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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Samsung NX mini front
Portability
93
Imaging
52
Features
68
Overall
58

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Introduced September 2013
Samsung NX mini
(Full Review)
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Released March 2014
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Samsung. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and NX mini (20.5MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor sizing (1").

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The 1 AW1 was manufactured 6 months earlier than the NX mini and they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting through a full comparison, below is a quick summation of how the 1 AW1 scores versus the NX mini with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Samsung NX mini

 1 AW1 NX mini 
Screen resolution921k461kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung NX mini over the Nikon 1 AW1

 NX mini 1 AW1 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Samsung NX mini

 1 AW1 NX mini 
ReleasedSeptember 2013March 2014Similar age
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon 1 AW1 enjoys external measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") along with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX mini has measurements of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 196 grams (0.43 lbs).

Check the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the 1 AW1 and the NX mini.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the 1 AW1 and NX mini is 86 and 93 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to picture the contrast between sensor sizing just by reading a spec sheet. The visual below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the 1 AW1 and NX mini.

As you can see, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You can expect the Samsung NX mini to offer you extra detail due to its extra 6.5MP. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs much more aggressively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Portrait photography with Samsung NX mini
59
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
71
manual focus
resolution is good (20.5MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography advice
Samsung NX mini Street photography advice
67
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
81
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
provides focus by touch
lighter than competition (196g)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung NX mini as a Sports photography camera
59
fast shooting (60.0 frames per second)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
provides tracking autofocus
environment sealing
has phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
bad battery life (220 per charge)
54
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000s)
resolution is good (20.5MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
good battery (650 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung NX mini as a Travel photography camera
63
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (220 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
76
good battery (650 per charge)
lighter than competition (196 grams)
provides focus by touch
resolution is good (20.5 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography advice
Samsung NX mini Landscape photography advice
61
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
no image stabilization
bad battery life (220 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
68
manual focus
switch lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
resolution is good (20.5MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
good battery (650 shots)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Vlogging details
Samsung NX mini Vlogging details
29
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have external mic socket
38
touch screen
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone support
lighter than competition (196g)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Samsung NX mini
 Nikon 1 AW1Samsung NX mini
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Samsung NX mini
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-09-19 2014-03-19
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip EXPEED 3A -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 20.5 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3072 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 160 160
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 135 21
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon 1 Samsung NX-M
Amount of lenses 13 2
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 921 thousand dots 461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech TFT LCD TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 60.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash modes Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/60 secs 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps) 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 grams (0.78 lb) 196 grams (0.43 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 51 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 428 not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photos 650 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 B740
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $0 $530