Samsung NX1000 Review

July 27, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Samsung NX1000 is a new entry-level mirrorless compact system camera. The plastic-bodied NX1000 features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, high speed capture and fast auto focusing, ISO range of 100-12,800, 1080p HD movie recording, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 3-inch LCD screen, 8fps continuous shooting, Sweep Panoramas and Samsung's unique i-Function lens. The i-Function button on compatible lenses allows users to control the NX1000 by scrolling through manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO) and using the focus ring to change the parameters for each setting. The NX1000 also has a special i-Scene lens priority mode, which allows users to select the scene modes, six different Smart Filters and the intelli-Zoom function. The Samsung NX1000 is available in black, pink or white and costs £599 / $699 in a kit with the 20-50mm II lens.

Ease of Use

The new NX1000 is very similar to its bigger brother, the NX210, so a lot of the comments that we made about that camera in our review apply equally to the entry-level NX1000. The NX1000 also has an angular and hard-edged design, with the main external differences coming in the rounder and less pronounced shape of a revised handgrip, a plastic rather than metal body, and an LCD screen rather than the NX210's AMOLED screen. Otherwise you'd be hard-pushed to tell the two apart. The NX1000 employs the same 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as both the NX210 and the range-topping NX20, which is around 1.5x physically larger than the Micro Four Thirds system and promises to rival the image quality of the majority of DSLRs, whilst still maintaining a small camera body that is very similar to the likes of the comparable Sony NEX, Olympus PEN and Panasonic G-series.

The all-plastic NX1000 does at least have a metal lens mount and tripod socket, not bad considering its modest price-tag. First impressions of the NX1000 are positive, with excellent build quality that we've come to expect from recent Samsung cameras. The NX1000 has a functional look with a serious all-black colour, sharp edges and a still tactile curved handgrip that has a textured area where your fingers rest and a rubberised finish to the rest of the grip and the rear panel.

At 114 x 62.5 x 37.5mm , the NX1000 is very slightly smaller than the NX210. Once again there's no viewfinder or built-in pop-up flash, and while beginners probably won't notice the lack of an EVF, being more used to holding a camera at arm's length than holding one up to their eye, they will undoubtedly miss having a flash, while the reverse is probably true for more experienced photographers.

Flash is instead provided for by a supplied accessory (SEF-15A) which slots into the Smart Shoe on top of the camera, but although you no longer have to pay for it, it does add to the bulk of the camera and isn't as well integrated as some of its main rivals. There's also an optional EVF (EVF10) which slots into the same connector, with caveats regarding cost and size, and you can obviously only use the EVF or the flash at one time. The EVF wasn't provided for this review, so we can't comment further on its performance. A new accessory is the EM10 external microphone, which features adjustable levels, a built-in headphone jack and no external cabling and is commendably compatible with all 3 new Samsung NX models, including the NX1000.

We tested the NX1000 with the Samsung 20-50mm II, which has the built-in i-Functionality but only a plastic mount and more crucially no optical stabilisation, important as the NX system doesn't offer in-body stabilisation. On the plus side it is smaller and more compact than the 18-55mm kit lens. Samsung's now standard i-Function button is present and correct, an innocuous looking button on the lens barrel which when pressed activates a sub-menu of key options and allows you to change them simply by turning the focus ring. Consecutive presses of the i-Function button moves through the five available settings - shutter speed and/or aperture, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO. The latter two settings can optionally be turned on or off in the main menu, allowing a degree of user customisation.

While the i-Function button does provide a quick way of accessing certain key settings, I can't help feeling that the idea is best suited to a camera with an electronic viewfinder where you can hold it up to your eye, press the button and turn the focus ring with your left hand, and grip the camera with your right. Holding the NX1000 at arm's length to view the settings while pressing the i-Function button and rotating the focus ring just seems a little cumbersome, especially when you can also use the rear control wheel to perform the same actions, something that I found myself doing by default.

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Front Rear

Protruding metal neck strap eyelets are located on top of the NX1000 at the sides, with the rear dominated by the fixed 3 inch LCD screen. On the left side of the body is a lozenge shaped hole for the built-in microphone. On the right is a plastic cover that houses a HDMI port for connecting the NX1000 to a HD television or monitor and a USB port. The latter port can be used as a remote socket for use with the new SR2NX02 remote shutter release.

