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  • Brand: Samsung
  • Product: Digital Camera
  • Model/name: NX F1
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Table of Contents

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USER
MANUAL
ENG This user manual includes detailed usage
instructions for your camera. Please read this
manual thoroughly.
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Copyright information
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Health and safety information
Prevent damage to subjects’eyesight.
Do not use the flash in close proximity (closer than 1 m/3 ft) to people or
animals. If you use the flash too close to your subject’s eyes, this can cause
temporary or permanent eyesight damage.
Keep your camera away from small children and pets.
Keep your camera and all accessories out of the reach of small children
and animals. Small parts may cause choking or serious injury if swallowed.
Moving parts and accessories may present physical dangers as well.
Do not expose the camera to direct sunlight or high
temperatures for an extended period of time.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures can cause
permanent damage to your camera’s internal components.
Avoid covering the camera or charger with blankets or clothes.
The camera may overheat, which may distort the camera or cause a fire.
Do not handle the power supply cord or the charger during a
thunderstorm.
This may result in an electric shock.
Always comply with the following precautions and usage tips to avoid
dangerous situations and ensure peak performance of your camera.
Warning—situations that could cause injury to yourself
or others
Do not disassemble or attempt to repair your camera.
You can damage the camera and expose yourself to the risk of an electric
shock.
Do not use your camera near flammable or explosive gases
and liquids.
This may cause a fire or explosion.
Do not insert flammable materials into the camera or store
these materials near the camera.
This may cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not handle your camera with wet hands.
This may result in an electric shock.
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Health and safety information
If liquid or foreign objects enter your camera, immediately
disconnect all power sources, such as the battery or charger,
and then contact a Samsung service center.
Comply with any regulations that restrict the use of a camera
in a certain area.
• Avoid interference with other electronic devices.
• Turn off the camera when in an aircraft. Your camera can cause
interference with aircraft equipment. Follow all airline regulations and
turn off your camera when directed by airline personnel.
• Turn off the camera near medical equipment. Your camera can interfere
with medical equipment in hospitals or health care facilities. Follow all
regulations, posted warnings, and directions from medical personnel.
Avoid interference with pacemakers.
Maintain a safe distance between this camera and all pacemakers to
avoid potential interference, as recommended by the manufacturer and
research groups. If you have any reason to suspect that your camera is
interfering with a pacemaker or other medical device, turn off the camera
immediately and contact the manufacturer of the pacemaker or medical
device for guidance.
Caution—situations that could cause damage to your
camera or other equipment
Remove the batteries from your camera when storing it for an
extended period of time.
Installed batteries may leak or corrode over time and cause serious
damage to your camera.
Use only authentic, manufacturer-recommended,
Lithium-ion replacement batteries. Do not damage or heat the
battery.
Inauthentic, damaged, or heated batteries may cause a fire or personal
injury.
Use only Samsung-approved batteries, chargers, cables, and
accessories.
• Using unauthorized batteries, chargers, cables, or accessories can cause
batteries to explode, damage your camera, or cause injury.
• Samsung is not responsible for damage or injuries caused by
unapproved batteries, chargers, cables, or accessories.
Use the battery only for its intended purpose.
Misusing the battery may cause a fire or electric shock.
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Health and safety information
Do not touch the flash while it fires.
The flash is very hot when fired and may burn your skin.
When you use the AC charger, turn off the camera before you
disconnect the power to the AC charger.
Failing to do so may result in fire or electric shock.
Disconnect the charger from the wall socket when not in use.
Failing to do so may result in fire or electric shock.
Do not use a damaged power supply cord, plug, or loose outlet
when you charge batteries.
This may cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not allow the AC charger to come in contact with the +/-
terminals on the battery.
This may cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not drop or subject the camera to strong impacts.
Doing so may damage the screen or external or internal components.
Exercise caution when you connect cables and install batteries
and memory cards.
If you force the connectors, improperly connect cables, or improperly
install batteries and memory cards, you can damage ports, connectors,
and accessories.
Keep cards with magnetic strips away from the camera case.
Information stored on the card may be damaged or erased.
Never use a damaged battery or memory card.
This may result in electric shock or camera malfunction or cause a fire.
Do not place the camera in or near magnetic fields.
Doing so may cause the camera to malfunction.
Do not use the camera if the screen is damaged.
If the glass or acrylic parts are broken, visit a Samsung service center to
have the camera repaired.
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Health and safety information
Check that the camera is operating properly before use.
The manufacturer takes no responsibility for any loss of files or damage
that may result from camera malfunction or improper use.
You must plug the small end of the USB cable into your
camera.
If the cable is reversed, it may damage your files. The manufacturer is not
responsible for any loss of data.
Do not expose the lens to direct sunlight.
This may discolor the image sensor or cause it to malfunction.
If the camera overheats, remove the battery and allow it to
cool down.
• Prolonged usage of the camera may overheat the battery and raise
the internal temperature of the camera. If the camera stops operating,
remove the battery and allow it to cool down.
• High internal temperatures may result in noise in your photos. This is
normal and does not affect your camera’s overall performance.
Avoid interference with other electronic devices.
Your camera emits radio frequency (RF) signals that may interfere
with unshielded or improperly shielded electronic equipment, such as
pacemakers, hearing aids, medical devices, and other electronic devices in
homes or vehicles. Consult the manufacturers of your electronic devices
to solve any interference problems you experience. To prevent unwanted
interference, use only Samsung-approved devices or accessories.
Use your camera in the normal position.
Avoid contact with your camera’s internal antenna.
Data transference and your responsibilities
• Data transferred via WLAN could be leaked, so avoid transferring
sensitive data in public areas or on open networks.
