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

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Differences

Samsung NX1 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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 8.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Samsung NX1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $1797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 65 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 1290g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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

  • 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

User reviews

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Samsung NX1
Panasonic GX85
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX85
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Samsung NX1
Olympus E-PL9
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X-H1

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm X-T3

Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Newer
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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