On the front of the Samsung NX1000 is a small focus-assist and self-timer indicator lamp, lens release button, and the metal NX lens mount. Located on the bottom of the camera is the shared SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slot and battery compartment, protected by a plastic lockable cover. The BP1030B (1030mAh) battery provides up to 320 shots under the CIPA testing standard. Also found on the bottom of the camera is a metal tripod mount which is commendably located in-line with the centre of the base.

The NX1000 uses the same built-in dust-removal system as the original NX100 and NX10 models, which vibrates the sensor 60,000 times per second to remove any unwanted specks from appearing in your images. By default this feature is turned off, something of an oversight by Samsung, so make sure to enable it so that it works every time you start-up the camera (it only takes about one second). You can also perform a manual sensor clean at any point.

The NX1000 has a so-called Smart Shoe that will accept compatible Samsung flashguns (currently the SEF-42A, SEF-20A and SEF-15A models) and other accessories such as the previously mentioned EVF and the GPS unit (GPS10). Also found on top of the NX1000 are two holes for the stereo sound, a tactile shutter button encircled by the on/off switch, and the new Smart Link button which allows you to directly send images from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet.

There's a traditional round dial with a positive click for the different exposure modes located on the far-right, which is a typical feature of DSLR cameras and enables you to quickly change between the various options. The usual selection of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual are available for the more experienced photographers, and the more beginner-friendly Scene modes, Smart Auto and Lens Priority mode are also accessed via this dial.

When the Lens Priority shooting mode is selected, the NX1000 automatically recognise what type of lens has been attached and suggests a list of scene modes to choose from that are tailored to that specific lens. While this helps to narrow down the usual vast number of choices, it would have been more effective if combined with the Smart Auto shooting mode, rather than being a stand-alone mode, as you still have to pick from the scene modes that are presented to you. This shooting mode now also lets you select six of the ten filter effects that the camera offers.

Smart Auto is Samsung's equivalent of the intelligent auto modes now found on most competitors models. You simply point the NX1000 at a scene or subject and the camera hopefully recognizes it from 16 commonly used presets and automatically adjusts its settings to deliver optimum results. This means that it's not necessary for the user to manually delve into scene modes to call up the likes of 'landscape' or 'flower', essentially making the NX1000's operation merely a case of point and shoot.

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Flash Top

In practice the Smart Auto system works very well, with the NX1000 usually picking the most appropriate combination of settings for the current situation. Obviously not all situations are covered by the scene modes that the system uses, but it does work for the majority of the time. It makes it possible for the less experienced photographer to easily take well-exposed, sharp pictures of people, scenery and close-ups by simply pointing and shooting the camera and is more intuitive than the traditional scene modes (which are still available).

Also found on the mode dial is the familiar Video icon. The NX1000 can record high-resolution Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 and 720p 1280x720 movies in the 16:9 aspect ratio and standard VGA 640x480 or 320x260 movies in the 4:3 aspect ratio, all using the H.264 format at 30 frames per second (you can optionally shoot 720p at 60fps). There's also a new cinematic 1920x810 pixel, 24fps mode.

The Movie mode is accessed by selecting the Movie option on the shooting mode dial and then pressing the shutter button to begin recording, or via the dedicated one-touch record button on the rear of the camera. Stereo sound is recorded during video capture via the small internal mics on top of of the camera. The HDMI port allows you to connect the NX1000 to a high-def TV set, but unfortunately Samsung have decided to cut costs and not include a HDMI cable as standard in the box, which means that you'll have to purchase one separately to take advantage of this camera's HD connectivity.

You can shoot movies using any of the creative modes, giving you lots of control over exposure, and you can also change the aperture and shutter speed during recording, albeit at the expense of recording the mechanism on the soundtrack. The NX1000 offers the ability to set the white balance. metering and use any of the Picture Wizard settings during video recording as well as still images, which instantly lends an interesting art-house effect to your home movies. You can set a video to be played back at various slower or faster speeds (x0.25, x0.5, x1, x5, x10 and x20), the self-timer and image stabilizer can be used, a fade-in or out can be set, and a voice clip can be added.

