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Samsung NX1 Review

Samsung NX1 comes with 28 megapixel sensor, 15 photos/sec and 4K video

With the NX1, Samsung introduces a mirrorless system camera that wants to rush away from the competition in several respects: With 28 megapixels, its image sensor has the highest resolution in the APS-C class, but thanks to BSI technology it should also deliver good image quality at high ISO numbers. In addition, the NX1 promises 15 continuous shots per second on paper, with which it can also track the focus. Does the NX1 really have what it takes to make the established competition fear?

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Extremely high continuous shooting rate, even with tracking AF
  • Valuable and stable camera housing
  • Excellent (touch) operating concept
  • High sensor resolution with decent image quality

Cons

  • A little bit of configuration options for the AF system
  • Image Quality Collapses at High ISO Levels
  • Large and heavy (for a mirrorless system camera)
  • Some control elements too smooth-running

These are already extreme values with which Samsung is now catching up with the top manufacturers or far surpasses them in this combination. The list of superlatives continues with a hybrid autofocus called the Samsung NX AF System III, which features 205 phase and 209 contrast sensors covering 90 percent of the screen. 153 of the phase auto focus sensors are high precision cross sensors. The system focuses within 55 milliseconds and enables continuous autofocus with object tracking, which is useful for both photo and video. An interesting feature is the Custom Focus Range Limiter, which we were able to try out after the press conference with the new 50-150mm lens. This allows the user to restrict the focus range of the camera to prevent the camera from focusing on the close subject (fence) when taking pictures through windows, grilles or fences, for example. Instead, the camera focuses on a subject only within the permitted focus range. This works really well and is super easy to use: Set the lens switch from “Full” (full focus range) to “Custom Set”. Using the rotary wheel on the camera, move the green permitted area to the correct position, e.g. far to the right from five metres upwards. Then move the switch on the lens to the middle position “Custom”. Now the camera focuses the lens only in the “green”, i.e. permitted range – very useful!

 

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The Samsung NX1 with the new 50-150 mm F2.8 lens introduced in 2015. [Photo: Samsung]

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The sensor of the Samsung NX1 in APS-C size sets a resolution record with 28 megapixels in this size. [Photo: Samsung]

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The Samsung NX1’s 3-inch AMOLED monitor swivels 90 degrees up and 45 degrees down. [Photo: Samsung]

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The Samsung NX1’s 3-inch AMOLED monitor swivels 90 degrees up and 45 degrees down. [Photo: Samsung]

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On the top of the Samsung NX1 is a large LC status display that is normally only found on mirror reflex cameras. [Photo: Samsung]

These are already extreme values with which Samsung is now catching up with the top manufacturers or far surpasses them in this combination. The list of superlatives continues with a hybrid autofocus called the Samsung NX AF System III, which features 205 phase and 209 contrast sensors covering 90 percent of the screen. 153 of the phase auto focus sensors are high precision cross sensors. The system focuses within 55 milliseconds and enables continuous autofocus with object tracking, which is useful for both photo and video. An interesting feature is the Custom Focus Range Limiter, which we were able to try out after the press conference with the new 50-150mm lens. This allows the user to restrict the focus range of the camera to prevent the camera from focusing on the close subject (fence) when taking pictures through windows, grilles or fences, for example. Instead, the camera focuses on a subject only within the permitted focus range. This works really well and is super easy to use: Set the lens switch from “Full” (full focus range) to “Custom Set”. Using the rotary wheel on the camera, move the green permitted area to the correct position, e.g. far to the right from five metres upwards. Then move the switch on the lens to the middle position “Custom”. Now the camera focuses the lens only in the “green”, i.e. permitted range – very useful!

The new processor “DRIM engine V” (or shorter “DRIMe V”, which is then pronounced “drim five” and not “dreim wi”), the 5-generation Samsung processors, is responsible for the enormous performance and speed and is 30% faster than its predecessor. In addition, the processor should be even more energy-efficient and thus enable more recordings per battery charge. According to Samsung, this is made possible by a 65-nanometer structure made of copper instead of the usual aluminum.

