Samsung NX1 Review

December 11, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Samsung NX1 is a new professional compact system camera. The DSLR-like NX1 features a 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, 4K video recording, 15fps continuous shooting, a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body, electronic viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), 3-inch tilting FVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen, ISO range of 100-51200, Auto Focus (AF) System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points and contrast detection, AF speed of just 0.055sec, built-in pop-up flash, top shutter speed of 1/8000th second, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, and support for Samsung's unique i-Function lenses. Available in black, the Samsung NX1 retails for £1299.99 / $1599.99 body-only, which includes a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

Ease of Use

The NX1 feels like the most serious Samsung camera that we've reviewed to date, which is a relief given the premium price-tag. Measuring 138.5 x 102.3 x 65.8mm and with a magnesium alloy body that weighs 550g, the NX1 is certainly a serious compact system camera, being bigger and heavier than most of the direct CSC competition, although still more portable than an equivalent APS-C DSLR. With the excellent 16-50mm OIS lens fitted, the NX1 certainly fits the bill as a pro-level camera.

The Samsung NX1 features one of the most sophisticated Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) systems currently available in any camera. The new AF System III combines phase- and contrast-detection autofocus methods to deliver an auto-focus system that's even snappier and more accurate than the NX30 camera, thanks to the 205 phase-detection (153 cross type) and 209 contrast AF points which combined together cover almost the entire image frame, making tracking moving subjects easier. With a very quick AF speed of just 0.055sec, reliable operation down to -4EV (half-moonlight) and a blistering continuous shooting rate of 15fps for up to 70 JPEGs (slower rates of 8, 10 or 12fps are also available for longer bursts), the Samsung NX1 is one of the best compact system cameras for shooting sports and moving subjects.

There are four AF Area modes on offer, including Selection AF with a selectable focus area, Multi AF, Face Detection, and Self-Portrait, with Single, Continuous and Manual AF Modes available. Selecting an individual AF point requires you to press the center button on the navigation pad, and then use the arrow keys to move the point around - we'd prefer to be able to configure the camera to skip the first step altogether and jump straight to moving the AF point. The NX1 also has a useful AF Priority function that begins focusing as soon as you point the camera. ]

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 by 5x or 8x, 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. The NX1 also offers the ever popular Focus Peaking assist.

Metering uses a 221 Block Segment system, with options that include Multi, Center-weighted and Spot with the ability to bracket by an impressive ±5 EV (±3 EV for movies), while the ISO range runs from 100-51200. There are 6 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.

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Front of the Samsung NX1

Both the 16-50mm and new 50-150mm S lenses that we tested the NX1 with feature Samsung's now standard i-Function button, 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, ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance. The latter two settings can optionally be turned on or off in the main menu, allowing a degree of user customisation. The i-Function button provides a quick way of accessing certain key settings, and is well suited to the NX1 with its 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.

Furthermore, the i-Function Plus mode enables you to use the iFn button in combination with with the metering, exposure compensation and AEL buttons to directly even more options. By default the three customisable buttons are set to Dynamic Range, Focus in Center and DIS (Antishake), but they can each be reconfigured to one of 13 settings. Having to hold down the iFn button whilst pressing the metering, exposure compensation or AEL button is a little awkward in practice, but it does add to the configurability of the NX1.

As with all current Samsung cameras, optical image stabilisation is supplied via the lenses, rather than being built-in to the NX1's body. It can be turned on and off either via the OIS menu option, or via a more handy switch on the lens barrel, with two different modes available. When enabled, the NX1 automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds when the camera is hand held. In practice we found that it does make a noticeable difference. You don't notice that the NX1 is actually doing anything different when anti-shake is turned on, just that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos. Thankfully leaving the anti-shake system on all the time didn't affect the battery-life too badly, achieving around 500 shots before needing to be recharged. Note that the NX1 on;y supports in-camera battery charging via USB, rather than using a seperate battery charger.

The NX1 has a built-in dust-removal system that 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 NX1 has a built-in pop-up flash which is activated by a switch on the top of the camera. This useful pop-up unit offers a range of flash synchronisation modes, guide number of 11 at ISO 100, an X-sync speed of 1/200 second, and coverage for a 28mm wide lens. The NX1 also offers a flash hotshoe that will accept compatible Samsung flashguns.

