Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1 front
  • 28MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 550g - 139 x 102 x 66mm
  • Introduced September 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung NX1 overview

Samsung NX1 is Samsung's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially revealed on September of 2014. The camera includes a 28MP, BSI-CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 6480 x 4320.

The NX1 comes in at #40 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #88 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom factors.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung NX1 history

The Samsung NX1 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can find all earlier and new models as well as key features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX1 front thumbnailSamsung NX128MPAPS-C15.0 fps2014
Samsung-NX30 front thumbnailSamsung NX30
NX1 vs NX30
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX20 front thumbnailSamsung NX20
NX1 vs NX20
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX11 front thumbnailSamsung NX11
NX1 vs NX11
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX5 front thumbnailSamsung NX5
NX1 vs NX5
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX10 front thumbnailSamsung NX10
NX1 vs NX10
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Samsung NX1 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung NX1 based on features which are often seen as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
decent sized screen (3 inches)
does have Top screen
exports RAW files
focusing manually
great ISO range (25,600)
great min ISO (100)
has external mic support
has focus by touch
has HDMI out
has headphone support
has phase detect autofocus
lighter than competition in class (550 grams)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
NFC support
nice clear screen (1,036 k dots)
no anti aliasing filter
sensor resolution is great (28 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports bluetooth
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
tilting screen
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
weather sealing
does not have image stabilization
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Samsung NX1 Sensor details

The Samsung NX1 is powered by the DRIMe 5 processor. The spec of the sensor in the Samsung NX1 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6480 x 4320 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 28 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. This ISO can be expanded digitally to a high of 51200. RAW files are supported so the user has wider margin for error.

Samsung chose to skip the anti aliasing filter in the Samsung NX1. This will result in more sharper images but may create moire in certain situations.

The image underneath displays the NX1's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The NX1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX1 dimensions

Samsung NX1 weighs in at 1.21 lb (550 gr or 19.40 ounces) & has outside dimensions of 139mm x 102mm x 66mm (5.5" x 4.0" x 2.6"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr so the Samsung NX1 is lighter when compared with various rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Samsung NX1 besides a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Samsung NX1 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button design on the NX1.

Samsung NX1 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX1 Lens specs

The NX1 works with the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses on sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the NX1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-24mm-f1.4-ED-AS-UMC-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC24mmf/1.4 580g
Samsung-NX-60mm-F2.8-Macro-ED-OIS-SSA lensSamsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA60mmf/2.8 389g
Photography Glossary
Rokinon-85mm-F1.4-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 85mm F1.485mmf/1.4 539g
Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
Samyang-85mm-F1.4-Aspherical-IF-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF85mmf/1.4 539g
Samsung-NX-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 549g
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Samsung-NX-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6-OIS lensSamsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 198g
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Samsung NX1 Connectivity

The NX1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send files and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Samsung NX1 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Samsung NX1 is 4096 x 2160 and you can capture in H.265 file format. 2160p gives you an exceptional quality for video recording. You can crop to Full HD in order to get better results. Beware of the substantial file sizes and ensure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does include both headphone and mic support making it extremely valuable while recording audio.

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Samsung NX1 Weather Sealing

Samsung NX1 comes with weather sealing making it a fantastic selection for use for rough locations. This is especially handy if you are not sure about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.

Samsung NX1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX1 includes a 3" tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 1,036k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you can adjust focus points as well as change settings with your fingers. The NX1 also has a builtin Top screen so it’s possible to quickly see your settings.

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The ViewFinder details for Samsung NX1 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders can be very helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Samsung NX1 Shutter specs

Samsung NX1 continuous shooting rate is 15.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Samsung NX1 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Samsung NX1 comes with both built in flash together with external flash ability.

Samsung NX1 Autofocusing specs

Samsung NX1 comes with both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is helpful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor includes 209 focus points to choose from. Samsung NX1 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also features Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Samsung NX1 has manual focus when needed for low light or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Samsung NX1 Battery life

The battery power (BP1900) on the Samsung NX1 is made to last for 500 photographs according to the CIPA measurements making it about average when compared to it's rivals. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X offers the highest (870) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Samsung NX1 for varying categories of photography

The following chart displays a summation of the Samsung NX1 for varying categories of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Samsung NX1

The Samsung NX1 has a points tally of 80 which is outstanding, meaning that it is a tremendous choice for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files plus the potential to use external lighting.

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manual focus
megapixel count excellent (28MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats

Street photography with Samsung NX1

Getting a above average score of 74, the Samsung NX1 is a good option for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
screen tilts
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
offers focus via touch
weather proofing
lighter than others in class (550 grams)
great high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization

Samsung NX1 Sports photography features

A awesome sports photography points tally of 76 means the Samsung NX1 is a superb pick for taking photos of sports. A camera should have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is high (28 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization

Samsung NX1 Travel photography factors

Weight is very critical in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Samsung NX1 gets a above average 74 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick for your vacations.

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lighter than competition (550 grams)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
includes focus by touch
excellent MP (28MP)
built-in flash
screen is not selfie friendly

Samsung NX1 Landscape photography details

If you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Samsung NX1 and it's wonderful grade of 78 as a landscape camera is a great pick compared to its rivals.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3")
great MP (28 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
does not have image stabilization

Samsung NX1 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should really have a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung NX1 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a horrible rating of 34.

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touchscreen enabled
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic port
lighter than others in class (550g)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization

Samsung NX1 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the NX1, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph down below shows you a summary of the NX1 versus it's top scoring rivals shown earlier.

There are more cameras you might check out as alternative options. To go through a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung NX1
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
28 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
6480 x 4320
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Samsung NX
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
15.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
11.00 m (ISO 100)
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
550 grams (1.21 lb)
139 x 102 x 66mm (5.5" x 4.0" x 2.6")
Battery life
500 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 - 30 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Cost at launch