The fast processor is not only able to process the 28 megapixel photos in real time, but also to turn the sensor data into 4K UHD videos in either 16:9 or 17:9 format (4,096 x 2,160 or 3,840 x 2,160). The full image section is taken, i.e. not just a part from the middle of the sensor that is convenient for further processing. Coding is done with the powerful and space-saving H.265 codec.

The camera is fast not only with the series pictures, but also with the shutter: The shortest shutter speed is 1/8,000 second, which also puts Samsung at the top of other manufacturers. And there is probably a new record to report in the latency of the video finder: Only 5 milliseconds delay is left for the video image in the viewfinder compared to reality. That’s practically imperceptible. The 2.36-megapixel OLED viewfinder is complemented by a 3-inch AMOLED swivel monitor. As the world’s first mirrorless system camera, it also has a top-mounted LC display that provides a convenient view of central camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, AF mode and battery status.

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The 50-150 mm high-performance lens presented at the Samsung NX1 with continuous F2.8 light intensities is quite large and weighs almost 1 kilogram. [Photo: Samsung]

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The case is made entirely of magnesium alloy, making the Samsung NX1 both robust and lightweight (550 grams without battery or memory card). The latest WLAN standard 802.11ac and – again as a premiere for a mirrorless system camera – Bluetooth are available for wireless transmission of recordings. Optionally, there is a battery handle with additional controls for the camera position in portrait format.

Parallel to the NX1, the new Samsung 50-150 mm F2.8 S ED OIS telephoto lens is released. With its high luminous intensity and the new 6-axis optical image stabilizer, it is also suitable for moving subjects or in poor light. According to Samsung, the excellent imaging performance thanks to coated ED lenses and special coating meets the highest demands. Using an ultra-precise stepper motor, the lens focuses very quickly and quietly. Dust and splash water do not bother the lens. Due to internal focusing, the lens length does not change during focusing. A tripod connection provides more stability. The lens weighs 915 grams and has a 72 mm filter thread.

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The Samsung NX1 is also available as a set with the very bright standard zoom 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS iFunction.

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The NX1’s APS-C sensor has a gross resolution of around 30 megapixels. In order to increase the luminous efficacy with this high level of integration, Samsung uses BSI technology.

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Unfortunately Samsung only includes a USB charger for the battery with the NX1. So it must remain in the camera when it is charged.

Ergonomics and workmanship

This is supposed to be a mirrorless system camera? Even at second glance, the Samsung NX1 looks more like a full-blown DSLR, with a viewfinder hump and ergonomically shaped handle. At 637 grams, it is not a pure lightweight, but weighs slightly less than a comparable DSLR. The camera makes a very robust impression. No wonder, since the housing chassis is made of a very stable magnesium alloy. In addition, Samsung has fitted all flaps, buttons and dials with rubber gaskets that provide adequate dust and splash protection.

If you take the NX1 in your hand for the first time, you’ll find your way around right away. All controls are where you expect them to be. On the left shoulder there is a handy adjustment ring for setting modes such as single shot, continuous shooting or self-timer. At the center of the ring, Samsung has arranged four buttons for other frequently used settings, such as white balance or ISO number. To the right of the viewfinder there is a lockable program selector wheel, directly next to it the NX1 informs about the current settings with an illuminated shoulder display. In addition, the camera has a front wheel and a thumbwheel, both of which should be a bit heavier to avoid accidental adjustments. In addition, there is an adjustment ring on the back, in which a rocker cross is integrated. This has a good pressure point, but attracts attention with noises like a crackling frog.

