Samsung NX1 Camera: Australian Review

By Campbell Simpson

The $1899 Samsung NX1 is a professional, consumer, semi-professional mirrorless digital camera — that is, it’s a middle-of-the-road camera that you could equally give to a newbie or a professional alike and have them snap some good photos.

It may not be 100 per cent as rugged as its competitors, it may lack a full-frame sensor, and it may not have the long-time-refined control layout of competitors from Canon and Nikon, but for taking great photos and sharing them with the world, the Samsung NX1 is just about as good a camera as I’ve ever seen.

If you’re shooting with a fast lens — anything from Samsung’s premium S-Series lens lineup, whether it’s the 16-50mm f/2-2. 8 or the 50-150mm f/2. 8, or a chunky prime like the 85mm f/1. 4, is an excellent choice — then you can expect beautiful photos with excellent colour saturation.

Samsung has clearly made a professional camera in the NX1, but what professional means in 2015, in Samsung’s world, is different to what you might think if you’re an existing pro-level user with Canon or Nikon (or older Sony or Fuji, even) gear.

If you need a new camera, and you want to join the mirrorless revolution — and let’s be honest, there aren’t too many reasons why you shouldn’t — then the Samsung NX1 is, in my opinion, equally as good as Sony’s excellent A7 full-frame range.

That grip especially caught my eye — it’s an excellent grip for real-world use, built to exactly the same exacting standards as the rest of the NX1, and when you attach it the camera really does become every bit as versatile as any other camera you might want to compare it to.

It’s expensive — for the camera body, for those two pro-level zooms, the body grip and a flash, you’re pushing $6000.

For sharing your photos quickly — as long as you have the Samsung Camera Manager app installed, which isn’t actually the simplest process in the world — the NX1 is unparalleled.

It’s nothing revolutionary, but for the photos that you’ll take every day, you’ll notice good dynamic range and a versatile range of usable ISO settings Similarly, the excellent image stabilisation of the 16-50mm helps out a lot with that low-light fine image detail.

Read more here: Gizmodo


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