Samsung NX1: tips and tricks

Samsung NX1: tips and tricks


Introduction


The Samsung NX1 is the company’s first assault on the Pro and Semi-Pro photography market. As always with a newcomer in this market (think Sony), there is much debate on the professional capabilities of this camera. This confusion isn’t helped by the fact that Samsung decided to add some gimmicky features like ‘Baseball Mode’ in the scene selection menu, features few pros will ever use. Also, their  Auto mode (that automatically selects the right scene from SCN mode) is currently only available in Jpeg, at the moment lacking RAW support. If you look beyond these advertising gimmicks, you’ll find that this mirror-less camera capable of taking fantastic images and video. Don’t believe anyone telling you otherwise.


Menu System and touch screen


Although very intuitive, you’ll need to get to grips with the Menu System if you’ve never used a Samsung camera before. Everything is very straightforward, and I’d invite you to read the simple manual provided by Samsung first. I’ll be going over the Menu system in detail later.

The NX1 is packed with the latest technology, including a Super AMOLED display like you’ll find in the most recent Galaxy Phones. It features an integrated digitizer, meaning that the layer that detects multiple finger touch is integrated into the screen, rather than overlaid on top of it. This feature means all functionality is also accessible via the touch screen, besides the usual buttons and dials.


Autofocus


 first things first: firmware update for best autofocus performance


Whist the current firmware 1.01b does have some limitations when it comes to autofocus tweaking of the NX1, many reviews have made the mistake of not updating older NX mount lenses to the latest firmware, which offers full compatibility with said camera. So head on over to their support website and make sure you have the latest firmware installed for both camera and lenses you have.


Use S-AF (single AF) with older lenses


Although there are quite a few NX lenses available, some are not ideally suited to the NX1. The Samsung NX 85mm f/1.4, for instance, a fantastic portrait lens, will tend to hunt quite a bit when your camera is set to C-AF. I would suggest setting it to S-AF with lenses where you experience a lot of focus hunting.


Drive Settings


Depending on the type of lens, autofocus results in C-AF may vary considerably depending on the lens used. The 3 ‘S’ range lenses are fully supported:

  • Samsung 16-50 mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS
  • Samsung 16-50 mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS NX
  • Samsung 50-150 mm F2.8 S ED OIS

As usual in digital cameras, there are three drive settings:

  1. Continuous High: Continuously capture photos while you are pressing the Shutter. You can capture up to 8, 10, 12, or 15 pictures per second.
  2. Continuous Low: continuous shooting while the shutter is engaged at a lower rate.
  3. Single: When you press the Shutter button halfway, the focus fixes in the focus area. The area turns green when the focus is achieved.

Active AF


When half-pressing the shutter,  the camera automatically detects the subject‘s movements and switches between Single AF and Continuous AF. It adjusts focus when the subject goes away from the camera (Single AF). It continues to focus automatically when the subject gets closer to the camera (Continuous AF). This mode is recommended for shooting subjects that are moving unpredictably.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings

Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Tracking AF


AF tracking is only available via the touch screen. You’ll need to turn on Touch AF in the menu (or touch screen) and select Tracking AF. You’ll see a white square appear when you touch your subject on the display, this means Tracking AF has been engaged. When you half-press the shutter, you’ll see the white square turn free, meaning focus was achieved. If the camera for any reason can’t focus (subject is too small, moves irregularly, is backlit), the square will turn red.


Manual focus


You can manually focus on a subject by rotating the focus ring on the lens. The MF Assist function lets you quickly bring a subject into focus. While you are turning the focus ring, the focus area is magnified. When you use the Focus Peaking function, the color you selected appears on the focused subject. This mode is recommended for shooting a subject similar in color to the background, a night scene, or fireworks.


Menu settings


Accessing the MENU settings is possible via either the MENU button on the backplate or the MENU icon on the touch screen.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


MENU – Camera Icon


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Photo Size


Photo Size selects the dimensions and size in pixels of your stored images. As the Samsung uses a 28 Megapixel APS-C sensor, the crop is best left to 3/2 and full resolution 6480×4320.  This setting will leave you with the most flexible jpeg file, and you can always decide another image crop in your preferred image editor later.


