Samsung is using a native hot shoe for flashes (and other accessories), but it actually has the “standard” central contact of the hot shoe so it is possible to trigger non-native flashes as well, but without any automation.
Currently the only flashes supporting A-TTL are the native Samsung flashes and the NX flashes by Metz (see table below). As mentioned above you can actually trigger many third-party flashes, but you have to double check, whether the hot shoe and the flash are really compatible. Samsung cameras are known to be a bit picky with non-native lenses, especially considering the voltage used for triggering the flash. Some users reported that their camera got destroyed using an incompatible flash! Be warned about this issue and check the tech specs of camera and flash to avoid problems. It is also a good idea to search the internet for user reports.
The cameras in “DSLR style” (NX1/5/10/11/20/30) have an integrated flash with guide number 11. The other cameras don’t have internal flashes and you have to use an external flash. For the cameras with an internal flash it is not really useful to buy a flash with a guide number below 20 as the difference is quite low.
Previously Samsung’s support for several “advanced” features for flash photography was quite limited. As far as I know, wireless A-TTL is currently only supported by the NX1, NX30 and NX500.
The flashes mentioned here are not compatible with the Samsung NX mini hot shoe!
Horizontal / Vertical
Master / Slave
|AF assist lamp||Size|
|Power supply||Rec. Price|
|Samsung SEF8A||8||No / No||No / No||No||50 x 22 x 35||25||Hotshoe||Kit only||Not suited for NX5/10/11/100|
|Internal flash NX1/30/...||11||No / No||Yes / No||No||-||0||Internal||-||As reference|
|Samsung SEF15A||15||No / No||No / No||No||55 x 46 x 74||80||2x AAA||130|
|Metz mecablitz 15 MS-1||15||No / No||No / Yes||No||130 x 144 x 37||209||2x AAA||300||Macro ring flash|
|Samsung SEF20A||20||No / Yes||No / No||No||64 x 43 x 88||122||2x AA||-||Discontinued|
|Samsung SEF220A||22||No / Yes||No / ?||No||61 x 63 x 28||104||2x AAA||180|
|Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1||26||No / Yes||No / Yes||Yes||63 x 85 x 85||115||2X AAA||99||Wide-angle diffuser|
|Samsung SEF42A||42||No / Yes||No / ?||No||70 x 99 x 94||220||4x AA||349|
|Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1||44||Yes / Yes||No / Yes||No||73 x 130 x 106||306||4x AA||180||Wide-angle diffuser
|Samsung SEF580A||58||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes||Yes||73 x 134 x 90||346||4x AA||550||Wide-angle diffuser
In the future, I might add flashes that have been reported to work on NX cameras, stay tuned.