Cute as a bug's ear
Samsung's new NX1000 lets you swap lenses, jazz up your pictures and share them with ease
The Samsung NX1000 is a new mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera which is very compact and light but comes with a large sensor that allows it to capture good-quality images like a digital SLR.
The NX1000 comes in a very compact and cute body and has smart functions for uploading or sharing photos from the camera to a smart phone or social networks wirelessly.
With wireless connection functions, Samsung calls the NX1000 a smart camera in the Shoot Wow, Share Now series.
The NX1000 is used with an NX Mount lens designed especially for it, in the same shade as the body - black, pink or white. The Nation got a white set to test that looked clean, sleek and cute. The test package had two lens - 16mm with a very bright f/2.4 aperture and a 20-50mm kit lens with a f/3.5 aperture.
The 16mm lens captured beautiful landscape photos, while the 20-50mm lens captured beautiful portraits with sharp subjects against blurred backgrounds. Since the 16mm lens is very bright, it captured bright, clear and beautiful portraits indoors as well.
Both lenses come with Samsung's i-Function that lets you adjust various shooting parameters by pressing the i-Function button and the lens ring to change the values of the related parameters without having to use the control dial at the back of the camera.
It is intuitive to operate the camera with a mode dial switch, allowing you to select one of the shooting modes - Smart Auto (2.0), Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Lens Priority, Magic, Scene, and Movie.
The Smart Auto makes the NX1000 easy to use for beginners.
It automatically selects the best scene mode that fits the lighting condition at the moment.
Or you can select a scene mode yourself by using the Scene shooting mode and choose one from several scene modes, including Beauty shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, and Beach & Snow.
Those who want more control can shoot in Manual, Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority.
The Lens Priority shooting mode is fun to use. It makes use of the i-Function lens to allow you to choose one of scene modes or a fun filter, as well as choosing a zoom level by turning the lens ring. The options of the smart filters are Vignetting, Minature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, Defog, and Halftone Dot.
The Magic shooting mode is fun to use. It allows you to access smart filters, like in the Lens Priority, and magic frames. The magic frames put your subject in fun frames, such as an old photo album, a newspaper cover, a classic TV, a magazine cover and a billboard.
The NX1000 has a built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n chip for connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot or your home Wi-Fi router for uploading photos without having to be connected to a computer.
The camera will remember the connection setting once it's set. Once connected you can upload your shots to Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket and video clips to YouTube.
I easily uploaded to Facebook. The NX1000 creates its own album. The next time you upload to Facebook you'll have authorise adding more images to it. You can also e-mail your shots from the NX1000 directly.
And the Wi-Fi smart function lets you save your shots to a Microsoft SkyDrive server. If your TV supports DLNA wireless connection you can display photos on the TV wirelessly.
There are two more Wi-Fi functions you can use with your Android smart phone. One is Mobile Link, which allows you to upload photos wirelessly. You need an application from Samsung on your phone - the camera will prompt you to approve the connection. I tested this function with my Motorola Razr Maxx and could easily upload photos.
Another fun function is Remote Viewfinder. You must install the app on your Android phone to use it as a remote with preview option to fire the camera's shutter. This is very useful if you put the NX1000 on a tripod for self-portraits. It worked fine with my Razr Maxx.
The NX1000 has good performance. It was ready to take the first photo less than two seconds after starting up and experienced no shutter lag. The battery was good for 300 shots.
The camera has a three-inch TFT LCD monitor with 640x480-pixel resolution and about 100 per cent field of view.
There is no built-in flash, but the package I tested had a tiny external flash in beautiful white to match the camera body. The flash is mounted on the camera's hot shoe.
Since the NX-system camera lens can be changed, the NX1000's capabilities can be further enhanced with increasingly more options, including an 85mm portrait lens, a 20mm landscape lens, a 16mm wide-angle lens, a 60mm macro lens, and an all-rounder 18-200mm zoom lens. The NX1000 also takes a mount adapter for a K Mount lens.
The NX1000 is sold together with a 20-50mm kit lens for Bt21,990. The package with both lenses costs Bt24,990. Both packages come with an external flash.
_ Image sensor: 23.5x15.7mm CMOS with 20.3 megapixels
_ Lens mount: Samsung NX
_ Display: 3.0-inch 921K dots TFT LCD
_ Focusing: Contrast AF
_ Shutter: Smart Auto 1/4000s
_ Exposure metering: Multi, Spot, Centre-weighted
_ ISO equivalent: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
_ Movie size: 1080P Full HD
_ Battery life: 320 shots/165 minutes (CIPA Standard)
_ Dimensions: 114x62.5x37.5mm
_ Weight: 222g without battery and memory card