Samsung NX1000 Review

4.5
July 27, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 DG

Hi, bought this and love it other than it’s wireless upload capability with MACs is just not good & with iphone. Do you know if I could put a wireless memory card in this camera instead?!

3:06 pm - Thursday, August 9, 2012

#2 Stephen

This camera does not work as documented. I’ve tried two different cameras of the same model, and they both have the same issues. The only way to shoot in continuous mode (8fps or 3fps) is in manual focus. The auto focus is very slow, and waits to shoot until the lens is brought out of focus and then refocuses, even with the AF assist turned off. Also, the ability to connect to social sites does not work at all. I can send photos through the email application, but cannot connect to Facebook, Picasa, or YouTube. And while it is supposed to be able to connect to photobucket, I do not have an account there, so I did not try that. However, I would expect that this would not work either, since none of the other ones work. I have contacted Samsung regarding these issues, and they tell me the issue has been escalated, but even after returning the camera and getting a new one (and waiting for several weeks) I still have not received a call from the about the issues with this camera. I’m returning it, and getting a different camera. It should work as documented.

8:40 pm - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#3 john b

I’m thinking “Stephen” has no clue how to properly operate this camera and hasn’t taken the time to read the owner’s manual.

The camera definitely works as it should; continuous shooting mode functions with autofocus, not just manual, and the wireless mode will upload to all social networks.  You have to be on WIFI, stephen, it will not work with 3G or 4G.

It works as advertised and takes great photos!!

2:50 pm - Sunday, October 7, 2012

#4 Stephen

John, I have a lot of experience with many different cameras. I appreciate that you are trying to be helpful, however I did read the manual, and spoke with Samsung technical support on multiple occasions. They walked through everything with me, and still the camera did not work. It could very well be that I recieved a bad camera, but I went through two of them. My major complaint is that Samsung technical support escalated the issue, but never (and still as of now) has not returned my call to tell me what is going on. I have since moved on. I returned the cameras and bought something else.

4:55 pm - Sunday, October 7, 2012

#5 James Marshall

Great little camera which I found very handy this past weekend at Motorcycling racing and its burst modes were perfect for capturing fast moving action with a great choice of 10, 15 or 30 fps and still maintaining good resoloution at the default 5 mp setting. I also tried both the 3fps and 8 fps at full resoloution of 20 mp. Amazing performance for such a tiny camera and I had the camera set at ISO 640 and 1000 as the afternoon worn on due to overcast conditions. Very little grain in any of the shots. I find the pics at standard default settings a little soft and lacking in punch, but i normally use my cameras in PASM settings and I adjusted the camera via the Picture Wizard to get sharper and more vivid pics. I upped the sharpness by 2 and color by 3 leaving contrast alone. That gave me the look i liked and still quite true to life. just a bit punchier than Smart mode for my taste anyways. I also tweaked the exposure compensation setting by one third of a stop as i find the camera overexposes just a little in bright conditions, even using the Smart Range setting. thats another great feature, the Smart range feature that nicely holds onto bright highlights with very little downside. You do have to use a minimum of ISO 200 though, though this is no drawback. This is a fantastic little camera along with its predecessor the NX100 which i also own. The buffer on that camera and its burst options and frame rates are much lower on that model but its still a terrific camera. I used the NX1000 at the motorcycle races with the 50-200 zoom and thats a great lens.

11:42 pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

#6 James Marshall

Great little camera with super burst rates and lots of options though I did find the camera did need a little tweaking to get the results I wanted. I normally use cameras in PASM modes so I went into the Picture Wizard and upped the sharpness by 2 and color by 2, as I found the standard settings a bit flat. I also adjusted the exposure compensation down by one third of a stop, as I found the camera had a slight tendancy towards overexposure. The `Smart range` option is great and really does help control any highlights, though limits ISO to a minimum of 200. No big deal though, as the camera produces grain free pics up to 1000 in my use of it.  I used it at Motorcycling races last weekend and got a lot of keepers using the 3 second 10fps setting to great advantage in continous focus mode. You still get a decent 5 MP pic even at those high rates. terrific !!! You also have the option of 20 MP pics at 8FPS for 11 shots or even much more at 3 FPS. Highly recommend this camera which is now a companion to my NX100 along with a 50-200 zoom, 20mm and 16mm pancakes, as well as the sharp 18-55 and 20-50 zooms. Could not be happier.

