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  • 20.3-Megapixel CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • 3.0-inch, 921,000 dot LCD screen
  • 20-50mm kit lens
  • WiFi Capabilities
  • Dedicated Video Record Button
  • Smart Auto Mode
  • 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Attachable Flash Unit
  • Smart Link for quick connect to a smartphone or tablet
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Good Selection of additional lenses
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card compatible
Pros
  • Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • WiFi allows a multitude of useful controls and features
  • Great image quality 
  • Optical Image Stabilization is available on some lenses
  • Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD
  • HDMI output
  • Optional mic for improved audio
  • Good Battery Life
  • Competitively priced
Cons
  • AF system on our unit was either slow or not working correctly
  • Very noisy images when ISO is over 1600
  • Removable flash can be easy to forget
Timing Test Results
  • Power up to first image captured = 2.2 seconds
  • Shutter lag when prefocused  = less than 1/10 of a second
  • Shutter lag with autofocus = approx. 6/10 of a second
  • Shot to shot delay wo/flash = 1.80 seconds
  • Shot to shot delay w/flash = 2.08 seconds
  • Sequential burst =  6.88fps approx. 11 images
  • Sequential flash burst = 1.89fps
  • High Speed Burst = 10fps
  • *Possible trouble with AF could be slowing down some of the stats
  • All tests were taken using an PNY Pro Class 10, 8GB SDHC memory card, Program Mode, ISO auto, Flash off and all other settings at the factory defaults unless noted otherwise.
Bottom Line
The Samsung NX1000 is a compact, portable and very easy to use ILC. From full point-n-shoot modes to full manual shooting, everyone will enjoy using this camera. Sharing your images is as easy as ever with the camera's built-in WiFi capabilities and Samsung's free apps. Available now for under $500, this could be the perfect camera for anyone that is not sure if they want to upgrade to a dSLR or a more compact ILC model.
Pick This Up If...
You are looking for an affordable ILC model with great image quality,  that's loaded with features. This is also a great starter for someone looking to upgrade from a compact point-n-shoot.
The Samsung NX1000 is a compact interchangeable lens camera (ILC) that provides all of the versatility, power and image quality of a dSLR; in a much smaller package. Sporting a 20.3-Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS imaging sensor, Samsung's NX mount for mounting Samsung Lenses, built-in WiFi, a 3.0-inch LCD screen and all of the creative features that you can imagine; you will be hard pressed to find something that this camera cannot handle. Even with all of these great features, this also the cheapest entry to the NX line, proving that you can get everything you want at an affordable price. This is also the only NX model that is available in more than just black, with white and pink models also available. 

As we saw on the NX20, the NX1000 includes all of the same great WiFi capabilities that Samsung provides. More than just allowing the camera to connect to a wireless hotspot, but that the camera can send images to a wireless device or allow camera operations from that device. With the assistance of a couple Free apps from Samsung (Mobile Link and Remote Viewfinder), it is possible to view all of the images on the camera as soon as they are taken from your remote device. It is also possible to control certain aspects of the camera from the phone, such as the shutter release, adding a whole new dimension to taking a self portrait. Finishing off the WiFi capabilities allows for instant viewing to Samsung HDTV's as well as instant backup to a PC or SkyDrive.

Handling the NX1000 is incredibly easy. The body has a large grip on the right side of the camera that is textured just enough that it does not feel slippery. Shooting is very similar to using a dSLR, but if you do not purchase an optional EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), you will be forced to hold the camera away from your face to look at the LCD screen. The camera's controls have been kept very simple, resembling an easy to use point-n-shoot camera. This makes the camera less intimidating to anyone that wants to just snap a few pictures, but still allows enough control for manual operation. 

Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the incredibly high quality 3.0-inch, 921,000 dot LCD screen. It shows approx. 100% field of view, so you see very clearly what the camera will capture. 