• The camera manufacturer is not liable for any data transfers that infringe
on copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property laws, or public decency
ordinances.
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Icons used in this manual
Icon Function
Additional information
Safety warnings and precautions
[ ]
Camera buttons. For example, [Shutter] represents the
shutter button.
( ) Page number of related information
ĺ
The order of options or menus you must select to perform
a step; for example: Select b ĺ Quality (represents
select b, and then Quality).
* Annotation
This manual is explained based on NX-M lenses. When you attach NX
lenses using the mount adapter, some shooting options or functions
may not be supported.
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Contents
Chapter 1
My Camera
Getting started ............................................................................................ 27
Unpacking.................................................................................................................... 27
Camera layout.............................................................................................. 28
Using the DIRECT LINK button................................................................................ 30
Using the display ......................................................................................................... 31
Inserting the battery and memory card................................................. 32
Removing the battery and memory card ........................................................... 34
Using the memory card adapter.............................................................................34
Charging the battery and turning on your camera.............................. 35
Charging the battery................................................................................................ 35
Turning on your camera ......................................................................................... 35
Performing the initial setup...................................................................... 36
Selecting functions (options) ................................................................... 38
Selecting with buttons............................................................................................ 38
Selecting by touch.................................................................................................... 38
Using m................................................................................................................. 39
E.g. Selecting the photo size in P mode.............................................................. 39
Using the Smart panel............................................................................................. 40
E.g. Adjust the exposure value in P mode.......................................................... 40
Selecting a mode......................................................................................... 41
Accessing a Mode screen....................................................................................... 41
Mode description...................................................................................................... 41
Tips
Concepts in Photography
Shooting postures....................................................................................... 13
Holding the camera.....................................................................................................13
Standing photography...............................................................................................14
Crouching photography ............................................................................................14
Aperture........................................................................................................ 15
Aperture value and the depth of field ..................................................................16
Shutter speed............................................................................................... 17
ISO sensitivity .............................................................................................. 18
How the aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity
control exposure ......................................................................................... 19
Correlation between focal length, angle, and perspective................ 20
Depth of field............................................................................................... 20
What controls out-of-focus effects?.......................................................................21
DOF preview...................................................................................................................22
Composition................................................................................................. 23
Rule of Thirds..................................................................................................................23
Photos with two subjects ..........................................................................................24
Flash............................................................................................................... 25
Flash guide number.....................................................................................................25
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Display icons ................................................................................................ 43
In Shooting mode..................................................................................................... 43
Capturing photos ........................................................................................................ 43
Recording videos......................................................................................................... 44
About the level gauge ............................................................................................... 44
In Playback mode...................................................................................................... 45
Viewing photos ............................................................................................................ 45
Playing videos............................................................................................................... 45
Changing the information displayed................................................................. 46
Lenses............................................................................................................ 47
Lens layout................................................................................................................... 47
Locking or unlocking the lens................................................................................. 48
Lens markings ............................................................................................................ 49
Accessories ................................................................................................... 50
External flash layout................................................................................................. 50
Connecting the external flash................................................................................. 51
Mount adapter layout.............................................................................................. 52
Attaching the mount adapter................................................................................. 52
Removing the mount adapter................................................................................ 53
Shooting modes.......................................................................................... 54
Auto mode................................................................................................................... 54
Smart mode................................................................................................................. 56
Using the Best Face mode........................................................................................ 57
Capturing panoramic photos.................................................................................. 58
Program mode ........................................................................................................... 59
Program Shift ................................................................................................................ 60
Minimum shutter speed............................................................................................ 60
Aperture Priority mode........................................................................................... 61
Shutter Priority mode.............................................................................................. 62
Manual mode.............................................................................................................. 63
Using Framing Mode.................................................................................................. 63
Using the Bulb function ............................................................................................ 64
Recording a video..................................................................................................... 65
Available functions by shooting mode............................................................. 66
Chapter 2
Shooting Functions
Size and Resolution .................................................................................... 69
Photo size..................................................................................................................... 69
Quality........................................................................................................................... 70
ISO sensitivity .............................................................................................. 71
White Balance .............................................................................................. 72
Customizing preset White Balance options....................................................... 73
Picture Wizard (photo styles).................................................................... 74
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AF mode........................................................................................................ 75
Single AF....................................................................................................................... 75
Continuous AF............................................................................................................ 76
Manual focus............................................................................................................... 76
AF area........................................................................................................... 77
Selection AF ................................................................................................................ 77
Multi AF......................................................................................................................... 78
Face Detection............................................................................................. 79
Normal........................................................................................................................... 79
Smile Shot.................................................................................................................... 80
Wink Shot..................................................................................................................... 80
Touch AF........................................................................................................ 81
Touch AF....................................................................................................................... 81
AF Point......................................................................................................................... 81
Tracking AF.................................................................................................................. 81
One touch shot .......................................................................................................... 82
MF Assist ....................................................................................................... 83
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)............................................................. 84
Drive (shooting method)........................................................................... 85
Single............................................................................................................................. 85
Continuous.................................................................................................................. 86
Burst............................................................................................................................... 86
Timer.............................................................................................................................. 87
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AE Bracket)............................................................. 87
White Balance Bracketing (WB Bracket)............................................................ 88
Picture Wizard Bracketing (P Wiz Bracket)........................................................ 88
Depth Bracketing ..................................................................................................... 89
Flash............................................................................................................... 90
Reducing the red-eye effect.................................................................................. 91
Adjusting the flash intensity................................................................................. 91
Metering........................................................................................................ 92
Multi............................................................................................................................... 92
Center-weighted ....................................................................................................... 93
Spot................................................................................................................................ 93
Measuring the exposure value of the focus area ........................................... 94
Dynamic Range ........................................................................................... 95
Smart Filter................................................................................................... 96
Exposure compensation............................................................................ 97
Exposure lock............................................................................................... 98
Video functions ........................................................................................... 99
Movie size..................................................................................................................... 99
When Video Out is set to NTSC............................................................................... 99