 

Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Photo Quality: RAW vs. JPEG


I’m sure you know the difference between a RAW and JPEG file. A RAW file (named .SRW in Samsung language) records all data from the sensor uncompressed while JPEG compresses this data with  settings applied. A RAW file will always be more flexible when it comes to editing your image in post production. This flexibility means more sharpening, colour information, highlight and shadow recovery, etc. will be possible later on with RAW files. JPEG files will compress the data in order to have smaller files, and will also have in-body noise reduction applied according to your settings.

JPEG is available in Super Fine, Fine and Normal; this depicts an increase in image compression. Although I would always recommend shooting in RAW for optimal flexibility, I have fun that the Super Fine JPEG setting does still retain a lot of useable information in post processing.


 

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ISO Auto settings


Here you can change the ISO range that the NX1 will use when set to ISO Auto. As you can read in my post on ISO performance, the back-illuminated sensor performs very well, even at mid-to-high levels. Conservatively, you can set max ISO to 3200 or even 6400 where you will find that your images are still very usable, especially if with close-up subject matter. For busy scenes with lots of detail, you might see some loss of detail there, but that is always the case drawback of an APS-C sensor. For optimal performance, the lower the ISO, the better as always. If you find that shutter speeds are getting too long, or if the camera has problems focussing, you might want to raise the ISO above 6400 manually (or make a user preset). It’s always better to have an in-focus shot than a ton of blurred images.


 

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Super Amoled display


The Samsung NX1 has a fantastic touch sensitive Super Amoled Display, rendering beautiful realistic colours and detail. In the OLED color Menu setting, you can optimise performance for this kind of display. The factory settings have it turned off, probably because it’s always better for a manufacturer that your image look best on your (perhaps inferior) desktop screen than on the LCD, but I turn it on, as I have an excellent desktop screen as well.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Minimum shutter speed and how to get ‘Tack Sharp’ images


Auto linking shutter speed to focal lengths: Longer focal lengths will accentuate camera shake so you’ll need to choose a faster shutter speed. Traditional photography theory tells you to choose a shutter speed with a denominator that is larger than the focal length of the lens. For example, if you’re shooting with the Samsung 50-150 at 150mm, you’ll probably want to shoot at a minimum of 1/150. Samsung’s image stabilisation will give you between 2 and 3 stops advantage though, which is not bad. Linking minimum shutter speed to focal length takes all these things into account, and it’s best left set-up this way.


White Balance


Samsung needs to improve Auto White balance in the next firmware upgrade, although manually selecting the desired White Balance for your different lighting scenes works better. I’ve found AWB to be quite cold, and needed to turn it up at least 2000K for a more neutral and realistic balance.


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Picture Wizard


The Picture Wizard Menu is one of the features that will make most professionals shiver. It’s basically a set of filters you can apply to JPEG images in-body. It is also a way for Samsung to show of the capabilities of their DRIMe V processor.. Once you’ve worked with the NX1, I don’t think anyone will deny the fact that it is one of the most powerful camera processors out there. And I actually found the Portrait effect useful in some situations. Think of it as a mini version of desktop software like Portrait professional, as you are able to make your subject feel a bit better with how they look, and does an OK job at decreasing wrinkles and pores. Nice to have if you don’t have time to do any real post processing.


Autofocus settings


Next in the menu, you’ll find the Autofocus settings. Compared to a sports camera in the same price bracket like the Sony A77M2, it is true that the NX1 offers less flexibility when it comes too autofocus tweaking. This means you’ll have to get to grips with how the available settings work, instead of customising the camera to what you are used to. One of the most-visited posts on my blog is the Sony A77 II tips and tricks page, mainly because it’s so difficult to wrap your head around, and in real life it’s true that not everyone needs this advanced customisation. Honestly, this might be a blessing in disguise for many because this means there is less of a learning curve.


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AF Modes


  • Single AF (SAF): autofocus is engaged when you half press the shutter button. If you find the AF ‘hunts’ to much with some lenses like the 85mm f/1.4 in CAF, try SAF. Works better.
  • Continuous AF (CAF): Autofocus is continuously trying to lock. Advantageous in some situations but drains the battery more rapidly.
  • Active AF (AAF): switches between Single AF and Continuous AF as the camera deems fit.
  • Manual Focus (MF): only available if your lens is also set to MF, if it is set to AF, you’ll see this option greyed out. Use Focus Peaking to help you get the focus right in MF.