So Samsung has equipped the NX1 with plenty of dedicated controls. You don’t necessarily need them. The camera also has a touch-sensitive display that allows you to quickly configure it with a few taps. Even the main menu, which is not very clear, reacts to touch, this is really great! And then there is the Samsung typical iFunction. A corresponding button on the lens conjures up a further quick menu for exposure time, aperture, ISO value and white balance as standard on the display, which can then also be operated by finger gestures, alternatively also with the focus ring. By the way, the 3-inch monitor can be folded up and down and cannot be swivelled to the side. On the other hand, the AMOLED display impresses with its strong colour rendering and the befitting resolution of more than one million pixels.

But even more impressive is the view into the electronic viewfinder. It has a very fine resolution of 2.36 million pixels, its OLED display reproduces an extremely high contrast range and also impresses with its good colour rendering. In the factory delivery, the viewfinder image appears somewhat cool, but the color representation can be adjusted very finely – by the way, also for the monitor. The EVF has a viewfinder magnification of 0.69 for the 35mm format – so the viewfinder image is unusually large for an APS-C camera. It is also nice that the EVF does not smear even in a dark environment when the NX1 is tilted. The only disturbance he then allows himself is amplified noise, which did not become annoying even in a sparsely lit room. A proximity sensor on the EVF allows the NX1 to switch automatically between this and the display, but there is also a handy manual switch.

The extensive interface panel of the NX1 is concealed on the left side under two tightly closing rubber flaps. On the right side, an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card disappears into the card slot, which unfortunately only offers space for one data carrier. The battery is inserted into the handle from below, one charge is enough for approx. 500 shots. Samsung doesn’t include a charging cradle with the NX1, you just have to make do with a simple USB charger that refreshes the battery in the camera. This is not solved so happily because it blocks the NX1 while the battery is charging. There is also a connection panel on the underside which is protected by a rubber cover. The NX1 uses this to make contact with the optional ED-VGNX01 portrait handle (approx. 250 Euro). Samsung has arranged the tripod thread correctly in the optical axis.

Equipment

Although the NX1 has a number of professional features on board, it also comes with a number of aids for quick snapshots. First of all, there is an intelligent fully automatic system that relieves you of any adjustment work. Alternatively, the NX1 offers a smart mode in which you can directly select the desired scene program or one of the assistants for special purposes. These assistants include, for example, an automatic panorama function in which the camera is simply panned over the scenery while the shutter release button is pressed. The HDR automatic functions are similarly simple, although it does not offer any adjustment options, but in practice it also impresses with balanced results. However, the on-board flash only works with automatic systems if it has been folded out beforehand.

It goes without saying that the NX1 also has the usual PASM modes on board. However, it is not self-evident that the NX1 can control the exposure in M mode via ISO auto – a practical thing if you are dependent on a fixed time/aperture combination. It is also good that with the NX1, the exposure can be directed specifically to the image area under the active AF field. The ISO automatic is also easy to configure: it allows you to specify both a maximum ISO sensitivity and the longest permitted shutter speed. This is especially important for action photographers, as a noisy photo is often less problematic than one in which the main motif dissolves into motion blur. If desired, the NX1 can hatch image areas where overexposure threatens in the viewfinder image – this function has also proven helpful in practice. In difficult exposure situations, the NX1 can dim the lights or record HDR shots in three different strengths.

The flash system of the NX1 barely exposes itself to any nakedness. At best, one could chalk the camera up to the fact that it lacks a PC sync socket; it cannot control wired studio flash systems. Apart from that there is everything you can wish for: The NX1 is capable of long-term synchronisation, optionally to the second curtain, and offers a function for suppressing red flashed eyes. The system flash SEF580A can also be controlled wirelessly, whereby the on-board flash can act as a master.

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If desired, the Samsung NX1 can display a wealth of information in the viewfinder image. Below you can see the distance scale, which can also be used to define the AF range (focus limiter).

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An electronic spirit level makes it possible to precisely align the Samsung NX1.

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Using the clever iFunction function, the most important parameters can be controlled via the adjustment ring on the lens of the Samsung NX1. Practical if you want to keep looking into the viewfinder to adjust the settings.

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The Samsung NX1 can record videos in 4K resolution and store them directly on SD cards thanks to the highly efficient H.265 codec.

