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This review is from: Samsung NX1000 Digital Compact System Camera - White (20.3MP, 20-50mm Lens Kit) 3.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)The Samsung NX1000 is a small camera, weighing in at only 460g even with battery, strap and flash attached, which makes it an ideal companion to take away on trips where space is at a premium. Interchangeable lenses, such as a 50-200mm zoom, 16mm pancake and a macro provide the means to expand photographic capabilities without the need to buy a new camera body. The photographic results place the camera on a par with the Sony NEX5N albeit with a few compromises in terms of usability.
* Starting Off
The battery is quick to charge and easy to insert alongside an SD card in the base of the camera. No memory card is supplied in the box with the camera so that's an essential extra to consider, particularly if buying as a gift. I use a 16GB class 10 card as that provides a decent rate of data transfer and ensures that the camera is always ready for the next shot. The battery holds charge well and lasts sufficiently for fairly prolific use over the course of a day (and over a decent period of time when not in use), being designed to last for about 320 photographs or more than two hours of video. I always find it useful to have a second battery charged for backup though, 'just in case'.
The build quality of the camera feels less robust than that of the NEX5N; it looks as though it is mostly constructed from (an albeit tough) plastic rather than the reassuring metal body and lenses of the latter.
The camera doesn't have an integrated flash but a small unit is supplied in a case, designed to be attached to the strap, which can be accessed whenever needed. It slots into the hot shoe on top of the camera once a protective plastic cover is slid off.
* Early Days
An embarrassingly helpful yellow 'NO CARD' flashing display is prominently placed at the top of the rear display, ensuring there can be little chance it won't catch your eye before you try to take a shot without a card in place - something that has happened to me on more than one occasion whilst using the NEX5N (whose display I find less obvious).
Clearly, to get the most out of the camera, you need to get to know the equipment you are using, all of the features that have been built in and thereby get the best photographic results. However, the 'SMART' automatic setting enables a novice user to produce pretty decent shots, even in less than ideal conditions, without needing to become an expert by first reading the (fairly short but comprehensive) user manual. 'Playing' with the camera is by far the best way to learn how to use it and the user manual takes up very little space so can be taken along for referral if the need arises in the early days.
* LCD Panel
This is a small camera and one of the compromises to achieve that is the lack of an integrated viewfinder. The Samsung's LCD panel is a good size covering about two thirds of the rear of the camera, in bright light however it can be difficult to properly compose your shots, although that is a rare problem in the UK climate. An electronic viewfinder is available as an optional extra if you find this is a problem.
A disadvantage of the Samsung compared with the NEX5N is the fact the LCD screen doesn't pivot, which means you have to go down to low level shots with the camera rather than being able to adopt a more comfortable position from above. Furthermore, the NEX5N offers access to the menu (from where you adjust most picture settings) via a touch screen - once you have used such a facility it is difficult to go back to the manual methods of navigation required for the Samsung.
* Quality of photographs
These are fairly impressive, particularly in lower light conditions without use of a flash - unless the subject is in front of the light source (bright sky/natural light from a window) when a flash proved necessary. In those trickier situations the NEX5N produces a slightly better image without needing to attach the flash - which can be useful if you need to be fast to catch the action and are not already set up ready to go.
* Panoramic Pictures
This can be a useful facility as you can effectively take a very wide panoramic picture, which the camera splices together automatically as you shoot; gone are the days when I had to take a series of individual pictures and manually glue them together afterwards in a fairly laborious process. It isn't something I would use every day but I have used the feature far more than I ever thought would be the case.
From my perspective, the NEX5N has a slight edge over the NX1000 in terms of build quality, the pivoting display and touch menu screen, and in respect of the quality of some shots in low light levels. In other words, the NEX5N has some more user-friendly features but leaving those to one side, there is not much to choose between the two in terms of the quality of photographic results.
The Samsung is a lovely, affordable little camera that will enable even a novice user to produce quality shots with minimal effort. A good range of accessories is available, although some can be hard to find other than via the Samsung Direct site; all were very competitively priced by comparison to the Sony NEX camera range.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2013 13:04:49 BDT
Anna E. Kearney says:
You sound very knowledgable! Would you have a recommendation for a novice DSLR user who is about to travel round the world and doesn't want to take her DLSR with her but still get good quality snaps and potential for underway use?
Would be great if you did :)
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 15:24:48 BDT
S. Thomas says:
I think it depends on the amount you want to spend on a second camera. I assume you want something that is small and lightweight for travelling and have therefore discounted insuring your DSLR for the trip?
The Samsung is a sound option and is very good value at the current price but you may not like the absence of a viewfinder if you are used to using a DSLR. Try taking some pictures without using the viewfinder on your existing camera and see how it feels. Bear in mind though that if you are travelling to countries where the sun comes out a little more often than it does in the UK, glare on the LCD can be a problem.
If your budget allows, the Sony NEX6 incorporates both a viewfinder and flash whilst still retaining a large, tilting LCD panel. It is close to the feel of a DSLR whilst being very compact and is also very good for taking pictures in low light conditions.
Probably the best thing you can add to any camera you choose would be a polarising filter - if you are taking photographs through glass you will be able to eliminate most of the glare and get a much better result. It will also help colour saturation.
For what sounds like a once in a lifetime experience, it may well be worth going to look at options in a shop so that you can handle the cameras, test the weight and just see how they feel to use.
Hope you have a great time on your trip!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2013 19:55:40 BDT
Anna E. Kearney says:
Thank you very much for your reply. I'm still unsure? Someone else suggested I use my Canon 1100D but I was worried about breaking/losing it. I'm travelling quite light with just a 40L hand luggage bag which comes with a 7kg weight limit and thought perhaps my DSLR would be a bit cumbersome, I could potentially have a £300 budget of it was something I really thought would meet all my needs. Your advice has been really helpful though and I'm sure I'll make my mind up eventually! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 11:18:09 BDT
S. Thomas says:
I don't know the actual weight of your camera and appreciate the Samsung is probably lighter; given the weight limit you need to work with that is probably a very important factor. Personally I would explore insuring your existing camera before making any decision so you can factor that cost into the equation - you can probably do this as a bolt on to a home contents policy. Whatever you decide do try to allow yourself enough time to get to know your camera before you leave so you can get the most out of it.
Posted on 7 Sep 2013 12:32:49 BDT
J. Williams says:
thing is the NEX5N is twice the price so it's bound to be better.
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