When Video Out is set to PAL .................................................................................. 99
Movie quality........................................................................................................... 100
Multi Motion ............................................................................................................ 100
Fader........................................................................................................................... 101
Voice............................................................................................................................ 101
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Chapter 3
Playback/Editing
Searching and managing files................................................................ 103
Viewing photos....................................................................................................... 103
Viewing image thumbnails................................................................................. 103
Viewing files by category .................................................................................... 104
Viewing files as a folder........................................................................................ 104
Protecting files ........................................................................................................ 105
Deleting files............................................................................................................ 106
Deleting a single file................................................................................................. 106
Deleting multiple files.............................................................................................. 106
Deleting all files.......................................................................................................... 106
Viewing photos.......................................................................................... 107
Enlarging a photo .................................................................................................. 107
Viewing a slide show............................................................................................. 107
Auto rotating ........................................................................................................... 108
Playing videos............................................................................................ 109
Scanning backward or forward......................................................................... 109
Adjusting the brightness of a video................................................................ 110
Adjusting the volume of a video...................................................................... 110
Trimming a video during playback.................................................................. 111
Capturing an image during playback............................................................. 111
Editing photos ........................................................................................... 112
Cropping a photo................................................................................................... 112
Rotating a photo .................................................................................................... 113
Resizing photos....................................................................................................... 113
Adjusting your photos.......................................................................................... 114
Retouching faces.................................................................................................... 115
Reducing red-eye................................................................................................... 115
Applying Smart Filter effects.............................................................................. 116
Chapter 4
Wireless network
Connecting to a WLAN and configuring network settings............... 118
Connecting to a WLAN......................................................................................... 118
Setting network options......................................................................................... 119
Manually setting the IP address........................................................................... 119
Using the login browser....................................................................................... 120
Network connection tips..................................................................................... 121
Entering text ............................................................................................................ 122
Using the NFC Feature (Tag & Go) ......................................................... 123
Using NFC features in Shooting mode........................................................... 123
Using NFC features in Playback mode (Photo Beam)................................ 123
Using NFC features in Wi-Fi mode.................................................................... 123
Saving files to a smart phone automatically....................................... 124
Sending photos or videos to a smart phone....................................... 126
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Chapter 5
Camera settings menu
User settings............................................................................................... 146
ISO Customizing..................................................................................................... 146
ISO Expansion............................................................................................................. 146
ISO Step......................................................................................................................... 146
Auto ISO Range .......................................................................................................... 146
Noise Reduction ..................................................................................................... 147
Bracketing Settings ............................................................................................... 147
Color Space............................................................................................................... 148
Distortion Correct .................................................................................................. 149
Touch Operation..................................................................................................... 149
iFn Customizing...................................................................................................... 149
User Display.............................................................................................................. 150
Key Mapping............................................................................................................ 151
Live view NFC........................................................................................................... 151
MobileLink/NFC Image Size .............................................................................. 151
Grid Line .................................................................................................................... 151
AF Lamp..................................................................................................................... 152
Auto Self-Shot ......................................................................................................... 152
Lens Button Speed Settings............................................................................... 152
Setting......................................................................................................... 153
Sending photos or videos to multiple smart phones........................ 128
Using a smart phone as a remote shutter release.............................. 130
Using the Baby Monitor........................................................................... 132
Adjusting the noise level for alarm activation............................................. 133
Using Auto Backup to send photos or videos..................................... 134
Installing the program for Auto Backup on your PC.................................. 134
Sending photos or videos to a PC.................................................................... 134
Sending photos or videos via email...................................................... 136
Changing email settings...................................................................................... 136
Storing your information........................................................................................ 136
Setting an email password..................................................................................... 137
Changing the email password.............................................................................. 138
Sending photos or videos via email................................................................ 138
Using photo or video sharing services ................................................. 140
Accessing a sharing service................................................................................ 140
Uploading photos or videos............................................................................... 141
Using Samsung Link to send files.......................................................... 142
Uploading photos to an online storage......................................................... 142
Viewing photos or videos on devices that support Samsung Link...... 143
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Contents
Using or storing the camera............................................................................... 167
Inappropriate places to use or store the camera........................................... 167
Using on beaches or shores................................................................................... 167
Storing for extended period of time................................................................... 167
Using the camera with caution in humid environments ............................ 168
Other cautions............................................................................................................ 168
About memory card.............................................................................................. 169
Supported memory card ........................................................................................ 169
Memory card capacity ............................................................................................. 170
Cautions when using memory cards.................................................................. 171
About the battery .................................................................................................. 172
Battery specifications............................................................................................... 172
Battery life .................................................................................................................... 174
Low battery message............................................................................................... 174
Notes about using the battery.............................................................................. 174
Cautions about using the battery........................................................................ 175
Notes about charging the battery....................................................................... 175
Notes about charging with a computer connected...................................... 176
Handle and dispose of batteries and chargers with care............................ 176
Updating the firmware............................................................................. 177
Before contacting a service center........................................................ 178
Camera specifications .............................................................................. 181
Glossary....................................................................................................... 186
Optional accessories................................................................................. 192
Index............................................................................................................ 193
FCC notice................................................................................................... 196
Chapter 6
Connecting to external devices
Viewing files on an HDTV ........................................................................ 157
Transferring files to your computer....................................................... 158
Transferring files to your Windows OS computer....................................... 158
Connecting the camera as a removable disk................................................... 158
Disconnecting the camera (for Windows XP).................................................. 159
Transferring files to your Mac OS...................................................................... 159
Using programs on a PC........................................................................... 161
Installing programs from the provided CD................................................... 161
Available programs when using i-Launcher.................................................... 161
Using i-Launcher .................................................................................................... 162
Requirements for Windows OS............................................................................. 162
Requirements for Mac OS....................................................................................... 162
Opening i-Launcher.................................................................................................. 162
Downloading the firmware.................................................................................... 163
Downloading the PC Auto Backup program................................................... 163
Installing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom........................................................ 163
Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom............................................................... 163
Chapter 7
Appendix
Error messages .......................................................................................... 165
Maintaining the camera........................................................................... 166
Cleaning the camera............................................................................................. 166
Camera lens and display......................................................................................... 166
Image sensor............................................................................................................... 166
Camera body............................................................................................................... 166
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Concepts in Photography
Holding the camera
Hold the camera and place your index finger on the shutter button. For
larger lenses, place your left hand under the lens for support.