As befits a sophisticated camera, the NX1’s image processing capabilities are highly configurable. Not only saturation, contrast and sharpness can be adjusted as usual, but also the color balance and hue. The NX1 allows two individual configurations to be saved so that you don’t lose track of the many configuration options – these can then be conveniently called up using the program selector wheel.

When serial shooting is required, the NX1 even promises to hang off proven sports cars such as the Nikon D4s or Canon 1D X. To anticipate: Samsung doesn’t fill his mouth too full at all. When recorded in JPEG, the NX1 shoots a stunning 15.1 photos per second (fps); in raw it’s still 14.4 fps. No other camera with an APS-C or 35mm sensor is currently faster! In the case of JPEG shots, she also holds out the extremely high tempo for a good 80 photos (or 5.5 seconds); in the case of raw photos, however, she runs out of breath after about 20 shots. In the endurance run it still manages a decent 4.3 fps with JPEG shots, but only 2 fps in raw. On the positive side, Samsung not only achieves this result with a large buffer memory, but also with very fast signal processing. Even after 30 seconds of continuous fire, the NX1 has written the data away in an instant and is ready to record again – this is by no means the case with all cameras.

Even when it comes to video recording, the NX1 can’t beat any other camera. The NX1 can record UHD videos in the formats 4,096 x 2,160 (19:10) and 3,840 x 2,160 (16:9). Best of all, thanks to the highly efficient H.265 codec, it also stores UHD videos internally on a memory card, eliminating the need for an expensive external recording device. The NX1 can also output the uncompressed signal via HDMI for maximum picture and sound quality. There is also the option of recording at lower resolutions, with the NX1 then recording up to 60 full frames per second. The stereo sound can be controlled manually, those who value a particularly high sound quality can connect an external microphone as well as a headphone for monitoring to the camera.

In video practice, the NX1 impresses above all with its very fast and accurate autofocus (more on this in the “Lens” section). It tracks the sharpness of swivels absolutely accurately and without any pumping. It’s also nice that the NX1 can record fast motion and slow motion and optionally fade in and fade out any video over black.

Samsung is a pioneer in connectivity between camera and mobile device. So it’s no wonder that the NX1 also has a lot to offer here. All you need is the app “Samsung Camera Manager” (available for Android and iOS) on your mobile device. Owners of an Android mobile phone are well off, because the NX1 establishes a connection via NFC to these devices. Once the connection is established, the NX1 can be remotely controlled from the mobile device, seamlessly transferring recordings and displaying the viewfinder image on the smartphone or tablet display. The mobile device can even be used as a GPS logger, all you need to do is connect it to the camera via Bluetooth.

The Samsung NX1 is generous in playback mode. Here not only the usual functions such as rotating or deleting images are available, the camera also offers a variety of editing functions for adjusting brightness, contrast, color appearance, etc.. In addition, raw files can be saved as JPEG copies.

Lens

In this country the Samsung NX1 is currently offered as a set with different lenses. We tested the camera with the 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS iFunction, the brand new Telezoom 50-150 mm 2.8 S ED OIS was also used. The “S” in the type designation of both lenses indicates that they are protected against dust and splash water. OIS indicates the optical image stabilizer, the sensor of the camera is not stabilized. The very fast standard zoom 16-50/F2-2.8 covers a focal length range of 24 to 75 millimetres in relation to 35mm on the NX1. It is elaborately constructed, both mechanically and optically. The optics consist of 18 lenses (some of them ED and aspherical) in twelve groups, nine aperture lamellas provide a soft bokeh.

In practice, the Samsung NX1 attracted attention with both the standard zoom and the telephoto zoom, due to its rapid autofocus. With a focal length of 24 millimeters (related to 35mm), it took only 0.25 seconds to focus from infinity to two meters. At the long end of the standard zoom, the AF was barely slower at 0.29 seconds. Today, however, many system cameras focus on static motives with such speed. But what if the NX1, with its breathtaking continuous shooting rate, is supposed to track the focus for series shots?

