This review is devoted to NX1 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Sep 15, 2014. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 28.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #34 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 51/100 and it takes a rank of #59 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung NX1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.
Samsung NX1 has the following external dimensions 139 x 139 x 66 mm (54.72 x 40.16 x 25.98″) with the weight of 550 g.
The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung NX1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 66mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung NX1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Samsung NX1‘s body is protected from dust with its high-quality dustproof feature.
Unfortunately, Samsung NX1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Samsung NX1 boasts of a resolution of 28.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Samsung NX1 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 51200.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Samsung NX1 features a 28.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Samsung NX1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 83 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Samsung NX1’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Samsung NX1 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,036k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Samsung NX1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX1 are its 15.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, NX1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
NX1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Samsung NX1 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 209 points.
In addition, NX1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung NX1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX1 allows you to save files in H.265 formats.
Samsung NX1 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of NX1.
In addition, Samsung NX1 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Samsung NX1 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.
One more advantage of Samsung NX1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, NX1 is equipped with its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect NX1 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX1 provides a shooting life of 500, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.
Compared to all models in the Pro Mirrorless category, Samsung NX1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 500 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX1 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX1 can be called a 100 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX1 can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
|Announced||Sep 15, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX|
|Number of Lenses||32|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||15.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||83|
|DxO Color Depth||24.2|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.2|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1363|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||28.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6480 x 4320|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||209|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||153|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160|
|Physical Dimensions||139 x 102 x 66 mm|
|Battery Life||500 shots|
|Battery Type||500 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II)|