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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
This is a superb camera and an outstanding value at the current low prices! It is listed multiple times on Amazon, so be sure to search for the model, color, and price you want.

This is drawn from my review of the NX1000 which is the identical camera without the bundled Adobe Lightroom 4 software and Autoshare Wifi feature (but that feature was added to the NX1000 in the latest firmware update). If you already have Adobe LR 4 as I do, the NX1000 may be a better choice and save you some money. Same sensor, lens, body, etc. so you decide.

Samsung NX1000/NX1100 Review

The main things that drew my interest with this camera were the Wifi features (I have a Samsung WB150F and the Wifi features have worked well. I find them useful and convenient, especially the PC-Autobackup which transfers movies and images to your PC), the large APS-C sensor (more image detail), the compact, mirror-less design, and the recent price drops.

The NX1100 will debut with a MSP of $599 (vs. $699 for the NX1000) and comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and some new Wifi features - namely Autoshare. But guess what? Autoshare is available for the NX1000 in the 1.13 firmware update! I already own Adobe Photoshop LR 4, and even with the lower NX1100 price, the NX1000 (basically the same camera) at current prices (340-360) is a great value. Compared to models like the 200/210 it offers the exact same APS-C sensor and is almost identical in image quality and handling. what you are giving up is the AMOLED display, metal body and a few other minor things. (The LCD display on the 1000/1100 is fine, if not quite as good as far as contrast, deep blacks, it is still very usable.)

So...how does the pudding taste? Well, I will admit my overwhelming first impression was "plastic!" - though the build quality seems very good, there is an overall "plasticky" feel to the NX1000. (Thankfully, the tripod thread is metal!) The shutter and other bits are metal as well, including the lens mounts.

I use Panasonic and Olympus cameras, mostly, and even those in this price range have a bit nicer "feel" in that sense But, it's a very high quality plastic and I soon got over it except for the fact that I find the grip a bit slick and could see myself dropping this camera, so I immediately attached the strap. Not a big fan of the strap. It's OK, but I do not like the ring attachments used versus the more usual cloth through metal guides on my other cameras. I find the strap interfering with my grip due to where the attachment rings are located and this is quite annoying. I will probably remove this strap for that reason once I find a case I like. You can work around it, but I just don't like it. (Update: I'm adjusting to this and not as irritating as before.)

While we're quibbling, I'm also not a big fan of the way the Zoom lens "locks" when not in use. It does give a lower profile, but it takes some getting used to, as I've never experienced this design before. Again, a minor thing. Overall appearance is good, it looks like a serious camera. I got the white model and like the "Elvis vibe" it gives off. Also the markings are easy to read, it's comfortable to hold (with the 20-50mm lens) and the recessed mode dial is a nice touch. (It's even better with the awesome 16mm wide angle pancake lens! Much slimmer profile and very easy to hold and shoot with.)

In general, as far as controls, the design is well thought out and Samsung offers some unique and original twists such as the "Fn" and "iFn" control buttons which allow easy access to the main things you'd want to "tweak" when shooting. The controls work well and the "ring/wheel" control works very well. I was a bit skeptical, but in use I really liked it. For example, when flipping through your shots in playback mode it works very well and you can scroll through the images very quickly.

Nice to have the hotshoe, though I have not tried the flash unit supplied yet - will report back on that. Videographers might note that there is an external mike that works with the hotshoe and uses no cables at all, nice!

In general, I find the NX1000 easy to use, the manual focus works well, the Smart mode seems to do fairly well, there are a great many scene modes and other (somewhat gimmicky) features (Magic filters/frames, etc.). I enjoyed playing with those on the WB150F, but they seem out of place here. There are a superb number of image adjustments, exposure tweaks, and controls of a more serious nature as well. When you want to get serious, this camera is ready. Also, some of the fun things, like the Panorama mode, do work well if you understand their limitations and keep your expectations reasonable.