Our performance tests for the NX1000 were inconclusive as our test unit was having some trouble focusing. In all of the shooting modes the fastest we could get the camera to focus was 6/10 of second, but most of the time was it was slower. After testing the NX20, with excellent results, we do not believe that this is normal for the NX1000. We are hoping to get another unit to finish these tests. If these are the correct numbers, than this will be something that you will want to think about if speedy performance is something that you are looking for. 

The image quality from our outdoor images is excellent. Even with the tough overcast skies of the Ohio winter, the camera produced good exposures and great colors without blowing out the lighter parts of the image (which happens quite often in this situation). Using the included 20-50mm kit lens, aberrations were well controlled. This lens also provides a decent zoom range, good for landscapes and portraits. It does not have a very powerful zoom end, so if you want something that is off in the distance, you will need a new lens or you will have to get yourself closer. With 20-megapixels of resolution, you can also crop to help bring subjects closer, and still have plenty of resolution for average prints. 

Unlike the NX20, the NX1000 does not have the sensor shift image stabilization built in, meaning if the lens does not have its own built-in stabilization, then you will not have any. This is a feature that you will want to have if you shoot a lot of indoor and low-light images.

Shooting indoors provided us again with excellent colors and exposures. Looking closer we can see all of the fine details within the image, including the stitching of the flag, and I had no problems reading any of the text throughout the image. There is very little if any noise at the lower ISO settings. 100-1600 produce great results for each setting, allowing for large, clear prints. Once you pass ISO 1600, the amount of noise increases quickly and really takes away from the overall quality. We recommend not using these settings unless you have no other options. Assisting with your indoor and low-light photography is the included attachable flash unit. While it is not any bigger or more powerful than you would find as a built-in unit, it does help to keep the size and weight of the camera down. The only down side is that you can forget it, or choose not to take it when you don't want any extras. 

Portraits are a pleasure with the NX1000, either shooting in Smart Auto or Portrait mode, the camera will quickly detect any faces within the frame and it also follows them very well as long as they stay inside the frame and facing the camera. In the group sample we do see one face that was a little closer than the others that is not in focus, but the camera did well to get most of the group. Our samples show the great exposures for the faces both with and without the flash. There was also no redness in or around the eyes of our subjects when using the flash. 

Shooting full 1080p HD video wasn't the cameras strongest point, but it did get the job done. We did notice that the AF struggled a bit, but again this may just be this unit, so it is hard to say. There is also a bit more noise within the videos than we would like to see. Even though this is not perfect outdoor, sunny day lighting, the pool is bright enough for decent video recording. The camera shake from the lack of an optical image stabilization system is also very noticeable when shooting video; you may want to keep a tripod handy for video recording. Our movies did play back very well. They were smooth on the camera, computer and HDTV through HDMI. For increased audio quality, the NX1000 will accept the NX shotgun microphone, which decreases vibrations collected from the camera and is better at recording audio off in the distance. 

Powering the NX1000 is a 7.4V, 1030mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. During our tests this was more than enough for us to complete everything we needed to with plenty of power to spare. Samsung claims that it provides enough power for 320 images or 160 minutes of HD video on a single charge. This is pretty good for a camera in this price range, but we were hoping the battery would last a bit longer. This is a perfect reason to keep a spare, because there is no way to save power once the battery starts to get low. If you are on vacation or a long day of shooting, 320 images will catch up to you much faster than you think. Having WiFi enabled at all times will also drain the battery faster. 

Bottom Line - The Samsung NX1000 is a powerful yet affordable interchangeable lens compact camera. Its APS-C sized, 20.3-Megapixel imaging sensor, Smart Auto shooting mode, WiFi capabilities, included flash and Full 1080p HD video capture provide you with a fantastic set of powerful and useful features. Image quality is also very good, however the performance and AF system was a bit disappointing; at least on our sample unit. Available online for just $499.99 USD, this is definitely worth a look if you want an affordable ILC. 

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