Shooting postures
A correct posture for stabilizing the camera is necessary for taking a good
photo. Even if you hold a camera correctly, the wrong posture can cause
the camera to shake. Stand up straight and remain still to maintain a
steady base for your camera. When shooting with a slow shutter speed,
hold your breath to minimize body movement.
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Concepts in Photography
Standing photography
Compose your shot, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-length
apart, and keep your elbows pointed down.
Crouching photography
Compose your shot, crouch with one knee touching the ground, and keep
a straight posture.
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Concepts in Photography
Aperture
The aperture is one of the three factors that determine the exposure. The
aperture housing contains thin, metal plates that open and close to let
light through the aperture and into the camera. The size of the aperture
is related to the amount of light: a larger aperture allows more light and a
smaller aperture allows less light.
Aperture sizes
Minimum aperture Medium aperture Maximum aperture
Aperture opened slightly Aperture opened wide
The size of the aperture is represented by a value known as an "F-number."
The f-number represents the focal length divided by the diameter of the
lens. For example, if a lens with a 50 mm focal length has an f-number of
F2, the diameter of the aperture is 25 mm. (50 mm/25 mm = F2)
The smaller the f-number, the greater the size of the aperture.
The opening in the aperture is described as the Exposure Value (EV).
Increasing the Exposure Value (+1 EV) means the amount of light doubles.
Decreasing the Exposure Value (-1 EV) means the amount of light halves.
You can also use the exposure compensation feature to fine-tune the
amount of light by subdividing exposure values into 1/2, 1/3 EV, and so on.
+1 EV
F1.4 F2 F2.8 F4 F5.6 F8
-1 EV
Exposure Value Steps
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Concepts in Photography
Aperture value and the depth of field
You can blur or sharpen the background of a photo by controlling the
aperture. It is closely related to the depth of field (DOF), which can be
expressed as small or large.
A photo with a large DOF A photo with a small DOF
The aperture housing contains several blades. These blades move together and
control the amount of light passing through the center of the aperture. The
number of blades also affects the shape of light when shooting night scenes. If
an aperture has an even number of blades, light divides into an equal number
of sections. If the number of blades is odd, the number of sections is double the
number of blades.
For example, an aperture with 8 blades divides light into 8 sections and an
aperture with 7 blades into 14 sections.
7 blades 8 blades
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Concepts in Photography
Shutter speed
Shutter speed refers to the amount of time it takes to open and close the
shutter. It controls the amount of light which passes through the aperture
before it reaches the image sensor.
Usually, the shutter speed is manually adjustable. The measurement of the
shutter speed is known as the "Exposure Value" (EV), which is marked in
intervals of 1 s, 1/2 s, 1/4 s, 1/8 s, 1/15 s, 1/1,000 s, 1/2,000 s, and so on.
Exposure
+1 EV
-1 EV
1 s 1/2 s 1/4 s 1/8 s 1/15 s 1/30 s
Shutter speed
Therefore, the faster the shutter speed, the less light will be let in. Likewise,
the slower the shutter speed, the more light will be let in.
The photos below illustrate that a slow shutter speed allows more time
for light to enter the camera. This adds a motion blurring effect to moving
objects. On the other hand, a fast shutter speed allows less time to let light
in and the photo more easily freezes subjects in motion.
0.8 s 0.004 s
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Concepts in Photography
ISO sensitivity
The exposure of an image is determined by the sensitivity of the camera.
This sensitivity is based on international film standards, known as ISO
standards. On digital cameras, this sensitivity rating is used to represent
the sensitivity of the digital mechanism that captures the image.
ISO sensitivity doubles as the number doubles. For example, an
ISO 200 setting is capable of capturing images at twice the speed of an
ISO 100 setting. However, higher ISO settings can result in "noise"—small
specks, spots, and other phenomena in a photo that give the shot a noisy
or dirty appearance. As a general rule, it is best to use a low ISO setting
to prevent noise in your photos, unless you are shooting in darkened
environments or at night.
Changes in the quality and brightness according to ISO sensitivity
Because a low ISO sensitivity means the camera will be less sensitive to
light, you need more light to have an optimal exposure. When using a low
ISO sensitivity, open the aperture more or reduce the shutter speed to
allow more light to enter the camera. For example, on a sunny day when
light is abundant, a low ISO sensitivity does not require a slow shutter
speed. However, in a dark place or at night, a low ISO sensitivity will
result in a blurry photo. Therefore, it is recommended to increase the ISO
sensitivity by a moderate amount.
