which can be
expressed as small or large.
A photo with a large DOF A photo with a small DOF
The aperture housing contains several blades. These blades move together
and control the amount of light passing through the center of the aperture.
The number of blades also affects the shape of light when shooting night
scenes. If an aperture has an even number of blades, light divides into an
equal number of sections. If the number of blades is odd, the number of
sections is double the number of blades.
For example, an aperture with 8 blades divides light into 8 sections and an
aperture with 7 blades into 14 sections.
7 blades 8 blades
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Concepts in Photography
Shutter speed
Shutter speed refers to the amount of time it takes to open and close
the shutter, and it is an important factor in the brightness of a photo, as
it controls the amount of light which passes through the aperture before
it reaches the image sensor.
Usually, the shutter speed is manually adjustable. The measurement
of the shutter speed is known as the “Exposure Value” (EV), which is
marked in intervals of 1 s, 1/2 s, 1/4 s, 1/8 s, 1/15 s, 1/1000 s, 1/2000
s, and so on.
Exposure
+1 EV
-1 EV
1 s 1/2 s 1/4 s 1/8 s 1/15 s 1/30 s
Shutter Speed
The numbers indicated on the camera are the denominators of
exposure values, which means that the higher the number, the less light
will be let in. Likewise, the smaller the EV number, the more light will be
let in.
As the photos below illustrate, a slow shutter speed allows more time
to let light in, so the photo becomes brighter. On the other hand, a fast
shutter speed allows less time to let light in and the photo becomes
darker and more easily freezes subjects in motion.
0.8 s 0.004 s
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Concepts in Photography
ISO sensitivity
The exposure of an image is determined by the sensitivity of the
camera. This sensitivity is based on international film standards, known
as ISO standards. On digital cameras, this sensitivity rating is used
to represent the sensitivity of the digital mechanism that captures the
image.
ISO sensitivity doubles as the number doubles. For example, an ISO
200 setting is capable of capturing images at twice the speed of an ISO
100 setting. However, higher ISO settings can result in “noise”—small
specks, spots, and other phenomena in a photo that give the shot
a noisy or dirty appearance. As a general rule, it is best to use a low
ISO setting to prevent noise in your photos, unless you are shooting in
darkened environments or at night.
Changes in the quality and brightness according to ISO sensitivity
Because a low ISO sensitivity means the camera will be less sensitive
to light, you need more light to have an optimal exposure. When using
a low ISO sensitivity, open the aperture more or reduce the shutter
speed to allow more light to enter the camera. For example, on a sunny
day when light is abundant, a low ISO sensitivity does not require a low
shutter speed. However, in a dark place or at night, a low ISO sensitivity
and a fast shutter speed will result in a blurry photo.
A photo taken with a tripod and high
sensitivity
A blurred photo with a low ISO sensitivity
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Concepts in Photography
How the aperture setting, shutter speed,
and ISO sensitivity control exposure
The aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity are closely
interconnected in photography. The aperture setting controls the
opening that regulates the light that enters the camera, while the shutter
speed determines the length of time that light is allowed to enter.
ISO sensitivity determines the speed at which the film reacts to light.
Together, these three aspects are described as the triangle of exposure.
A change in shutter speed, aperture value, or ISO sensitivity can be
offset by adjustments to the others to maintain the amount of light.
The results, however, change according to the settings. For example,
shutter speed is useful in expressing movement, aperture can control
the depth of field, and ISO sensitivity can control the graininess of a
photo.
Settings Results
Shutter speed
Fast speed
= less light
Slow speed
= more light
Fast = still
Slow = blurry
Settings Results
Aperture
Wide aperture
= more light
Narrow aperture
= less light
Wide = small depth of field
Narrow = large depth of field
ISO sensitivity
High sensitivity
= more sensitive to light
Low sensitivity
= less sensitive to light
High = more grainy
Low = less grainy
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Concepts in Photography
Correlation between focal length, angle,
and perspective
Focal length, which is measured in millimeters, is the distance between
the middle of the lens to its focal point. It affects the angle and
perspective of captured images. A short focal length translates into a
wide angle, which allows you to capture a wide shot. A long focal length
translates into a narrow angle, which allows you to capture telephoto
shots.