As expected, the APS-C sensor renders a lot of good image detail. This is the big plus for this camera. I was very pleased with the results under good lighting conditions. I shoot a lot of landscape and street stuff, and this camera seems well suited for that. The noise reduction seems to work well up to about 1600 or so (maybe 800 for purists). Colors are accurate and not over-saturated like on many consumer cameras. If you like the "boost" many cameras give by default, there is a "Vivid" mode which will do this for you. Personally, I prefer the more realistic colors (one of the things I like about Olympus and (most) Panasonics as well). Sharpness is good in JPEGs (I have not shot RAW yet) and tones are nice and smooth (think large expanses of blue sky and clouds). I'm sure with experience my results will improve over these initial test shots, so that bodes well. If you like to print big, 16x20, even 20x30 possibly, you will be able to do so, which is very nice.

The 20-50mm kit lens is nice enough, but has a very limited range compared to what I am used to. (I am considering getting the 30mm lens which I think would make a nice compact package for everyday use.) However, the images look good, sharp, detailed, so I am happy with it. Video worked well and the zoom worked fine in video mode and was silent. In casual use, there is no need to switch the dial to video mode, you can just press the Video button on the back and after a slight pause you're in action. This is nice. Of course, dialing to full video mode gives you more options.

Wifi features worked fine, I was able to easily connect and save pics using the autobackup mode. Skydrive and others worked fine. Have not tried the mobile link and remote view finder apps yet. (Update: I tried these apps out and they worked OK for the most part. A bit flaky at times. There is a new "Smart Camera app" to replace these, but it only works with the new firmware. Since I have not yet upgraded the firmware, have not tried it.) The PC_Autobackup mode works very well for transferring pics and movies to your PC. It remembers what has been transferred and only transfers new items. Best to transfer frequently, since slower than reading from a card, but all automatic and very convenient. [You can also transfer photos to your mobile devices (phone/tablet) using the other apps (Mobile Link/Smart Camera).]

Example: You get back from shooting, you activate the PC-Autobackup on the camera (your laptop/PC and network must be on, of course), and the camera will connect and begin transferring your content. When done the camera will turn-off (unless you press a control button within 30 seconds) and you can set the PC to shutdown as well if you like. Or you can select the "open folder" choice on the PC/notenook popup dialog and view your pics and movies. All very easy and convenient.

There is a "Smart Range" feature to extend dynamic range and preserve highlights. It seems to work well, but you lose shadow detail. Might want to turn off by default, I think. (You can also shoot RAW and tweak things yourself, of course.)

JPEGS look very good to me with a lot of detail and sharpness. So good that I think shooting JEPG only is feasible with the NX1000. (You can always switch to RAW or RAW+Jpeg when needed, of course.) I think many will find the Jpegs entirely adequate for most purposes. (If you shoot a lot at high ISO's you would definitely want to shoot RAW.) You have a range of aspect ratios including 1:1, 3:2, and 16:9. This is nice and gives you flexibility in camera versus cropping later.

The 8fps burst mode worked very well, though as has been noted everywhere, there is a lag as the camera processes the shots before you can shoot again. I am a fairly deliberate photographer and don't shoot much action/sports, so the NX1000 is fine for me. The occasional lags when switching modes and after bursts or RAW shots are not an issue for me, but could be for some. It's all covered in many of the excellent online reviews, so I won't dwell on it here. Overall, I found the camera responsive and adequate for my needs.

The LCD screen is bright, colorful and has good resolution. I was pleased with it. I generally favor optical view finders (sorry, I admit to being old school here, you can't beat a good optical VF IMHO) and even EVF in a pinch, but I am getting used to the non-VF style of shooting and the NX1000 LCD is very good in this respect.

In general, I am very pleased with the image quality and the feature set and think this camera is an excellent value at current prices. Many of the features are unique, the Wifi modes are the best I've seen to date, and the APS-C sensor seems to be a good one. It's fairly compact with the 20-50mm kit lens (and would be even more so with the 30mm pancake lens), easy to carry (not heavy), and has all the controls you could ever want. The images are very good and that's the main thing.

I think it's an easy 4 stars for overall quality and especially value for the price paid.

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Update: I recently purchased the Samsung f2.4 16mm wide angle "pancake" lens (Samsung 16mm f/2.4 NX Ultra Wide Pancake Lens (Black)) and it's a great addition to this camera. Wonderful for landscapes and walk-about/street photography. It's the lens I keep on the camera by default now. Quicker auto-focus, faster optics(f2.4 vs f3.5), and a more compact profile. When I have the 16mm lens on the body, I feel this is a 5 star combo. (I am leaving the rating at 4 stars with the kit lens, which is an excellent lens. I just find the 16mm to be the "magic" lens with this body. Very subjective, of course.)