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The housing of the NX1 is made of a light but robust magnesium alloy.

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… yet the camera equipped with the 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS iFunction lens weighs in at a good 1.2 kilograms.

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The NX1’s handling quality is excellent, and the lens also looks as if it has been built for eternity.

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The connection terminal of the Samsung NX1 is hidden on the left side under splash-proof flaps.

For the NX1, Samsung relies on a hybrid AF, in which distance determination by contrast measurement is supported by 205 phase AF sensors on the image converter. Their task is to determine the direction of movement of the subject – which is not possible with systems based purely on contrast measurement. 153 of the phase AF sensors are designed as particularly sensitive cross sensors. No matter how Samsung builds the technology – it works. It reliably keeps a dog running fast towards the camera in focus, even at the highest continuous shooting rate. If the tracking AF is set to “Focus Priority”, the NX1 simply does not release until it has “packed” the subject again.

To make the AF system’s work easier, the NX1 is equipped with a programmable focus limiter that is particularly easy to set up with the 50-150 mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens. You define the range within which the NX1 should focus. If, for example, a passer-by pushes his way into the foreground, the NX1 simply ignores it – a function that you won’t want to miss anymore. However, the NX1 does not allow you to specify whether the AF should remain on a subject stored for the first time during continuous shooting or whether it should turn to a new subject.

The practical thing is that the NX1 offers a focus mode AF-A, in which it decides whether to maintain a distance setting once it has been determined (AF-S) or to adjust the focus with the subject (AF-C). It goes without saying that the NX1 has an electronic face recognition system on board, which also assists the AF. Practical assistants are also available for manual focusing. On the one hand, the NX1 can mark contrast edges in the focus plane in color (focus peaking). And secondly, it features an adjustable focus loupe that automatically starts when the focus ring on the lens is rotated.

Picture quality

The heart of the Samsung NX1 is an image converter in APS-C format, which is very highly integrated with a gross resolution of 30.7 megapixels. This results in a pixel pitch of only 3.5 µm, the individual sensor cells are accordingly insensitive. In order to increase the luminous efficacy, Samsung executes the sensor in BSI technology. The wiring is not in front of the light-sensitive layer as usual, but behind it. But all theory is grey, in the end only the result counts.

The measurement of the signal-to-noise ratio shows that BSI technology cannot work miracles. It decreases continuously from the basic sensitivity ISO 100 and already falls below the critical limit of 35 dB at ISO 1.600. The luminance noise remains uncritical up to about ISO 6,400, and then increases sharply from ISO 12,800. The usually particularly annoying color noise, however, remains inconspicuous over the entire sensitivity range. A bit of a pity is that the noise reduction of the NX1 is very committed to the standard defaults and thus ironing away many unnecessary details with the noise. Fortunately, the noise reduction can be adjusted – or you can record in raw format and remove the noise later in the raw converter. It cannot be argued away, however, that the input dynamics of the NX1 with almost 11 light value levels (EV) are only excellent up to ISO 800. With each higher ISO level, it then decreases by 0.5 to 1 EV; at ISO 6,400, it only differentiates between acceptable 8.8 EV. By the way, this is also reflected in the output tonal range, which is excellent up to ISO 200, but only satisfactory between ISO 1,600 and ISO 6,400. There is also potential for improvement in colour fidelity. On average, the color deviation is still just good, but below average at the top. In practice, the automatic white balance under artificial light also caused problems because there was too strong a weakness for red.