You can also use a zoom lens during recording with the focusing set as for still images by half-pressing the shutter button. On the negative side, you'll find that if you choose continuous auto-focus, areas of the video will be blurred before becoming sharp again as the camera tries to refocus and the noise of the AF system is a little intrusive. Using manual focus is trickier but will ultimately produce better looking and sounding movies. On a more positive note, having the AF system is better than not being able to auto-focus at all, as with some DSLR cameras that offer video recording.

Completing the NX1000's shooting modes are the Magic and Wi-Fi modes. The former provides a choice of 10 Smart Filters and 12 Magic Frames, including Soft Focus for a warm ambience and Half-Tone Dot for a comic-book look. The latter mode offers built-in Wi-Fi, with an array of options available. Users can email their images, upload them directly to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket and YouTube, or instantly copy them to a home PC via Auto Backup. Samsung’s AllShare Play and Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud services provide free storage space that's accessible by anyone with an account. MobileLink allows you to directly send images to a compatible smartphone or tablet, while Remote Viewfinder utilises a smartphone as a live image previewer. Finally TV Link takes the place of a physical HDMI connection by playing back photos on any device that's connected to the same wireless access point as the camera.

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Front Side

Turning to the rear of the NX1000, we find a 3-inch, 921K-dot rear LCD screen, one of the few differences between the NX1000 and the NX210, which has a better AMOLED screen. The LCD unit on the NX1000 is still very impressive, though, and perfectly usable even in the brightest of sunlight conditions. A new addition to the NX1000 is a useful dual-axis level gauge which helps to ensure that both horizontal and vertical orientations are level.

To the right of the LCD is a familiar round navigation pad with three buttons above and two below. Starting at the top are very handily placed buttons for instant movie recording, then the self-explanatory Menu button. Unfortunately there's no dedicated button for locking the exposure or accessing the expsoure compensation.

The main menu system on the NX1000 is very straight-forward to use. There are five main menus - Camera, Movie, Custom, Settings and GPS - presented as a row of horizontal icons, and due to the large LCD screen and restricting the number of on-screen choices to six, the various options and icons are clear and legible. If you have never used a digital camera before, or you're upgrading from a more basic model, reading the easy-to-follow manual before you start is a good idea. Unfortunately Samsung have chosen not to supply it in printed format, so you can't carry it with you for easy reference.

The thrid button is the useful Fn, which provides quick and easy access to virtually all of the most important camera settings (16 in total) via the very useful Smart Panel. This is an intuitive graphical interface that allows you to move around and choose the main camera settings via a combination of the LCD screen, the navigation wheel and/or the shutter speed dial on top of the camera.

Used in combination with the four directions on the navigation pad that set the Display, which cycles through the various display modes on the LCD screen, Auto-focusing mode, ISO and Self-timer/Drive, you really can access most of the NX1000's key options with one press of a button, although changing them takes a couple more presses.

Surrounding the four navigation pad buttons is a circular control wheel which is used for, amongst other things, changing the aperture by turning from left to right and back again. As with the shooting mode dial, this is a common feature found on some DSLR cameras, so you'll be right at home if you've used a DSLR before - compact camera users will need to become accustomed to using this dial. In the Manual mode things area bit trickier, as there's no second control wheel or dial on hand. Instead you have to press down on the navigation pad to toggle between the shutter speed and aperture and turn the rear control wheel to change the value.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Completing the rear controls are buttons for playing back and deleting your images, with the latter also doubling up as the Custom button, which activates the Optical Preview (essentially a digital Depth of Field Preview) by default and can be alternatively set to either One Touch White Balance or One Touch RAW+.

Unlike a conventional DSLR camera which uses a phase detection auto-focus system, the NX1000 employs the same Contrast AF system that is commonly used by compact cameras. Experienced photographers will now be tutting loudly at the thought of having to use a traditionally slower system, but thankfully this decision hasn't resulted in a slow and unpredictable AF - quite the contrary in fact. The Samsung NX1000's focusing speed is on a par with most DSLRs, with an autofocus algorithm that delivers precise autofocusing in as little as 100ms. As well as the out-and-out speed, there were also very few occasions when the NX1000 failed to lock onto the subject, especially when using the centre AF point, which can be usefully set to one of four different sizes.

