Review Samsung NX 1000

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In june 2012, the entry level Samsung NX1000 compact system camera was launched. It's a really compact and fashionable entry-level mirrorless compact system camera. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity with a "Smart Link" hot key and several other nice-to-have features like Sweep Panoramas.
The Samsung NX 1000 enables wireless sharing of videos and images with a simple push of a button.
Samsung has replaced the NX1000 with the NX2000 (announced in april 2013) and NX1100. How about the image quality of this little camera? Let us tell you:
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Design

 

The camera body has a metal lens mount and the first impression of the Samsung NX 1000 is positive. The Samsung NX 1000 is a compact - and with 222 grams also light - camera, making it easy to carry it with you. The camera has a plastic body and has no built-in viewfinder or flash. A small flash unit is included that you can put on top of the camera in the "Smart Shoe". There is also an optional electronic viewfinder and a GPS receiver for sale, which use the same Smart Shoe. You can't use flash, GPS or electronic viewfinder simultaneously.

On the front of the camera you'll find a focus-assist lamp, which helps focusing in the dark. This lamp also serves as a self-timer indicator.
On top of the camera is a round Mode button, where you choose to program, aperture or shutter priority mode, Smart Auto and Scene modes. Smart Auto is similar to what other camera brands labeled "intelligent auto". The Samsung NX1000 analyzes a scene and choose the best option from 16 choices. 

SmartLink

The Smart Link button allows you to directly send images from the camera to a smartphone or tablet.

Wi-Fi Wireless Connection to Smartphone and Internet

Samsung integrated their Smartphone technology very neatly into this camera. The Samsung NX1000 contains built-in Direct Wi-Fi technology, which enables access to the internet through Wi-Fi hotspots. Users can send emails, upload photos or videos to social website like Facebook and Youtube.
An Auto Backup function of NX1000 enables users to back-up photos to their computer automatically through a wireless network. The Remote Viewfinder function offers the opportunity to use a smartphone as a remote controller to preview the camera image and take a photo, giving users more shooting angle possibilities. We didn't test these feature this time, but we hope to do so in the near future with a review of one of the latest Samsung cameras.
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Measurements for this test have been carried out with the aid of Imatest. For the test method and explanation of terms, see our FAQ section.

Samsung NX 1000 versus Panasonic GF6

  • Panasonic GF6 has a touch-screen, a tilt-shift LCD screen, and a built-in flash
  • Samsung NX 1000 has a higher resolution sensor (20 mp vs 16 mp)
  • Samsung NX 1000 has in-camera panorama stitching, HDR
  • Samsung NX cameras have currently 13 lenses available, micro-43 > 50 lenses

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Samsung NX1000 versus Nikon 1 series

  • NX1000 offers extensive Wifi functionality
  • NX 1000 has a larger APSC sensor
  • Nikon 1 series camera are smaller

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Viewfinder, screen and menu

The Samsung NX 1000 is equipped with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 8fps continuous and high speed shooting and fast autofocus, 1080p HD video recording and a 3-inch, 912,000 dot LCD screen. The ISO range runs to 12,800 so you can still shoot without flash and tripod in low light while high-resolution LCD screen with high contrast and vibrant colors allows you to concentrate on the composition of the photos .
If you're used to a compact camera,  your transition to the Samsung NX 1000 will be very smoothly, because you're used to use the LCD screen for focus and composition of an image. In terms of brightness, the LCD is good, even in sunny situations. Personally, I prefer a built-in viewfinder on a camera. It feels more comfortable to work with. And if I use an external viewfinder, it is less easy to transfer the camera in my pocket.
 
Right next to the LCD is a round navigation button, which is surrounded by four buttons (which you can see the top two in the picture). Above these buttons is a red button for  video recordings. The Fn button is similar to the Quick menu of other camera brands, where you get access to all major photographic functions. This will probably be one of the most used buttons for the more advanced photographer. Using the menu button you get into the familiar tabs, where you can choose all basis settings you'll use less often like formatting a card, choosing a color space etc. etc.

 

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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 if 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 the manual in printed format, so you can't carry it with you for easy reference. menu

Resolution

We've tested the Samsung NX1000 together with the Samsung 20-50 mm lens, of which we published a review a few weeks ago. All of the images shot for this Samsung NX1000 review were taken using the SuperFine JPEG + RAW setting.
This Samsung NX1000 is equipped with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, delivering detailed and high quality images comparable to APS-C SLR camera's: the Samsung NX1000 produces images of excellent quality (Click 2x on the image to the right). The jpg images straight out of the Samsung NX1000 at the default sharpening setting were softer than the RAW files we developed in Lightroom, but you can change the in-camera sharpening settings for jpg files.
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dynamicrange

The washed out highlights (indicated in red) were a consequence of the automatic metering, which tends to choose the longest shutter speed possible  ("Expose-right"). This strategy provides you almost always images with the highest signal / noise ratio. Occasional manually adjusting the exposure - especially in high-contrast situations - is sometimes necessary to protect the highlights. 