On the front of the Samsung NX1 is a small focus-assist and self-timer indicator lamp, lens release button, a metal lens mount, substantial rubberised hand-grip, and a handy Depth of Field Preview button. The NX1 has a generous, textured black plastic hand-grip on the left-front of the camera with a notch for your forefinger, and a large thumb-grip on the rear finished in the same rubberised, faux-leather material.

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Rear of the Samsung NX1

Large metal neck strap eyelets are located on top of the NX1 at the sides, with the rear dominated by the tilting 3 inch AMOLED screen. On the left side of the body, viewed from the rear, are two plastic cover that house four different ports - a shared USB 3.0 / AV Out port, a mini HDMI for connecting the NX1 to a HD television or monitor, and ports for an external microphone and a headset. On the right flank is a plastic cover for the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slot.

Located on the bottom of the camera is the battery compartment protected by a plastic lockable cover. The BP1900 battery provides up to 500 shots under the CIPA testing standard, on a par with most of the NX1's main rivals, and there's an optional vertical grip that houses two batteries for even longer life. Also found on the bottom of the camera is a metal tripod mount which is commendably located in-line with the centre of the lens mount.

The NX1 features an excellent built-in electronic viewfinder. It has an impressive 1.04x magnification, offers 100% field of view, lag time of just 0.005-seconds, and the resolution is an impressive 2,359K dots, resulting in a large, detailed and responsive display that should persuade most non-believers to use it. There's also a handy eye sensor underneath the EVF which switches seamlessly between the LCD screen and the EVF when you hold it up to your eye, saving battery power and removing the unwanted distraction of the LCD display. As the EVF is reading the same signal from the image sensor as the rear LCD screen, it can also display similar information - for example, you can view and operate the Function Menu and see all the current settings, giving quick access to all the key camera settings while it's held up to your eye.

The NX1's 3-inch, 1037k-dot rear LCD touchscreen is also very impressive, incorporating AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology that provides a number of key advantages over traditional LCD screens. These include easier viewing in bright sunshine and a very wide viewing angle, 10,000 times faster refresh rate than conventional LCDs, less power consumption and a high contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The tilting LCD screen can be moved through 270 degrees vertically (90 degrees up, 45 degrees down) and is a very welcome addition, although it's a shame that it doesn't also tilt out to the side, as on the NX30.

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Top of the Samsung NX1

The NX1's touchscreen can be used for a whole multitude of things, including accessing the Main menu and Function menu options, setting the AF point, and even firing the shutter. The Touch AF mode offers a very clever feature that we haven't seen before on any other camera. You touch the subject to set the point of focus, and can then drag a second box across the screen to where you want to meter the exposure from - very clever. Finally, you can drag down from the top of the screen to see a summary of the camera's main settings (screen brightness, storage, battery level and recently changed camera settings). In conjunction with the iFn lens and physical controls, the Samsung NX1 is one of the most adaptable cameras around in terms of its user interface.

Located on top of the NX1 are pop-up flash with stereo microphones on either side, with a clever new dual-dial on the left that's reminiscent of the Olympus OM-D EM-1. On top are buttons for four key controls - AF, Metering, White Balance and ISO - and underneath is a knurled dial for setting the continuous shooting, timer and bracketing options - very neat.

Over on the right is a chunky traditional shooting mode dial with a positive click for the different exposure modes and a button in the middle to lock it in place. The usual selection of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual are available for the more experienced photographers, along with two Custom settings, and more beginner-friendly Scene modes and Smart Auto mode are also accessed via this dial.

To the right of the shooting mode dial is a welcome monochrome LCD panel with a small button to light it up, which lets you easily see the camera's current key settings at a glance without having to look at the rear screen or through the viewfinder. Completing the top of the Samsung NX1 are an on/off switch encircling the small but tactile shutter button, with a one-touch movie-record button logically positioned alongside, an exposure compensation dial, and the first control dial which sets the aperture/shutter speed and zooms in/out during image playback. In Manual mode you use the second control dial on the rear of the camera to change the aperture. There's also a small but very handy thumb-operated AEL button.