12:02 am - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

#7 Ajith

Hi Folks,

I will start out saying I’m not a pro in terms of camera manual settings. I bought the NX1000 and I should say during the day time its a great device to capture wonderful high res images. I used all the different settings on the camera and found it great. The only issue I have is with the night scene mode. In this mode I noticed that with the assist lamp ON, it still is not able to autofocus on subjects like my canon camera does. Since its not able to focus it doesn’t click thru. I have to either move very close to the subj or light up a lill on the sub so that it can focus on. To manual focus on the subj, I can’t at all since I can’t see anything thru the LCD. Same distance, same conditions my Canon works great, this one doesn’t focus or click. When I switch this to MF then it does click thru, then again I have to trial & error manual focus the subj to clarity..

Once again I’m not a pro at these settings. So any help is greatly appreciated. I just want to make sure I can take good pics during low light / night conditions with almost no light conditions.

Regards - AJ

5:09 am - Monday, November 5, 2012

#8 david

anyone have a problem with it saying processing on the screen and nothing but taking out the battery will stop it.

7:25 pm - Friday, November 23, 2012

#9 James Marshall

Message to david. Yes, I have had this happen to me a few times where i could only get the camera to stop ``processing`` by removing the battery !!!  How weird is that. I believe its caused by switching the camera off before it has processed an image you have just taken, and this may take quite a while if you have just shot RAW or done a burst sequence.

9:12 pm - Friday, November 23, 2012

#10 Adele Fearon

Hi !
  Not had the camera long, and am a decided amateur in terms of camera’s and settings ... however, what I’m finding with most of my pics (generally in Smart mode) I’m having to ‘auto’ brighten them, even when I have used a flash. I’ve read the manual several times ... but can I only alter settings in PASM mode .. or can I up film speed in Smart / scene mode ...
  I need an idiots guide ... or a guide for this idiot !! Any help would really be appreciated !

    Thank you

11:43 pm - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#11 Eric

Similar comments to -Stephen- #6 #8, I could connect to WiFi (successfully sent photos via email) but could not log into Facebook. Tried using different FB accounts and different WiFi networks but nothing worked.

9:46 am - Saturday, December 1, 2012

#12 Richard

Anyone know if i is possible to post direct to Twitter from the NX1000? It isn’t included in the options menu…

5:33 pm - Tuesday, December 11, 2012

#13 Tom

The EVF does NOT work with the NX1000, its for the NX100 and the NX100 only, the NX1000 lacks the extra connector mounted horizontally behind the hot shoe.

12:54 pm - Sunday, December 16, 2012

#14 Joe Prete

Hey Guys, please remember that your entry can take from 2 minutes to 2 hours to appear, if it doesn’t show by then, it’s not going to. My own suggestion, keep your posts short. There’s nothing like typing and checking 3 paragraphs, just to find it can’t pass through the Spam filter or the Moderator. Maybe two smaller posts will save you some of the trouble.

It seems like this camera is the shape of things to come. I find them awkward, myself. And the Optical Viewfinder is a must in my book. Holding the LCD at arms length just doesn’t seem right to me. It reminds me of the “Point and Shoot” group.

But on a happier note, from the photographyblog.com Writers and Staff, I’m here to wish you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Please remember to drive safely (to and from). We hope that 2013 will be a better year, for you and your families.
Good Luck Everyone,
... Joe Prete

12:23 am - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

#15 Jordan

I have a problem with booting the camera. I switch it on but nothing happens, the indicator is lithing steady and when I swith it off the indicator continues to light steady. Only when I remove the battery it stops, but then is the same. Im not able to turn it on ever since.

6:24 pm - Monday, January 7, 2013

#16 gavin

hello, i am really new to all this, what it is i going to start my own business doing photography like with kids and going to race days and that sort of things, im just wonderin if anyone could say this will do this for me, ino the price is £389.99 so it isnt going to be rubbish but need some advise please is his camera good for what i need?? thanks guys

1:54 am - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#17 JOE PRETE

To Gavin,
Regarding the camera, do you know that it comes with a “Kit” Lens and many situations require different focal lengths, and of course that means spending more money. You may want to look into what you will need and how much it will cost you. “Kit” Lenses are usually the lowest cost lens of those available.

As for the other part of your comment, You should know that before Digital cameras were available, Photography was one of the most competitive and difficult trades to get into, and most started after going to school for it, then working as an apprentice for a few years before getting an actual salary. Finding that start as an apprentice was not easy. (Note:That was Before Digital)

Now that there are so many different cameras on the market and there is rarely any actual processing of film, people can do it at home, printing their own pictures, even if Photoshop is used, which requires a learning period too. However, Photography has become near impossible to break in to. Keep this in mind, as a rule of thumb, 20% of the people, earn 80% of the money.

