Samsung NX1000 review

Samsung's lightweight baby of the NX lineup

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Despite some issues with speed and a somewhat odd playback mode, the Samsung NX1000 offers photographers making the jump to interchangeable lens cameras a lot of flexibility and creative potential.

Image quality is the main thing at the end of the day, and the Samsung NX1000's vibrant, realistic colours, sharp detail and ability to contain noise makes it a great option for someone looking to get more serious with their photography.

We liked

The in-camera editing options can really help rescue some otherwise wasted shots, and the range of creative art filters and Picture Wizard colour effects give photographers even more options. Noise is well-contained at higher ISOs. Options to make image adjustments during video recording help make the camera a powerful tool.

We disliked

Speed. Even switching to faster memory cards and shooting just JPEGs, the Samsung NX1000 is still slow between shots. And while colour rendition was great in the standard shooting modes, in the NX1000's scene modes the effects were often too exaggerated.

Final verdict

The Samsung NX1000 may be plastic-bodied and a little slow at times, but it's quite a capable camera with a number of genuinely useful features that photographers will use often.

Given the street price the Samsung NX1000 now fetches and the camera's image quality and flexibility, this is both a great 'first serious camera' and one that even more experienced photographers might want to keep in their hand bag or briefcase for those decisive moments on your daily commute.

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