Basic Specifications
Full model name: Samsung NX1
Resolution: 28.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.5mm x 15.7mm)
Kit Lens: 3.13x zoom
16-50mm
(25-77mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / OLED
Native ISO: 100 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 100 - 51,200
Shutter: 1/8000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.0 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.0 x 2.6 in.
(139 x 102 x 66 mm)
Weight: 45.5 oz (1,290 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Availability: 11/2014
Manufacturer: Samsung
Full specs: Samsung NX1 specifications
28.20
Megapixels
Samsung NX APS-C
size sensor
image of Samsung NX1
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NX1 Summary

On most fronts, the Samsung NX1 is a tremendous camera, with excellent DSLR-like ergonomics and controls, impressive photo and video quality and great performance. The NX1 does falter somewhat with continuous autofocus performance, but overall, it is a very compelling camera.

Pros

Very good, high-resolution image quality; Excellent high ISO performance with RAW files; Very good dynamic range; Blazing fast 15fps full-res burst mode; Deep buffer; Great build quality & comfortable ergonomics; Lots of physical controls; Great battery life; Fast single-shot AF.

Cons

Continuous AF performance still not as robust as competing DSLRs; Aggressive JPEG noise reduction at high ISOs; JPEG colors and saturation less pleasing at higher ISOs; H.265 video codec can be difficult to work with.

Price and availability

Available since November 2014, the Samsung NX1 ships in three configurations for the US market: body-only for about US$1,500, bundled with the Samsung 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens for US$1,700, or bundled with the Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 "S" OIS lens, a battery grip, a second battery and a dedicated battery charger, all for about US$2,800.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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Samsung NX1 Review

by Zig Weidelich, Gannon Burgett, Jeremy Gray and William Brawley
Overview originally posted: 09/15/2014

Updates:
10/31/2014: Sample Gallery Photos (pre-production)
11/11/2014: First Shots with production firmware
03/18/2015: Field Test Part I
04/14/2015: Field Test Part II
: Full test results with firmware v1.3x posted!

08/05/2015: Image Quality Comparison, Print Quality and Review Conclusion posted

Samsung drops the gloves and fires a shot across the bow of more entrenched manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony with the introduction of the Samsung NX1, the company's first truly pro-level NX body.

Manufactured of thixotropic magnesium alloy, the NX1's body is tough, weather-sealed, and offers plenty of the controls and features pros expect, such as an LCD status display on the top panel, dual control dials for quick setting changes, and an optional battery grip, just to name a few.

Of course, being a mirrorless camera means it's not an SLR despite what looks like a pentaprism housing which actually contains a new XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.04x magnification (0.69x 35mm-equivelant). Also unlike most pro SLRs, the NX1 boasts a 3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen monitor, using the same excellent display panel as its enthusiast-level sibling, the NX30, but with a more rugged tilting system in place of a more flexible but perhaps more delicate fully-articulated mechanism.

Samsung NX1 review -- three quarter from left view

But the NX1's enhancements aren't just skin deep. Under the hood, you'll find a brand new backside-illuminated (BSI) 28.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with 205 embedded phase-detect AF sensors, coupled to a powerful new multi-core DRIMe V processor. And that pairing is capable of capturing full resolution stills at up to a whopping 15 frames-per-second with tracking autofocus, as well as recording 4K video. And the Samsung NX1 is not only equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, the faster IEEE 802.11ac standard is now supported, as well as "always-on" Bluetooth connectivity.

Available since November 2014, the Samsung NX1 ships in three configurations for the US market: body-only for about US$1,500, bundled with the Samsung 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens for US$1,700, or bundled with the Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 "S" OIS lens, a battery grip, a second battery and a dedicated battery charger, all for about US$2,800.

Samsung also simultaneously announced the second optic in its "S" series of premium, dust and splash resistant lenses alongside the NX1: the Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 "S" OIS, which retails for about US$1,600. The two "S" zooms roughly correspond to the very popular 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 full-frame zoom lenses much loved by pros and advanced amateurs alike.