Now I’m not saying that it’s impossible, just extremely difficult to say the least. I was processing and printing Black & White and Printing color Photographs before I was a teenager. Slide film and color negatives needed to be done in a lab, C41 was very hard to do on my own. It had to be accurate to within one half a degree. I had to work to afford it. It took several years just to get it to pay for itself. So many nights standing behind the enlarger. 
 
Now, with Digital cameras and computer programs, people still start at that early age, but they are light years ahead right from the start. Also, there are 10X the amount of people going for the same positions. They still go to school for it, and work as an apprentice so you should consider that things are much more competitive now. I’ve heard this one often “Photography is a great hobby, but I should have kept it as a hobby, and not tried to make it a profession. ” Look before you leap okay!!!
... Joe Prete

4:36 am - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#18 JOE PRETE

To Jordan,
Recently Samsung released a firmware update, Version 1.12 but on January 10th they rescinded the update without explanation. It was for Wifi connectivity and for certain lens functions.

There was a firmware update released on october 24th 2012. I don’t know if that is the one they rescinded. If you registered the camera you would have been notified by email. The September 18th update seems to be for the owners manual. 

Before you do anything else, remove the battery from the camera
I received this comment too late in the day to contact anyone but only you, as the owner would know the sequence of events. Call the tech support line ASAP for further information.
Good Luck,
... Joe Prete

8:13 am - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#19 Socrates

Hello guys,
I got this little sweet thing with big sensor for low light photography in a small body.
I m quite happy with it, only problem is the autofocus in dark places doesn’t work or I m such a newbie that i can’t find the way to make it work.

If someone can point a finger on how to make the focus work fast (even manually) i d be grateful!

12:44 pm - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

#20 JOE PRETE

Socrates,
I don’t own the camera but, that does look like an Auto Focus assist lamp near the top, inner side of the hand grip. It also has a “night” mode, so there must be some provision for taking night pictures.

I also think that you should ALWAYS read the FULL VERSION of the owners manual.

If you don’t find the answer, I’m pretty sure that they gave you a toll free Tech Support Number for those that own the product to call when they have questions.
... Joe Prete

4:39 pm - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

#21 Will

This camera is currently selling for £324.99 on amazon for the black version with 20-50mm lens kit. There isalso a promotion running where you get a 7 inch samsung galxy tab2 free(£225 value) and can claim $50 cashback form samsung. Offer expires 31st January. This may help some people decide if they are unsure.

3:43 pm - Friday, January 18, 2013

#22 mark

have tried to connect to samsung tab2 gt-p3110 android ver 4.1.1
through latest aps   remote view finder and mobile link
but this will not connect
i know an earlier model worked because i tried this in a camera shop in town and worked ok this was a tab 2 and a nx1000
with firmware 1.00
i have tried email and face book which both work ok , but the direct wifi found the camera on the tab2 but failed to connect.

i found this on a forum http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50684167
“The only way i get remote viewfinder to work is by launching remote view on the camera,
connecting to its wifi ssid and the launching the app. works with GB, ICS and jelly bean”.

but this dont work on this new camera nothing shows on the tab2 or any laptop.

1:40 pm - Friday, January 25, 2013

#23 Sara

Hi I just bought the camera yesterday and I am having problems using the zoom.  I can zoom in then it jumps to the normal size shot does anyone know how to lock in the zoom please ?

1:58 am - Sunday, March 24, 2013

#24 Paul Edwards

I am thinking about buying this camera or the NX300. I now see they have bought out the new NX2000 - same design as this with a large touch screen, dont know if they have sorted out peoples questions on here regarding the NX1000, only time will tell. Sony also do some excellent little CSC mirror-less cameras - worth having a look at….

1:51 pm - Saturday, May 4, 2013

#25 Alex

Sara,there is NO zoom on this camera if you refer to   electronic zoom.There is only manual zoom on it and once you twist the ring on the lens i don’t see how it could “jump” back.I presume you are in manual mode and you are moving the focus ring,which indeed is digitally zooming so you can properly adjust the focus,and then it comes back to normal.But that’s not zoom in the right sense,it is only there to help you focus.

1:29 pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#26 Garry

I have just bought this nx1000 and have been reliably informed…..that i can fit my tamron 70-300 lens to this. Can anyone confirm this for me please?

11:02 am - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#27 Paul Edwards

One can fit quite a few different lenses - with the correct adapter…... PE.