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Tilting LCD Screen

The NX1 can record both 4K (4096x2160 at 24p) and Ultra HD (UHD) (3820x2160 at 30p) video that's saved on to the SD card, rather than having to be connected to an external storage device, as on some compact system cameras, plus there's full HD 1080p 1920x1080 at 60/50/25/24fps. The NX1 uses the brand new H.265 HEVC Codec, which runs at 40Mbps and compresses video to half the size and bit rate of H.264 footage at 100Mbps without compromising on the quality, but comes at the cost of compatibility issues with some services e.g. YouTube, and currently can only be natively edited using Samsung's software. There are three compression options, Normal, HQ and Pro. The mini-HDMI socket provides a clean 4K output. Stereo sound is recorded during video capture via the small internal mics on the top of of the camera, complete with an onscreen Audio Level Meter and adjustable input levels, and there's a standard 3.5mm microphone input for higher quality audio capture on the left-hand side of the camera.

The NX1's movie mode offers full control over ISO speed, metering, white balance, timer settings and exposure during video recording via the Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual shooting modes, and all of the various Smart Filters and Picture Wizard settings can be applied (and the selective color options too). Multi-Motion recording can either slow down (by 0.5x or 0.25x) or speed up (by 5x, 10x or 20x) the video, the quality can be set to Normal or High. Three auto-focus modes are available - single, continuous and manual - and there are three manual focus assist options to help you achieve accurate focusing. Finally, the optical image stabiliser also works for video recording as well as stills.

The start-up time from turning the NX1 on to being ready to take a photo is impressively quick at less than 1 second. It takes about 1 second to store a 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 2 seconds, but thankfully it doesn't stop you shooting another image while the first file is being written to memory. The Samsung NX1 has a fantastic Burst mode which enables you to take 15 frames per second for 70 JPEG images at the highest image quality, or about 20 RAW images.

Turning to the rear of the NX1, to the left of the electronic viewfinder is a dedicated button for switching between the LCD and EVF, handy if you prefer not to use the eye-sensor. On the other side of the EVF is the Mobile button, which by default accesses the 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 uutilises 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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The Samsung NX1 In-hand

The NX1 is also the first compact system cameras to feature built-in Bluetooth 3.0, which although slower than wi-fi to transfer files, is a lot simply to establish a connection with another device. The NX1 also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that's used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect it to a compatible internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

The Samsung NX1 has a dedicated AF On button on the rear, which will please those who prefer to set the focus button in this way, rather than by half-pressing the shutter-release button. Underneath are the Menu and Fn buttons, with the latter providing quick and easy access to 12 of the most important camera settings (all of which can be customised), which are presented as a HUD-type display in the EVF or LCD screen. Used in combination with the four directions on the navigation pad, you really can access most of the NX1's key options with one press of a button, although changing them takes a couple more presses. The main menu system on the NX1 is straight-forward enough to use, with four main menus presented as a row of vertical icons, although there is a lot of scrolling involved when moving through each one.

The familiar round navigation pad only has one marked function, Disp, for choosing between the LCD's various display modes. The other three directions can then be configured to suit your particular shooting style. Underneath are self-explanatory buttons for playing and deleting your images.

Once you have captured a photo the Samsung NX1 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 7.6x magnification, view slideshows, delete, share and protect an image and set the print order. There are a number of different ways to alter the look of an already-captured photo, including smart filters, redeye fix, backlight, changing the photo style, resizing, rotating, face retouch, brightness, contrast and vignetting. The Display button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and aperture / shutter speed, there are small brightness and RGB histograms available, and the Highlight option makes any blown-out highlights areas flash on the LCD screen.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 28 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 10Mb.

The Samsung NX1 produced images of excellent quality during the review period. The 28.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS megapixel sensor used in the NX1 produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-1600, with ISO 3200 also looking very good. ISO 6400 only shows a little noise, while the fastest settings of ISO 12800-25600 are quite a lot noisier and suffer from softening of fine detail and a loss of saturation. The NX1 does apply quite a lot of noise reduction to the JPEGs, as demonstrated by the RAW files which have more noise at the comparable ISO settings.

The images were a little soft straight out of the NX1 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 4 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 presets to change the mood of your JPEG images, with three customisable settings also available. The Panorama shooting mode, Dynamic Range mode and extensive range of Smart Filters are welcome additions.


There are 9 ISO settings available on the Samsung NX1. 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)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Samsung NX1 has 3 different JPEG image quality settings available, with SuperFine being the highest quality option, and you can also shoot in the RAW format. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

28M SuperFine (9.36Mb) (100% Crop) 28M Fine (6.20Mb) (100% Crop)
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28M Normal (3.14Mb) (100% Crop) 28M RAW (35.3Mb) (100% Crop)
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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)

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The flash settings on the Samsung NX1 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.

Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Fill-in - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Off - Telephoto (75mm)

Fill-in - Telephoto (75mm)

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And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Fill-in or the Fill-in + Red-eye reduction settings caused any red-eye.


Fill-in (100% Crop)
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Fill-in + Red-eye reduction

Fill-in + Red-eye reduction (100% Crop)

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The Samsung NX1's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb setting of up to 4 minutes, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 30 second setting the actual exposure takes 60 seconds.


Night (100% Crop)

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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.



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Smart Filters

The Samsung NX1 offers nine creative filter effects that can be applied to both JPEG stills and movies.



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Miniature (H)

Miniature (V)

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Dynamic Range

The Smart Range+ feature noticeably increases the visible detail in both shadow and highlight areas, although it does tend to wash-out the stronger colours in the process. The HDR option successfully combines three shots taken at different exposures into a single photo with greatly expanded dynamic range, with three different strengths on offer.


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HDR - Low

HDR - Medium

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HDR - High



Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Samsung NX1 camera, which were all taken using the 28 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 NX1 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 Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 4096x2160 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 135Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 150Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 32Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 17Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 15Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Samsung NX1

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Front of the Samsung NX1 / Flash Raised

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Rear of the Samsung NX1 / Image Displayed


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Rear of the Samsung NX1 / Turned On

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Rear of the Samsung NX1 / Tilting LCD Screen

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Rear of the Samsung NX1 / Tilting LCD Screen

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Rear of the Samsung NX1 / Tilting LCD Screen

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Rear of the Samsung NX1 / Tilting LCD Screen

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Bottom of the Samsung NX1

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Front of the Samsung NX1

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


The exciting new NX1 is a serious statement of intent by Samsung, who until now haven't had a professional level camera in their NX range. The NX1 certainly delivers in that regard, both in terms of the specifications and the execution, offering a mouth-watering array of cutting-edge features that should excite both stills and video photographers. With two pro lenses recently released (the 16-50mm and 50-150mm) and more on the way, they've importantly also started to create a system for the NX1 and presumably subsequent follow-up models. Although it's still very early days (and some would say long overdue), the Samsung NX1 is a great start to the electronic giant's professional camera range.

The Samsung NX1 majors in two key areas - features and image quality - and backs them up with excellent handling and customisability, solid build quality, and importantly a very reasonable price tag for everything that's on offer. It's not only one of the most full-featured cameras around, but also one of the best APS-C cameras in terms of image quality, hitting the sweet-spot of high-resolution stills with great low-light performance and 4K video recording. Admittedly it is one of the larger and heavier compact system cameras on the market, more closely resembling a DSLR in size especially with those pro lenses, but for some photographers that actually offers a more usable control system than some of the smaller CSCs.

There are few things to dislike about the NX1. We wish the screen could tilt out to the side as well as up/down, and it's very early days for the new H.265 video codec, but overall Samsung have delivered a remarkably mature first-generation pro camera. With a price-tag of £1299.99 / $1599.99 body-only, it's on par with the equivalent cameras from Panasonic (the DMC-GH4) and Sony (the A7S), while out-performing and undercutting Canon and Nikon, something that Samsung have to do to gain any traction with end users. If you don't already have any vested interest in a particular system, or you want a single camera that can deliver excellent stills and video, then you owe it to yourself to at least take the new Samsung NX1 for a test-drive...

5 stars

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

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Samsung NX1.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver

The new silver edition of the Fujfilm X-T1 adds a more durable coating, ultra-fast electronic shutter, Natural Live View function, and a Classic Chrome film simulation mode to one of the year's most popular mirrorless cameras. Read our Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver review to find out if this new edition is another hit for Fujifilm...

Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a brand new compact system camera that looks, feels and performs very much like a classic DSLR that''s been shrunk in the wash. Is this the best X-series camera that Fujifilm have released, and can it compete with the likes of the Sony A7/A7R and Olympus OM-D E-M1, not to mention DSLRs from Canon and Nikon? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T1 review to find out...

Nikon D7100

The D7100 is a new prosumer DSLR camera from Nikon, succeeding but not replacing the popular D7000 model. The weather-proof D7100 features a 24 megapixel DX image sensor, 51-point autofocus system, 6fps burst shooting and a high-resolution 3.2 inch LCD screen. Read our detailed Nikon D7100 review to find out if it's the right DSLR camera for you...

