• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.5 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Samsung NX Mini advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 530 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 43 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.5 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus AIR advantages over Samsung NX Mini

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $555
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 73 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon J3

Samsung NX Mini
Nikon J3
  • $555
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $558
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus AIR
Nikon J3
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $558
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Samsung NX Mini
Panasonic GM1
  • $555
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon J4

Samsung NX Mini
Nikon J4
  • $555
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $365
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus AIR
Nikon J4
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $365
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Samsung NX Mini
Panasonic GF7
  • $555
  • 1 inch
  • NFC
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GF7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon J5

Samsung NX Mini
Nikon J5
  • $555
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus AIR
Nikon J5
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Shoot 4K video
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