This review is devoted to NX5 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Jun 01, 2010. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 15.0 MP and a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #166 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #756 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX5 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 NX5. 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 Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Samsung NX5 has the following external dimensions 123 x 123 x 40 mm (48.43 x 34.25 x 15.75″) with the weight of 499 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung NX5, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX5 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX5 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 NX5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Samsung NX5 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.
Unfortunately, Samsung NX5 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Samsung NX5 comes with DRIM Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 15.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Samsung NX5 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .
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.
Samsung NX5 features a 15.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Samsung NX5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX5 with other standard sensor sizes.
Samsung NX5 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Samsung NX5’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .
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.
Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX5 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, NX5 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 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.
NX5 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.
In addition, NX5 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 NX5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX5 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Samsung NX5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect NX5 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX5 provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung NX5 offers the highest battery life that reaches 400 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX5 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 NX5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX5 can be called a Strong 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 NX5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX5 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX5 can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX5 can be called a 77 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.
|Announced||Jun 01, 2010|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX|
|Number of Lenses||32|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||15.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4592 x 3056|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||15|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Physical Dimensions||123 x 87 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||400 shots|
|Battery Type||400 shots|