There are four AF Area modes on offer, including Selection AF with a selectable focus area, Multi AF, Face Detection, and Self-Portrait Tracking, with Single, Continuous and Manual AF Modes available. Manual focusing is assisted by the 'enlarged display' function. Once you have selected manual focus mode on the lens barrel, turning the manual focus ring automatically increases the magnification on the LCD display, which is a big help in getting the focus spot on. This is real, non-interpolated magnification, very useful for accurate manual focusing - provided you find a way to steady the camera. The screen cleverly returns to normal magnification when you stop using the manual focus ring for a few seconds. Metering options include Multi, Center-weighted and Spot, while the ISO range runs from 100-12,800. There are 7 white balance presets plus Auto and Custom settings and the ability to set a precise Kelvin value, and if you can't make up your mind the white balance, exposure and even the Picture Wizard settings can all be bracketed.

The start-up time from turning the NX1000 on to being ready to take a photo is impressively quick at less than a second. The NX1000 successfully achieves focus virtually all of the time with the 20-50mm kit lens, helped by the AF assist lamp - the NX1000 also doesn't have any notable problems locking onto the subject in low-light situations. The 20-50mm lens is slightly slower to focus in all situations than the 18-55mm lens, though. It takes about 1 second to store a single full-resolution JPEG image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card, with a brief LCD blackout between each image. Storing a single RAW image takes around 6 seconds, and unfortunately it does lock up the camera while the file is being written to memory- you'll quickly grow tired of seeing the onscreen message "Processing" when shooting in the RAW format.

The Samsung NX1000 has a very good Burst mode which enables you to take 8 frames per second for up to 11 JPEG images at the highest image quality, or 8 RAW images, but again be prepared to wait for a long time for the camera to process all the images - it's so slow for RAW images that an on-screen progress bar appears! You can also choose a slower 3fps rate for 15 JPEGs. There's also a special Burst mode that records 30 frames per second, albeit only at 5 megapixel JPEG resolution, with slower 15 and 10fps options also available.

Once you have captured a photo the Samsung NX1000 has a fairly good range of options when it comes to playing, reviewing and managing your images. You can instantly scroll through the images that you have taken, view thumbnails (up to 40 onscreen at the same time), zoom in and out up to 14.2x magnification, view slideshows, delete and protect an image and set the print order. The Image Edit option offers a number of different ways to alter the look of an already-captured photo, including redeye fix, backlight, changing the photo style, resizing, rotating, face retouch and apply smart filters. The DISP button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and aperture / shutter speed, and there are small RGBY histograms available.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 20.3 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

The Samsung NX1000 produced images of excellent quality during the review period. The 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS megapixel sensor used in the NX1000 produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-800, with ISO 1600 also looking very good. ISO 3200 only shows a little noise, while the fastest settings of ISO 6400 and 12800 are quite a lot noisier and suffer from softening of fine detail and a loss of saturation, but the images are still perfectly usable for small prints and resizing for web use. The NX1000 does apply quite a lot of noise reduction to the JPEGs, as demonstrated by the RAW files which have more noise at the comparable high ISO settings.

The images were a little soft straight out of the NX1000 at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting for JPEG files. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and bulb mode of 8 minutes allowing you to capture plenty of light.

Colours were vibrant without being over-saturated in the default Standard Picture Wizard mode, and you can always choose Vivid if you want even more punch or one of the other seven presets to change the mood of your JPEG images, with three customisable settings also available. The Panorama shooting mode and range of Smart Filters are welcome additions, although the Magic Frames are rather less useful.


There are 8 ISO settings available on the Samsung NX1000. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.


ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)


ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)


ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)


ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)


ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)


ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)


ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)


ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

File Quality

The Samsung NX1000 has 3 different JPEG image quality settings available, with SuperFine being the highest quality option, and you can also shoot in RAW format. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

20M SuperFine (6.56Mb) (100% Crop) 20M Fine (3.99Mb) (100% Crop)
20M Normal (2.57Mb) (100% Crop) 20M RAW (32.5Mb) (100% Crop)


Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)



The flash settings on the Samsung NX1000 are Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain and Off . These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (18mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (18mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (55mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (55mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Neither the Auto setting or the Red-eye reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

Red-eye reduction

Red-eye reduction (100% Crop)


The Samsung NX1000's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb setting of up to 8 minutes, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Picture Wizard

Samsung's various Picture Wizard options are similar to Olympus' Picture Modes, Nikon's Picture Styles and Canon's Picture Controls, offering preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone settings, all of which can be changed. The nine available Picture Controls are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. There are also three additional Custom styles so that you can create your own looks.















