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The Samsung NX11 is the updated version of the NX10, and is Samsung's mirrorless or compact system camera, with a 14.6 megapixel Digital SLR sized sensor, it gives the image quality of a Digital SLR but with a much more compact size. Find out how it performs in our expert review.
The kit lens has a clever iFunction button, the idea being that in combination with the focus ring on the lens, it allows you to quickly change settings without having to use the screen on the back of the camera, and should let you change settings with the camera held up to your eye. A large high resolution Samsung AMOLED screen is featured on the back, as well as a high resolution VGA electronic viewfinder.
- 14.6 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor
- 18-55mm OIS iFunction Kit lens
- 3.0inch AMOLED VGA (640 x 480) 614k dots (PenTile) resolution Screen
- 921k dots Electronic Viewfinder
- Lithium Ion Rechargeable battery
- Dust removal system
- Smart Filters: Playback
- Picture Wizard Modes: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1 - 3)
- AF-assist lamp (Green LED)
- Dynamic Range Expansion: Smart Range On / Off
- 720p Video at 30fps
The Samsung NX11 has a redesigned hand grip at the front of the camera, in comparison to the NX10.
The NX11 is small compared to an SLR however with a rubber grip at the front and back it feels like Samsung have made a great compromise between size and handling. It's small, but still good to hold, giving a firm grip on the camera. The electronic viewfinder works well with diopter adjustment, and is easy to see even when wearing glasses.
Menus - The menus are straight forward and fairly easy to navigate, however, I feel that by adding some colour coding it would be easier or quicker to go from one set of menus to another, currently they are setup as 9 pages of options, with the photo, custom, and setup, options all the same colour (blue).
Battery life - the camera's battery life is rated at 400 shots according to CIPA standard when using the provided 1300mAh 7.4v lithium ion batteries. I was able to take 400+ shots before they went flat, this is good for a compact system camera.
Speed - we tested the Samsung NX11 and have compared it to the new Panasonic Lumix G3.
|Panasonic G3||Samsung NX11|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2||0.3|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||0.7||1.3|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||0.5||1.0|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.0||1.1|
(full resolution, shots)
|4fps (8 shots)||3fps (15 shots before slow down)|
|Continuous Shooting (with flash)||N/A||2fps (infinite shots)|
|Continuous Shooting (RAW)||4fps (8 shots)||3fps (5 shots before slow down)|
Performance was very good with quick focusing, shutter response, and excellent shot to shot time even with flash. Continuous shooting is respectable at 3fps, and the buffer is very good allowing 15 shots before the camera slows down. A quick shooting mode is available that shoots 10, 15, or 30fps at the lower resolution of 1472x976.
Samsung NX11 Sample Photos
1/400 sec | f/9.0 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
1/250 sec | f/6.3 | 55.0 mm | ISO 100
1/250 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 100
1/50 sec | f/4.5 | 33.0 mm | ISO 400
Portrait flash shot - the flash performs well producing a photo with very low levels of red-eye. The shots of the Samsung sponsored BSB motorbike come out well despite the slow shutter speed of just 1/8th of a second, thanks to the lens having build in optical image stabilisation.
Samsung NX11 Other sample images
1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 800
1/8 sec | f/3.5 | 18.0 mm | ISO 800
1/320 sec | f/6.7 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Blur | 1/250 sec | f/7.1 | 55.0 mm | ISO 100
Smart Range Off - 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Smart Range On - 1/180 sec | f/6.3 | 18.0 mm | ISO 200
Macro performance - with a kit lens the NX11 isn't ideal for macro images but the lens is still capable of taking decent macro photos with the closest focusing distance around 10cm away from the front of the lens, when using it at full zoom. For better macro photos, the dedicated 1:1 macro lens would be a good choice.
Samsung NX11 Lens test images
Wide - 1/200 sec | f/6.3 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Telephoto - 1/350 sec | f/8.0 | 55.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees - 1/90 sec | f/3.8 | 18.0 mm | ISO 200
1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 800
Some pincushion distortion can be seen in the ISO test shots, although this wasn't noticed in real world shots. The camera and lens combination produces images with very low purple fringing. Anti shake performance was very good. The camera performed well in low light thanks to the lens based image stabilisation, although not all lenses have built in IS, for example the 20-50mm kit lens for the NX100 does not.