A photo captured with a tripod and high
ISO sensitivity
A blurred photo with a low ISO sensitivity
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Concepts in Photography
How the aperture setting, shutter speed,
and ISO sensitivity control exposure
The aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity are closely
interconnected in photography. The aperture setting controls the opening
that regulates the light that enters the camera, while the shutter speed
determines the length of time that light is allowed to enter. ISO sensitivity
determines the speed at which the film reacts to light. Together, these
three aspects are described as the triangle of exposure.
A change in shutter speed, aperture value, or ISO sensitivity can be offset
by adjustments to the others to maintain the amount of light. The results,
however, change according to the settings. For example, shutter speed is
useful in expressing movement, aperture can control the depth of field,
and ISO sensitivity can control the graininess of a photo.
Settings Results
Aperture
value
Wide aperture
= more light
Narrow aperture
= less light
Wide = small depth of field
Narrow = large depth of field
Settings Results
Shutter speed
Fast speed
= less light
Slow speed
= more light
Fast = still
Slow = blurry
ISO sensitivity
High sensitivity
= more sensitive to light
Low sensitivity
= less sensitive to light
High = more grainy
Low = less grainy
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Concepts in Photography
Correlation between focal length, angle,
and perspective
Focal length, which is measured in millimeters, is the distance between
the middle of the lens to its focal point. It affects the angle and perspective
of captured images. A short focal length translates into a wide angle,
which allows you to capture a wide shot. A long focal length translates
into a narrow angle, which allows you to capture telephoto shots.
9 mm angle 27 mm angle
Depth of field
Portraits or still-life photos mostly acclaimed by people are the ones on
which the background is out of focus so the subject looks pronounced.
Depending on the focused areas, a photo can be blurred or sharpened.
This is called 'a low DOF' or 'a high DOF'.
The depth of field is the focused area around the subject. Therefore, a
small DOF signifies that the focused area is narrow and a large DOF means
the focused area is wide.
A photo with a small DOF, which stresses the subject and makes the rest
of it blurred, can be obtained by capturing a photo close to the subject or
selecting a low aperture value. Conversely, a photo with a large DOF which
shows all the elements on the photo sharply focused can be achieved by
capturing a photo far from the subject or selecting a high aperture value.
Small Depth of Field Large Depth of Field
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Concepts in Photography
What controls out-of-focus effects?
DOF depends on aperture value
The wider the aperture is (namely the lower the aperture value), the lower
the DOF becomes. Under the condition where the focal length is equal, a
low aperture value leads to a photo with a low DOF.
27 mm F3.5 27 mm F11
DOF depends on focal length
The longer the focal length is, the lower the DOF gets.
9 mm angle
27 mm angle
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Concepts in Photography
DOF depends on the distance between the subject and the
camera
The shorter the distance between the subject and the camera is, the lower
the DOF gets. Therefore, taking a photo close to a subject can result in a
photo of low DOF.
A photo captured far from the subject
A photo captured close to the subject
DOF preview
You can press the Custom button to get an idea of what your shot will look
like before shooting. The camera adjusts the aperture to the predefined
settings and shows the results on the screen. Set the function of the
Custom button to Optical Preview. (p. 151)
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Concepts in Photography
Composition
It is fun to capture a photo of the beauty of world with a camera. No
matter how the world is beautiful, however, a poor composition cannot
capture the beauty of it.
When it comes to composition, it is very important to prioritize subjects.
Composition in photography means arranging objects in a photo. Usually,
abiding by the rule of thirds leads to a good composition.
Rule of Thirds
To use the rule of thirds, divide the image into a 3x3 pattern of equal
rectangles.
To compose photos that best emphasize the subject, make sure the
subject is located at one of the corners of the center rectangle.
Using the rule of thirds will create photos with stable and compelling
compositions. Below are a few examples.
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Photos with two subjects
If your subject is in one corner of the photo, it creates an unbalanced
composition. You can stabilize the photo by capturing a second subject in
the opposite corner to balance the weight of the photo.
Subject 1
Subject 2
Subject 1
Subject 2
Unstable Stable
When taking landscape photos, centering the horizon will create an
unbalanced effect. Give more weight to the photo by moving the horizon
up or down.
Subject 1
Subject 2
Subject 1
Subject 2
Unstable Stable
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Flash
Light is one of the most important components in photography. It is not
easy, however, to have an enough amount of light anytime and anywhere.
Making use of a flash allows you to optimize light settings and create a
variety of effects.
Flash, also known as strobe or speed light, helps to create adequate
exposure in low-light conditions. It is also useful in light-abundant
situations. For example, flash can be used in compensating the exposure
of a subject’s shadow or capturing clearly both the subject and the
background in backlit conditions.
Before correction After correction
Flash guide number
The model number of a flash refers to the flash’s power, and the maximum
amount of light created is represented by a value known as a "guide
number". The bigger the guide number, the more light is emitted from the
flash. The guide number is achieved by multiplying the distance from the
flash to the subject and the aperture value when the ISO sensitivity is set
to 100.
Guide number = Flash to Subject Distance X Aperture value
Aperture value = Guide number/Flash to Subject Distance
Flash to Subject Distance = Guide number/Aperture value
Therefore, if you know the guide number of a flash, you can estimate an
optimum flash to subject distance when setting the flash manually. For
example, if a flash has a guide number of GN 20 and is 4 meters away from
the subject, the optimal aperture value is F5.0.
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Chapter 1
My Camera
Learn about your camera’s layout, display icons, lens, optional accessories,
and basic functions.
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Getting started
Unpacking
Check your product box for the following items.
