• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 50,000

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Differences

Samsung NX1 advantages over Leica SL (Typ 601)

  • Less expensive
    $1797 vs $5995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    15.2 fps vs 10.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    15.1 fps vs 10.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Leica SL (Typ 601) advantages over Samsung NX1

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.00 vs 3.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,821 vs 1,363 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 65 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.69x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
    33 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds

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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.

  • Superb build quality; Amazing EVF; Great image quality from RAW files; Good high ISO performance; Very good dynamic range; Very low shutter lag; Fast AF on stationary objects; Class-leading ~11 fps burst mode; 4K DCI and UHD video; Full HD up to 120p. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS; Dual card slots; Decent battery life for its class.

  • Big for a full-frame mirrorless camera; Very slow buffer clearing; Contrast-detect AF system struggles with moving subjects; In-camera JPEGs are muted and dull; Very limited native lens selection (but supports many other Leica lenses via adapters); Expensive.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Samsung NX1
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $7995
  • 35mm

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Samsung NX1
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X-H1

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X-T3

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Newer
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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