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AF Area


  • Selection AF: selection AF allows you to use a specific, selectable autofocus point on the sensor.
  • Multi AF: Multi AF uses all available focus points. I personally never like to use all focus points, as this AF area setting is so unpredictable. You can change the size of the AF area in multi AF to a smaller square though, a tweak which I did find very useful.
  • Face Detection AF: NX1 will give focus priority to detected faces. When Face Detection is on, the camera is automatically set to Multi AF.
  • Self Portrait AF: The ultimate selfie tool, where the camera will focus on your face close to the camera and automatically engage the shutter when it is detected.

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Tracking AF, Touch AF and Focus tracking


Another fantastic feature of the Samsung NX1 is the touch screen. To many it might look like a gimmick, but my guess is that you’ll quickly find it very useful for easy operation and, at times, it actually is the fastest way of having the camera focus on exactly what you want. The Touch AF menu setting allows for customisation of what happens when you touch the screen.

In my view, turning this feature off largely negates how this camera is made to be used. You’ll have to get into Samsung’s frame of mind if you want to get optimal performance out of this camera, especially if you come from a non touch-screen DSLR.

  • Off: Touch AF is disengaged.
  • Touch AF: Turns touch screen usage on for AF operation.
  • AF point: Allows you to select a specific auto-focus point by touching the screen.
  • Tracking AF: Lets you select a moving target for auto-focus tracking. This setting automatically enables C-AF, so you can set your camera to Selection AF, and quickly change to C-AF when needed if Touch AF is set to Tracking AF. This is the only way to engage AF tracking by the way.
  • One Touch Shot: the camera will focus on anywhere you touch the screen and take an image.

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MF assist


This is a focussing assist aide, which will enlarge your point of focus 5 or 8 times. Since there is currently no Eye-AF available, I have it set to 5 times and when doing portraiture in a custom mode.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Focus Peaking


Focus peaking is now found in all cameras as a manual focussing aide. It adds a white, red or yellow ‘noise’ on your image in order to guide you in getting your focus exactly right. Setting it to ‘Normal’ will suffice in the NX1, it works as well as this feature in any other camera I’ve tried.


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Link AE to AF point


This setting is basically telling your camera to link Exposure point to focus point when using spot metering or multi metering. So your camera will decide on correct exposure depending on your subject. It’s a valuable tool at times, but you might want to consider turning it off as often having exposure set to AF point can lead to blown highlights.


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Brightness Adjustment Guide


Adjust the brightness using the selected area as a reference. The brightness of the selected area is displayed as a value to help you to conveniently adjust the brightness. This is available only in Program, Aperture Priority, or Shutter Priority mode. I personally don’t use this feature.


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Overexposure guide


View overexposed areas on a photo in Shooting mode before capturing a photo. Setting this feature will cause the overexposed areas of a photo to blink. Very handy at times, especially when shooting video. Others might find that it clutters your screen or viewfinder though.


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Framing Mode


When you adjust the aperture value or shutter speed, the exposure changes according to the settings, so the display may darken. With this function on, the brightness of the display is constant regardless of the settings, so you can better frame your shot in certain conditions, like a studio setting.


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OIS (Anti Shake)


Select if you want in-lens image stabilisation to be active all the time, or only when half-pressing the shutter button (or touch AF). I have it set to Mode 1, as this conserves battery life and puts less stress on lenses.

Samsung NX1 tips and settings

Drive Settings


The Menu drive settings allow you to customise the timing of the Drive rotator.

  • Continuous High: sets the Drive setting for continuous shooting mode. It might be a good idea to set it to 12 or 10 fps if you want to have more keepers when using CAF.
  • Timer: sets the timer for using the timer shooting mode.
  • Bracket: sets the functionality of the bracket shooting mode.

Samsung NX1 tips and settings


 Interval Capture


Set the shooting interval, the number of shots, and shooting start time for interval captures. Use this function to capture photos at regular intervals like a lunar eclipse or a sunrise. You can also save an interval capture as a movie if you set the Time Lapse function to ON.


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Metering Mode


Metering Mode sets the way the camera measures exposure of your captures. This is standard set to Center Weighted but I often change to Multi if I want to better capture the mood of a scene.