Camera AC adapter/USB cable Rechargeable battery Strap
Software CD-ROM
(User manual included)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom DVD-ROM Quick Start Guide Quick Reference Guide
• The illustrations may differ from your actual items.
• The items may differ depending on your region.
• You can purchase optional accessories at a retailer or a Samsung service center. Samsung is not responsible for any
problems caused by using unauthorized accessories. For information about accessories, refer to page 192.
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Camera layout
No. Name
1 Shutter button
2 Power button
3
DIRECT LINK button
Start a preset Wi-Fi function. (p. 30)
4 External flash port cover
5 Microphone
6 Lens mount index
7 Internal antenna
* Avoid contact with the internal antenna while using a wireless network.
8 Lens release button
9 Image sensor
* Do not touch the image sensor.
10 Lens mount
11 NFC tag
12 AF-assist light/Timer lamp
13 Built-in flash
1 2 3 4 5
6
9
11
10
8
7
13
12
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No. Name
1 Speaker
2 Eyelet for camera strap
3
Video recording button
Start recording a video.
4
Status lamp
Indicate the status of the camera.
• Blinking: When saving a photo,
shooting a video, sending data to a
computer, connecting to WLAN, or
sending a photo.
• Steady: When there is no data transfer
or charging the battery.
5
f button
Select a shooting mode.
6
D button
• In Shooting mode: Change the
information on the display.
• In other situations: Move up.
7
F button
• In Shooting mode: Select an AF mode.
• In other situations: Move right.
8
o button
• In the Menu screen: Save the selected
options.
• In Shooting mode: Allow you to select
a focus area manually in some shooting
modes.
No. Name
9
Delete/Custom button
• In Shooting mode: Perform the
assigned function. (p. 151)
• In Playback mode: Delete files.
10
I button
• In Shooting mode: Adjust the shutter
speed, aperture value, exposure
compensation, or ISO sensitivity.
• In Playback mode: View thumbnails.
• In other situations: Move down.
11
Playback button
Enter Playback mode to view pictures or
videos.
12
C button
• In Shooting mode: Select a shooting
method or set the timer.
• In other situations: Move left.
13
m button
Access options or menus.
14
Display (touch screen)
• To take a self-portrait while looking at
yourself on the screen, flip the screen
up. (p. 31)
• Touch the screen to select a menu or
an option. (p. 38)
3
2
1
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
14
11
12
13
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No. Name
1 Tripod mount
2 Battery lock
3 Memory card slot
4
USB and shutter release port
Connect the camera to a computer or shutter release. Use a shutter release cable with a tripod
to minimize camera movement.
5 HDMI port
6 Battery slot
7 Battery cover
Using the DIRECT LINK button
You can turn on the Wi-Fi feature conveniently by pressing [DIRECT LINK].
Press [DIRECT LINK] again to return to the previous mode.
Setting the DIRECT LINK button
You can select a Wi-Fi function to launch when you press [DIRECT LINK]. (p. 151)
To set a DIRECT
LINK option,
In Shooting mode, press [m] ĺ d ĺ Key Mapping ĺDIRECT LINKĺ an option.
1
5
6
7
4
3
2
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Using the display
You can take a self-portrait while looking at yourself on the display by
flipping the display up.
Using the Self shot mode
When the camera is off and you enabled the Self shot option (p. 152),
flipping the display upward turns the camera on and enters Self shot
mode.
In Self shot mode, the timer (3 seconds), one-touch shot, face detection,
and beauty face functions are automatically activated.
1 Flip the display upward.
180˚
2 Touch the frame area on the display, or press [Shutter].
• After 3 seconds, the camera automatically releases the shutter.
• When the camera is off, flipping the display upward automatically turns the
camera on.
• Keep the display closed when the camera is not in use.
• Flip the display only within the angle allowed. Failing to do so may damage
your camera.
• When the camera is not held and the display is flipped upward, use a tripod.
Otherwise, it may cause damage to your camera.
• Do not flip the display up when an external flash is mounted on the camera.
Otherwise, it may cause damage to your camera.
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Inserting the battery and memory card
Learn how to insert or remove the battery and an optional memory card
into the camera.
1 Insert your finger into the groove and open the battery cover.
Be careful not to damage your fingernails when you open the battery cover.
2 Insert a memory card into the slot with the gold-colored
contacts facing up.
• Insert the memory card fully until it locks into space.
3 Slide the battery lock to the left.
4 Insert the battery with the gold-colored contacts facing right.
• Hold the battery cover open with your finger.
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5 Close the battery lock and slide it to the right.
6 Close the battery cover.
7 Press the battery cover firmly to ensure that it closes tightly.
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Removing the battery and memory card
Rechargeable battery
Battery lock
Slide the battery lock to the left to
release the battery.
Memory card
Push the card gently until it disengages
from the camera, and then pull it out of
the slot.
Using the memory card adapter
To read data with a PC or memory card reader, insert the memory
card into a memory card adapter.
• Do not bend or pull the battery lock. Doing so may damage the lock.
• While the status lamp of the camera is blinking, do not remove the memory
card or battery. Doing so may damage the data stored on the memory card or
your camera.
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Charging the battery and turning on your camera
Charging the battery
Before you use the camera for the first time, you must charge the battery.
Plug the small end of the USB cable into your camera, and then plug the
other end of the USB cable into the AC adapter.
Status lamp
• Red light on: Charging
• Green light on: Fully charged
• Red light blinking: Charging Error
Use only the AC adapter and USB cable supplied with your camera. If you use
another AC adapter, the camera battery may not charge or work properly.
Turning on your camera
To turn on or off the camera, press [ ].
