Samsung NX5

Samsung NX5 front
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Introduced June 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung NX5 overview

Samsung NX5 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first introduced on June of 2010. The camera features a 15MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3056.

The NX5 stands at #87 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all round #390 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized factors.

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

Samsung NX5 family

The Samsung NX5 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX5 vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX1 front thumbnailSamsung NX1
NX5 vs NX1
28MPAPS-C15.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX3000
NX5 vs NX3000
20MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Samsung-NX30 front thumbnailSamsung NX30
NX5 vs NX30
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2014
Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX5 vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX300
NX5 vs NX300
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX1100
NX5 vs NX1100
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M
NX5 vs NX300M
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX210
NX5 vs NX210
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX20 front thumbnailSamsung NX20
NX5 vs NX20
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX1000 front thumbnailSamsung NX1000
NX5 vs NX1000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
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Samsung-NX200 front thumbnailSamsung NX200
NX5 vs NX200
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX11 front thumbnailSamsung NX11
NX5 vs NX11
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX100 front thumbnailSamsung NX100
NX5 vs NX100
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX5 front thumbnailSamsung NX515MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX10 front thumbnailSamsung NX10
NX5 vs NX10
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010

Samsung NX5 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Samsung NX5 based on features which are normally viewed as necessary in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with face detection focusing
good battery (400 shots)
great min ISO (100)
has manual focus
includes HDMI out
megapixel count good (15MP)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
saves RAW files
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
heavier than competitors (499 grams)
no articulating screen
no external mic support
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no phase detect AF
no Time Lapse function
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung NX5 Sensor details

The Samsung NX5 houses the DRIM Engine chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Samsung NX5 is 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 365 mm² sensor can resolve 4592 x 3056 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 15MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW files are supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the NX5's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The NX5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX5 dimensions

Samsung NX5 weighs about 1.10 lb (499 gr or 17.60 oz) and features outside proportions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr so the Samsung NX5 is weightier when compared with various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Here is a image of the Samsung NX5 beside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Samsung NX5 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button design on the NX5.

Samsung NX5 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX5 Lens specs

The NX5 fits the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses that are available. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the NX5.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samsung-NX-45mm-F1.8-2D3D lensSamsung NX 45mm F1.8 2D3D45mmf/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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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
Rokinon-24mm-f1.4-Aspherical-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 24mm f1.4 Aspherical24mmf/1.4 580g
Samsung-NX-60mm-F2.8-Macro-ED-OIS-SSA lensSamsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA60mmf/2.8 389g
Lensbaby-Velvet-56-Samsung-NX lensLensbaby Velvet 5656mmf/1.6 400g
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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 NX5 Connectivity

The NX5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send photos and at times change settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Samsung NX5 Video specs

The maximum video quality in the Samsung NX5 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 format. 720p is low by today's standards. You really should target a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone socket which means you have got no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase a different model should you need decent audio in your video clips.

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Samsung NX5 Weather Sealing

Samsung NX5 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.

Samsung NX5 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX5 features a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Samsung NX5 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.57x

Viewfinders are pretty useful in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Samsung NX5 Shutter specs

Samsung NX5 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Samsung NX5 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Samsung NX5 has got both integrated flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/180s.

Samsung NX5 Autofocusing specs

Samsung NX5 has got just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect which is useful for portrait photography.

It features 15 focus points to select from. Samsung NX5 boasts manual focus in case it is required in low light occasions or you want more exact control on focus.

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Samsung NX5 Battery life

The battery (BP1130) in the Samsung NX5 is made to last for 400 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards making it higher than average when compared to its class. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest possible (750) battery life in this range of cameras.

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

Samsung NX5 for various styles of photography

The following graph presents a analysis of the Samsung NX5 for various styles of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung NX5 Portrait photography details

The Samsung NX5 gets a rating of 73 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable fit for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos & flexibility to utilize external flash.

Photography Glossary
you can focus manually
MP count good (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats

Samsung NX5 Street photography highlights

Having a decent rating of 60, the Samsung NX5 is somewhat adequate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competitors (499g)

Samsung NX5 Sports photography highlights

A decent sports photography points total of 52 indicates the Samsung NX5 is somewhat adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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MP count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great battery (400 shots)
max fps low (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF

Samsung NX5 Travel photography info

Weight is super crucial in picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Samsung NX5 gets a very good 63 for a travel camera which makes it a good choice to buy for your trips.

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better than average battery (400 per charge)
decent megapixels (15 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (499 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen

Samsung NX5 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung NX5 and it's very good score of 68 for a landscape camera is a respectable option compared to it's competition.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good MP (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (400 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
lack of Timelapse mode

Samsung NX5 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung NX5 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a terrible score of 24.

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includes face detect focus
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (499g)

Samsung NX5 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the NX5, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph followed below offers you a summary of the NX5 vs it's highest ranking rivals listed earlier.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung NX5
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
DRIM Engine
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
15 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4592 x 3056
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Samsung NX
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology
Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
11.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
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)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
499 grams (1.10 pounds)
Physical dimensions
123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
Battery life
400 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail cost