Apart from the fact that the dynamic range of the NX1 breaks down visibly beyond ISO 1,600, the camera can be used for DIN A4 prints up to ISO 6,400. With this output size, only a resolution of around 8.5 megapixels is required, which safely eliminates possible problems caused by image noise or loss of detail thanks to the immense sensor resolution of the NX1. But if you want to make the most of the high resolution (at low ISO values), you also need a corresponding performance of the lens. Is the 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS an adequate partner for the NX1? Samsung corrected its edge darkening very well, it is practically not measurable. The standard zoom also does not give any nudity when measuring the distortion, apart from a somewhat pronounced barrel shape at the wide-angle end. But the 16-50 mm also cuts a good figure with the important resolution measurement. In the image center, it resolves at least 50 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) at all focal lengths up to aperture F11. In view of the high sensor resolution, this is not a peak performance, but it is considerable overall. The fact that the resolution drops rapidly at even smaller apertures is due to diffraction effects that cannot be avoided. Another advantage of the lens is that between F5.6 and F11 the loss of resolution towards the edges of the image remains within the frame. On the other hand, color fringes caused by chromatic aberration are very pronounced in the corners of the image. Fortunately, today’s raw converters can safely correct such errors, and in practice it only appeared disturbing at short to medium focus distances.

Bottom line

Breathtaking continuous shooting rates and a lightning-fast autofocus – with the NX1, Samsung presents a real sports ace. Video filmmakers also benefit from the very fast signal processing; and of course from the fact that the NX1 can even shoot 4K videos if required. The operating concept is also very successful, regardless of whether you prefer to operate the camera with finger gestures or classically with the many switches and dials. The image quality is good up to ISO 1,600, but A4 prints still look good even at ISO 6,400. The touch and processing quality is above average – this also applies to the “S” lenses. So Samsung didn’t spill on the NX1, but rather padded it – this also applies explicitly to the formidable EVF. However, you should be aware that the mass and weight of the NX1 are closer to a DSLR than to a mirrorless system camera. If that doesn’t bother you, the NX1 is a camera that leaves little to be desired. All that remains is to hope that Samsung will rapidly expand its range of lenses and system accessories.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Samsung
Model NX1
Price approx. 2.600 EUR**
Sensor Resolution 30.7 megapixels
Max. Image resolution 6.480 x 4.320
(aspect ratio) (3:2)
Lens NX Lens 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS iFunction
Filter threads 72 mm
Viewfinder electronic (OLED)
Field of vision 100%
Enlargement 1,04-fold
Disbandment 2.36 million
Diopter compensation -4 to +2 dpt.
LCD monitor 3″
Disbandment 1.040.000
rotatable
swivelling yes
as seeker yes
Video output HDMI
as seeker yes
Program automation yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
manual exposure yes
BULB long-term exposure yes
Motive programmes
Portrait yes
Children/Babies yes
Countryside yes
Macro yes
Sports/Action yes
more 8
Exposure metering Multi-field, Centre-weighted Integral, Spot
Flash yes
Guide number 10.5 (measurement)
Flash connection System flash shoe
Remote release Cable, WLAN
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video mode yes
Size AVI or MP4
Codec Motion-JPEG or H.265
Resolution (max.) 4.096 x 2.160
at frame rate 60p
Sensitivity
automatic 125-25.600 (upper limit adjustable)
manually ISO 100-51.200
White balance
Automatic yes
Sun yes
Clouds yes
Fluorescent lamp yes
Light bulb yes
Other Flash, manual color temperature selection, WB fine correction
Manual yes
Autofocus
Number of measuring fields 209
AF auxiliary light green LED
Speed approx. 0.3 s
Languages Yes
more 29
Switch-on time < 0,2 s
One-hand operation
(zoom and shutter release)
Weight
(Ready)
637 g (body only
)1.277 g (with lens**)
Continuous shooting function*
Number of series images 84 (JPEG
)19 (RAW)
Frequency
(frames/s)
15.1 (JPEG
)14.4 (RAW)
Endurance run
(frames/s)
4.3 (JPEG
)2.0 (RAW)
with flash yes (at reduced frame rate)
Zoom
Zoom adjustment at lens
Zoom levels continuously variable
Time WW to Tele
Memory speeds*
JPEG 0.2 s (9.7 MByte)
RAW 0,4 s (38,2 MByte)
Triggering during
.Save as possible.
yes
Battery life approx. 500 pictures (according to CIPA)
– = “not available” or “not available
“* with SanDisk 16 GB Class 10 UHS U3 SDHC memory card**
with Samsung NX Lens lens 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS iFunction

