Samsung NX2000 vs NX1100 – Differences

May 4, 2013

On May 1st 2012, Samsung introduced the NX2000 Compact System Camera. The NX2000 is taking a step forward offering both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, comes with a large 3.7-inch 1152K-dot screen and more cool features. The CSC market is already very crowded and many of you will probably want to know what so special about the Samsung NX2000, and what is the differences compare to the Samsung NX1100, which was introduces on A few days earlier on April 11, 2013.

Samsung NX2000 Compact System Camera

Samsung NX2000 Compact System Camera

NX2000 vs NX1100 – Differences

AnnouncedMay 1, 2013April 11, 2013
Sensor20.3MP (effective resolution)
23.5 x 15.7 mm
20.3MP (effective resolution)
23.5 x 15.7 mm
Both cameras have the same sensor resolution and same APS-C size sensor. APS-C sensor is a relatively very large sensor, much larger than all of the conventional digital cameras on the market. It's the same sensor size that you find on a DSLR camera like the Nikon D7000, Canon EOS 60D and many others. Sony NEX cameras and Canon EOS M also utilize this APS-C size sensor.

The larger the sensor the better, but know that what counts is the pixel size. And therefore most people take a look at the pixel density when comparing two cameras. The larger the pixel, the more light / data can be gathered for each photo site, and that result in improved low-light performance, color accuracy and higher .dynamic range.
ISO100 - 25,6000100 - 12,8000
The NX2000 has a higher maximum native ISO of 25,600
AF Points2115
The NX2000 has more AF points. This should lead to improve AF tracking performance, that helps when shooting fast moving subjects
LCD3.7" Fixed
Touch Screen (has support for ouch AF)
3" Fixed
Not Touch Screen
Big difference here. The NX2000 has a generously sided 3.7-inch wide touch sensitive display with very high resolution. That's a big step over the NX1100 which doesn't feature a screen as wide as this, has less resolution and doesn't employ a touch-sensitive display. Using a wide screen you can view videos without the black borders and it just adds much more for the overall user experience.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec
Built-in FlashNoNo
The NX2000 and NX1100 don't come with a built-in flash but Samsung included a small external flash in the package.

The flash model is SEF8A, but the good think about this flash is that it can tilt up to spread the light better instead of lighting up the subject directly. You can be more creative with it. The flash guide number is 8 (at ISO 100), has sync speed of less than 1/180 sec.

sef8a flash

Samsung SEF8A External flash

Continuous Shooting8 fps8 fps (Up to 11 shots), 3 fps (up to 15 shots)
The NX1100 and NX2000 can also shoot at 30 fps but at 6MP reduced resolution.
Video1080p30, 1920x810p24 (notice, this is not 1920x1080), 720p30, 480p30, 240p30

Multi-motion recording: x0, 25 (640, 320 only), x0, 5 (1280, 640, 320 only), x1, x5, x10, x20

Stereo sound
1080p30, 1920x810p24 (notice, this is not 1920x1080), 720p30, 480p30, 240p30

Multi-motion recording: x0, 25 (640, 320 only), x0, 5 (1280, 640, 320 only), x1, x5, x10, x20

Stereo sound
With NFC you can easily share/transger photos between your NX2000 and Android tablet or mobile phone. I really like this feature. It allows you to share high quality photos with friends and family and not be restricted to use the limited capabilities of your phone's camera. The mobile phone's camera is useful, but it doesn't come close to the image quality that you get with the NX2000 Compact System Camera.

Just note that you will need to have a phone/tablet that supports NFC, not all phones do.
Wi-FiIEEE 802.11 b / g / n
IEEE 802.11 b / g / n
This includes many features, including AutoShare, Email, Auto Backup, Remote Viewfinder, Mobile Link, Social shareing and more. The built-in Wi-Fi capability makes it easier to transfer files between your camera and other devices over a Wi-Fi network
Shoot RAWYesYes
RAW is the "Digital Negative". The choice of many photographers that want to have the most control over the final image. The RAW file contains the data from the sensor, but without many of the settings that are usually applied when shooting JPEG image , like white balance, sharpness, saturation, etc. That data is still being saved in the metadata, but it's not applied on the image data itself. This gives you more room for creative possibilities, because you can apply those when editing your image using a RAW photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Furthermore, photo editing software that recognize RAW files will apply a better Bayer interpolation algorithm, and that's why in most cases you will get a more detailed image. You home computer has much more powerful computing power, and more sophisticated algorithms can be use and therefore lead to improved image quality.
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)340 shots

1130 mAh (BP1130)
320 shots

1030mAh (BP1030)
Electronic ViewfinderNoNo
Both cameras don't come with an electronic viewfinder. You will have to compose your shots via the back LCD monitor. Luckily the two cameras have very high quality displays, so it's less of a problem. Some people prefer shooting with a LCD, but those cameras usually cost more and are larger in size, especially for a Compact System Camera with an APS-C size sensor
Bundled with Adobe Photoshop LightroomYesYes
Both cameras have a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 bundled with the Kit offering. This software alone costs around $149 USD - What a great offer from Samsung!
Dimensions119 x 64.5 x 35.7 mm114 x 62.5 x 37.5mm
Weight228 g (without battery and memory card)222g (without battery and memroy card)
BracketingAE Bracketing ± 3 EV
White Balance Bracketing ± 3 EV
Picture Wizard Bracketing (3 modes selectible)
AE Bracketing ± 3 EV
White Balance Bracketing ± 3 EV
Picture Wizard Bracketing (3 modes selectible)
Remote ControlSR2NX02 via microUSBSR2NX02 via microUSB
Image StabilizationLens Shift (Depends on Lens)Lens Shift (Depends on Lens)
GPSoptional GPS module (WGS84)optional GPS module (WGS84)
3D PanoramaYesYes
3D Mode (stills and video)Yes with 45mm/f1.8 lens?
Image Processing EngineDRIMe IV imaging engine (same as on the NX300)?

The NX1100 sits below the NX2000. The NX2000 brings a few advantages like: higher max. ISO, more AF points, wider and larger touch-sensitive screen, NFC, 3D movies and stills (with the 45mm f/1.8 lens) and a bit stronger battery. The NX2000 MSRP price is $649 with the 20-50mm Kit lens. The NX1100 MSRP is $599.00 with the 2-50mm kit lens, and both includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the SEF8A externa flash. Does the NX2000 worth the xtra $50, hell yeh. If I am getting all the information right, the price difference is too close in my opinion., don’t you think. I find it hard to justify to get the NX1100 when you have the NX2000 for such a small price difference.

Samsung NX2000 – Check latest prices: B&H Photo, Adorama

Samsung NX1100 – Check latest prices: B&H Photo, Adorama

The only thing that I am not sure about is whether the NX1100 can shoot 3D with the 45mm f/1.8 lens. I didn’t find any information that states that it is. If you do know, please comment below, I will updated the specs comparison table when I have this info.  Nevertheless, the Samsung NX2000 is the better camera of the two, and for such a relatively small price difference, I would be getting the NX2000 without thinking twice.

What’s your opinion? – leave your comment below.


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