Samsung NX11

Samsung NX11 front

Samsung NX11 summary

Samsung NX11 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially revealed on December of 2010. The camera has got a 15MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 4592 x 3056.

Samsung released this camera to replace the older Samsung NX10 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently brought out the fresher Samsung NX20 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.

The NX11 ranks at #86 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and over-all #389 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Samsung NX11 family

The Samsung NX11 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can take a look at all older and the latest models as well as main features.

Samsung NX11 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Samsung NX11 based on aspects that are generally regarded as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
delivers RAW formats
good minimum ISO (100)
great battery life (400 per charge)
has manual focus
includes HDMI support
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
megapixel count good (15 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
OLED tech
screen is a good size (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competitors (499 grams)
lack of phase detect autofocus
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no headphone jack
no mic jack
no Time Lapse mode
pixelated screen (614 k dot)
screen is fixed
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
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Samsung NX11 Sensor specs

The Samsung NX11 features the DRIM Engine processor. The sensor specification on the Samsung NX11 is 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 365 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4592 x 3056 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 15 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW files are saved so you have more margin for error.

The graphic below shows the NX11's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The NX11 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX11 dimensions

Samsung NX11 weighs about 1.10 pounds (499g or 17.60 oz) and features exterior dimensions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g and the Samsung NX11 is more heavy compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Samsung NX11 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Samsung NX11 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button arrangement on the NX11.

Samsung NX11 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX11 Lens details

The NX11 works with the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses that you can purchase. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the NX11.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samsung-NX-16-50mm-F2.0-2.8-S-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 S ED OIS16-50mmf/2.0-2.8 622g
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-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
Samsung-NX-16mm-F2.4-Pancake lensSamsung NX 16mm F2.4 Pancake16mmf/2.4 90g
Samsung-NX-45mm-F1.8 lensSamsung NX 45mm F1.845mmf/1.8 115g
Samsung-NX-20-50mm-F3.5-5.6-ED lensSamsung NX 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED20-50mmf/3.5-5.6 119g
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Samyang-24mm-f1.4-ED-AS-UMC-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC24mmf/1.4 580g
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Samsung NX11 Connectivity

The NX11 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer pictures and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Samsung NX11 Video details

The highest possible video quality on the Samsung NX11 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in H.264 format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should strive for at least FUll HD quality for video. The body does not offer a mic and headphone jack so you have got zero control over your sound. It is probably best to take a look at a different camera if you want better sound in your video clips.

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Samsung NX11 Weather Sealing

Samsung NX11 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.

Samsung NX11 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX11 has got a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 614k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung NX11 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.57x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Samsung NX11 Shutter details

Samsung NX11 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Samsung NX11 Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung NX11 has got both in-built flash plus external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/180s.

Samsung NX11 Autofocus details

Samsung NX11 has got only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it valuable for portraits.

It has got 15 focus points to select from. Samsung NX11 can use manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Samsung NX11 Battery life

The battery life (BP1130) in the Samsung NX11 is designed to last for 400 photographs as per the CIPA measurements which is above standard for its category. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 features the best (750) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Samsung NX11 for different forms of photography

The following illustration shows a summary of the Samsung NX11 for different forms of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Samsung NX11 Portrait photography information

The Samsung NX11 gets a score of 73 which is very good, and means the camera is a fine pick for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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manual focus
decent sensor resolution (15MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files

Street photography with Samsung NX11

Getting a modest score of 60, the Samsung NX11 is reasonably suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (499g)

Samsung NX11 as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography rating of 53 means the Samsung NX11 is fairly appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great battery (400 shots)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus

Samsung NX11 Travel photography info

Portability is really crucial in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Samsung NX11 gets a above average 63 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable choice to buy for your holidays.

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great battery power (400 shots)
sensor resolution is decent (15MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (499g)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Samsung NX11 Landscape photography features

If you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung NX11 and it's very good score of 69 as a landscape camera is a very decent pick within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
nice screen size (3")
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (400 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse recording

Samsung NX11 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should come with a moving screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Samsung NX11 is not good for vlogging as it comes to a low rating of 24.

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includes face detection focusing
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic jack
heavier than competition (499 grams)

Samsung NX11 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the NX11, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph here shows you a bird's eye view of the NX11 compared to it's top scoring competitors shown previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung NX11
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
DRIM Engine
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
15 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4592 x 3056
RAW support
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Samsung NX
Available lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
614k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology
Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
11.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/180 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
499g (1.10 pounds)
123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
Battery life
400 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at release