THE DO-IT-ALL CAM­ERA

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIGITIAL LIFE -

We were not all that im­pressed by the pic­ture qual­ity of the Sam­sung Galaxy Cam­era. So when we got hold of the NX1000, which looks a bit like the An­droid cam­era, we were un­sure what to ex­pect. But the sim­i­lar­ity ends at the looks, for the NX1000 is Sam­sung’s first foray into the com­pact mir­ror­less space.

With an all-white body, the cam­era has a switch­able lens. We tested with the 20-50mm lens, which comes with an i-Func­tion that lets you con­trol the cam­era with the lens ring. So if you are on shut­ter pri­or­ity the lens rings lets you choose the shut­ter speed. The i-Zoom lets zoom in us­ing the fo­cus ring, but it’s a bit tough to get right.

There is a mode ring on top and a con­trol dial on the side of the LCD. The Fn but­ton give you the set­tings for any mode and there is a lot even when you are shoot­ing video. But there is so much to do here that a touch­screen is missed at times. Thanks to Sam­sung’s ex­per­tise with screens, the LCD is real good. It ac­tu­ally makes pic­tures seem bet­ter than they are.

The NX1000 too gives you the op­tion of shoot­ing in RAW. It also gives you al­most all the shoot­ing op­tions avail­able on the DSLR, along with the Magic mode with frames and fil­ters, a smart mode where the cam­era chooses the set­ting and a scene mode. There is also a Wi-Fi mode where you can link to a net­work and wire­less net­work and share or sync your pic­ture on on­line plat­forms. The Smart-link but­ton on top lets you con­nect to a com­pat­i­ble smart phone and share pics there. The phone can also be used to con­trol the cam­era re­motely. And that is a real killer fea­ture on this cam­era, though it takes a while to link up.

The cam­era has a 20.3 CMOS sen­sor and the im­age qual­ity is pretty good. Though we had trou­ble with the auto-fo­cus in close range, it was lim­ited to the man­ual and semi-au­to­matic modes. There is Man­ual Fo­cus in case that is what you pre­fer. The cam­era also ex­cels in low light, even if you are in full auto mode. Don’t think that we are talk­ing about the flash pop­ping up to give you an ex­tra bright pic­ture, for this cam­era has no flash. That is an at­tach­ment, and hence a sore point. The low-light features are all thanks to the sen­sor and ISO.

The cam­era lets you do lots in terms of fil­ters and frames. There is even a 3D set­tings, though we could not test the im­age. How­ever, most of th­ese in­volve a bit of pro­cess­ing and that takes a few sec­onds. Buy this cam­era as an up­grade from a point-and-shoot, one that lets you do a lot more.

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