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Extremely high continuous shooting rate, even with tracking AF
  • Valuable and stable camera housing
  • Excellent (touch) operating concept
  • High sensor resolution with decent image quality

Cons

  • A little bit of configuration options for the AF system
  • Image Quality Collapses at High ISO Levels
  • Large and heavy (for a mirrorless system camera)
  • Some control elements too smooth-running

Samsung NX1 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
)30.7 megapixels (physical) and 28.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.6 µm
Photo resolution
6.480 x 4.320 pixels (3:2)
6.480 x 3.648 pixels (16:9)
4.608 x 2.592 pixels (16:9)
4.560 x 3.040 Pixel (3:2)
4.320 x 4.320 pixels (1:1)
3.328 x 1.872 pixels (16:9)
3.088 x 3.088 Pixel (1:1)
2.160 x 2.160 pixels (1:1)
2.112 x 1.408 Pixel (3:2)
2.048 x 1.152 pixels (16:9)
1.408 x 1.408 Pixel (1:1)
Panorama Stitch Panorama Wizard (for external stitching)
Picture formats JPG, MPO, RAW
Colour depth 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Video resolution
4.096 x 2.160 (17:9) 24 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 24 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 60 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 50 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 30 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 25 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 24 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
MP4 (Codec H.265)

Lens

Lens mount
Samsung NX

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 205 cross sensors, autofocus working range from 0 EV to 18 EV, contrast autofocus with 209 measuring fields
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Area autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) OLED monitor with 1,036,000 pixels, anti-glare, tiltable, with touchscreen
Info display additional info display (top)
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,360,000 pixels, diopter compensation (-4.0 to 2.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement, spot measurement, AF-AE coupling
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 1/4 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully automatic, Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Bracketing function HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 51.200 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Motives action, fireworks, landscape, portrait, sunset, 5 more motive programs
White balance Auto, Clouds, Sun, Fine tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp, Incandescent light with 2 presets, Kelvin input, Manual
Continuous shooting 15.0 frames/s at highest resolution
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 or 30 s interval
Timer Timer/Interval Recording
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (hinged
)flash shoe: Samsung, standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync time 1/250 s
Flash number Guide number 11 at 28 mm focal length (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High speed sync, Long time sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
Power supply no power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Samsung BP1900 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 1,850 mAh)
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, video editing, image cropping, image rotation, image protection, playback histogram, image index, resize
Face recognition Face recognition
Special functions Grid can be displayed, orientation sensor, Live View, user profiles with 2 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeedWLAN
: present (type: ac, B, G, N)
NFC: present
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo with power supply))
Audio output: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pole))
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, PictBridge
Features and Miscellaneous Stereo Microphone

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 140 x 102 x 66 mm
Weight 550 g (net)

Other

included accessories Samsung BC4NX03 Battery charger for special batteriesSamsung
BP1900 special batteryUSB cable
, lithium ion battery, battery charger, CD-ROM

Firmware update 1.40 for the Samsung NX1: More serial pictures and new functions

Samsung has released a new firmware version 1.40 for the mirrorless top model NX1. It provides longer stamina at 15 continuous shots per second: In JPEG there are 90 instead of 70 images after the update, in Raw there are 25 instead of 20. With manual exposure with ISO automatic there is now an AEL function and the focus peaking menu can now be set to a function key. In addition, the autofocus of the 2-2.8 16-50 and 2.8 50-150, 12-24, 16-50 PZ, 18-55 III and 50-200 III now also works during zooming, whereby the corresponding lenses also require a firmware update. Also new is the display of a flash exposure info as well as the display of both battery capacities when using the additional handle. You can download the update from the Samsung website and install it yourself. If you don’t have the confidence to do so, you should contact your dealer or Samsung support for help.

 

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