Short focal length
wide shot
wide angle
wide-angle lens
Long focal length
telephoto shot
narrow angle
telephoto lens
Look at these photos below and compare the changes.
20 mm angle 50 mm angle 200 mm angle
Normally, a lens with a wide angle is suitable for shooting landscapes and
a lens with a narrow angle is recommended for shooting sports events or
portraits.
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Concepts in Photography
Depth of field
Portraits or still-life photos mostly acclaimed by people are the ones on
which the background is out of focus so the subject looks pronounced.
Depending on the focused areas, a photo can be blurred or sharpened.
This is called ‘a low DOF’ or ‘a high DOF’.
The depth of field is the focused area around the subject. Therefore,
a small DOF signifies that the focused area is narrow and a large DOF
means the focused area is wide.
A photo with a small DOF, which stresses the subject and makes the
rest of it blurred, can be obtained by using a telescope lens or selecting
a low aperture value. Conversely, a photo with a large DOF which
shows all the elements on the photo sharply focused can be achieved
by using a wide angle lens or selecting a high aperture value.
Small Depth of Field Large Depth of Field
What controls out-of-focus effects?
DOF depends on aperture value
The wider the aperture is (namely the lower the aperture value), the
lower the DOF becomes. Under the condition where the other values
including shutter speed and ISO sensitivity are equal, a low aperture
value leads to a photo with a low DOF.
50 mm F5.7 50 mm F22
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Concepts in Photography
DOF depends on focal length
The longer the focal length is, the lower the DOF gets. A telescope lens
with a longer focal length than a telescope lens with a short focal length
is better to take a photo of a low DOF.
A photo taken with a 18 mm telescope
lens
A photo taken with a 100 mm telescope
lens
DOF depends on the distance between the subject and
the camera
The shorter the distance between the subject and the camera is, the
lower the DOF gets. Therefore, taking a photo close to a subject can
result in a photo of low DOF.
A photo taken with a 100 mm telescope lens
A photo taken close to the subject
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Concepts in Photography
DOF preview
You can use the Depth preview button to get an idea of what your shot
will look like before shooting. When you press the button, the camera
adjusts the aperture to the predefined settings and shows the results on
the screen.
Depth preview
button
Composition
It is fun to take a photo of the beauty of world with a camera. No matter
how the world is beautiful, however, a poor composition cannot capture
the beauty of it.
When it comes to composition, it is very important to prioritize subjects.
Composition in photography means arranging objects in a photo.
Usually, abiding by the rule of thirds leads to a good composition.
Rule of Thirds
To use the rule of thirds, divide the image into a 3x3 pattern of equal
rectangles.
To compose photos that best emphasize the subject, make sure the
subject is located at one of the corners of the center rectangle.
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Concepts in Photography
Using the rule of thirds will create photos with stable and compelling
compositions. Below are a few examples.
Photos with two subjects
If your subject is in one corner of the photo, it creates an unbalanced
composition. You can stabilize the photo by capturing a second subject
in the opposite corner to balance the weight of the photo.
Subject 1
Subject 2
Subject 1
Subject 2
Unstable Stable
When taking landscape photos, centering the horizon will create an
unbalanced effect. Give more weight to the photo by moving the
horizon up or down.
Subject 1
Subject 2
Subject 1
Subject 2
Unstable Stable
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Concepts in Photography
Flash
Light is one of the most important components in photography. It’s
not easy, however, to have an enough amount of light anytime and
anywhere. Making use of a flash allows you to optimize light settings
and create a variety of effects.
Flash, also known as strobe or speed light, helps to create adequate
exposure in low-light conditions. It is also useful in light-abundant
situations. For example, flash can be used in compensating the
exposure of a subject’s shadow or capturing clearly both the subject
and the background in backlit conditions.