  • Multi:calculates the amount of light in multiple areas. When light is sufficient or insufficient, the camera adjusts the exposure by averaging the overall brightness of the scene. This mode is suitable for general photos.
  • Center Weighted: calculates a broader area than the Spot mode does. It sums up the amount of light in the center portion of the shot (60–80 %) and that of the rest of the shot (20–40 %). It is recommended for situations where there is a slight difference in brightness between a subject and its background or where the area around a subject is large compared to the overall composition of the photo.
  • Spot: calculates the amount of light in the center. When you capture a photo in conditions where there is a strong backlight behind a subject, the camera adjusts the exposure to shoot the subject correctly. For example, when you select the Multi mode in a strong backlight condition, the camera calculates that the overall amount of light is abundant, which results in a darker photo. The Spot mode can prevent this situation as it calculates the amount of light in a designated area.

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Dynamic range (only for JPEG)


Automatically corrects the loss of bright detail that can occur due to shading differences in the image when shooting Jpeg.


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Flash settings


  • Fill-in flash: Fill flash is a photographic technique used to brighten deep shadow areas, typically outdoors on sunny days,
  • Fill-in Red Eye: Flash will fire a few pre-flashes in order to reduce red eye
  • First curtain: also know as front curtain sync. This is the normal flash mode, with the flash being triggered near the start of the shutter duration.The flash finishes quick, and freezes the motion.
  • Second curtain: also known as rear curtain or slow sync.  With moving subjects, the shutter opens and the lights record their streaks. Then the flash illuminates the subject right before the end of the exposure. The streaks from the lights lead up to the subject, giving the illusion of speed.

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External Wireless settings


Set the flash mode, exposure value, flash brightness, or multi flash when you attach an external flash to the camera. You can also set wireless sync to control the internal or external flash. The flash settings are supported only when you attach a compatible, optional external flash (SEF-580A).

If data can be exchanged between the camera and the flash, the settings for the external flash can be adjusted on the camera or the flash. Your previous options will be applied.


Flash Mode

A-TTL: In the A-TTL (Advanced Through The Lens) mode, the camera measures the light reflected by the subject through the lens. Then, it calculates the optimum exposure based on the exposure value and shutter speed.

Manual Flash: The flash emits the full amount of light or the flash intensity can be adjusted manually.

Multi Flash: When you press [Shutter], the flash fires multiple times based on the number you have set.


Flash EV

Set the exposure of the flash when the flash mode is A-TTL.


Flash Output

Set the brightness of the flash when the flash mode is Manual Flash.


Multi Flash Settings

Set the count, brightness, or frequency of the flash when the flash mode is Multi Flash.


Internal/Wireless Flash controller


Set wireless sync to control internal and external flash units remotely

via wireless signals. The remote system consists of a master flash that is mounted on the camera and one or more slave flash units. A slave flash is assigned to one of three groups: A, B, or C.

Internal Flash

standard setting, uses the in-body pop-up flash

Use Wireless Flash

Set to use wireless sync with TTL functionality

Channel Selection

Select channels for wireless sync. There are four remote channels available to allow multiple remote systems to operate at the same time. Master and slave flash units, in the same remote system, must be set to the same channel. (Ch. 1, Ch. 2, Ch. 3, Ch. 4)


Group Mode flash

Set the flash mode for group A, B, or C. Changes to the flash mode must be made on the master flash. The changes are then applied to slave group A, B, or C, and the slave groups operate as a remote system of the flash mode (TTL or manual) according to the settings for the master flash.

  • A-TTL: Set the exposure of the flash when the flash mode is A-TTL.
  • Manual Flash Set the brightness of the flash when the flash mode is Manual Flash.
  • Off : Do not fire the flash.

Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Movie size


Select different Movie sizes according to your needs, from 4K to medium sized video, aspect from 16-9 to 4:3.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Movie Quality


Normal: Record videos in normal quality.

HQ: Record videos in high quality.

Pro: Record videos in ultra high quality. Available only when the movie size is set to UHD 30p or higher. This is a format provided for editing. Video in may not play smoothly depending on your computer‘s specifications. We recommend you connect the camera to a UHD TV with an HDMI cable to ensure the video plays smoothly. Many users have reported problems with these large files, don’t worry, it will get better once major 3rd party editing software fully supports the NX1.


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Fast/Slow Movie


Set the playing speed of a video. If you select an option other than x1, the sound recording function and the Distortion Correct function will not be supported.

x0.25: Record a video to view it at 1/4 normal speed during playback. Available only with 1920X1080 (30p/25p), 1280X720 (30p/25p), 640X480 (30p/25p).

x0.5: Record a video to view it at 1/2 normal speed during playback. Available only with 1920X1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p), 1280X720 (60p/50p/30p/25p), 640X480 (60p/50p/30p/25p).

x1: Record a video to view it at normal speed during playback. x5: Record a video to view it at 5X normal speed during playback.

x10: Record a video to view it at 10X normal speed during playback.

x20: Record a video to view it at 20X normal speed during playback.