11:06 am - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#28 Garry

Thanks for your comment, however my point is that i have been reliably informed that i can use my tamron 70-300 on my samsung nx1000 without the need for an adaptor…...is this correct?

11:28 am - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#29 Paul Edwards

I do not as yet own this camera though I think I may buy either this or on of the other Samsung CSC (great value for money and they hold their value on ebay!) 

But I wouldn’t be surprised as Tamron has a long history of catering for various camera lens mounts. Best thing is to do a Google and see what comes up.

In 10 seconds I came up with this:

http://www.parkcameras.com/c/207/Samsung-NX-Fit.html

no doubt there are many other links also. PE

11:37 am - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#30 Nancy

Trouble taking closeup photos - inability to focus.  But my biggest concern now is that I took the memory card out to copy a photo on to my computer.  Put it back in and when viewing get nothing but “file error”. Has anyone else had this problem?

1:06 am - Tuesday, July 9, 2013

#31 Joe Prete

Nancy,
Many of these cameras have a small internal memory, that holds just a few photos if you need it and haven’t yet put the card in, Once you do put the card in you won’t see the internal memory anymore…  until you take the card out. Then look for the images, they will still be on the camera, so transfer them to the computer by connecting the cable, once you move the image, clear it from the camera and be sure to put the card in and format the new card in the camera, you’ll then be ready to shoot images again. As for the close ups, did you read the cameras guide? Do you even have the camera guide? Did they give you a CD-ROM with the book inside?
... Joe Prete

2:56 am - Tuesday, July 9, 2013

#32 Jo

Can anyone tell me why I am getting a line running through some of my pictures when using this camera, Thanks.

12:35 pm - Monday, July 22, 2013

#33 brian Mcgrevey

I have just bought an nx1000. Seems the rear screen is difficult to see in sunlight,have fitted a delkin
shield around sides and top still seems to be a problem in strong light.Can you help? Brian

11:43 am - Sunday, August 25, 2013

#34 Joe Prete

Brian,
That’s just one reason that I’m bothered so much by the exclusion of the EVF or OVF (Electronic Viewfinder/Optical Viewfinder). The “Point & Shoot” crown never used them, so the manufacturers started leaving them out. They save money and a lot of camera space too. They love the idea. Most Fujifilm cameras still have them, and they may be an expensive accessory on a few other brands, like Sony and Panasonic. This has caused many of us to pay much higher prices, for something that should have been there from the start. I won’t buy an LCD only camera. Years of using real cameras has conditioned most Photographers to this. Maybe it is, or will be an accessory for your model. I can’t understand why people don’t “look into” (pun) this before they buy!
... Joe Prete

5:54 pm - Sunday, August 25, 2013

#35 Dennis

Brian, as yet the nx1000 doesnt have anything that will really help your problem…But, I have found going into the menu and raising the screen brightness to max really helps..Their default is in the middle…There is word that in the future, Samsung will be coming out with an attachment
That fits into the hot shoe…
Dennis

6:39 pm - Sunday, August 25, 2013

#36 lacey

Great little camera best camera I’ve used and it takes better pics then my brothers canon rebel t3i

4:56 pm - Thursday, October 17, 2013

#37 Nancy

JOe Prete,
Thanks for your reply which I only saw today.  The file error had nothing to do with the internal memory.  I printed and read the entire manual and it did not solve either of my problems.  I’m still pleased with this as a backup camera.

6:54 pm - Thursday, October 17, 2013

#38 Ron

Looking for help on this camera. I have a chance to buy one for $290.00. I really like the detail that the sensor in this camera is able to capture, but I’m seeing an awful lot of problems on this site that other people seem to be having. Also, I noticed on Samsung’s site that this and the NX1100 are discontinued. Both cameras have not been around a very long time, makes me wonder. Suggestions? Should I buy or run away fast?

5:20 pm - Sunday, December 29, 2013

#39 Joe Prete

Ron,
This camera is one that is either really hated, or really loved by the owners, there are few in between. This type, has become an overcrowded market, and finding half off deals with a “KIT” lens is very common. There are similar great deals on Nikon 1 kits, The Silver J1 Kit with 10-30mm VR lens is $219.00 at B&H Photo in NY, and they throw in a case too! I would think that you can’t go wrong with a kit that was $500.00, and is now $219.00 but everyone has their own ideas. There are group forums over at http://www.dpreview.com and users/readers will reply to most questions within a few minutes in most cases. I suggest that you
learn a bit about them, even at the lower prices because these cameras can feel very awkward to many people. ... Joe Prete

8:49 pm - Sunday, December 29, 2013

#40 Ron

Can anyone HELP me? Bought this camera on Amazon, was told it was brand new, but not sure. Trying to download the firmware upgrades. On Intellistudio, I get message that “This device is not supported”. Talked to Samsung, and they said I could FORMAT an SDHC card, insert it into my laptop, and download the updates to the “root directory” on the card, then insert card into camera and transfer that way.Tried to do this several times, with no success.
Not sure if I’m finding the “root directory”.

