• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX1 advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 350 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 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    15.2 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    15.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Sony A7 II advantages over Samsung NX1

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,449 vs 1,363 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Lighter weight
    930g vs 1290g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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.

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Samsung NX1
Sony A7
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7 II
Sony A7
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7 II
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Samsung NX1
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7 II
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Samsung NX1
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7 II
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
Sony A7 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
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