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Fader


You can fade a scene in or out using the fader function on the camera. Set the fade in option to gradually fade in at the start of a scene. Set the fade out option to gradually fade out at the end of a scene.

  • Off: The fader function is off.
  • In: Scene gradually fades in.
  • Out: Scene gradually fades out.
  • In-Out: The fader function is applied at the start and end of the scene.

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Voice


Sometimes, a muted video is more appealing than one with sound. Turn Voice off to record a muted video.


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Wind Cut


When you record videos in noisy environments, unintended sounds can be recorded in videos. In particular, severe wind noise can prevent you from enjoying your videos. Use the Wind Cut function to remove some surrounding noise in addition to wind noise.

A filter is applied to the internal microphone or mic input in order to reduce noise.


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Mic Level


Set the Microphone input level in a range between 1 and 10.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Smart Range


Corrects for the loss of bright detail when shooting JPEG.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Manage Custom Mode


Manage the custom mode dials C1 and C2, where you can set-up your Samsung NX1 according to your own preferences for use in specific situations.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Auto ISO Range


One of the most important settings on any camera, where you can select the range between minimum and maximum ISO values to be used when set to ISO Auto. Setting this conservatively to a maximum of ISO 1600 will ensure you’ll still have quite flexible files in post processing. However, the Samsung NX1’s fantastic sensor can still yield very usable images up to 6400 (and even 12800) if not too much detail is required. As lighting conditions deteriorate, you’ll need to go to higher ISO in order to achieve a fast enough shutter speed, so it is advisable to change ISO auto settings (or go full manual) according to the scene you’ll be shooting.


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Color Space


You’ll find the usual colour space options: sRGB, Adobe RGB and ProPhoto RGB. The latter two have an expanded colour range, so you might find it useful to select ProPhoto RGB if you intend to do a lot of post processing in an image editor like Lightroom if you shoot RAW.


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iFn Customising


Many Samsung lenses have a customisable iFn button on the lens itself. This is an easy way of changing your frequently used settings on-the-fly by pressing the iFn button and using the focus ring to change the value. Which settings are exactly available is customisable in this menu. You might find it useful to set ISO only as an option, and use a conservative ISO Auto range. This will allow you to quickly change the ISO value you’re shooting at if you find that the camera cannot achieve fast enough shutter speeds in low light conditions. As I have mentioned before, autofocus seems to work better in low light at higher (suitable) ISO’s, so this can be a way of increasing AF performance in low-light. Another option is to assign Aperture only to the iFn button, effectively allowing the focus ring to be used as an aperture ring.


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User Display


You can add or remove shooting information from the screen in this setting. As you’ll find that the touch screen is very useable when it comes to quickly changing setting on the Samsung NX1, I would advise you to at least set the Buttons enabled. Icons will give you a quick overview of your current camera settings.


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Key Mapping


After a few weeks with the NX1, I’l sure you’ll find that there are some buttons you rarely use, and some settings you wish you had more direct control of. The Key Mapping menu allows for advanced customisation of all the camera’s buttons and dials. I always set command dials to aperture and shutter speed, as I very much like a hands-on control type camera.


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AF Release Priority


Set to capture a photo when focus is achieved.

Focus: Capture a photo only when the focus is achieved. When you select the Continuous High shooting method, the focus is prioritised only on the first shot. It should always be set to Focus.

Release: Capture a photo when you press the Shutter even when focus is not achieved.

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Mobile Link/NFC


Set the size of photos to transfer to a smart phone using the MobileLink or NFC function.

  • Resize to 2M or lower: If a photo’s size is larger than 3M, the camera will transfer it after resizing it to 2M or lower.
  • Original: The photo will be transferred in its original size.


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AF light


 

Select the AF lamp brightness. When shooting in dark places, turn the

AF lamp on to improve the operation of the auto focus. The Auto Focus functions more accurately in dark places when the AF lamp is on. The AF lamp emits the light in irregular vertical patterns. I’d suggest you leave it at High Brightness unless you’re in a situation where your subject finds it bothersome.