Before correction After correction
Flash guide number
The model number of a flash refers to the flash’s power, and the
maximum amount of light created is represented by a value known
as a “guide number.” The bigger the guide number, the more light is
emitted from the flash. The guide number is achieved by multiplying the
distance from the flash to the subject by the aperture value when the
ISO sensitivity is set to 100.
Guide number = Flash to Subject Distance X Aperture value
Aperture value = Guide number / Flash to Subject Distance
Flash to Subject Distance = Guide number / Aperture value
Therefore, if you know the guide number of a flash, you can estimate an
optimum flash to subject distance when setting the flash manually. For
example, if a flash has a guide number of GN 20 and is 4 meters away
from the subject, the optimal aperture value is F 5.0.
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Concepts in Photography
Bounce Photography
Bounce photography refers to the method of photography which
redirects the light from the subject to the ceiling or walls so that the light
spreads evenly. Normally, photos taken with flash may appear unnatural
and cast shadows. Subjects in photos taken with bounce photography
cast no shadows and look smooth due to evenly spread light.
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Chapter 1
My Camera
Learn about your camera’s layout, display icons, basic functions, supplied lens,
and optional accessories.
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My Camera
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Get started
Unpack
Check your product box for the following items.
Camera
(including the body cap, accessory
shoe cover, and smart shoe cover)
USB cable Rechargeable battery Battery cradle/AC power cable
Software CD-ROM
(User manual included)
User manual Basic Operation Strap
The illustrations may differ from your actual items. For information about accessories, refer to page 131.
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My Camera
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Camera layout
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8
9
10
11
12
No. Name
1 Speaker
2 Shutter button
3
Jog dial
• In Shooting mode: change the
setting values of menus, adjust
shutter speed in some shooting
modes, and change the size of a
focus area.
• In Playback mode: enlarge or
reduce a photo.
4 AF-assist light/Timer lamp
5
Mode dial
• t: Smart Auto mode (p. 39)
• P: Program mode (p. 40)
• A: Aperture Priority mode (p. 41)
• S: Shutter Priority mode (p. 41)
• M: Manual mode (p. 42)
• i: Lens Priority mode (p. 42)
• s: Scene mode (p. 45)
• V: Movie mode (p. 47)
No. Name
6 Microphone
7 Accessory shoe
8 Eyelet for camera strap
9 Image sensor
10 Lens removal button
11 Lens mount
12 Lens mount index
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My Camera > Camera layout
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4
5
1
3
2
6
7
8
9
10
No. Name
3
Status lamp
• Blinking: When saving a photo or
video, sending data to a computer or
printer, or out of focus.
• Steady: When there is no data
transfer or when data transfer to a
computer or printer is complete.
4
f button
Access major functions and fine-tune
some settings.
5
Navigation button
• In Shooting mode
- F : Select an AF Mode
- I : Select an ISO value
- C : Select a Drive mode
- w : Select a White Balance
• In other situations
Move up, down, left, right,
respectively. (You can also rotate the
navigation wheel.)
When rotating:
• Scroll to an option or menu.
• Adjust aperture value in Shooting
mode.
• Scroll through files in Playback mode.
• Adjust the frame location when
selecting a focus manually.
No. Name
6
Green/Delete button
• In Shooting mode: Reset the value
of Picture Wizard, White Balance,
Color Temperature, Display Color,
Timer, Flash EV, Selection AF (a
repositioned focus area is moved
back to the center), or exposure
compensation, or exposure value for
each mode.
• In Playback mode: Delete a file or
files.
7
o button
• In Shooting mode
Change the size and position of the
AF area.
• In other situations
Confirm the highlighted option or
menu.
8
Playback button
Enter Playback mode.
9
m button
Access options or menus.
10
EV button
Press and hold [W], and then rotate
the jog dial to adjust the aperture value.
(p. 75)
No. Name
1 Power switch
2
E button (p. 92)
• In Shooting mode: Lock the
adjusted exposure value or focus.
• In Playback mode: Protect the
displayed file.
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8
9
10
7
6
5
1
2
3
No. Name
1
Smart shoe
Connect an optional electronic
viewfinder.