Update: I did not cover video very well above, suffice to say the quality of the video is excellent for a camera in this price range and superior to many, I would guess. It is full HD 30/60 fps. You can Zoom during video shooting and it supports external microphones and stereo sound. All the basics are here and a few pluses as well. You can even use many of the special effects in video mode should you wish to do so. There is a dedicated video button for instant access, and a dial selection for more options. Videos take longer to transfer over wifi due to their size, but do transfer fine. Sound quality id pretty good for a camera of this type, in my opinion. So, if you are traveling, you have both stills and video covered. (I still feel a dedicated video camera and full fledged DSLR are optimal. But I must say, the combo capabilities here are quite fine.)

Video Format: MP4 (H.264), Compression: Movie H.264, Sound AAC
Frame Rate: 60fps (1280 x 720 Only), 30fps (1920 x 1080), 24fps (1920 x 810)
Image Sizes: 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, 1280 x 720 , 640 x 480, 320x240 for Sharing (Default: 1920 x 1080)
Movie Editing: Still Image Capture, Time Trimming

Update: I did not mention that the kit lens (20-50mm) does not have image stabilization, nor does the body. Has not been a problem for me (I shoot old school, bracing, etc.), but it was a consideration in buying the low cost and excellent 16mm wide angle for this body (very compact and little worries about image stabilization, larger sensor works in favor here) and dedicating this to camera to the wide end, while using my Panasonic G1 for the mid/telephoto range (as I already have excellent lenses for my G1 in this range). I still have the 20-50mm (an excellent lens) in the bag and can switch when needed. The lenses I have already for my G1 are superb, so this works out well for me.

You can buy image stabilized Samsung lenses (like the 18-55mm) if that is a concern. Shooting with the 20-50mm kit lens, I never once had any issues. However, in low light situations, it might come into play. Again, in my case, my G1 and f1.7 20mm would be my preferred choice, but I could get by with the NX1000. It has good image quality at high ISO and even ISO 3200 is usable many times. ISO 1600 is very good and ISO 800 is very clean.

For quick "grab and go" shooting, I continue to enjoy this camera very much.

2013 August 3rd update: I have had a chance to try the 18-55mm lens (good) on the Samsung 210 model and the 210 is very nice, it's the 200 + wifi features (like the Nx1000/1100). The 200/210 is heavier, all metal and has the AMOLED screen. The screen is better in bright subnlight than the LCD on the NX1000/1100. However, overall, the differences are not great, as mentioned above. The image quality is very close, no discernible quality difference that I can see in my quick tests. The NX1000/1100 then stands as an excellent low-price entry point to get this excellent APS-C sensor, with the bonus of the same excellent image quality as the more expensive models. The lighter weight is a plus, too. I have been shooting extensively with the 16mm on my NX1000 and continue to be very pleased with the results. Great image detail and color. This camera is an outstanding bargain at current prices and delivers image quality equal to models selling for 2-3 times as much. The market has not quite caught on to the value here, yet...initial prices for these cameras were double current prices. But that just means you can snag one of these at an incredible low price and be happy! Shush...don't tell anyone! ;)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
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I got this camera before a recent trip to Nepal and the UAE. I figured, if I was going to spend weeks hiking in the Himalayas, my old point-and-shoot without a panoramic option, just wouldn't do the trick. But I also couldn't afford a DSLR, nor did I want the extra weight, given that I would be hiking (Everest Base Camp trek) for two weeks and anyone who hikes knows that every extra ounce adds up. After a lot of research, I ended up choosing this camera, in large part based on the wifi option and ability to upload photos (to Facebook! and via email!) directly from the camera, as well as the light weight, and price. Plus, the bonus of getting Adobe photoshop software was appealing. The Adobe software has been a bit disappointing (given the cost when you buy this independently, I expected a lot more of it), but EVERYTHING about the camera itself is PERFECT. It is super lightweight so that was never an issue when hiking, and it's small enough (with the lens that is included, attached) that I had no trouble fitting it into my small-to-medium cross body purse when I was in a city. It takes spectacular photos, so I found I didn't really need to photoshop much at all anyway. It really excells when it comes to panoramics (wow did I get some great shots!) and the video quality and sound is great. I even got some great low light photos. For the price and features, I think this has to be one of the best on the market, and I would highly, highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new camera, especially if you're an adventurous type and/or travel a lot.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
I mainly bought this so I would have something more compact (and less expensive) than my DLSR to take with me on vacations where photography isn't a primary focus. After playing with this camera for a while I am very impressed. The iFn manual setting system makes changing aperture and shutter speed quick and easy, and the pictures have come out great. Changing other settings, including exposure, requires opening the function menu and are less convenient to change but still fairly easy. Unfortunately there is no viewfinder, so you have to do everything on the LCD. The LCD is OK, but the LCD preview does not really capture the quality of the shot so you can't really check to see whether you really got the colors you wanted until you get to your computer. However the pictures really pop, even just using the jpeg. I have used both the kit lens and the 20mm pancake wide angle, and both produce great shots. It is extremely compact for a C sensor camera. With the pancake lens, it will fit in a large coat pocket comfortably. With the kit lens the strap or a small pouch would be needed, but it won't take up a great deal of space in a backpack. I haven't really sat down and played with the wireless features, but they look useful.
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37 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2014
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Could somebody please explain why no one has complained to any of the major camera manufacturers (this one included) about their lack of an image stabilizing lens with these mirrorless cameras?