  • Off
  • High Brightness
  • Medium Brightness
  • Low Brightness

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Electronic Shutter


 

This feature is available only when you attach a Samsung lens using a Samsung NX mount.

When you use a large diameter lens and a fast shutter speed, a “bokeh“ effect (an aesthetic blur in out-of-focus areas) may be affected by the subject and the shooting conditions. To make the bokeh effect appear correctly, set the E-Shutter to Off.

When you change the E-Shutter settings, the first curtain of the shutter is adjusted and you will hear a noise as the shutter adjusts. This is normal when preparing the camera to operate the E-Shutter.

This feature is not available when you attach an external flash like the SEF-580A.

  • Off: Set to use the mechanical shutter.
  • On: Set to use the electronic shutter curtain first and the mechanical curtain second.


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Quick View


 

Set the Quick View time length–the amount of time the camera displays a photo immediately after you capture it. Select Hold+Focus Zoom to display the image after shooting with the focus area enlarged. I find this feature very useful for checking if my focus is exactly where I want it, and have it set to Hold + Focus Zoom.

Other possibilities:

  • Off
  • Hold+Focus Zoom
  • Hold
  • 1 sec
  • 3 sec
  • 5 sec

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Display Adjust


 

Adjust the display brightness, auto brightness setting, display color, or level gauge.

  • Display Brightness: You can adjust the display brightness manually.
  • Auto Brightness: Turn auto brightness on or off.
  • Display Color: You can adjust the display color manually. Horizontal Calibration: Calibrate the level gauge. If the level gauge is not level, position the camera on the level surface, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

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Auto Display


Set the display off time. The display turns off if you do not use the camera for the time you set.

(Off, 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, 10 min)


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Power Save


Set power shut off time. The camera shuts off if you do not use it for the time you set. (30 sec, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, 10 min, 30 min). Factory setting is 1 minute, this is to conserve battery power, but I have it set to a medium 3 minutes.


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Help Guide Display


The Help Guide display can be very useful when first starting out with the NX1.

  • Mode Help Guide: Set to display help text about the selected mode when changing shooting modes.
  • Function Help Guide: Set to display help text about menus and functions.

    Tip: Press trash to hide the help text.


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Language


Set a language the camera shows on the display. I would advise you to set it to English, as it will be easier to google trouble-shoot any problems you have with the camera .


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Date And Time


Set date, time, date format, and time zone. (Time Zone, Date Settings, Time Settings, Date Type, Time Type)


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Video Out


Set the video signal output to the appropriate system for your country when connecting the camera to an external video device, such as an HDMI-supported TV.

  • NTSC: USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, etc.
  • PAL (Supports only PAL B, D, G, H, or I): Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, England, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Norway, etc.

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Anynet plus


When you connect the camera to an HDMI-supported TV that supports Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC), you can control the playback functions of the camera with the TV remote control.

  • Off: You cannot control the play function of camera with the TV remote control.
  • On: You can control the play function of camera with the TV remote control.

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HDMI Output


When you connect the camera to an HDMI-supported TV with an HDMI cable, you can change the resolution of the image.

NTSC: Auto, 4096x2160p, 4096x2160p Clean out, 3840x2160p, 3840x2160p Clean out, 1920x1080p, 1280x720p, 720x480p, 720x576p (activates only when PAL is selected)


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File Name


Set the method of creating file names. Standard*: SAM_XXXX.JPG (sRGB)/_SAMXXXX.JPG (Adobe RGB) Date:

–  sRGB files – MMDDXXXX.JPG. For example, for a photo captured on Jan. 01, the file name would be 0101XXXX.jpg.

–  Adobe RGB files – _MDDXXXX.JPG for the months Jan through Sept. For the months Oct through Dec, the month number is replaced by the letters A (Oct.), B (Nov.), and

C (Dec.).

For example, for a photo captured on Feb. 03, the file name would be _203XXXX.jpg. For a photo captured on Oct. 05, the file name would be _A05XXXX.jpg.


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File Number


Set the method of numbering files and folders.

  • Reset: After using the reset function, the next file name is started at 0001.
  • Series: New file numbers continue the existing number sequence, even if you have installed a new memory card, formatted the card, or deleted all photos.

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Folder Type


Set the type of folder.