2
Battery chamber cover
Insert a memory card and battery.
3 Tripod mount
4 Display
5 HDMI port
6 Power adapter port
7
Shutter release port
Use a shutter release cable with a
tripod to minimize camera movement.
No. Name
8
USB and A/V port
Connect the camera to other devices
via a USB A/V cable.
9 Depth preview button (p. 19)
10
D button
• In Shooting mode: View camera
settings and change options.
• In Playback mode: View photo
information.
4
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Display icons
In Shooting mode
Capture photos
1. Shooting options (left)
Icon Description
Photo size
Photo quality
Focus area option
Face detection
Flash option*
Flash intensity*
Color space
Smart range (p. 73)
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 74)
* These icons appear when you attach an optional flash.
2. Shooting options (right)
Icon Description
Drive mode
AF mode (p. 58)
White balance (p. 53)
White balance micro adjustment
ISO sensitivity (p. 52)
Metering (p. 71)
Picture wizard (p. 56)
Face tone
Face retouch
3. Shooting information
Icon Description
GPS activated*
10:00AM Time
2010/07/01 Date
London Location information*
Focus aid bar (p. 64)
Auto focus frame
Spot metering area
Camera shake
Icon Description
Histogram (p. 91)
Shooting mode
Focus
Flash indicator**
40 Shutter speed
F3.5 Aperture value
Exposure value
AEL Auto exposure lock (p. 92)
AFL Auto focus lock (p. 92)
No external memory card
Available number of photos
: Fully charged
: Partially charged
(Red) : Empty (recharge the
battery)
* These icons appear when you attach an optional GPS
module.
** This icon appears when you attach an optional flash.
The icons displayed will change according to
the mode you select or the options you set.
1
2
3
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Record videos
1
2
3
1. Shooting options (left)
Icon Description
Video size
Video quality
Fader (p. 77)
Recording voice on (p. 78)
Cut wind sound (p. 78)
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 74)
2. Shooting options (right)
Icon Description
Drive mode
AF mode (p. 77)
White balance (p. 53)
Metering (p. 71)
Picture wizard (p. 71)
3. Shooting information
Icon Description
10:00AM Time
2010/07/01 Date
Histogram (p. 91)
V Shooting mode
Focus
F3.5 Aperture value
Exposure value
AEL Auto exposure lock (p. 92)
AFL Auto focus lock (p. 92)
No external memory card
Available recording time
: Fully charged
: Partially charged
(Red) : Empty (recharge the
battery)
The icons displayed will change according to
the mode you select or the options you set.
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1
2
3
4
Icon Description
Location information
Volume
RAW file
Print information added to file (p. 103)
Sound Picture file (p. 45)
Protected file
100-0001 Folder number - File number
London Location information
1/40 Shutter speed
F3.5 Aperture value
200 ISO value
Current file/the total number of files
No. Description
1 Captured photo
2 RGB histogram (p. 91)
3
Shooting mode, Metering, Flash,
White balance, Picture wizard,
RAW file, Focus range, Exposure value,
Photo size, Date
4
Shutter speed, Aperture value, ISO
value, Current file/the total number of
files
In Playback mode
View photos Play videos
Icon Description
Volume
100-0002 Folder number - File number
Current playback time
Total playback time
Pause
Movie Size
Date
Stop
Mode
Metering
Flash
Focal Length
White Balance
EVC
Picture Wizard
Photo Size
Date
Information
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Lenses
You can purchase optional lenses made exclusively for your NX series
camera. Learn about the functions of each lens and select one that suits
your needs and preferences.
Lens layout
SAMSUNG 20-50 mm F3.5-5.6 ED lens (example)
7
1
2
3
4 6
5
No. Description
1 Lens mount index
2 Zoom lock switch
3 Zoom ring
4 Lens
5 Focus ring (p. 64)
6 iFn button (p. 43)
7 Lens contacts
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Lock or unlock the lens
To lock the lens, pull and hold the zoom lock switch away from the
camera body and rotate the zoom ring clockwise.
