• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Samsung NX20 advantages over Canon SL1

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    12.9 vs 11.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.69x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon SL1 advantages over Samsung NX20

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1140 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • High quality images with lots of detail; Excellent graphical user interface is fun to use; Smart implementation of WiFi makes it relatively easy to share photos wirelessly.

  • Designed so much like a DSLR you may wonder why you shouldn't get a DSLR instead; Some performance issues, particularly slow buffer clearing and shot-to-shot speed; Initial WiFi set-up can be confusing.

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX20
Sony NEX-7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL1
Sony NEX-7
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-01

Samsung NX20
Pentax K-01
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL1
Pentax K-01
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Samsung NX20
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL1
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A58

Samsung NX20
Sony A58
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Samsung NX20
Canon T5
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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