Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of the screen captures and live view images. The NX1 does not include A/V cables, so we had to photograph the monitor.

The default display view, shown here in Auto mode, includes icons for basic camera settings information. On the left side of the screen, you will see that MobileLink with a smartphone is turned off, and that the touch screen AF feature is active.

The icons on the right side of the screen display the file size setting, drive mode, flash setting, and autofocus mode. But the Fn and Menu icons at the bottom of the screen are touchscreen buttons, each offering their own pop-up menu for convenient settings changes.

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Pressing upward on the four-way control (called the Custom Wheel) changes the display mode. This next mode removes almost all icons from the screen. Note that we are now in Program mode, and that the icons along the bottom of the screen would not be there in Auto mode, because those settings are not adjustable in Auto mode: shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and ISO.

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Another press upward on the custom wheel brings back the icons, and adds a histogram to the display. Note the arrow at the top of the screen. It launches the notification panel (discussed below).

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Another press of the custom wheel adds a level to the screen.

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When auto focus is locked, one or more green AF boxes (depending on the AF mode) turn green to indicate sharp focus.

Focusing Modes
  • Active AF
  • Continuous AF
  • MF
  • Single AF

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When you turn the mode dial to the scene mode position, an arc of icons appears on screen, which you can swipe and tap to change the mode. These are called Smart Filters.

Smart Filters (Still Image):
  • Beauty Face
  • Landscape
  • Action Freeze
  • Rich Tone
  • Panorama
  • Waterfall
  • Silhouette
  • Sunset
  • Night
  • Fireworks
  • Light Trace
  • Multi-Exposure
  • Samsung Auto Shot

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Pressing either the physical Fn button or on-screen version launches this menu of icons. Some of these icons can be swiped to immediately change the setting - such as the EV menu highlighted in blue. Others, such as the AF mode or Picture Wizard (eye dropper icon) launch a settings menu when tapped.

Fn button menu items:
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • EV
  • ISO
  • White balance
  • Picture Wizard
  • Drive mode
  • Metering mode
  • AF mode
  • AF area
  • Flash mode
  • Save as Custom Mode

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The auto focus menu can be found in the Fn menu. It also has its own dedicated button atop the drive mode dial on the other side of the electronic viewfinder from the mode dial.

In my shooting, the auto focus proved fast, adjusting quickly to moving subjects.

Focusing Modes
  • Single AF
  • Continuous AF
  • Active AF
  • Manual Focus

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Pressing the OK button in the middle of the custom wheel/four-way control brings up this AF size adjustment. You use the dial atop the camera (command dial 1) to change the size of the AF box. Turning the dial at the top of the back panel moves the box left/right, while the larger custom wheel moves the box up/down.

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You can change the drive mode quickly using the drive mode dial atop the camera. For the high speed setting, you get four options in the menus. These performed very well in my testing, both when capturing JPEG files and when shooting in RAW mode.

At the 15fps setting, the camera shot at 13.9fps (JPEG) and 11.5fps (RAW). In the normal burst mode, the NX1 kept up an impressive 5fps in RAW mode (the same as when capturing JPEGs) for more than 6 seconds before slowing down. That's 31 RAW shots at a brisk pace. Better still, using the continuous AF caused the camera to slow down only slightly, to 4.7fps.

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Next to the AF button atop the camera is a dedicated white balance button that launches this menu.

White Balance Modes
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Custom
  • Daylight
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent (W/N/D)
  • K (Manual)
  • Tungsten
  • Auto+Tungsten

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All nine of the white balance presets allow adjustment along a color grid.

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Performing manual focus with an electronic viewfinder or high-resolution LCD will never equal looking directly through a lens via an optical viewfinder. However, the NX1 makes it about as easy and effective as it is bound to get. By offering both magnification while focusing and focus peaking on-screen (notice the shimmery effect on the fabric above), it is not too difficult to get accurate focus - as long as your lens has a focus ring. The mid-telephoto 45mm lens I shot with has a focus ring, so I did not have to rely on a dial or pressing buttons to change focal length.

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When saving a custom setting to one of the two positions on the mode dial, you use this icon menu to record the settings.

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Tapping the arrow at the top of the screen in shooting mode launches this quick look at display settings, storage status and battery level (called the notification panel). Tapping the arrow at the bottom of the screen returns you to the regular display.

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The menus are divided into four categories. The first group of settings includes most camera settings, such as photo size, ISO, drive settings, metering, dynamic range, and flash.

Shooting menu:
  • Photo size
  • Quality
  • ISO
  • ISO customizing
  • Minimum shutter speed
  • OLED color
  • White balance
  • Picture Wizard
  • Smart Filter
  • AF mode
  • AF area
  • Touch AF
  • MF assist
  • DMF
  • AF release priority
  • Focus peaking
  • Link AE to AF point
  • Exposure/focus separation
  • Save selection AF position
  • Overexposure guide
  • Framing mode
  • Drive settings
  • Interval capture
  • Metering
  • Dynamic range
  • Flash
  • External flash settings

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The user settings menu includes more global settings such as iFn button customizing, noise reduction, color space, and date/time. This is where you customize the functions of buttons such as the three unlabeled positions on the command dial - you do this via key mapping.

User settings menu:
  • Manage custom mode
  • Noise reduction: High ISO NR, Long term NR (on/off)
  • Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Distortion correct: On, off
  • User display: Icons, date and time, histogram
  • Grid line: Off, 4x4, 3x3, cross, diagonal, action safe area, 4:3 safe area, 2.35:1 safe area
  • Center marker: Display, size, transparency
  • Key mapping: Preview, AEL, AF On, Custom keys (three), delete, custom wheel, command dial, command dial direction, video recording/mobile, AF On/AEL
  • iFn customizing: Aperture, shutter speed, EV, ISO, White balance, Intelli-zoom
  • Touch operation: Off, on
  • AF lamp: Off, high, medium, low
  • E-shutter: Off, on
  • MobileLink/NFC image size: Resize to 2M or lower, original

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The last settings category includes connectivity and file naming conventions. This is where you change basic settings like the sound and quick view, set up wireless preferences, perform sensor cleaning, or reset the camera.

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The NX1 captures attractive video; the auto focus is accurate and fairly quick to adjust.
When recording video, you can tap the touch screen to move the AF box. If you press the display button, all icons within the video frame go away, leaving only those at the top and bottom in the black border.

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The NX1 records ultra-high definition video at three different frame rates, in addition to 1080p at four frame rates, including 60fps.

Movie size menu:
  • DC 4096x2160 (24p)
  • UHD 3840x2160 (30p)
  • UHD 3840x2160 (24p)
  • UHD 3840x2160 (23.98p)
  • FHD 1920x1080 (60p)
  • FHD 1920x1080 (30p)
  • FHD 1920x1080 (24p)
  • FHD 1920x1080 (23.98p)
  • HD 1280x720 (60p)
  • HD 1280x720 (30p)
  • VGA 640x480 (60p)
  • VGA 640x480 (30p)
  • MJPEG 640x480 (MJPEG)

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