To unlock the lens, rotate the zoom ring counter-clockwise until you hear
the click.
You cannot take a shot when the lens is locked.
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SAMSUNG 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens (example)
8
1
2
3
5
4
6 7
No. Description
1 Lens mount index
2 Zoom ring
3 Focus ring (p. 64)
4 Lens hood mount index
5 Lens
6 OIS switch (p. 74)
7 AF/MF switch (p. 58)
8 Lens contacts
SAMSUNG 20 mm F2.8 lens (example)
5
2
1
4
3
No. Description
1 iFn button (p. 43)
2 Lens mount index
3 Focus ring (p. 64)
4 Lens
5 Lens contacts
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Lens markings
Find out what the numbers on the lens signify.
SAMSUNG 50-200 mm F4-5.6 ED OIS lens (example)
1 2 3 4 5
No. Description
1
Aperture value
A range of supported aperture values. For example, F 1:4-5.6
means the maximum aperture value range from 4 to 5.6.
2
Focal length
The distance from the middle of the lens to its focal point (in
millimeters). This figure is expressed in a range: minimum focal
length to maximum focal length of the lens.
Longer focal lengths result in narrower angles of view and the
subject is magnified. Shorter focal lengths result in wider angles of
view.
3
ED
ED stands for Extra-low Dispersion. Extra-low dispersion glass is
effective in minimizing chromatic aberration (a distortion that occurs
when a lens fails to focus all colors to the same convergence point).
4
OIS (p. 74)
Optical Image Stabilization. Lenses with this feature can detect
camera shake and effectively cancel out the movement inside the
camera.
5
Ø
The filter diameter. When you attach a filter to the lens, make sure
that the diameters of the lens and the filter are the same.
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Optional accessories
You can purchase additional accessories including flash, GPS module,
and an electronic viewfinder that can help you take better and more
convenient shots.
For more information, refer to the manual for each accessory.
The illustrations below may differ from the actual items.
Flash layout
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
No. Description
1 READY lamp/Test button
2 [MODE] button
3 Power button
4 Accessory shoe fastening dial
5 Accessory shoe connection
6 Battery cover
7 Bulb
Connect the flash
1 Remove the accessory shoe cover from the camera.
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2 Connect the flash by sliding it into the accessory shoe.
3 Lock the flash into place by turning the accessory shoe
fastening dial clockwise towards LOCK.
4 Press the power button on the flash.
GPS module layout
1
2
3
4
5
No. Description
1 Status lamp
2 Power button
3 Accessory shoe fastening dial
4 Accessory shoe connection
5 Battery cover
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Attach the GPS module
1 Remove the accessory shoe cover from the camera.
2 Mount the GPS module by sliding in into the accessory
shoe.
3 Lock the GPS module into place by turning the accessory
shoe fastening dial clockwise towards LOCK.
4 Press the power button of the GPS module.
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Attach the electronic viewfinder
1 Remove the accessory shoe cover and the smart shoe
cover on the camera.
2 Mount the electronic viewfinder on the accessory shoe (1)
and smart shoe (2) of the camera.
• Take caution not to damage the connector (3).
1
3
2
3 Press [Power] (1) on the viewfinder and rotate the [Diopter
adjustment dial] (2) to adjust the diopter to fit your eye-
sight.
2
1
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Shooting modes
Two simple shooting modes—Smart Auto and Scene mode—help you
take photos with numerous automatic settings. Additional modes allow
for greater customization of settings.
Icon Description
t Smart Auto mode (p. 39)
P Program mode (p. 40)
A Aperture Priority mode (p. 41)
S Shutter Priority mode (p. 41)
M Manual mode (p. 42)
i Lens Priority mode (p. 42)
s Scene mode (p. 45)
V Movie mode (p. 47)
t Smart Auto mode
In Smart Auto mode, the camera recognizes surrounding conditions
and automatically adjusts factors that contribute to exposure, including
shutter speed, aperture value, metering, white balance, and exposure
compensation. As the camera controls most of the functions, some
shooting functions are limited. This mode is useful for capturing quick
snapshots with the least amount of adjustment.