Olympus OM-D E-M1

The Olympus O-MD E-M1 is a new professional compact system camera. Targeting its DSLR rivals, Olympus are promoting the E-M1 as a smaller and more capable camera. Read our expert Olympus E-M1 review to find out if it really can beat the competition...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is the first compact system camera to offer 4K video shooting. The exciting GH4 also features a 16 megapixel sensor, 12fps burst shooting, 3 inch swivelling touchscreen, electronic viewfinder, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, a weather-proof body, and an extensive ISO range of 100-25600. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review complete with with sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Sony A7S

The new Sony A7S compact system camera offers an incredible ISO range of ISO 50-409,600, 15-stops of dynamic range when shooting RAW, and 12.2 megapixels on a 35mm full-frame sensor. Add in 4K and XAVC video recording, a truly silent shooting mode, and AF performance in light as low as EV-4, and it's clear that the Sony A7S could be one of the most exciting cameras of 2014. Find out how it really performs in our in-depth Sony A7S review...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Samsung NX1 from around the web. »

In recent time Samsung has produced some impressive compact system cameras such as the NX30 and NX Mini, but they don't seem to have grabbed the attention of the average enthusiast photographer. The NX1, however, has a featureset that few photographers can ignore.
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The Samsung NX1 is the sort of camera we’ve always hoped Samsung would make. The company is a king of forward-looking tech in other areas, but Samsung often seems to lag a little behind with its enthusiast cameras, where veterans Nikon, Canon and Sony often have the edge.
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Samsung's new top of the range Samsung NX1, features a 28 megapixel APS-C BSI (Backside Illuminated) CMOS sensor, 15fps continuous shooting, phase-detection focus, 4K video recording, as well as a high resolution electronic viewfinder, and a tilting 3inch AMOLED touch-screen. The Samsung NX1 is also weather-sealed and is introduced with a new weather-sealed 50-150mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens. The Samsung NX1 has an RRP of £1299, and sits above the NX30.
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The NX1 is a 4K camera out of the box but make no mistake, it is really a 6K camera. When the NX1 was being developed in Samsung’s lab, the sensor output ran at 6.5K raw at 240fps. Although the feature was only for debugging and not destined for consumers, this should give you an idea of the kind of hardware advances they have made with this camera and the new manufacturing techniques they are employing to get there.
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Image Sensor

  • Type


  • Sensor Size

    23.5 x 15.7 mm

  • Effective Pixel

    Approx. 28.2MP

  • Total Pixel

    Approx. 30.7MP

  • Colour Filter

    RGB Primary

Lens Mount

  • Mount

    Samsung NX Mount

  • Usable Lens

    Samsung NX Lens (3D Lens Supported)

Image Stabilisation

  • Type

    Lens Shift (depends on Lens)

  • Mode

    OIS Mode1 / Mode2 / OFF

Distortion Correct

  • Distortion Correct

    LDC On / Off (depends on Lens)


  • i-Function

    Aperture / Shutter speed / EV / ISO / WB / i-Zoom

Dust Reduction

  • Dust Reduction

    Supersonic Drive


  • Type

    Super AMOLED w/Touch Screen

  • Size

    76.6mm (3.0")

  • Resolution

    1036k dots

  • Field of View

    Approx. 100%

  • Guide Display



  • Type

    EVF (OLED) w/ Eye Contact Sensor

  • Resolution

    XGA 2,360K dots equiv.

  • Field of View

    Approx. 100%

  • Magnification

    Approx. 1.04x (APS-C, 50mm, -1m⁻¹)

  • Eyepoint

    Approx. 21.0mm

  • Diopter Adjustment

    Approx. -4.0 - +2.0 m-1


  • Type


  • Focusing point

    205 Points (Phase Detection AF), 209 Points (Contrast AF), AF Range : EV -4 - 20

  • Mode

    Active AF, Continuous AF, MF, Single AF

  • AF-Assist Lamp



  • Speed

    Auto : 1/8000 sec. - 1/4 sec. / Manual : 1/8000 sec. - 30 sec. / Bulb


  • Metering System

    TTL 221 Block segment, Metering : Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot

  • Compensation

    Still: ±5 EV, Movie: ±3 EV (1/3EV step)