Here's the issue: I have been looking for a great mirrorless camera as a backup for my Canon t3i, so I went off of the reviews for this product and pulled the trigger. The camera is actually very functional--lots of image options in both manual and automatic shooting. The problem is, these functions do NO GOOD when the images are blurry! Images that look clear on the display are anything but clear when you zoom in, even marginally. No matter what function I shoot in (even the basic modes like sport, portrait and macro) the image comes out blurry. Why haven't I read about this? In fact, why doesn't Samsung offer to replace my lens with one of the OIS lens for free? Why? Because they have these fantastic options for the customer to pay an additional $186 for an OIS-equipped 18-55mm lens. This is crap. It should be stated outright that the lens system offers ZERO stabilization in this package. Why is this lens even an option???

I don't consider myself shaky by nature, and everything I try with this camera fails to produce a clear, crisp image. And no, I have never had issues with clarity from past camera systems. My sole purpose of this review is trying to help future prospective buyers to either purchase the camera body (which has great features) with the OIS lens at the onset, or just buy a higher grade DSLR and save yourself the hassle.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
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you will not find a better deal for the price than this ....top notch quality and clarity and function....connects via wireless as well.....great for the serious photographer looking for a useful tote camera for those unexpected jouneys.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
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Great little camera with lots of cute factor. Wonderful "C" sensor camera for the inexpensive price. Easy intuitive operation. Right on exposures that produced low noise files. Easy files to process. I was disappointed that the 20-50 lens that came on the camera did not support the in camera vibration compensation. But with careful hand holding, my photos have come out sharp. The 50-200 Samsung lens that I already owned, works really well with the in camera vibration compensation. I wish they would have offered the optional electric viewfinder that they offered with the Samsung NX100.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2014
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Pros: Three main advantages of this camera beside the reasonable price for the features you get are the true colors rendering, the ability to take pictures in low lighting conditions, and low time lag between the pictures (fps)

Cons: The UV filter that I installed on the lens is virtually impossible to remove. That's the main reason I didn't give it a five star rating.

Overall, I love this camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2014
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This camera is a very nice camera for a good price. I bought it as a gift and the person loves it. The only thing I was caught off guard about was the charging plug which is not made for the U.S. However was easily fixed by buying a new cord for a fairly cheap price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
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Exactly what I needed and buying used was the right decision- all the accessories plus the camera were all in pristine shape. The camera itself is the perfect bridge between a higher end point and shoot and a DSLR minus-the bulk of the DSLR. And the WiFi features are really useful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2014
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This camera has been everything I wanted it to be. I love the easy wireless transfer. The photos have been great.
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