Samsung NX11 ISO test images
1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 200
1/25 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 400
1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 800
1/100 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 1600
1/180 sec | f/6.3 | 55.0 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise - with a large DSLR sized APS-C sensor, the NX11 has lower noise than alternative compact cameras, but doesn't quite match the low ISO performance of a Nikon D5100 for example (which is known to have very low noise). The camera copes well with noise processing and gives low noise at ISO100, 200, through to ISO400, and then at ISO800 noise starts becoming more noticeable, and more colourful. As you continue to increase the ISO setting, you also increase noise, and detail in images is degraded, at the highest ISO settings available ISO1600 and ISO3200 noise is noticeable and noise reduction has reduced the colour saturation slightly - but the camera could still produce full size images with some additional processing. Strangely ISO800 seems to give the most noticeable noise in images, with the noise appearing as multi coloured grain, then when you increase the ISO setting the noise reduction kicks it up a notch and the noise becomes much more black and white and more film like.
Samsung NX11 White-balance test images
Auto White Balance performance - using auto white balance under tungsten lighting the camera performs well, however better results were possible using the tungsten preset. Under fluorescent lighting the auto white balance gives a slightly cooler green look to images, and using the preset gave more pleasing results with warmer colour.
Lenses available: The key benefit of a mirrorless / interchangeable lens camera is the ability to change lenses, the Samsung NX system currently has the following lenses available as well a Pentax K Mount adapter (RRP £90), and a number of other adapters available from third party companies. The Samsung NX has a 1.5x crop factor so any lens mounted will give 1.5x the focal length:
16mm f/2.4 Pancake (24mm equivalent)
20mm f/2.8 Pancake (35mm equivalent)
30mm f/2.0 Pancake (45mm equivalent)
20-50mm (NX100 kit lens, 30-75mm equivalent)
18-55mm OIS (NX10,11 kit lens, 27-82.5mm equivalent)
50-200mm f/4-5.6, 75-300mm equivalent
18-200mm f/2.5-6.3, 27-300mm equivalent
60mm Macro 1:1 OIS lens, 90mm equivalent
85mm f/1.4 Portrait lens, 127.5mm equivalent
There are also 8mm Fisheye f/3.5 (12mm equivalent), 35mm f/1.4 (52.5mm equivalent), 85mm f/1.4 (127.5mm equivalent) and 14mm f/2.8 (21mm equivalent) lenses available from Samyang.
The Samsung NX11 has 1280x720p video, fade in, out or both fade in and fade out, program (auto) or aperture priority shooting, and optical image stabilisation options (modes 1, 2 or off).
Value for MoneyValue for money is good, with the Samsung NX11 available for a similar price to the competition. Alternatives include the Sony NEX series with slightly less lenses available currently, although the camera bodies are more more styled like a compact camera than a DSLR. The Micro Four Thirds system gives you the choice of Panasonic or Olympus cameras with both companies offering three different (new) models, including the option of both DSLR styled cameras (such as the Panasonic G3, GH2), and compact cameras (such as the Panasonic GF3, Olympus EP-3, EPL3, and EPM1) as well as 20+ lenses and readily available adapters that allow the use of old Olympus OM, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Konica Minolta lenses (the list goes on forever). At around £430 you could also look at the Pentax K-r a very compact DSLR with high speed and low noise, available for less than £399 with kit lens.
|The Samsung NX11 makes a compelling case for itself, with a particularly impressive camera body, and good image quality.|
Samsung NX11 ProsGreat handling with rubber grips
iFunction button gives another useful way of accessing options
Quite good value for money
Very good image quality
Great AMOLED screen
Low noise* (see below)
Built in EVF with eye-detection
Samsung NX11 ConsMenu structure could be better
ISO800 seems to produce the most noticeably noisey images (coloured grain)
Kit lens with OIS is quite large
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Samsung NX11 Specifications
|CCD pixels||14.6Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.4mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
|Screen resolution||614k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Viewfinder Resolution||VGA (640 x 480) 921k dots equiv.|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||Samsung NX11 Camera, BP1310 Lithium Ion Battery, 18-55mm II OIS Kit lens, Neck Strap, Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Basic Manual, Battery Charger, Software CD-Rom, Warranty Card|