Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black
  • Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black
  • Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black
  • Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black
  • Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black

Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black

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Launch Date: 31 Jul 2017
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Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black - Expert Reviews

Overall Review

Samsung NX1 comes with a newly developed 28.2MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor that has a backside illumination for better low light performance. There is no optical low pass filter to it, so you can get sharp images every time. The hybrid autofocus system backs the camera’s focusing power such that you can focus even in low light. There is a built-in quad-core processor that can shoot at 15fps burst mode speed in both RAW and JPEG formats. The ISO sensitivity range covers ISO 100 to ISO 51200. At the back, there is a 3-inch wide AMOLED tilt touch sensitive screen with 1037k dots resolution.

There is also a large OLED electronic viewfinder with XGA resolution. At the top, there is an LCD display along with illumination. The camera can record videos in various formats viz., 4K, UHD, Full HD, HD and VGA. The battery life is of 500 shots and the body of the camera is made of magnesium alloy and is weather resistant. These and many more features discussed below overall make this camera the finest in the NX line up till date. Although, it has been announced by Samsung, its availability is not yet confirmed.

Design and Build Quality

Samsung NX1 has a body of magnesium alloy and sports weather resistant property. It feels nice when held in hands and is quite comfortable with a thumb ridge at the back and a front grip. All the dials come with edges knurled, which gives way for a high quality design. The tilt mechanism of the screen at the back feels stiffer and is relatively tough. Both, the AMOLED screen and the EVF provide for a clean view with ample detail, and the touch-sensitivity of the screen is impressive with easy interaction, thanks to a simple menu system. At the right side of the top, there is a mode dial that allows access to exposure modes, PSAM, Samsung Auto Shot and two custom functions.

There is a lock to this dial that prevents it from being dislocated. To the side of it, there is a small screen that shows key data of shooting. At the left top is the dive mode dial that allows for a quick way of setting the camera - either to the burst mode or to the AEB (auto exposure bracketing). There are four buttons at the top that give access to autofocus, sensitivity, white balance and metering. Changes can be made by using the control dials at the front and back, by dialling around the navigation controls or by touchscreen. 

Focus and Face Detection

Samsung NX1 features a hybrid autofocus (both phase detection and contrast detection based autofocus). It is quicker that its precursors and has 205 phase detection points with contrast detection points being 209. There are around 153 Cross type sensor points and the various focus modes are tracing AF, single AF, continuous AF, manual AF, face detection AF and touch AF respectively. An Autofocus illuminator also comes in the device that locks onto the subject, even if it does not have the detail.

Lens and Image Stabilization

Samsung NX1 can accept all NX-mount lenses. The company presently offers 16 lenses, excluding the versions of 18-55mm lenses and including the 45mm 3D/2D lenses. There are only two lenses that are weather sealed to date; the 16-50mm f/2-2.8 "S" OIS lens, which comes in bundle and the new 50-150mm f/2.8 "S" OIS lens. There is no built-in body image stabilization but is present with the lenses. Third party lenses can also be used via compatible adapters.

Screen and Menus

Samsung NX1 comes with cleanly labelled operative controls alongwith 'to the point' menu system. The menu system resembles to some extent what we see on the Android based devices wherein, a pull down menu allows you to adjust the brightness of the screen, turn on the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and check the battery life. The 3 inches screen is of a capacitive Super AMOLED touch-sensitive tilting type with a resolution of 1.04 million dots. The tilt range covers from 90 degrees up to 45 degrees down. 

Battery

Samsung NX1 derives its power from a 1860mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack. It comes with a CIPA rating of 500 shots per full charge, which is indeed remarkable for a mirrorless camera. The battery is charged within the camera via USB from an AC power adapter that has been provided in the bundle, although there is a dedicated battery charger available too, should you want to take out the battery from the camera and charge it. Other than the battery provided, you can also buy an ED-VGNX01 vertical battery grip. The battery grip is water and dust resistant and gives extra controls for shutter release, orientation, dual command dials, power switch, EV, Autofocus and Auto Exposure Lock. The electrical contacts at the bottom of the camera are usually protected with a rubber cover.

Video Mode

Samsung NX1 can shoot and record internally, 4K videos at a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels at 24p fps. It can also record UHD (3,840 x 2,160) videos at 30p fps. Other video formats are Full HD, HD and VGA with the usable frame rates of 24, 30p and 60p respectively. Coded for compression is HEVC, which offers good image quality than the H.264 codec in half the storage space. 4K videos can be shot in normal and high quality modes. The maximum length for a video clip is nearly 30 minutes and the maximum file size depends on the memory card used.

When you are recording 4K videos, the output to HDMI is in Full HD and you cannot record 4K videos internally when you are streaming them. You can use constant focusing even in 4K mode via touchscreen - just tap the area you want to focus and it gets done. The videos can be recorded in PASM, Smart, Auto and even custom modes. Also, the fast/slow movie function supports Full HD video resolution.

Sensors

Samsung NX1 makes use of a new sensor, which is an APS-C sized backside illuminated CMOS chip with pixel counts of 28.2MP, highest for an APS-C sized sensor till date. The maximum resolution for the images is 6,480 x 4,320 pixels. And since there is no optical low pass filter to it, you get maximum sharpness. The sensor comes with enhanced power, speed and noise reduction features over its predecessors.

Pros

  • Samsung NX1 comes with a 3-inch wide AMOLED tilt screen with 1037k dots resolution
  • There is a hybrid autofocus system to the camera
  • Weather sealed body and lens
  • ISO sensitivity ranging from ISO100-ISO51200
  • Shoots UHD, 4K, Full HD, HD and VGA videos
  • Headphone/Microphone socket
  • 15fps burst mode
  • 500 shots life
  • USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, inbuilt flash and Bluetooth

Cons

  • It would have been better had Samsung NX 1 used a vari-angle screen instead of the normal tilt screen.
  • Only one memory card slot is present

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