Samsung NX1000 review

September 8, 2012

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Samsung NX1000

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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...

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.

  • External mic: No
  • Video: 1080p HD at 24fps, 25fps or 30fps, MOV (H.264)
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, custom and manual, with fine-tuning
  • Built-in Flash: No, but a hotshoe-mounted GN 8m @ ISO 100 included
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot TFT
  • AF Points: Single-point, 15 multi-point (35 close-up), face detection
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • Sensor: 20.3-million-effective-pixel CMOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/180sec
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, lens priority, smart auto, panoramic, video, 14 scene modes, 10 smart filters, 13 magic frames
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Weight: 217.7g (without battery and memory card)
  • Power: Rechargeable BP1030 Li-Ion
  • File Format: JPEG, SRW (raw), MOV
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous high 8fps, continuous low 3fps, self-timer 2-30secs, AE bracketing
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec, plus bulb (max 4mins)
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV
  • Lens Mount: Samsung NX
  • RRP: £530 (with 18-55mm lens)
  • ISO: 100-12,800
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • Dimensions: 116.5 x 62.5 x 36.6mm
  • Metering System: 221-block segment TTL metering, with multi, centreweighted and spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 1-stage raw
  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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