Dynamic Range

We measured a dynamic range for the Samsung NX 1000 that is similar to the dynamic range we measured for the Canon consumer EOS SLR cameras. In the images we shot outside there was no clipping of both shadows and highlights at the same time, even though the scenes were very contrasty because of the sun shine.
We did have some images with blown-out highlights however, as shown in the image and histogram above. The clipping of the highlights is in this example an effect of the automatic exposure metering, which tends to expose to the right. Manually adjusting the exposure in high contrast situations will protect the highlights.
Similar to the RAW files of SLR camera's, we were able to recover the blown-out highlights in the RAW image.
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Noise

 

The Samsung NX 1000 images show a very high signal to noise ratio. This can partially be explained by the Expose-to-the-right strategy of the light meter. But also the correct exposed images shot in our studio showed a very low noise; both in RAW and jpg images. The low noise thus isn't a consequence of aggressive noise reduction. It's the resulta of a low noise sensor. It's a sensor which is designed by Samsung. When we compared the noise in jpg files with the noise in RAW files, we found some jpg artifacts as shown in the 100% crop of the image to the right (move your mouse over the image). Carefull applying noise reduction in the RAW file will deliver a smoother image. Overall we were impressed by the good performance of the Samsung sensor when we looked at noise.

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Color accuracy

The Samsung NX1000 delivered slightly oversaturated colors with a very high color accuracy in daylight (Image shown left below: Delta E 94 = 4.4). These colors look very natural and pleasing, as you can see in the high resolution version of the yellow images above.

Using the auto white balance in our studio using tungsten light, the colors were less accurate (Image shown right below: Delta E 94 = 17) and an obvious color cast was visible. Saturated yellow and blue colors were affected a little more by the artificial light than muted and saturated reds or greens.

Overall, the Samsung NX 1000 delivers colors which are just as accurate and pleasing as its, often more expensive, peers. 

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Smart Filters

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.

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Autofocus

The Samsung NX1000 employs contrast AF, which is also commonly used by micro-43 cameras. The Samsung NX1000's focusing speed and accuracuy is on a par with most amateur SLRs. Not only the AF is fast, the camera is also fast: you can shoot up to 8 frames per second. As with most SLRs for beginners, this will not last long: after 8 RAW or 11 jpg files the camera buffer is full and you have to wait before you can continue shooting again. Convenient therefore, that you can set the Samsung NX 1000 to a slower speed of 3 frames per second the camera. Who does not need 20 megapixel images for action shots, can use the burst mode, which you can shoot 30 shots per second.

Also manual focus goes very well with this camera. If you select the MF mode with the switch on the lens, then an enlarged image appears on your monitor screen as soon as you turn the focus ring. This allows you to focus precisely manually. You also retain overview, because within a few seconds after you have left the focus ring alone, the screen will display the entire image

Conclusion Samsung NX1000 review

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Year:2012
Overall score:7.3
Resolution:7.5
Dynamic Range:6.5
Noise:7.5
Color:8.8
Whitebalance:6.0
Megapixels:20
Sensor:APSC
Sensor magn.:-
fps:8
Weight (gram):222
MSRP NL (Euro):699

 Pros

 Cons

  • Ease of Use
  • Nice 20-50mm kit lens
  • High Image Quality
  • Wi-Fi Wireless Connection to Smartphone and Internet
  • Remote Viewfinder function with a smartphone
  • No viewfinder or built-in pop-up flash
The Samsung NX 1000 is the first Samsung camera we've reviewed and it was a pleasure to do. The camera is light and feels good in the hand. The camera menu is slick and very convenient to use. Samsung has used their knowledge of smart phones here. Despite it's compact size, this camera is equiped with a relatively large APS-C sensor, offering high image quality equal to the IQ of amateur SLR camera's.
Even though this camera produces 20 megapixel images, the Samsung NX 1000 is a fast camera, which enables you to shoot 8 frames per second. We didn't have much time to dive deeper into the WiFi features of this camera, but we hope to do so in the near future with a review of one of the latest Samsung cameras.
Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.

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