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P Program mode
The camera automatically adjusts shutter speed and aperture value so
that an optimal exposure value can be achieved.
This mode is useful when you want to take shots of constant exposure
while being able to adjust other settings.
Program Shift
Program Shift function lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture
value while the camera maintains the same exposure. When you rotate
the jog dial to the left, the shutter speed decreases and the aperture
value increases. When you rotate the jog dial to the right, the shutter
speed increases and the aperture value decreases.
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A Aperture Priority mode
In Aperture Priority mode, the camera automatically calculates shutter
speed according to the aperture value you choose. You can adjust the
depth of field (DOF) by changing the aperture value. This mode is useful
for taking portraits and landscape shots.
Large Depth of Field Small Depth of Field
In low-light settings, you may need to increase the ISO sensitivity to prevent
blurred photos.
S Shutter Priority mode
In Shutter Priority mode, the camera automatically adjusts the aperture
value according to the shutter speed you choose. This mode is useful
for capturing photos of fast-moving subjects or for creating tracer
effects in a photo.
For example, set the shutter speed to over 1/500 s to freeze the
subject. To make the subject appear blurred set the shutter speed to
below 1/30 s.
Slow shutter speed Fast shutter speed
In order to compensate for the reduced amount of light allowed by fast
shutter speeds, open the aperture and let in more light. If your photos are still
too dark, increase the ISO value.
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M Manual mode
Manual mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture value
manually. In this mode, you can fully control the exposure of your
photos.
This mode is useful in controlled shooting environments, such as a
studio, or when it is necessary to fine-tune camera settings. The Manual
mode is also recommended for shooting night scenes or fireworks.
Framing Mode
When you adjust the aperture value or shutter speed, the exposure
changes according to the settings, so the display may darken. With this
function on, the brightness of the display is constant regardless of the
settings, so you can better frame your shot.
To use Framing
Mode,
In Shooting mode, press [m] ► 3 ► Framing Mode
► Off or On.
Use a bulb
Use a bulb to shoot night scenes or the night sky. While you are
pressing the shutter, the shutter is left open so you can create moving
light effects.
To use a bulb,
Completely scroll the jog dial to the left to Bulb. ► Press and
hold [Shutter] for the desired time.
i Lens Priority mode
Use i-Scene mode
You can select an appropriate scene (i-Scene) to the lens you attached.
Available scenes may differ depending on the lens you are using.
1 Attach an iFn lens.
2 Rotate the mode dial to i.
3 Press [iFn].
• You can use this function by pressing [f].
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4 Adjust the focus ring to select a scene.
• You can also rotate the navigation button to select a scene.
Scene
5 Half-press [Shutter] or press [o] to save.
6 Fully press [Shutter] to take the photo.
Available scene modes (for 20-50 lens) : Beauty Shot, Portrait, Children,
Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach & Snow, Night
Use i-Function in PASM modes
When you use the iFn button on an iFn lens, you can manually select
and adjust shutter speed, aperture value, exposure value, ISO sensitivity,
and white balance on the lens.
1 Press [iFn] on the lens to select a setting.
• You can also scroll the jog dial to select a setting.
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2 Adjust the focus ring to select an option.
• You can also rotate the navigation button to select an option.
3 Half-press [Shutter] or press [o] to save.
4 Fully press [Shutter] to take a photo.
Available options
Shooting mode P A S M
Shutter speed - - O O
Aperture value - O - O
Exposure value O O O -
White balance O O O O
ISO O O O O
To select items to appear when you press [iFn] on the lens in Shooting mode,
press [m] ► 5 ► Lens i-Function ► an option ► Off or On.
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s Scene mode
In Scene mode, the camera selects the best settings for each type of
scene.
You can select a desired scene by pressing [f] in Shooting mode.
Option Description
Sound picture: Add voice memos
before and after taking photos.