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Samsung NX1 Field Test Part I

Initial Impressions

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Samsung NX1 shooter's report photoIntroduction. When Samsung first announced the NX1, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. As a DSLR shooter who has been patiently watching the mirrorless game to see which company could pull me in, it seemed likely that if anyone was going to do it, it'd be Samsung. With a familiar form factor, an impressive spec sheet and overall appeal, I was smitten, and anxious to get my hands on it. After arriving here at Imaging Resource, that opportunity arose, and led to this first installment of a shooter's report.

Although I've shot a myriad of subject matter in my photography career, this shooter's report will be written through the eyes of a sports photographer, as Samsung's NX1, both in looks and specs, is an action photographer's camera. To properly put the NX1 through its paces, I spent a handful of days shooting it in two very different sporting environments: a hockey game and an indoor men's collegiate volleyball match.

Samsung NX1 Field Test Part II

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Samsung NX1 shooter's report photoIntroduction. The Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera features speed and performance that aims to compete with more expensive, larger DSLR camera bodies. It offers many of the best aspects of a DSLR camera while also bringing some unique features that make it an attractive alternative to the traditional DSLR camera, so I've been eager to get my hands on one for a deeper dive.

Camera Body and Handling. The Samsung NX1, with its all-magnesium, weather-sealed body, is small and light, weighing in at around 550g with the battery, but it is easy to grip and fits very nicely in my hands. Samsung has clearly put considerable thought into maintaining DSLR handling, but in a smaller mirrorless camera body. The button layout of the camera is familiar to anyone that has shot with a DSLR; the NX1 provides simplicity in its controls without sacrificing functionality, as all of the most important shooting controls are easily accessible.

Samsung NX1 Technical Insights

Now let's take a peek under the hood...

by Zig Weidelich |

Samsung NX1 tech section illustrationBrand new sensor. The NX1 uses an all-new Samsung imaging sensor that's unique in a number of ways. It's an APS-C-sized backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS chip with a total pixel count of 30.7 megapixels and an effective resolution of 28.2 megapixels, the highest yet for an APS-C sensor.

Maximum resolution of the Samsung NX1's images is 6,480 x 4,320 pixels, just over 8 megapixels more than from the APS-C chip found in prior models. And like more and more cameras these days including the NX30, the NX1's sensor forgoes an optical low pass filter in the quest for maximum sharpness, although the trade-off is the risk of more aliasing artifacts.

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NOTE: These images are from best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera.

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Samsung NX1 image qualityThe Samsung NX1 is an excitingly ambitious camera for Samsung, as they pretty much pulled out all the stops to make a high-performance, professional-level mirrorless camera. In a time when many camera makers are making smaller and smaller cameras, Samsung went the opposite direction with the NX1, which shares more in common with DSLRs in size, shape and physical controls, than with its mirrorless cousins.

 

In the Box

The retail Samsung NX1 16-50mm f/2-2.8 kit contains the following items:

  • Samsung NX1 body
  • 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS lens
  • 2 x BP1410 rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs
  • ED-BC4NX03 battery charger
  • ED-VGNX01 vertical battery grip
  • USB cable
  • USB wall charger
  • Body cap
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Lens cap
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  • Strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Software DVD (Includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5)
  • Warranty cards

 

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Comparison shopping?

At the time of writing, the Samsung NX1 has no real peers as it's the first APS-C camera to offer in-camera 4K video recording, and is also the fastest camera in its class in terms of burst performance. Still, we're sure you would like to know how it compares to some other prosumer ILCs as well as to its less-expensive sibling. Clicking on any of the following links will take you to our new comparison pages where you can see features, pros and cons listed for virtually any pair of cameras you'd like to compare. Here are a few obvious choices to compare to the NX1:

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