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Samsung NX1000 mirrorless camera review

Is this another brilliant compact system camera, or does it fail to live up to our high expectations?

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RRP: £599.99/$699.99

Learn more… • www.samsung.com

Available from… • www.amazon.co.uk (current price: £289)

Key features: • Full HD 1080p video recording • 20.3-megapixel sensor • Wi-Fi enabled

Weighing in at around 218g with a bulk that doesn’t exceed five inches in either dimension, the Samsung NX1000 certainly fulfils its promise of being compact. Coupled with a 20.3-megapixel DSLR-quality sensor, interchangeable lenses, 1080p video and full manual control over every aspect of your image, it packs enough of a punch in terms of specs to put it on a par with some of its far larger siblings.

Once you’ve grabbed the NX1000 from the box and attached the included kit lens (these are interchangeable), you’re left with an impressively svelte camera. The body is almost all metal (with the exception of some plastic grips), features a sizeable three-inch LCD screen, USB and HDMI connectivity and has just the right number of buttons and controls to navigate the various menus without feeling like you’re at the helm of the Starship Enterprise.

Shooting modes are as varied as you would expect, providing the perfect amount of control over settings depending upon the shooting situation. Throw all of the above together and it’s no surprise that Samsung’s compact system option produces some stunning shots; colours are rich and there’s a gorgeous depth of field when you really close the aperture up. It’s DSLR quality.

A test-shot of an angy-looking LEGO Lex Luthor shows off the macro capabilities of the camera

That said, there are a few things we didn’t like. First of all, it feels a little unbalanced in the hand, with the grip not quite bulky enough to fill up a closed palm and, secondly, the lens noise when shooting on auto was incredibly loud and even produced some physical vibration. It’s the only negative in an otherwise stellar camera and, if you’re intending on shooting in manual, it won’t matter.

Also worth mentioning is the NX1000’s ability to connect to your Mac or iPhone wirelessly, letting you instantly transfer your snaps between devices.

Despite a few flaws, Samsung has hit the nail on the head with the NX1000. It might be pricier than some DSLRs and a lot smaller – but it will certainly give them a run for their money as far as quality goes.

Pros: Tiny footprint, packs a punch, great results, multiple lens options

Cons: Lens movement can be noisy, doesn’t feel secure to hold

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