Samsung have a new range of compact cameras (the NX range) and this makes up one third of it. With wireless technology built in to make uploading your images even easier and with it being one of the lightest phones on the market it’s looking to make an impact.
With the wireless functionality being a first in the market it’s definitely going to catch the interest of people who want to get access to their images on the fly. Featuring a slick design and a feel of definite lightness it is quite a camera. Finding big competition from phones like the Olympus E-PM1, Sony NEX-1 and Nixon J1 though it’s going to have quite a job to become a leader in the range.
With most of the controls being the usual ones you will find on most phones the main difference is the wireless functionality. This is basically a button that you can press which will make it as easy as possible to upload your images. Customising the button is also quite simple so that you can upload the images to wherever you want using cloud storage or even your phone. This is definitely something that is fun to play with.
As with most modern cameras the screen can be very important so it’s always nice to see if they got it right. The resolution on the Samsung NX1000 is around 640x480 and LCD, which is a shame because it’s lacking the AMOLED technology. This means it lacks the impressive performance and doesn’t handle bright sunshine so well.
This is one of the things the camera does well. With its 20.3 Megapixel lens it’s possible to crop and zoom into images without loss of definition. It also has an 8fps burst rate for when you need it. There are also a selection of “smart filters” if you like the gimmicky side of photography and they can be fun to play with. With no built in flash though you’ll need to use the external one that has been included with the phone and connects through a hotshoe adaptor.
As with most cameras there is also the ability to record full HD video. This captures video at around 30fps and is adequate for use. There is nothing really unique in this element though as most modern cameras do have this ability but it’s nice to know that it’s there.
At around £599 this is quite a mid-range camera that hobbyist will find meets all their requirements well as long as they are willing to pay this amount of money. The wireless technology is definitely a nice selling point and works well and the new very light feel of the camera really does make it stand out.