Samsung NX1000

Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 20-50mm zoom)

INTRODUCED 5/2012

The most compact member of Samsung’s current NX family, the NX1000 shares the 20.3-megapixel image sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability of the NX20 and NX210, but measures just 4.5×2.5×1.5 inches and weighs just 7.8 ounces. The camera also carries the lowest price of the three, but provides most of the same shooting features.

Like its NX20 and NX210 brethren, the NX1000 can shoot full-res images at 8 fps and 5-megapixel images at 10, 15 and 30 fps (maximum 30 shots). You can easily shoot 2D and 3D panoramas, apply effects (including Select Color, which desaturates all colors except the selected red, green, blue or yellow) and activate Smart Range to get better detail from bright through dark areas. Press the Fn button and Select Picture Wizard, and you can apply nine effects, adjusting color saturation, sharpness and contrast for each, as desired.

In keeping with its very compact design, the NX1000 doesn’t have an eye-level EVF, but it does have a 3-inch LCD monitor that can display lots of items, including grid lines, a histogram, a distance scale and a level gauge. There’s no built-in flash, but the camera comes with a compact external unit that attaches to the hot-shoe. The compact lithium-ion battery is good for about 320 shots per charge.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Built-in Wi-Fi in a very compact package.

1. Compact accessory flash is unobtrusive and adds to the camera’s versatility.

2. TDespite the NX1000’s tiny size, there’s a mode dial that lets you directly set a number of functions.

3. The battery and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card share a compartment on the base of the camera.

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