  • ISO Equivalent

    Auto, 100 - 25600 (1EV or 1/3EV step) (EXT.51200)

Drive Mode

  • Mode

    Single, Continuous, Self-timer, Bracket

  • Continuous


  • Bracket

    AE, WB, PW, Depth

  • Self-Timer

    2 - 30sec. (1sec. step)


  • Type


  • Mode

    1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, Smart Flash, Off

  • Guide Number

    11 (at ISO 100)

  • Angle of View Coverage

    28 mm wide-angle (Equivalent to 35 mm)

  • Sync Speed

    Less than 1/250sec

  • Flash Compensation

    -2 - +2EV (1/2EV step), FEL

  • External Flash

    Samsung External Flash available

  • Synchro (Flash attachment)

    Hot Shoe

White Balance

  • Micro Adjustment

    each 7 steps in Amber / Blue / Green / Magenta axis

  • Mode


Dynamic Range Expansion

  • Dynamic Range Expansion

    Off, Smart Range+, HDR


  • Picture Wizard

    Calm,Classic,Cool,Custom (1-3),Forest,Landscape ,Portrait,Retro,Standard,Vivid

  • Smart Filter

    Vignetting, Minature (H), Miniature (V), WaterColour, Selective Colour (R/G/B/Y 4 Colours)


  • Mode

    Auto, Aperture Priority, Custom1, Custom2, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, Smart

  • Smart

    Beauty Face, Landscape, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Multi-Exposure, Samsung Auto Shot

  • Image Size

    JPEG(3:2) : 28M(6480x4320), 13.9M(4560x3040), 7.1M(3264x2176), 3M(2112x1408) / (16:9) : 23.6M(6480x3648), 11.9M(4608x2592), 6.2M(3328x1872), 2.4M(2048x1152) / (1:1):18.7M(4320x4320), 9.5M(3088x3088), 4.7M(2160x2160), 2M(1408x1408) / RAW : 28M(6480x4320)

  • Quality

    Super Fine, Fine, Normal

  • Colour Space

    Adobe RGB, sRGB


  • Format


  • Compression

    Movie : HEVC(H.265), MJPEG(VGA 30p only) Sound : AAC(MP4), Linear PCM(AVI)

  • Mode

    Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, Smart, Custom 1, Custom 2

  • Image Size

    3840x2160 (30fps Only), 4096x2160 (24fps Only), 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480

  • Frame Rate

    60fps, 30fps, 24fps NTSC / 50fps, 25fps, 24fps PAL

  • Fast / Slow Movie

    x0.25(1080 30/25p, 720 30/25p, 480 30/25p only),x0.5(1080 60/50/30/25p, 720 60/50/30/25p, 480 60/50/30/25p only),x5, x10, x20

  • Quality

    High Quality, Normal, Pro(3840/4096 only)

  • Sound


Image Play

  • Type

    Single image, Thumbnails (15/24 images), Slide show, Movie


  • Still

    Edit, Color, Portrait, Smart Filter

  • Movie

    Still Image Capture, Trim Movie


  • External Media

    SD, SDHC, SDXC(up to 64GB), UHS-I, UHS-II support


  • Languages

    33 Languages (Korean, English, Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, French, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Polish, Finnish, Russian, Norsk, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Thai, Greek, Hungarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Serbian, Croatian, Vietnamese, Romanian, Japanese)

Network and Wireless Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi

    IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

  • NFC


  • Connectivity Support



  • Digital Output Connector

    USB 3.0

  • Video Out


  • External Release


  • USB


  • Audio

    3.5mm Stereo MIC Input, 3.5mm Stereo Output


  • Capacity

    1860 mAh

  • Charging

    DC 5.0V, 2A via Micro USB port

  • Still Image Capturing Time

    500shot (CIPA Standard)

Physical specification

  • Dimension (WxHxD)

    138.5 x 102.3 x 65.8mm

  • Weight

    Approx. 550 g (body only)

Operating Environment

  • Operating Temperature

    0 - 40°C

  • Operating Humidity

    5 - 85%


  • Application

    i-Launcher (Web version included), Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung DNG Converter, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

System Requirement

  • Windows

    Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1, Intel 3rd Gen. i5 3.4GHz or higher (equivalent AMD processor) recommended

  • Macintosh

    Mac OS 10.7 or higher recommended

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