Updated (June 2011): Compare the Samsung NX100 vs Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3 vs Samsung NX100

Winner
Sony NEX C3

71

Samsung NX100

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1100 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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differences

Advantages of the Samsung NX100

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Sony C3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 10.7 EV
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2.7 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,083 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The C3 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
62 lenses vs 55 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The C3's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
110×60×33 mm vs 120×71×35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
225 g vs 282 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$212.29 vs $549.99
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The best price we've seen is $338 cheaper (2.6x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              NX100120×71×35 mm
              C3110×60×33 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              NX1001.4"
              C31.3"
              Weight Light weight Help
              NX100282 g
              C3225 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              NX100431 ms
              C3430 ms
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              NX10014 MP
              C316 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $370 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $350 with 16mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen

              Samsung NX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX Mini

              Samsung NX Mini

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $371 body only

              $275 - $500 with 9-27mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung NX1100

              Samsung NX1100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 with 20-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Thickness Thicker
              Samsung NX210

              Samsung NX210

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay

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