Samsung NX1000 review

Price as reviewed

£490.00
(with 20-50mm i-Function lens)

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Scores

AWB Colour
8/10
Metering
8/10
Dynamic Range
8/10
Autofocus
8/10
Build/Handling
8/10
Noise/resolution
28/30
Features
9/10
LCD viewfinder
7/10
Rated
Very good
Tested as
Entry-level CSC
Overall Score
84%

User Score

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Samsung’s NX1000 entry-level compact system camera costs less than its counterparts, but still packs a 20.3-million-pixel sensor and Wi-Fi compatibility. Read the Samsung NX1000 review...

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Samsung NX1000 at a glance:

  • 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
  • Wi-Fi compatible
  • 3in, 921,000-dot LCD screen
  • 8fps continuous shooting mode
  • 1080p full HD video recording with stereo sound
  • Street price around £490 with 20-50mm i-Function kit lens

Samsung NX1000 review - Introduction:

With the introduction of the NX1000, Samsung's NX series now includes three models. The new camera sits below the NX210 and NX20 as the entry-level model, with a build, handling and price point designed to entice people into buying an interchangeable-lens camera for the first time. Make no mistake, though: the Samsung NX1000 is a capable camera indeed, and could even tempt experienced photographers. It features the same core as the more 'advanced' NX models, including the 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. There is, in fact, very little to choose between the Samsung NX1000 and the 'higher-up' NX210, which is the other compact-style camera in the range, yet the camera on test here costs roughly £200 less.

I have mainly tested the Samsung NX1000 with the 20-50mm i-Fn lens, which is available in a kit for around £490, although I have also used the Samsung 18-200mm OIS lens, which somewhat dwarfs the camera but offers an impressive 11x optical zoom. Throughout this test, I frequently refer to the NX210 because the two cameras are very similar. For reference, virtually all the performance information applies to both cameras.