Samsung NX1

The Good The Samsung NX1 is fast, well-designed, weather resistant and feature-packed, and it produces great photos and videos.

The Bad There's no charger included, and USB charging takes longer than we'd like. Plus, it could use tracking autofocus when you're shooting via the viewfinder.

The Bottom Line Fast, sturdy, well-designed and with excellent photo quality, the Samsung NX1 hits all the bases for action-shooting enthusiasts.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Image quality 8.0
8.5 Overall

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Review

This camera scores for shooting action

Mar 2015

Samsung has been making dSLR-style mirrorless interchangeable-lens models for years, but like many competitors they've suffered from performance issues. The company finally steps up its game with the NX1, a high-performance, high-quality camera that goes head-to-head with models like the Canon EOS 7D Mark II -- and quite effectively.

Image quality

Overall, the NX1 produces excellent photos; sharp, with a solid dynamic range and great color accuracy. The highlight detail could be a bit better, but that's really my only quibble. Default noise processing seems to err on the side of smoothness over detail above ISO 1600. Shooting raw can usually improve the detail but only by accepting additional grain, and will sometimes gain you some improvements in tonal range.

Photos look clean up to ISO 800 and remain very good through ISO 1600. By ISO 3200, you can start to see color noise in blacks and grays in JPEGs. That can be fixed in the midrange ISO sensitivities by tweaking the settings or by shooting raw.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,800
  • Brand Samsung
  • Digital Camera Type mirrorless system
  • Weight 19.4 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 28 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 15.7 x 23.5 mm
  • Optical Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
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