Samsung has taken the wraps off of its new flagship NX-mount camera, called NX1, which brings a myriad of exciting features to appeal to professional photographers.
The rumor mill has repeatedly said that Samsung will launch a new flagship NX camera at Photokina 2014. The gossip talks have also revealed that the NX1 mirrorless camera will be packing an impressive feature list in order to make sure that professionals will not ignore the device.
The Samsung NX1 is now official and it employs premium features, such as a high-resolution viewfinder, big megapixel sensor, WiFi, and 4K video recording among others.
Samsung NX1 announced with 28.2MP sensor, 205-point Phase Detection AF, and 15fps burst mode
Everything is new in the NX1. The mirrorless camera sports a 28.2-megapixel APS-C-sized BSI CMOS image sensor and DRIMe V image processor. Samsung says that this is the “best-in-class” sensor, which will be capable of capturing high quality photos.
Additionally, the processing engine allows the camera to capture up to 15fps in continuous shooting mode. This feature will surely be appealing to sports photographers.
The system is getting help from the new NX AF System III, which includes a 205-point Phase Detection AF system with 90% frame coverage.
Low-light shooting will be a breeze as it comes with a patterned AF Assist Beam hitting subjects located at distances of up to 15 meters.
Noise will not be an issue, as the Adaptive Noise Reduction removes it when shooting at high ISO sensitivity settings. Speaking of which, the maximum ISO stands at 25,600 and it can be expanded up to 51,200.
A smart camera with multiple wireless connectivity options
The Samsung NX1 will be added to the company’s Smart Camera line-up. The list of smart features includes Auto Shot, which is capable of tracking objects. For example, the camera will be able to calculate when a baseball will hit a player’s bat and will let the user know when to fire the shutter.
Additionally, the NX1 comes with built-in WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth 3.0. The latter tool can be used for keeping the camera connected to a smartphone or mobile device at all times. Its main purpose is to get accurate time and location data from a mobile device, then to add it to an image’s metadata.
These wireless options also allow the photographers to remotely control their camera and to transfer images to a mobile device with ease.
Samsung NX1 captures 4K videos directly on its memory card
One of the highlights of the Samsung NX1 is 4K video recording. The camera does not need an external recorder to do it, meaning that it will be able to capture UHD footage directly on its memory card, just like the Panasonic GH4.
Nevertheless, the shooter supports uncompressed video output via a microHDMI port. A stereo microphone will ensure that the audio quality will be very high.
When you are shooting in poor weather conditions, you can keep going as the NX1 is resistant to water and dust.
Release date, price, and other details
The specs list of the Samsung NX1 includes a 3-inch 1,036K-dot Super AMOLED touchscreen, which can be used as a Live View mode. However, composing photos like a PRO will be done via a 2,360K-dot OLED electronic viewfinder.
Its shutter speed range stands between 30 seconds and 1/8000th of a second, while the flash X-sync speed sits at 1/250th of a second.
The camera measures 139 x 102 x 66mm / 5.47 x 4.02 x 2.6-inches, while weighing 550 grams / 1.21lbs / 19.4 ounces.
Samsung will release the NX1 in October 2014 for a price of $1,499.99. If this fully-featured mirrorless camera is enticing to you, then you can pre-order it at Amazon right now.