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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Samsung NX3000 front
Portability
89
Imaging
63
Features
62
Overall
62

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Revealed September 2013
Samsung NX3000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 230g - 117 x 66 x 39mm
  • Revealed May 2014
  • Previous Model is Samsung NX2000
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Overview

Below, we will be contrasting the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Samsung. There is a significant difference among the sensor resolutions of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and NX3000 (20MP) and the 1 AW1 (1") and NX3000 (APS-C) enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

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The 1 AW1 was released 8 months prior to the NX3000 so they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief view of how the 1 AW1 matches up versus the NX3000 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Samsung NX3000

 1 AW1 NX3000 
Screen resolution921k461kClearer screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung NX3000 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 NX3000 1 AW1 
RevealedMay 2014September 2013Newer by 8 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Samsung NX3000

 1 AW1 NX3000 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon 1 AW1 has got outside dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Samsung NX3000 has sizing of 117mm x 66mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs).

Check out the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the 1 AW1 versus the NX3000.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the 1 AW1 and NX3000 is 86 and 89 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions only by checking out specifications. The pic here should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 AW1 and NX3000.

To sum up, both of those cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The 1 AW1 due to its smaller sensor will make getting shallow depth of field tougher and the Samsung NX3000 will provide more detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The more aged 1 AW1 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung NX3000 as a Portrait photography camera
59
manual focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
77
focusing manually
decent MP (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography features
Samsung NX3000 Street photography features
67
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
81
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors (230 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography features
Samsung NX3000 Sports photography features
59
high fps (60.0 fps)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (220 shots)
56
decent MP (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Travel photography advice
Samsung NX3000 Travel photography advice
63
weather proofing
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery life (220 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
68
lighter than competitors (230 grams)
decent MP (20MP)
doesn't have Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung NX3000 Landscape photography highlights
61
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
72
focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
decent MP (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon 1 AW1
Vlogging with Samsung NX3000
29
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone jack
34
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (230 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone jack
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX3000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Samsung NX3000
 Nikon 1 AW1Samsung NX3000
General Information
Brand Nikon Samsung
Model type Nikon 1 AW1 Samsung NX3000
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2013-09-19 2014-05-26
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor EXPEED 3A -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3072 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 160 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 135 35
Cross type focus points - 1
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon 1 Samsung NX
Available lenses 13 32
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 60.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash settings Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/60 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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 (30p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 356g (0.78 lb) 230g (0.51 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 117 x 66 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 51 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 428 not tested
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 370 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL20 B740
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $0 $897