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Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9

Portability
90
Imaging
62
Features
60
Overall
61
Samsung NX1000 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 front
Portability
99
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Key Specs

Samsung NX1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 222g - 114 x 63 x 37mm
  • Released April 2012
  • New Model is Samsung NX1100
Sony WX9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • n/ag - 95 x 56 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Ultracompact by rivals Samsung and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the NX1000 (20MP) and WX9 (16MP) and the NX1000 (APS-C) and WX9 (1/2.3") possess different sensor measurements.

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The NX1000 was launched 16 months later than the WX9 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Samsung NX1000 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony WX9 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before delving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the NX1000 matches up against the WX9 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX1000 over the Sony WX9

 NX1000 WX9 
LaunchedApril 2012January 2011More recent by 16 months
Focus manually More accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Sony WX9 over the Samsung NX1000

 WX9 NX1000 

Common features in the Samsung NX1000 and Sony WX9

 NX1000 WX9 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Screen resolution921k921kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera frequently, you have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Samsung NX1000 offers external dimensions of 114mm x 63mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.5") having a weight of 222 grams (0.49 lbs) while the Sony WX9 has proportions of 95mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the NX1000 and the WX9.

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the NX1000 and WX9 is 90 and 99 respectively.

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to imagine the difference between sensor measurements just by going over technical specs. The graphic below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the NX1000 and WX9.

As you have seen, both of the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The NX1000 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Samsung NX1000 will offer greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The fresher NX1000 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX1000 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX9 as a Portrait photography camera
77
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW files
30
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX1000 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX9 as a Street photography camera
73
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than others in class (222g)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX1000 Sports photography features
Sony WX9 Sports photography features
56
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX1000 as a Travel photography camera
Sony WX9 as a Travel photography camera
68
lighter than others in class (222 grams)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not contain selfie friendly display
67
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
no Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX1000 Landscape photography features
Sony WX9 Landscape photography features
71
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
43
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
no manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung NX1000
Vlogging with Sony WX9
34
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (222 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have mic jack
33
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone jack
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Samsung NX1000 vs Sony WX9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX1000 and Sony WX9
 Samsung NX1000Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung NX1000 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Released 2012-04-19 2011-01-06
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 15 9
Lens
Lens support Samsung NX fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Total lenses 32 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT LCD XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 2 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 8.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1920 x 810 (24 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 222g (0.49 lb) -
Dimensions 114 x 63 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.5") 95 x 56 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 840 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BC1030 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $388 $188