Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L

Nikon D850 front
Samsung GX-1L front

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Key Specs

Nikon D850
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1015g - 146 x 124 x 79mm
  • Announced August 2017
  • Old Model is Nikon D810
Samsung GX-1L
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 570g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Announced February 2006
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Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Nikon D850 versus Samsung GX-1L, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by brands Nikon and Samsung. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the D850 (46MP) and GX-1L (6MP) and the D850 (Full frame) and GX-1L (APS-C) use different sensor size.

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The D850 was announced 11 years after the GX-1L which is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the D850 matches up vs the GX-1L when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D850 over the Samsung GX-1L

 D850 GX-1L 
AnnouncedAugust 2017February 2006Newer by 140 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3.2"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution2359k210kSharper screen (+2149k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-1L over the Nikon D850

 GX-1L D850 

Common features in the Nikon D850 and Samsung GX-1L

 D850 GX-1L 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera, you'll have to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon D850 enjoys exterior dimensions of 146mm x 124mm x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 1015 grams (2.24 lbs) and the Samsung GX-1L has sizing of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 570 grams (1.26 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon D850 versus Samsung GX-1L in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the D850 against the GX-1L.

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D850 and GX-1L is 54 and 69 respectively.

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L top view buttons comparison

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions just by going over specifications. The picture here will give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D850 and GX-1L.

Plainly, both the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The D850 with its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF simpler and the Nikon D850 will deliver more detail with its extra 40 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots a little more aggressively. The newer D850 provides an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L sensor size comparison

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D850 Portrait photography details
Samsung GX-1L Portrait photography details
manual focus
amazing resolution (46 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have liveview
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D850 Street photography details
Samsung GX-1L Street photography details
screen tilts up and down
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
has touch to focus
environment proof
good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (1,015g)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition (570g)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D850 Sports photography details
Samsung GX-1L Sports photography details
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
amazing resolution (46MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
environment proof
better than average battery life (1,840 per charge)
has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D850 Travel photography highlights
Samsung GX-1L Travel photography highlights
better than average battery life (1,840 shots)
environment proof
supports bluetooth
has touch to focus
amazing resolution (46 megapixels)
heavier than competition in class (1,015 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
lighter than competition (570g)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D850 Landscape photography info
Samsung GX-1L Landscape photography info
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
amazing resolution (46MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
no anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery life (1,840 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
small screen (2.5 inches)
does not have liveview
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D850
Vlogging with Samsung GX-1L
has touchscreen
features face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has mic jack
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (1,015 grams)
lack of video recording
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Nikon D850 vs Samsung GX-1L Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D850 and Samsung GX-1L
 Nikon D850Samsung GX-1L
General Information
Company Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon D850 Samsung GX-1L
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2017-08-24 2006-02-24
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 5 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 46MP 6MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 8256 x 5504 3008 x 2008
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 102400 -
Minimum native ISO 64 200
RAW format
Minimum boosted ISO 32 -
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 153 5
Cross focus points 99 -
Lens mounting type Nikon F Pentax KAF
Available lenses 309 151
Crop factor 1 1.5
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2" 2.5"
Display resolution 2,359k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.75x 0.57x
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.50 m
Flash settings Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/180 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM -
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video data format MPEG-4 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1015g (2.24 lb) 570g (1.26 lb)
Dimensions 146 x 124 x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 100 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 26.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 14.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 2660 not tested
Battery life 1840 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL15a 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD SD/MMC card
Card slots Two 1
Cost at launch $2,997 $0