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Hands-on with the Samsung NX1 camera

Elias Plastiras | Nov. 25, 2014
With a large sensor and a fast frame rate, Samsung is pitching the NX1 directly at the big guns of the digital SLR market, in addition to the high-end models that are available in the interchangeable lens camera (or compact system camera) market.

There was a bit of a discrepancy between the battery bar indicator in the settings window and the battery indicator on the rear screen, with the bar indicator seemingly showing more available life than the percentage indicator on the rear. It's something we had to keep in mind.

In addition to the traditional shooting features that the NX1 offers, it also builds on the more non-traditional features. By this we mean wireless features. The NX1 can connect to your smartphone for functions such as the remote viewfinder, and also to allow you to transfer photos to the phone after they have been taken. It also includes a Quick Transfer feature that transmits thumbnails of photos to your phone the moment they have been taken. You can see immediately which photos you might want to transfer in their native size to your phone.

The app for viewing and transferring photos is different compared to previous NX cameras, with the NX1 requiring a new app called Samsung Camera Manager. Bluetooth and NFC are used by the camera, and this can make the pairing process very easy. We had everything up and running in a matter of seconds, and file transfers were reliable.

Using wireless can be a good way to copy files over from the camera that you want to share online immediately while you are out in the field. Be aware that it will put a strain on your battery.

Other things to note about this camera are that it still has the auto mode and scene modes that make Samsung cameras a cinch to use, and these modes can be a good way to get some creativity juices flowing, even if you know what you're doing — they are just fun to use, especially the sweeping panorama mode.

We'll bring you our full review of the NX1 once we get a retail version. The one that we had hands-on time with was not the final product, but it still produced some very good shots. You can see the results if you click the image gallery at the top of this article.

We shot in JPEG mode, and its dynamic range was particularly impressive. The camera marries the focus and exposure points (they can be divorced too), so for many of the mountain shots we generally pointed at the brightest spot to give the pictures more depth in the shadows. RAW mode will be favourable for those of you who want to take complete control over the way your photos look.


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