Samsung Goes Pro

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Or maybe prosumer. 

The just announced NX1 is an APS sensor (1.5x) crop NX mount mirrorless camera designed like a high-end enthusiast DSLR: magnesium alloy body, weather sealed, lots of direct controls, and some very high specification. One interesting thing is that the sensor is the first APS-sized sensor I know of to use back-side illumination (BSI).

The NX1 becomes the highest density APS sensor camera to date, with a 28mp sensor that has 205 phase detect focus areas embedded on it, and those points cover 90 percent of the frame. The NX1 is capable of tracking focus at 15 fps, according to Samsung, and if that weren’t enough at the high end, it supports UHD (4K) video at 24 and 30 fps (1080P HD video at 60 fps). 4K video can even be uncompressed via the HDMI connector (8-bit 4:2:0). If that weren’t enough, there’s a 3” tilting touchscreen LCD plus a fast XGA-style EVF, WiFi with NFC, and an available vertical grip. 

Samsung has retained their tag-and-go style function, as well, meaning that the NX1 is one of the more smartphone/sharing-friendly cameras available. Bluetooth is used to bring time and location data from the smartphone to encode in the image metadata, as well. Basically, Samsung has thrown everything they know how to do into this camera, and it becomes the flagship of their line.

Coupled with the splash proof 16-50mm f/2-2.8 lens with image stabilization and the also announced 50-150mm f/2.8 companion, Samsung is clearly aiming at the prosumer market, if not the pro market as well.

Price is US$1500 for the body only, US$2800 with the 16-50mm f/2-2.8 kit lens. 

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