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Samsung NX1 ISO Samples Surface, What Do You Think?

By Anthony Thurston on October 9th 2014

Samsung’s NX1 has turned heads with its impressive spec sheet, but the question has always been how it would actually perform. Well, now we may have an idea thanks to an ISO ramp up test done by the French site, Lesnumeriques.

In the test, the NX1 was pitted against a Sony A77II and the Nikon D750, and initially, the ISO tests have been randomized so we don’t know which sample came from which camera. That said, Photo Rumors believes that they have collected all of the NX1 samples and have posted them in a collage which you can see below.


Eventually Lesnumeriques plans to release the correct samples, so that we know for sure what samples came from which cameras. But if the Photo Rumors image from above is correct, I have to say I am a little disappointed. I mean, it’s fairly good up to 3200, but from 6400 and up, it starts to look pretty mushy to me.


That said, these are camera jpg samples, so we don’t know how much better (or worse) the RAW files are and how easily the noise can be controlled with noise reduction in post. So, in my opinion anyways, the jury is still out on the NX1 performance, though, I think that this look gives us a decent example of the sort of results to expect.


What are your thoughts on the supposed NX1 ISO samples above? Do you think that it performed well, or did it leave you disappointed? Leave a comment below!

[via Photo Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Peter McWade

    Im not much into using IOS settings above 6400 and rarely use them at that setting. As with film I always preferred using lower ISO numbers but with digital we are able to use higher numbers but only to a point. I am an Xray Tech and we use digital as well. There is only so much you can do with digital but it is more forgiving. After looking at the pics above it confirms my belief that at above 6400 the ISO numbers are pretty much squat to use or to claim. The only exception for high ISO numbers is out of the Sony A7S which is pretty impressive.

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  2. Timothy Tasmin

    Considering this is 28 MP on APS-C, I’m impressed.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    I went to the page where they show the test for all these camera bodies and I am a little confused, and for a couple reasons:

    1) It says a the top of the page that they are “visible at 100%” which makes me ask the question, are these all images cropped at 100% then? because if that’s the case, they all look usable until about 12800… Have you ever really looked hard at the 100% crop of a lot of your images? I don’t think a lot of APS-C cameras or full frame cameras for that matter are great after 6400 most of the time, that is usually where you can start detecting a fair amount of noise, that is unless you have something like the D4S or the A7S where noise isn’t an issue until crazy amounts of ISO later.

    2) The aperture of f5.6, and also lenses from the other mounts that might have been similar to the same in the other brands, but that may not have been the highest resolving aperture on other lenses, and it kind of looks like they tested them in dimmer low light situations as well. I am wondering what it would look like with a full, well light setup and maybe trying to go to f6.5 or f8. They may yield sharper results and less noise too.

    I guess what I am saying is that I don’t think these results are as disappointing as we see here in the results… If they are 100 percent cropped, then I think these are actually fairly on par with the other manufacturer’s images right now, and that could be a good thing for Samsung.

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  4. Ana Yalung

    I look at the images and it appears that the NX1 is better than the A77 II. I don’t know why people say it is disappointing considering the A77 II has excellent IQ. does that mean the A77 II is also bad or worse? also I think the NX1 faired well against the fullframe D750.

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  5. Mircea Blanaru

    If the image quality is good until and including the ISO 3200, the results are pretty decent. The price of the camera makes me a little nervous. Hard to tell if they will have success.

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  6. John Cavan

    I don’t have a hard time believing that these are the right samples, what I see is consistent with what I saw historically with Samsung sensors when I was still shooting with Pentax. Samsung had notoriously noisy CMOS sensors that required pretty aggressive NR. Pentax had that, by default, in camera as a consequence.

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  7. Gene Gregory

    Let’s wait for further tests in a real world scenario, like a wedding or an event or a documentary videos that will allow us to see the capabilities of this NX1, I think majority here are not satisfied on the pixel peeping still books as a subject because i believe NX1 is marketed for pros right? but got to love samsung balls to enter the pro market. lol

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  8. Samuel Cabral

    Give me a eletronic Canon EF adapter then i will consider it as an option.
    No way i’m going to sell all my lenses to buy others just for this camera.

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  9. Barry Cunningham

    So you don’t know if these are the right samples and you want us to make a judgment.
    What would Sherlock say?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Well, obviously any opinions shared would be under the caveat that these may not be the right samples (though they likely are). Still, under the assumption that these are correct, im still interested in your opinion.

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    • Barry Cunningham

      Anthony, I understand the caveat.
      I prefer to reserve judgment until I know what I am looking at is the correct set of samples. I am unlikely to be evaluating an NX1 for purchase or rent anytime soon, so it is more of an academic exercise for me. So, I prefer to wait.

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  10. Raoni Franco

    Yeah, considering all the hype around this camera I’m a little disappointed too. But let’s wait for a more complete review.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, im waiting for a more complete review or getting my hands on one myself before I am ready to say the performance is a flop.

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