• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX1 advantages over Panasonic GX8

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,363 vs 806 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    15.2 fps vs 8.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    15.1 fps vs 7.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GX8 advantages over Samsung NX1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $998* vs $1797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.77x vs 0.69x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 53 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    36 vs 22 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Highest resolution Micro Four Thirds camera yet; Great high ISO performance; Very fast autofocus; Fast burst mode with deep buffers; Impressive Dual I.S. system; Great 4K video.

  • No built-in flash; Slow buffer clearing; Below average battery life; Limited I.S. for 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Samsung NX1
Olympus E-M1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic GX8
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Samsung NX1
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Samsung NX1
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic GX8
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
Panasonic GX8
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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