  • Standard: XXXPHOTO
  • Date: XXX_MMDD

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Bluetooth


Set to connect your camera to a smart phone automatically via the Bluetooth feature. If the devices have previously been connected and you launch Samsung Camera Manager on the smart phone, they will connect via Bluetooth automatically.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Format


Errors can occur if you use a memory card formatted by another brand of camera, a memory card reader, or a computer. You should always format memory cards in the camera before using them to capture photos.

Format the memory card: Formatting deletes all existing files including protected files.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Wi-Fi Network


Set to connect to a Wi-Fi network.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


My Smartphone


View the model name and connection status of the smart phone registered on the camera and edit the registered smart phone.

Delete My Smartphone: Delete the registered smartphone and register a different smart phone.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Bluetooth Auto Time Set


Set to sync the camera’s date and time with the smart phone when connecting the camera to a smart phone via Bluetooth.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Wifi Privacy Lock


Set to require a PIN when connecting the camera and a smart phone.

PIN: Enter a PIN before connecting.

None: Allow a connection without requiring a PIN.

Connections will automatically be made without requiring a PIN when using the NFC function.

PINs are automatically generated and renewed only when you reset the camera settings or update the firmware.

If you have previously connected your camera to a smart phone via a PIN, they will connect automatically.


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Sensor Cleaning


Factory setting is OFF, but I would strongly advise you to select “Shut Down Action” in order to keep the sensor free of dust.

  • Sensor Cleaning: Remove dust from the sensor immediately.
  • Start-Up Action: When on, the camera performs sensor cleaning each time you turn it on.
  • Shut down Action: When on, the camera performs sensor cleaning each time you turn it off. 

Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Dual Band Mobile AP


Set a frequency for using the camera as an AP for the Quick Transfer, MobileLink, or Remote Viewfinder features. (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Reset


Camera Menu: Return the setup menu and shooting options to the factory defaults.

 

Key Mapping: Return the custom button functions to the factory defaults.

C1/C2 Mode: Return the Custom 1 and Custom 2 mode settings to the factory defaults.

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: Return the connection history, ID, and password of the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functions to the factory defaults.

All: Return all settings to the factory defaults. (Date, time, language, and video output settings will not change.)


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Device Information


 

View the firmware version of the body and the lens,the Wi-Fi MAC address, Bluetooth MAC address, and network certification number, or update the firmware.

Software Update: Update the firmware of the camera body or lens. (Body Firmware, Lens Firmware)

 You can update the firmware by connecting the camera to a computer and starting i-Launcher.

You cannot run a firmware update without a fully charged battery. Recharge the battery fully before running a firmware update.

If you update the firmware, user settings and values will be reset. (Date, time, language, and video out will not change.)

Do not turn the camera off while the update is in progress.

 


Samsung NX1 tips and settings


Licence


Simple: view the open source licenses.

 

 

 

 

wim arys

Wim Arys is a photographer from Belgium Europe with a passion for mirrorless cameras.

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9 Responses

  1. Alexander Klotz says:

    fine. well done.

  2. Ramon says:

    Shame you did not do this with the new firmware for the NX1, especially curious to your findings about that in regards to AF performance.

    • wim arys says:

      Hi Ramon, I’ll be updating this post frequently with new findings, including the improvements in version 1.10 of the NX1 firmware, which I am testing right now.
      A quick overview of the new and improved features in Firmware version 1.10:
      Added Sort by Oldest / Latest in the Playback menu.
      Added View Continuous Shots (Fold / Unfold) in the Playback menu.
      Added AF Start and AF Start + Lock in the AF On sub menu under Key Mapping.
      Added Custom Wheel EVC (Exposure Value Compensation) option in the Key Mapping menu.
      Overall color reproduction improvement.
      General improvement in the image quality of DCI 4K(4096×2160) video.
      Image quality improvement in white balance when Smart Range+ Mode is enabled.
      Improvement in long exposure noise reduction when capturing in RAW.
      Improved AF performance:
      Added AF Release Priority function (Auto/Accuracy Priority/ Shooting Speed Priority).
      Improved AF performance in low light situations.
      Improved AF performance in CAF & Multi area AF modes.
      Overall wireless strobe sync improvement.
      Other bug fixes.

  3. Krish says:

    Great tutorial! Very helpful!

  4. Sam says:

    Hi,

    I bought this camera recently. I wanted to let you know that you have made a mistake regarding the color space. There is no Prophoto RGB and never has been on any Samsung NX camera.
    Also, you should specify that the Bluetooth only works with Android-based smartphone.
    Otherwise, nice work 🙂

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