Samsung NX1000 review

Samsung's lightweight baby of the NX lineup

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Samsung NX1000 with the Nikon 1 J3, Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 and Panasonic GF5.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Samsung NX1000 review

These results show that JPEG images from the Samsung NX1000 hold their own with the Nikon 1 J3 and Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 in terms of signal to noise ratio on show, producing very similar results at every sensitivity setting, and are even stronger than those from the Panasonic GF5 at every ISO.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Samsung NX1000 review

The signal to noise ratios of TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Samsung NX1000 are weaker than the SNR in its JPEG images, falling below those from the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 at every ISO setting. They show stronger ratios than the Nikon 1 J3 at lower ISOs, and the same ratios as the Panasonic GF5 at lower ISOs, until ISO 800 when they fall behind the Nikon and overtake the Panasonic.

JPEG dynamic range

Samsung NX1000 review

JPEG results for dynamic range are less impressive than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Samsung NX1000 producing a weaker dynamic range than the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 at every sensitivity setting. The Samsung is slightly stronger than the Nikon 1 J3 at ISO 200, while it is also stronger than the Panasonic GF5 at ISO 200 and ISO 400, but drops off after that, briefly overtaking the Panasonic again at the top of the ISO range.

Raw dynamic range

Samsung NX1000 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Samsung NX1000 have less dynamic range than Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2, but a greater dynamic range than the Panasonic GF5, at every sensitivity settings. The Samsung's TIFF images show a greater dynamic range than the Nikon 1 J3's at lower ISOs, but fall behind after ISO 400.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyNX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameSamsung
Features3D Panorama, Noise Reduction, External Flash Shoe, Live View, Manual White Balance, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)222 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height62.5 mm
Width114 mm
Depth37.5 mm
Product SeriesNX
Focal Length20 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashIncluded
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelNX1000
Product NameNX1000 20.3MP NX SMART Digital Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual Exposure Mode
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX1000BABGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Take photographs that you'll want to show everyone with a camera that makes sharing fast and easy. The Samsung NX1000 Smart Camera features an ultra-sensitive 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor which delivers amazing detail - even in surroundings with low light. You'll also be able to record Full HD video, thanks to an 18-200mm lens, and shoot with auto-focus. The NX1000's compact and lightweight design, meanwhile, means you can take it with you anywhere, and with built-in Wi-Fi, you can store, email and share your memories - wherever you are.

Package Contents
  • NX1000 20.3MP NX SMART Digital Camera
  • External Flash
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Cradle/AC Power Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User Manual Basic Operation
  • Strap
  • 18-55mm NX Camera Standard Zoom Lens
Limited Warranty1 Year