4:52 pm - Friday, January 17, 2014

#41 Joe Prete

Ron,
If your receipt say that it’s new, Samsung’s tech support should be helping you. Did someone else register it? They must have support over the weekend, they do have other cameras to cover. Is there any possibility of returning it? I think that would be the best solution. Firmware updates can disable the camera completely if they go wrong. In fact they were always done at he shop until a few years ago, but most manufacturers have very easy instructions. If they knew what they were doing, owners would never even attempt it.
... Joe Prete

12:53 am - Sunday, January 19, 2014

#42 Kerry

Hi I have been bought the samsung NX1000 pre loved, when I try and upload to Facebook it has another persons email address at the top. I’ve not uploaded as assume she is previous owner and will end up with my photos on her page. Any one able o help? I have put my email in for sending via email but I can’t see where I can change the fb user.

5:59 pm - Saturday, February 1, 2014

#43 Eon

I wish these big company’s that make expensive cameras would check there products well before selling them at rediculous prices,

9:06 pm - Monday, March 10, 2014

#44 Joe Prete

Don’t use this camera to judge Samsung, a lot has changed in the two years since this little camera came out. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy NX or the NX30. They are quickly catching their competitors. It will take some getting use to, but the companies that make household items like Microwaves, Electric Shavers and Vacuum Cleaners are building some Very Fine Cameras. Mirrorless,
interchangeable lens, Compact and Long Zoom, these are serious,
precision imaging devices and a few bloopers along the way won’t even be noticed by their investors. This is a HUGE corporation!
Most people only bought these, due to the low price. At $325.00 for a Body/Lens kit, it’s still a decent camera.
… Joe Prete

11:00 pm - Monday, March 10, 2014

#45 raghead o riley

Nice camera…but it’s too bad we-ragheads are not allowed to use any camera here in raghead land. Last friday…one of us hassan bin omar got caught pointing and shooting a smoking hot young thing, and he was sent to jail. Funny thing is…the warden-ahmed bin abdullah-he is a pro microstocker and he always brings his dslr n tripod wherever he goes, and was/is never placed behind bars. Ooo…almost forgot…i like samsung.

6:36 pm - Thursday, June 19, 2014

#46 C Murdock

Color tests of the NX1000 on another site indicate that the color accuracy is very high, and that’s what I need (I’ll be using it to photograph colorful products).  However, all the negative talk about the camera’s reliability has got me nervous.  Sample images from the NX3000 show colors that are about the same hue but unnaturally bright.  If I get the NX3000, I can desaturate the colors to darken them, can’t I?  It seems to me that the NX3000 is likely to have fewer bugs and flaws.  On the other hand, maybe I should get the NX1000 because the NX3000 is likely to have a touch screen, and that’s not the kind of camera I want.  (So many decisions.)

Some of the posts at the top appear to be spam.

12:05 pm - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

#47 pete

Hi everyone, I’m completely new to digital cameras and am having a small problem with the self timer. I used it in smart mode and now I can’t turn it off. I don’t recall reading about it in the manual either. How do I get rid of it????

Please help!!

4:22 pm - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#48 Paul Edwards

Timer: I dont have this camera but they are generally the same. Keep pressing the timer button and it will cycle through 2 sec 10sec and Off…

4:33 pm - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#49 Paul Edwards

If all else fails Pete just do a factory reset. Also make sure your camera has latest firmware update. PE

4:36 pm - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#50 C Murdock

I think the way to deselect the self-timer is to simply deselect it.  You have two options in there:  Single and Self-Time.  Press the left button (on the wheel), select Single, and then press the OK button to exit.

8:21 pm - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#51 C Murdock

I meant to say “Single and Self-Timer” above.

8:23 pm - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#52 Helena Seiça Neves

Hi! Hello! I can’t upload photos to Facebook but I can send to mail . Before I could do it but not now, the message it sends says: No reply from server. Why? How can I solve this?

1:42 am - Friday, September 19, 2014

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