Jon Devo tries out Samsung’s new smart camera, featuring the world’s first APS-C-sized, 28.2-million-pixel backside illuminated sensor and a host of other exciting specs

Product Overview

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Samsung NX1 Smart Camera

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  • - High-resolution sensor with good low-light performance
  • - Samsung’s fastest image processor allows for 15fps stills shooting
  • - Ultra high definition (4K) video recording
  • - Fast hybrid AF system with 205 phase-detection and up to 153 cross-type points
  • - Robust build and design


  • - Some fiddly controls
  • - JPEG images are too heavily processed by default
  • - Image buffer not large enough


Samsung NX1 Review


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Samsung NX 1 Review – Autofocus

The NX1 features Samsung’s hybrid AF III system. AF III is capable of AF sensitivity in lighting conditions as challenging as -4EV, and in practice it performed well. Provided I was using a fast lens, I didn’t experience the camera hunting continuously for focus in low light, and I was impressed by the speed with which it managed to hone in on focal points. In particularly low-light scenarios, the camera is equipped with a bright green pattern AF assist beam with a range of up to 15 metres, which works in almost total darkness.

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1 under challenging lighting condition, ISO 800

According to Samsung, the NX1 is capable of focusing in as little as 0.055sec in ideal conditions, making it one of the fastest cameras currently on the market. When combined with the right lens, the NX1 is blisteringly fast, latching onto points of interest wherever they fall in the frame. If AF-on is held or the shutter is half-pressed, it does a good job of sticking with a subject and maintaining focus. I typically shoot with single point AF in the centre of my frame, but multi-area AF with the camera’s sophisticated hybrid AF system also works very well, particularly in action scenarios. Face detection AF and self-portrait modes are also available.

Touch focusing is just as responsive and works very well when using the LCD screen at otherwise awkward shooting angles. I like the fact that Samsung has introduced some of the touch-photography features available in a number of smartphones, such as the ability to touch two different areas of the screen to achieve separate focusing and exposure readings.

  1. 1. Watch our Samsung NX1 video review
  2. 2. Samsung NX1 Review - Build and Handling
  3. 3. Samsung NX 1 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Samsung NX 1 Review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Samsung NX 1 Review - Image Quality
  6. 6. Samsung NX 1 Review – Verdict
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  • Daryll Peter Griffith

    umm dude they gave the autofocus full grades

  • Marco –

    A fair review. Buffering has always been a huge issue with nx cameras and this one is no exception. Considering its pro target, at least 30-40 raw images should be taken in a row, before slowing down.

    Besides af seems quite worse than advertised by samsung and, for sure, less capable than 7d mk-ii.

    So a nice attempt by samsung, flawed by several issues, like eg the impossibility to turn off nr at iso lower than 6400, or to set an exposure compensation forrr auto iso in M mode. Too many issues for a camera at this price point!

    And I agree on the con about the design. A mirrorless camera which is as big, heavy and ugly as a basic dslr.