Samsung has published the manual for the NX1100, a mirrorless camera which has not been officially announced yet, on its official German website.
The Samsung NX1000 has been released in April 2012. Official reports have confirmed that the mirrorless shooter has not been very popular among consumers, when compared to its competitors. This may be the reason why the Japan-based company has decided to replace the camera with a newer version, the NX1100.
User manual shows minor differences between Samsung NX1100 and NX1000
Even though less than one year has passed since the introduction of its predecessor, the NX1100 is Samsung’s solution for the poor sales in the mirrorless camera segment. Unfortunately, the device has not been announced yet. However, for some reason, its product manual has been published on the web, along with its full specifications sheet.
Consumers, expecting a major change between the two generations, will be disappointed to hear that the upcoming camera has virtually the same specs as its predecessor.
The Samsung NX1100 features a 20.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, 3-inch 640 x 480 resolution TFT LCD screen, WiFi 802.11n support, and a maximum ISO of 12,800. These options are available in the NX1000 as well, suggesting that the company may have other aces up its sleeve, like a smaller price.
Announcement may come during Galaxy S4 launch event on March 14
The Japanese organization has not removed the manual from its website, therefore there must be a reason why the document has been published in the first place. For the time being, there are no digital imaging events planned by Samsung for this period, but the company will announce its next-generation flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S4, in New York City on March 14.
There is a slight possibility that the company will use the Galaxy S4 announcement event to introduce its upcoming mirrorless camera, but we will find out more in one-week time.
The Samsung NX1100 specifications sheet includes NX-mount support, lens shift image stabilization technology, super sonic drive dust reduction, single AF / continuous AF / manual focus support, AF assist lamp, shutter speed range between 1/4000 and 30 seconds, self-timer, and three burst shooting modes of 10, 15 or 30 frames per second.
The manual specifies that the camera comes with both RAW and JPEG shooting modes. The NX1100 will be able to shoot up to 8 frames per second in continuous mode.
New mirrorless camera, still no built-in flash
Moreover, the mirrorless shooter does not come packed with a flash, but users can attach an external flash on the hot-shoe located on top of the NX1100.
Full HD video recording is supported, along with several scene modes, including Panorama, Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close Up, and Backlight.
The Samsung NX1100 measures 114 x 62.5 x 37.5mm, while weighing 222 grams without battery and memory card. The mirrorless camera will come bundled with a lens which will offer a 35mm equivalent of 28mm.
For the time being, the release date and price details of the camera remain unknown. However, more information, including official press photos, should be revealed over the next few weeks, when we will find out whether the camera’s official specs are in line with the leaked user manual.