Features & Controls

The NX1 offers a generous 28.2-megapixels in its BSI CMOS sensor. With ISO settings as high as 25600, and impressive low-light performance, you can capture attractive shots in very dim conditions. The adaptive noise reduction technology helps produce images in low light that contain very little noise.

You can achieve shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 of a second, and produce exposures as long as 30 seconds with the presets, or use the Bulb setting in manual mode to capture even longer exposures.

The DRIMe V image processor enables the NX1 to shoot at 15fps, at full resolution.

Shutter Speed Modes:
  • Auto : 1/8000 sec. - 1/4 sec.
  • Manual : 1/8000 sec. - 30 sec. / Bulb

The camera also captures 4K UHD video at 30fps, and can record full 1080p HD video at 60fps.

As for lenses, it is no secret that Samsung is not a long time player in the photography market, and therefore cannot offer the same type of extensive lens collections that some of its competitors can. However, as of press time the company offered a healthy assortment of lens types for the NX lens mount. These include a 10mm fisheye lens, 18-200mm zoom, and various prime lenses, such as 16mm, 60mm, and the 45mm (f/1.8) lens I tested.

For iFn lenses, you can customize the iFn button to perform one of six options.

iFn button options:
  • Aperture
  • Shutter speed
  • Exposure value
  • ISO
  • White balance
  • Intelli-zoom (adjusts zoom scale)

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The 3-inch Super AMOLED display offers a very sharp 1,036k-dot resolution, plus touch screen functions. The display folds upward 90 degrees and downward 45 degrees, to help you get creative angles and shoot over the heads of a crowd, for example. However, I found it difficult to hinge the LCD outward. There is just one small ridge to help you get a grip on the display, but no indentation or other texture to help you get a grip on the edge.

The touch screen functionality makes menu navigation a breeze. The screen offers a number of virtual buttons that you use to launch specific menus and change settings. In shooting mode you can use this to move your autofocus spot and/or trip the shutter. In playback mode, you can perform similar functions and double-tap the screen to magnify your image.

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A lot of power falls under your right hand while holding the NX1. The video record button sits right next to the shutter release button (surrounded by the on/off switch). Because the video record button is slightly recessed, it prevents you from pressing it accidentally, though this also makes it a little difficult to find (I found myself accidentally pressing the EV button right behind it).

The dial that sits right behind the shutter release button is easy to operate with your index finger while holding the camera. This is just one of three dials that help you change settings and navigate menus.

The mode dial offers two customizable positions in addition to the typical Auto, Scene mode, and PASM positions. The button in the middle locks the dial to prevent it from being turned accidentally. Two buttons sit behind the status screen, one to turn on its lamp and the other for autoexposure lock.

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At the top of the back panel sits the third dial, which is easiest to operate with your thumb when holding the camera with one hand. In some cases, its function merely duplicates the dial atop the camera. For example, in Program mode, both dials simultaneously change the shutter speed and aperture settings for the program shift feature. But, if your index finger is already on the shutter button, the back dial offers a more convenient way to change the settings.

In playback mode, however, the back dial scrolls you through the images (which the thumb dial around the four-way control also does), while the top dial launches the thumbnail views and magnified image view.

The button at top left is the Mobile button. If you have set up the camera with your Android smartphone (no iOS support), you will get a menu with three options.

Mobile button menu:
  • MobileLink
  • Remote viewfinder
  • Quick transfer
Instead of having to press the shutter button halfway to lock autofocus, you can use the AF On button on the back panel. The menu and Fn buttons just above the four-way control launch their respective features. The menu button pulls up the complete list of settings, while the function button pulls up a graphic display of the most commonly changed camera settings. Many of these can be changed within an animated icon without having to tap the icon in order to launch a secondary menu.

Better still, the NX1 offers three custom positions on the four-way control. Notice that the top position is labeled for changing the display view, while the other three are not labeled. You assign these positions one of 22 functions in the Custom Key menu within the Key Mapping menu. Also, the thumb dial (called the Custom Wheel) can be given one of six assignments.

Custom wheel options:
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • AF size
  • EV
  • Mic level

Custom key options:
  • AF mode
  • AF area
  • White balance
  • ISO
  • Metering
  • Touch operation
  • dynamic range
  • Minimum shutter speed
  • Auto ISO range
  • Picture wizard
  • Smart filter
  • Drive settings
  • Flash
  • Intelli-zoom
  • MF assist
  • Framing mode
  • Grid line
  • Movie standby
  • Optical preview
  • One touch WB
  • One touch RAW+
  • One touch HDR

The playback and delete buttons sit below the custom wheel.

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Lest your left hand feel left out of all this easy access to camera settings, there is an additional dial and four buttons on the other side of the camera, next to the flash shoe. As you see by the labels (clockwise from top), these are used to change the autofocus mode, metering mode, white balance, and ISO. Surrounding these buttons is the drive dial with five positions. You change the setting for continuous high burst mode and bracketing in the drive settings menu.

Drive dial positions:
  • Single
  • Continuous normal
  • Continuous high (8, 10, 12 or 15fps)
  • Timer
  • Bracketing (AE, WB, Picture Wizard, depth)

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