Smart Filters

The NX1000 offers ten creative filter effects that can be applied to both stills and movies.




Fish Eye




Halftone Dots


Soft Focus

Old Film 1


Old Film 2



The Panorama mode captures either a Live Panorama, which allows you to also capture subject movement at several points during a sweeping panorama, or a 3D panorama.

Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Samsung NX1000 camera, which were all taken using the 20.3 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Samsung NX1000 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Samsung RAW (SRW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 25 second movie is 36.1Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Camera

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Front of the Camera

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Front of the Camera / Flash Closed

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Front of the Camera / Flash Raised

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Rear of the Camera


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Rear of the Camera / Turned On

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Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Camera / Main Menu

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Rear of the Camera / Fn Menu

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Top of the Camera

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Bottom of the Camera

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Side of the Camera

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Side of the Camera

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Front of the Camera

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Front of the Camera

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


It's difficult to tell the difference between the new NX1000 and its big brother, the NX210, which costs an extra £150 / $200. In terms of image quality, performance and features it's virtually the same, with only slightly lesser build quality, a different kit lens and a few interface changes accounting for the price gap.

There are a few interface sacrifices, in particular the lack of ISO and AEL buttons, a second control dial, an integral flash or viewfinder and the continued slow processing times when shooting in RAW mode, which all detract from the camera's overall usability. The jury's still out on the i-Function button, too, with opinions divided about whether it's a genuinely useful innovation or just another way to differentiate the NX system from its competitors. We didn't really notice the difference between the NX1000's supposedly poorer quality LCD screen, though, with the same going for the plastic build quality which is actually very solid and reassuring. Perhaps the biggest reason to consider the NX210 over the NX1000 is the latter's kit lens, which lacks built-in image stabilisation, only has a plastic mount and is slower to focus thand the former's 18-55mm optic.

The same 20 megapixel sensor from the NX210 and range-topping NX20 delivers excellent still image quality, with a very usable ISO range of 100-3200 and 1080p HD video complete with auto-focusing, full control over the exposure settings, stereo sound and a wealth of other options. The NX1000 offers all the advantages that a camera with a large APS-C DSLR sensor offers, namely better performance at higher ISOs and greater depth-of-field effects than the smaller Micro Four Thirds format. We'd be happy to regularly shoot with any setting from 100-1600, and even 3200 is handy at a push. The fastest settings of 6400 and 12800 are less useful, although considering the amount of megapixels that have been squeezed onto the sensor, we're still very impressed with the NX1000's overall performance.

In summary the Samsung NX1000 isn't the cheapest entry-level compact system camera on the market, but it is a very capable one, sharing the same core DNA as the other new NX models. It's so similar to the NX210 that we'd recommend saving £150 / $200 and opting for the NX1000 instead, or stepping up to the more DSLR-like NX20 - not a bad recommendation for a supposedly lesser camera!

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5

Review Roundup

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The Samsung NX1000 is the latest compact mirrorless camera from Samsung and is a new entry level 20.3 megapixel compact system camera with Wi-Fi - it also features 8fps continuous shooting, a plastic body, and sits below the NX210 with metal body, and finally with the NX20 at the premium end with EVF.
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Image Sensor

Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7mm
Effective Pixel Approx. 20.3Mega-pixels
Total Pixel Approx. 21.6Mega-pixels
Color Filter RGB primary colour filter


Mount Samsung NX Mount
Usable Lens Samsung Lenses for Samsung NX Mount

Image Stabilization

Type Lens Shift (depends on Lens)

Dust Reduction

Type Supersonic drive


Size 3"
Resolution VGA (640 x 480) 921k dots
Filed of View Approx. 100%


Type Contrast AF
Mode Single AF, Continuous AF, MF
Focusing point Selection : 1 point (Free selection)
Multi : Normal 15 points, Close Up 35 points
Face Detection : Max. 10 faces
AF-Assist Lamp Yes

