Samsung NX1100

Samsung NX1100 front

Samsung NX1100 overview

Samsung NX1100 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally revealed on April of 2013. The camera houses a 20MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Samsung launched this camera to upgrade the older Samsung NX1000 (Read Full Comparison) & then released the updated Samsung NX2000 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.

The NX1100 comes in at #56 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #302 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung NX1100 family

The Samsung NX1100 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX1100 vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX3000
NX1100 vs NX3000
20MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX1100 vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX300
NX1100 vs NX300
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX110020MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M
NX1100 vs NX300M
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX210
NX1100 vs NX210
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012

Samsung NX1100 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung NX1100 based on features which are typically seen as useful in a camera.

does have HDMI out
exports RAW files
good sized screen (3")
great min ISO (100)
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
lighter than competitors (222 grams)
megapixel count good (20MP)
provides face detect focus
screen has good resolution (921 k dots)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
does not have headphone support
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic support
does not have Time Lapse function
no articulating screen
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Samsung NX1100 Sensor info

The sensor dimension on the Samsung NX1100 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 20MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the NX1100's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The NX1100 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX1100 dimensions

Samsung NX1100 weighs about 0.49 lb (222 gr or 7.83 oz) & has external dimensions of 114mm x 63mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.5"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Samsung NX1100 is lighter compared with its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Samsung NX1100 with a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Samsung NX1100 dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button design on the NX1100.

Samsung NX1100 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX1100 Lens info

The NX1100 fits the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses available. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the NX1100.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-85mm-F1.4-Aspherical-IF-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF85mmf/1.4 539g
Samyang-12mm-f2.0-NCS-CS-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS12mmf/2.0 260g
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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-10mm-F3.5-Fisheye lensSamsung NX 10mm F3.5 Fisheye10mmf/3.5 71g
Samyang-8mm-F2.8-UMC-Fisheye-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye8mmf/2.8 265g
Samsung-NX-45mm-F1.8 lensSamsung NX 45mm F1.845mmf/1.8 115g
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Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
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Samsung NX1100 Connectivity

The NX1100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and in some cases adjust settings without connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Samsung NX1100 Video info

The highest video quality on the Samsung NX1100 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance between quality and file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have got no control over the audio. It is probably best to buy an alternative model in case you want good audio for your video clips.

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Samsung NX1100 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Samsung NX1100 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Samsung NX1100 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX1100 is equipped with a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Samsung NX1100 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy during sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Samsung NX1100 Shutter info

Samsung NX1100 has the capability to shoot continuously at 8.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Samsung NX1100 Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung NX1100 has external flash ability but is lacking built in flash. The max flash sync is 1/180 sec.

Samsung NX1100 Autofocus info

Samsung NX1100 has just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be helpful for people photography.

The Sensor supports 15 focus points to select from. Samsung NX1100 has manual focus when required during low light or you want to have more exact control on focus.

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Samsung NX1100 Battery life

The battery power (BC1030) for the Samsung NX1100 is fashioned to last for 320 shots based on the CIPA benchmarks which is about average when compared to it's competition. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has got the highest (750) battery life within this class of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the highest battery life:

Samsung NX1100 for specific kinds of photography

The following chart displays a analysis of the Samsung NX1100 for specific kinds of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Samsung NX1100

The Samsung NX1100 gets a points total of 77 which is very high, meaning that it is a tremendous choice for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files and potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
exports RAW files

Samsung NX1100 as a Street photography camera

Having a above average score of 73, the Samsung NX1100 is a fine fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than others in class (222 grams)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Samsung NX1100

A moderate sports photography points total of 56 indicates the Samsung NX1100 is fairly acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Samsung NX1100

Size is really critical in choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Samsung NX1100 gets a above average 68 for a travel camera which makes it a fine fit to buy for your journeys.

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lighter than others (222g)
good resolution (20MP)
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly display

Landscape photography with Samsung NX1100

When you're looking to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung NX1100 and it's very good grade of 71 as a landscape camera is a fine fit among it's competition.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse function

Samsung NX1100 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung NX1100 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a subpar rating of 34.

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has face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (222 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
does not have microphone support

Samsung NX1100 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the NX1100, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph below offers you an overview of the NX1100 versus it's top scoring rivals mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might see as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung NX1100
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Samsung NX
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Resolution of display
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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)
Max video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
222 grams (0.49 pounds)
114 x 63 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.5")
Battery life
320 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Retail cost