• The initial setup screen appears when you turn on the camera for the
first time. (p. 36)
For some lenses, when you turn on the camera, the lens moves automatically. Do
not press or force the lens, as it may damage the lens.
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Performing the initial setup
When you turn on your camera for the first time, the initial setup screen
appears. The language is preset for the country or region where the
camera is sold. You can change the language as desired. You can also select
an item by touching it on the screen.
1 Press [I] to select Time Zone, and then press [o].
2 Press [D/I] to select a time zone, and then press [o].
Back Set
Time Zone
[GMT +00:00] London
[GMT -01:00] Cape Verde
[GMT -02:00] Mid-Atlantic
[GMT -03:00] Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo
[GMT -03:30] Newfoundland
3 Press [I] to select Date/Time Set, and then press [o].
4 Press [C/F] to select an item (Year/Month/Day/Hour/
Minute/Summer time).
5 Press [D/I] to set the option, and then press [o].
Back Set
Year Hour Min DST
Month Day
Date/Time Set
• The screen may differ depending on the language you selected.
6 Press [I] to select Date Type, and then press [o].
7 Press [D/I] to select a date type, and then press [o].
Back Set
Date Type
YYYY/MM/DD
MM/DD/YYYY
DD/MM/YYYY
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8 Press [I] to select Time Type, and then press [o].
9 Press [D/I] to select a time type, and then press [o].
Back Set
Time Type
12 Hr
24 Hr
10 Press [m] to finish the initial setup.
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Selecting functions (options)
Selecting with buttons
Press [D/I/C/F] to move, and then press [o] to select an option.
Selecting by touch
Do not use sharp objects, such as pens or pencils, to touch the screen. You can
damage the screen.
Dragging: Touch and hold an area on
the screen, and then drag your finger.
Touching: Touch an icon to select a
menu or an option.
Flicking: Gently flick your finger
across the screen.
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• When you touch or drag the screen, discolorations may occur. This is not a
malfunction, but a characteristic of the touch screen. Touch or drag lightly to
minimize the discolorations.
• The touch screen may not work properly if you use the camera in extremely
humid environments.
• The touch screen may not work properly if you apply screen protection film
or other accessories to the screen.
• Depending on the viewing angle, the screen may appear dim. Adjust the
brightness or viewing angle to improve the resolution.
Using m
Press [m] or touch on the screen, and then change shooting
options or settings.
E.g. Selecting the photo size in P mode
1 On the Mode screen, select Program.
2 Press [m] or touch .
3 Press [D/I] to move to b, and then press [o].
• You can also touch b on the screen.
4 Press [D/I] to move to Photo Size, and then press
[o].
• You can also drag the option list, and then touch an option.
AutoShare
Photo Size
Quality
ISO
Minimum Shutter Speed
Back Select
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5 Press [D/I] to move to an option, and then press [o].
• You can also drag the option list, and then touch an option.
• Press [m] or touch Back to go back to the previous menu.
(3:2) (5472x3648)
(3:2) (3888x2592)
(3:2) (2976x1984)
(3:2) (1728x1152)
(16:9) (5472x3080)
Photo Size
Back Set
6 Press [m] or touch Back to switch to Shooting mode.
Using the Smart panel
Touch on the screen to access some functions such as Exposure, ISO,
and White Balance.
E.g. Adjust the exposure value in P mode
1 On the Mode screen, select Program.
2 Touch .
3 Press [D/I/C/F] to move to EV, and then press
[o].
• You can also select an option by touching it.
4 Press [D/I/C/F] to adjust the exposure value, and
then press [o].
• You can also drag the dial on the screen to adjust the option.
EV : 0
Adjust
Back
You can adjust some options by
dragging them.
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Selecting a mode
Select various modes and functions on the Mode screen.
Accessing a Mode screen
In Shooting or Playback mode, press [f]. Press [f] again to return
to the previous mode.
Auto Smart
Manual
Shutter
Priority
Back Set
Program Aperture
Priority
Wi-Fi
Touch an icon to select a mode or function. You can also press
[D/I/C/F] to move a mode or function, and then press [o] to
select it.
Mode description
Mode Description
Auto
Capture a photo with a scene mode selected automatically
by the camera. (p. 54)
Smart
Capture a photo with options that are preset for a specific
scene. (p. 56)
Program
Capture a photo with settings you have adjusted manually
except the shutter speed and aperture value. (p. 59)
Aperture Priority
Set the aperture value manually while the camera
automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. (p. 61)
Shutter Priority
Set the shutter speed manually while the camera
automatically selects an appropriate aperture value. (p. 62)
Manual
Adjust both the aperture value and the shutter speed
manually. (p. 63)
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Mode Description
Wi-Fi
• MobileLink: Send photos or videos to a smart phone.
(p. 126)
• Remote Viewfinder: Use a smart phone as a remote
shutter release and see a preview on your smart phone of
an image from your camera. (p. 130)
• Group Share: Send photos or videos to multiple smart
phones. (p. 128)
• Baby Monitor: Connect the camera to a smart phone and
monitor a location. (p. 132)
• Auto Backup: Send photos or videos that you captured
with the camera to a PC wirelessly. (p. 134)
• Email: Send photos or videos stored on the camera via
email. (p. 136)
• SNS & Cloud: Upload photos or videos to file sharing
websites. (p. 140)
• Samsung Link: Upload photos to Samsung Link online
storage or view files on other Samsung Link supported
devices. (p. 142)
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Display icons
Capturing photos
1
2
3
1. Shooting information
Icon Description
Shooting mode
Current date
Current time
Auto exposure lock (p. 98)
Available number of photos
Memory card inserted
Memory card not inserted*
• : Fully charged
• : Partially charged
• (Red): Empty (recharge
the battery)
• : Charging
Icon Description
Auto focus frame
Spot metering area
Camera shake
Level gauge (p. 44)
Histogram (p. 150)
Focus
Shutter speed
Aperture value
Exposure adjustment value
ISO sensitivity (p. 71)
* Photos that were captured without inserting a memory card
cannot be transferred to a memory card or a computer.