Beauty Shot: Hide facial
imperfections
Portrait: Automatically detect and
focus on human faces so that you
can achieve clear, soft portraits
Option Description
Children: Make children appear more
noticeable by capturing their clothes
and the background vividly
Sports: Capture fast moving
subjects.
Backlight: Capture backlit subjects
Close Up: Capture detailed parts of
a subject or small subjects, such as
flowers or insects
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Option Description
Text: Clearly capture text from printed
or electronic documents
Landscape: Capture still-life scenes
and landscapes
Sunset: Capture scenes at sunset,
with natural-looking reds and yellows
Dawn: Capture scenes at sunrise
Beach & Snow: Reduce
underexposed photos due to sunlight
reflected from sand or snow
Option Description
Night: Capture scenes at night or in
low lighting
Fireworks: Capture colorful fireworks
at night
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v Movie mode
In Movie mode, you can shoot videos in High Definition (1280x720) and
capture sound via the camera’s microphone.
In order to adjust the exposure level, you can select Program in the
Movie AE Mode options menu so that the aperture value can be
automatically set or select Aperture Priority to manually set the aperture
value. While shooting a video, press [Depth Preview] once to activate
the AF function.
Select Fader in the Movie AE Mode options menu to fade in or out a
scene. You can also select Wind Cut to prevent some surrounding noise
from being recorded and select Voice to mute or un-mute voice.
The camera lets you capture video files up to 25 minutes in length and
saves the files in MP4(H.264) format.
• H.264 (MPEG-4 part10/AVC) is the latest video coding format established
in 2003 collaboratively by ISO-IEC and ITU-T. Since this format uses a
high compression rate, more data can be saved in less memory space.
• If you have the image stabilizer option on when shooting a movie, the
camera may record the image stabilizer sound.
• The zoom sound may be recorded if you use the zoom while recording a
video.
• If you remove the camera lens while recording a movie, the recording will
be interrupted. Do not change the lens while recording.
• If you change the shooting angle of the camera suddenly while shooting
a movie, the camera may not be able to record images accurately. Use a
tripod to minimize camera shake.
• In Movie mode, the camera supports only the Multi AF function. You
cannot use any other focus area setting functions, such as Face
Detection AF.
• When the size of a movie file exceeds 4GB, the camera automatically
stops recording. If this occurs, continue shooting by starting a new movie
file.
• If you use a slow writing memory card, the recording of your movie can be
interrupted because the card cannot process data at the rate the video is
being shot. If this occurs, replace the card with a faster memory card or
reduce the image size (for example, from 1280x720 to 640x480).
• When formatting a memory card, always format using the camera. If
you format on another camera or a PC, you can lose files on the card or
cause a change in the capacity of the card.
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Available functions by shooting mode
For details about shooting functions, see Chapter 2.
Function Available in
Size (p. 50) P/A/S/M/i/s/
v*/t
Quality (p. 51) P/A/S/M/i/s*/v
ISO (p. 52) P/A/S/M
White Balance (p. 53) P/A/S/M/v
Picture Wizard (p. 56) P/A/S/M/v
Color Space (p. 57) P/A/S/M/i/s/t
AF Mode (p. 58) P/A/S/M/i/s/v*
AF Area (p. 60) P/A/S/M/i/s*
AF Priority (p. 63) P/A/S/M
MF Assist (p. 64) P/A/S/M/i/s/v/t
Drive (Continuous/Burst/Timer/BKT)
(p. 65)
P/A/S/M/i*/s*/
v*/t*
Flash (p. 69) P/A/S/M/i/s*/t
Smart Range (p. 73) P/A/S/M
Metering (p. 71) P/A/S/M/v
OIS (p. 74) P/A/S/M/v
AF Lamp (p. 90) P/A/S/M/i/s/v/t
Exposure compensation (p. 75) P/A/S/i/s/v
Function Available in
Exposure/focus lock (p. 76) P/A/S/v
Noise Reduction (p. 90) P/A/S/M
* Some functions are limited in these modes.
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Chapter 2
Shooting Functions
Learn about the functions you can set in Shooting mode.
You can enjoy more customized photos and videos by using the shooting functions.

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