Shutter Speed

Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter


Metering System Metering : Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot
Metering range : EV0 ~ 18 (ISO100•30mm F2.0)
Compensation ±3EV (1/3EV step)
AE Lock CUSTOM Key applicable
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (1 or 1/3EV step)

Drive Mode

Mode Single, Continuous, Burst, Self-timer, Bracket (AE, WB, PW)
Continuous RAW : High (8fps), Low (3fps) selectable up to 8 shots
Bracket Auto Exposure Bracket (±3EV), WB, PW
Self-Timer 2-30sec. (1sec. step)
Remote Controller Via Micro USB port


Type External Flash only (Bundle with SEF8A)
Mode Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Off
Guide Number 8 (at ISO 100) (SEF8A)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (Equivalent to 35mm) (SEF8A)
Sync. Speed Less than 1 / 180sec.
Flash Compensation -2 - +2EV (1/2EV step)
External Flash Samsung External Flash available (SEF-42A, SEF220A : Optional)
Synchro (Flash attachment) Hot Shoe

White Balance

Mode Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K (Manual)
Micro Adjustment Each 7steps in Amber / Blue / Green / Magenta axis

Picture Wizard

Mode Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1~3)
Parameter Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Colour


Mode SmartAuto (2.0), Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Lens Priority, Magic, Wi-Fi, Scene, Movie
Scene Mode Beauty shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, 3D Photo, Live Panorama (2D, 3D)
Image Size RAW : 20M (5472 x 3648)
Quality Super fine, Fine, Normal
RAW Format SRW (Compressed Raw)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB

Image Play

Type Single image, Thumbnails (3 / 15 / 40 images), Slide show, Movie
Editing Smart Filter, Red-eye fix, Backlight., Resize, Rotate, Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Vignetting

Movie Clip

Format MP4 (H.264)
Compression Movie : H.264 , Sound : AAC
Frame Rate 60fps (1280 x 720 Only), 30fps, 24fps (1920 x 810 Only)
Image Size 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, 1280 x 720 , 640 x 480, 320 x 240 for Sharing (Default : 1920 x 1080)
Movie Editing Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Sound Stereo Sound


Media SD, SDHC, SDXC (guarantee up to 128GB)
File Format RAW (SRW), JPEG (EXIF 2.21), DCF, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Capacity (1GB) 20M : RAW 54
20M (3:2) : Super Fine 186, Fine 365, Normal 537


17 Languages (Korean, English, Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, French, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Norsk, Simplified / Traditional Chinese)

Direct Print System

PictBridge PictBridge


Digital Output Connector USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) (micro USB Jack)
Video Output NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
HDMI 1.4a : (1080i, 720p, 576p / 480p)
External Release Yes


Power Source Type Rechargeable battery : BP1030 (1030mAh)
Charger : BC1030
Battery Running Time (For This Model) 160min / 320shots (CIPA Standard)

Physical Specification

Dimension Dimension (WxHxD) 114 x 62.5 x 37.5mm (excluding the projection part)
Weight 222g (without battery and memroy card)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%


Application Intelli-studio 3.0, Samsung RAW Converter 4

System Requirement in General

For Macintosh Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 10.4 or later
Minimum 256MB RAM (Over 512MB recommended)
110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive
For Windows PC with processor better than Pentium III 500MHz
(Pentium 800MHz recommended)
Windows XP / Vista / 7
Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)
USB port CD-ROM drive
1024 x 768pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor
(24-bit colour display recommended)
Microsoft Direct X 9.0c or later

System Requirements for Samsung Raw Converter

For Macintosh Mac OS X v10.6 / v10.5 / v10.4 Power PC / Intel Processor-based or compatible computer (Core 2 Quad or later recommended) RGB or more RAM recommended Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space 1024 x 768 pixels, 24-bit colour display compatible monitor
For Windows Windows XP / Vista / 7 Intel Pentium, AMD Athlon Processor (Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP or later recommended) 1GB or more RAM recommended Minimum 100MB of available 1024 x 768 pixels, Full Colour (24-bit or higher) colour display compatible monitorhard disk space

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