2. Shooting options
Icon Description
Photo size
Drive mode
Flash (p. 90)
Flash intensity adjustment
Metering (p. 92)
AF mode (p. 75)
Focus area
Icon Description
Face detection
White Balance (p. 72)
White Balance micro adjustment
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 84)
RAW file
Dynamic Range (p. 95)
3. Shooting options (Touch)
Icon Description
Change Smart mode**
Mobile Connection***
Touch AF options
Shooting options
Smart panel
** This icon appears only when you select Smart mode.
*** You can directly select a Wi-Fi function that connects to a
smart phone.
The icons displayed will change according to the
mode you select or the options you set.
In Shooting mode
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2. Shooting options
Icon Description
Video size
AF mode (p. 75)
Metering (p. 92)
White Balance (p. 72)
White Balance micro adjustment
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 84)
Fader (p. 101)
Voice recording off (p. 101)
The icons displayed will change according to the
mode you select or the options you set.
About the level gauge
The level gauge helps you align the camera with
the horizontal and vertical lines on the display.
If the level gauge is not level, calibrate the level
gauge using the Horizontal Calibration function.
(p. 153)
Vertical
Horizontal
Ÿ Level Ÿ Unlevel
You cannot use the level gauge when you shoot
in portrait orientation.
Recording videos
1
2
1. Shooting information
Icon Description
Shooting mode
Cancel Touch AF. (Touch)
Current recording time/
Available recording time
Memory card inserted
• : Fully charged
• : Partially charged
• (Red): Empty (recharge
the battery)
• : Charging
Exposure value
ISO sensitivity (p. 71)
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In Playback mode
Viewing photos
Information
Mode
F No
Shutter
ISO
Metering
Flash
Focal Length
White Balance
EV
Photo Size
Date
Icon Description
Current file/The total number of files
Folder number-File number
RAW file
Protected file
Continuously captured photos (they
will appear as a folder) (p. 104)
Playback/Editing/Setting menu (Touch)
Share a file. (Touch)
View image thumbnails. (Touch)
1
2
3
No. Description
1 Captured photo
2 RGB histogram (p. 150)
3
Shooting mode, Metering, Flash,
White Balance, Aperture value,
Shutter speed, ISO, Focal length,
Exposure value, Photo size, Date
Playing videos
Stop
Icon Description
Current file/The total number of files
Playback speed
Folder number-File number
Multi Motion
Current playback time
Video length
View previous file/Scan backward. (Each
time you touch the scan backward icon,
you change the scan speed in this order:
2X, 4X, 8X.)
Pause or resume playback.
View next file/Scan forward. (Each time
you touch the scan forward icon, you
change the scan speed in this order: 2X,
4X, 8X.)
Adjust the volume or mute the sound.
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Changing the information displayed
Press [D] repeatedly to change the display type.
Mode Display type
Shooting
• Basic shooting information (Shooting mode, Shutter
speed, Aperture value, Exposure value, ISO sensitivity, etc.)
• Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons
(MENU, Fn, Mobile Connection, Touch AF) + Level gauge
• Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons +
Current shooting options information (Photo size, Drive
mode, Flash, Metering, AF mode, etc.)
• Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons +
Current shooting options information + Histogram + Date
and time
Playback
• Basic information
• Display all information about the current file.
• Display all information about the current file including
RGB histogram.
• No information (when connected to an HDTV or an HDMI-
enabled monitor)
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Lenses
You can purchase optional NX-M lenses.
Learn about the functions of each lens and select one that suits your needs
and preferences.
Lens layout
SAMSUNG NX-M 9 mm F3.5 ED lens (example)
3
2
1
No. Description
1 Lens
2 Lens mount index
3 Lens contacts
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SAMSUNG NX-M 9-27 mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens (example)
5
3
1
2
4
No. Description
1 Zoom lock index
2 Lens
3 Zoom ring
4 Lens mount index
5 Lens contacts
Locking or unlocking the lens
To lock the lens, rotate and pull the zoom ring gently away from the
camera body. Align the zoom lock indexes as shown in the illustration.
To unlock the lens, rotate the zoom ring as shown in the illustration.
You cannot capture a photo when the lens is locked.
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Lens markings
Find out what the numbers on the lens signify.
SAMSUNG NX-M 9-27 mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens (example)
4
3 5
1 2
2
No. Description
1
Aperture value
A range of supported aperture values. For example, 1:3.5–5.6 means
the maximum aperture value range from 3.5 to 5.6.
2
Focal length
The distance from the middle of the lens to its focal point (in
millimeters). This figure is expressed in a range: minimum focal length
to maximum focal length of the lens.
Longer focal lengths result in narrower angles of view and the subject
is magnified. Shorter focal lengths result in wider angles of view.
3
ED
ED stands for Extra-low Dispersion. Extra-low dispersion glass is
effective in minimizing chromatic aberration (a distortion that occurs
when a lens fails to focus all colors to the same convergence point).
4
OIS (p. 84)
Optical Image Stabilization. Lenses with this feature can detect
camera shake and effectively cancel out the movement inside the
camera.
5
Ø
The lens diameter. When you attach a filter to the lens, make sure that
the diameters of the lens and the filter are the same.

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