49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Samsung NX1000 SMART Digital Compact System Camera - Black (20.3MP, 20-50mm Lens Kit) 3.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)It arrived well-packaged in an Amazon box. Opening it revealed a black box with the camera and accessories in it. There's the 20-50 f3.5-5.6 lens, a small flash unit, a battery and charger, the SilkyPix RAW processing software, some cables etc but no SDHC card atall - a bit mean seeing as if Samsung is one of the largest producers of flash cards and a Basic Manual with the full manual on the disc. There are a few optional extras, eg GPS module and a variety of NX mount lenses.
Charge the battery first. The camera is held in a small black cloth wallet. Taking it out reveals a sleek black stylish camera with a few dials and buttons strategically placed. It's plastic but not cheap - it's light. It fits easily into the hand. The grip is a little shallow for my hand but okay. The lens too is black. Mounting it to the camera, it looks a little large. This is true of the Sony 5N which is a metal affair. Samung's aims are lightness, smallness and portability whilst having umph under the bonnet. They've even tried to reduce the lens length with a lens lock. The LCD screen whilst not the AMOLED one is a very good hi-res LCD which is good (not perfect) even in strongish light.
The menus are very straightforward - unlike Sony's for the 5N - and easy to read on the LCD. The mode dial affects the options offered. There's quick access to items like ISO etc via the Fn or dial buttons and access to less used aspects of the camera's operation via the menu button. Practice will make these quick to select.
The photo quality is excellent and as good as the Sony 5N. The pattern to noise is different and slightly grittier but fine. (NB even ISO 100 can look noisey - it is how hard the senosr has to work to subtract the electonic noise from the light which dictates the image noise.) The NX1000 does about as well as the Sony 5N on noise and IQ which is a step up for Samsung. The 20-50 lens is very good indeed for a kit lens. It has a plastic mount but that's not an issue. It is sharp across the frame at 20mm f3.5 and very good at 50mm f5.6. If you want quick macro, you can use a Raynox 250 adapter on the end of the lens via a step-up ring. AF is reasonably quick and in some ways beats the Sony 5N which can get lost in the background contrast. Jpegs are fine but better detail can be had using RAW. The latter requires more effort to get the shot wanted.
There are various AF modes. You can positon the focus point anywhere on the screen and enlarge or shrink it using the rear dial move and rotate. This works quite well to compose say by Rule of Thirds. This function would benefit from a touch screen - as the Sony 5N uses. There are various metering modes too - basically multi, centre weighted and spot. I generally use CW and for macro or close ups spot mode.
The movie mode is accessed easily by a red button or setting the mode dial to video. Just press the red button and away you go. If you set it, it will AF as you point the lens about. The quality is fine and goes up to 1080p at 30fps (NTSC) or 25p (PAL). There's a 24fps movie option but at reduced vertical resolution. There are various frame rates as you jiggle the resolutions and some burst modes. You can alter the speed of the video in multi mode to do Keystone cops' style movies. There are a few in-camera editing functions but better to use a video editing program like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere.
There is much more to this complex camera. I'd contrast and compare it with its rivals. I can say it is on a par with the Sony 5N some ways better some worse. It lacks the peaking function of the 5N which is really very good for manual lenses of which there are oodles of old great ones about. Instead the NX1000 provides a magnification MF Assist. I like the iFn option - might as well use the focus ring for something. I like the level guide.
All in all a great camera which is fun to use and gives great results.
Don't be put off the camera by this. Firmware errors are common and most go unnoticed. There was a firmware error in my NX1000 which affected shot review, ie you take a shot and want to get an idea of how it turned out by pressing the replay button. In my case, this resulted in the camera locking up with a green band constantly scrolling up the LCD. Turning it off had no effect - indeed pulling the battery was the only way to stop it. I tried a few SDHC cards and got the same result each time. However, on Samsung's site there is a firmware update available - v 1.01 - which completely fixed it on mine and likely other errors I was not aware of.
NB Before doing this update, make sure the battery is fully charged and check whether you already have v1.01 in the Device Information menu. I downloaded it and unzipped it to a blank SDHC card (formatted in the camera) which was in a reader in my PC. There should be two files only. Place the SDHC card in the camera, turn on and go to settings menu 3 where there's a Device Information option. Click OK on that and the camera should tell you there's a firmware update available. Follow the options. When done the camera goes blank. Wait a few minutes and then turn the camera off and on. Check firmware update is okay. In my case the scrolling green band had gone completely. If you are unsure of such methods get someone who is to do it for you. Note the Sony 5N had a video clicking issue but it's still a great camera.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 21 Aug 2012 19:32:12 BDT
[Deleted by the author on 26 Aug 2012 15:35:22 BDT]
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 00:08:38 BDT
D Deacon says:
Nah, you just don't read that well... I do like it.
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 16:44:01 GMT
The Sony NEX-5n has built in HDR, a superb and incredibly useful flip screen, focus peaking, very long battery life, metal lens mount, metal body, separate charger, kit Lens has stabilisation, shoots 1080p at 60fps, can accept a superb EVF, has a touch screen, has faster shot to shot times and 10fps burst mode plus virtually no shutter lag and the list goes on....only £359 in many shops at the moment. WiFi is battery draining gimmick that will not produce better photos.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›