Samsung’s NX1 digital camera seems like a DSLR, however does it carry out like one?
Whereas corporations like Sony and Fujifilm proceed to stuff critical digital camera guts into smaller and smaller mirrorless our bodies, Samsung’s aiming to ape each the perform and the type of trendy “prosumer” DSLR’s with its $1,500 NX1. With a speedy-hearth 15 fps burst mode and 4K video help, the corporate’s flagship interchangeable lens digital camera definitely boasts some excessive-finish specs. I spent a month with Samsung’s newest to see if it could match and even exceed the DSLRs it seems to emulate.
When it comes to look and construct high quality, the NX1 most intently mimics the superior shopper, or prosumer, fashions provided by Canon and Nikon — the 70Ds and D7100s of the world. Its magnesium physique, strong grip and distinct viewfinder hump undoubtedly recommend a standard DSLR at first look. Put the NX1’s viewfinder as much as your eye, nevertheless, and you will spot a quite succesful, 2,360-dot digital viewfinder relatively than the optical selection. Beneath most circumstances, the EVF’s body fee is rock strong, although I did discover it stutter a bit whereas making an attempt to lock focus in poor lighting circumstances. Elsewhere on the physique, you will discover a truthful variety of controls, together with a useful locking mode dial. The general format feels snug, although the film report button appeared misplaced to the correct of the shutter/energy toggle. And the ring of buttons atop the drive mode dial are a bit too tiny to simply discover with out wanting.
The NX1 additionally boasts a three-inch touchscreen on the again that responds properly to swipes and gestures like two-finger zooming. It is a flip-out deal, so low- and excessive-angle capturing must be a breeze, nevertheless it does not flip to the aspect or ahead for selfies like, say, Canon’s 70D. Colours are properly-saturated on the Tremendous AMOLED display, although they do not all the time mirror actuality. On a cloudy, overcast day contained in the Seattle Seahawks coaching facility, the bogus grass of the workforce’s follow subject got here throughout as vividly inexperienced on the show, nevertheless it was rather more muted in individual. Hopefully, although, should you’re investing this a lot in a digital camera system, you are additionally analyzing your pics on a extra correct (probably calibrated) exterior display as a lot as attainable.
Nonetheless-picture high quality is usually fairly excessive and noise ranges weren’t a lot of a problem as much as about ISO 6400. Once you get a lot greater, although, the noise tends to creep in a bit an excessive amount of for my liking. I would not use the usual prime-finish ISO of 25,600 until I had no different choices; checking a field within the menu unlocks ISO fifty one,200, nevertheless it’s grainy (no shock there). At extra sane ranges, there’s not a lot to complain about from a velocity or high quality standpoint. The quick burst mode and strong AF efficiency imply you will not miss many photographs due to your gear. Its hybrid autofocus system consists of 205 part-detection factors and its max shutter velocity of 1/8000 is a lot fast. The NX1’s auto white stability additionally carried out properly, although it tended to have a harder time than, say, my Fujifilm X-E2 when it got here to yellowish road lighting.
Samsung’s additionally touting the NX1’s video chops, which embrace as much as 4K (four,096 x 2,one hundred sixty or three,840 x 2,one hundred sixty) recording at 30/25/24 fps. If all you want is ho-hum 1080p, you’ll be able to select as much as 60 frames per second. The digital camera helps the newer, extra environment friendly H.265 video codec and an included app will shortly convert that video to the older H.264 commonplace in case your modifying suite of selection does not but deal with the brand new format. General, video high quality is sort of good, with sharp particulars within the feathers of a hungry hummingbird, although I did spot a obscure trace of compression artifacts in notably darkish sections of the body. I might see rolling-shutter results if I panned round like a loopy individual, however beneath regular filming circumstances, I do not assume it poses a lot of an issue.
The NX1 additionally encompasses a deep set of wi-fi capabilities, together with WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth. I used to be capable of simply pair my iPad to the digital camera utilizing the Samsung Digital camera Supervisor app. With the hyperlink established, I might remotely snap pics of hummingbirds in our yard because of the app’s stay viewfinder and onscreen controls.
Samsung’s Digital camera Supervisor app for WiFi distant management.
My time with the NX1 was spent utilizing Samsung’s 45mm f/1.eight lens. It is a fairly commonplace optic, save for a trick 3D mode that prompts an inner shutter, presenting the picture sensor with two barely offset views in a single shot. The impact works in each stills and film modes. I took a fast pattern video in 3D mode and requested our personal Jose Andrade to take a look at the outcomes on his Panasonic 3D TV. The primary clip (recorded on the highest setting) confirmed nice image high quality, however playback was fairly uneven on his set. A second clip, captured at a decrease bit price, performed flawlessly, nevertheless. When you’re taking nonetheless photographs in 3D mode, the NX1 saves each an ordinary JPEG and MPO (Multi-Image Object) codecs for viewing.
General, Samsung’s made a reasonably potent mirrorless shooter within the NX1. There’s not an excessive amount of to complain about in both stills or film mode, although modifying video would require a intermediary conversion till H.265 turns into extra extensively supported. The most important query is whether or not Samsung’s lens choices meet your wants — a strong digital camera physique is nothing with out good glass. If the efficiency and strong construct have you ever curious, check out the lens lineup and see if the ranges and specs you want are there. At $1,500 for the physique solely, that is an funding, in any case.
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- Key specs
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- Sort DSLR
- Lens mount Different
- Decision (efficient) 28.2&#one hundred sixty;megapixels
- Sensor measurement APS-C
- Reminiscence card SD
- Introduced 2014-09-15