There has been a saga of “What’s up with the Samsung NX1?” for a while on the interwebs now, let me get you up to speed on the story: According to Petapixel and EOSHD, Samsung is stopping to sell their flagship interchangeable lens camera NX1 in Europe. This is a strange move as it was nice to see a new South Korean player in a market that is dominated by Japanese giants Sony, Canon and Panasonic and in the video world to a much smaller degree Nikon as well. Here’s the Samsung statement quoted on EOSHD (exact source unknown): “We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of NX1 cameras for now since there is already much better and upgraded cameras. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging Camera categories.” There was another rumor with Nikon reportedly about to take over Samsung’s NX camera business, which has just been denied by Nikon EU since. Samsung might work on something new or pull out of this market altogether – hard so know right now, but we will keep you updated as we learn more. via Petapixel, EOSHD, Nikon Rumors and Sony Alpha RumorsRead more
Samsung NX1 Firmware 1.2 is soon to become available, vastly improving video mode. The 4K mirrorless camera gets 24p, gamma modes, ISO and audio adjustment whilst recording, as well as markers, timecode and a host of other features. The NX1 raised a few eyebrows with its initial announcement, a flagship mirrorless camera from prosumer giant Samsung that provided for the first time, h.265 codec support. We took the NX1 to our lab and despite the camera showing some hope, it did have its downfalls. However, Samsung has made been active in improving the video side of the NX1, with a significant firmware update. Here’s a list of the relevant video updates found in firmware version 1.2 23.98 and 24 fps now available in all resolutions. Audio level adjustment while recording video. ISO speed adjustment while recording video. Pro Quality mode added to Full HD. Grid/Centre/Aspect Ratio/Action Safe markers added. Time Code through HDMI for use when using an external recorder Two Gamma cinematic gammas added Master Black control added (31 steps) Three luminance level options are now provided (0-255, 16-235, 16-255). 3 AF speeds implemented Can now capture stills from a specific video frame in playback mode Comprehensive coverage of the new features in firmware 1.2 can be found on this Imaging Resource article. We will be very happy to take it for another spin with the new firmware if we get a chance to.Read more
A few days ago Samsung announced their first video shooting large sensor camera. The Samsung NX1 can shoot 4K on an APS-C sized sensor. Furthermore the camera is the first to make use of the new H.265 codec. What’s remarkable about this camera is not just its price point ($1,499 at B&H) but Samsung’s decision to move with a 4K Super35 sensor (APS-C) into the HVEC H.265 codec space. The new codec succeeds the very common H.264 codec and is capable of providing ProRes quality at 1% of the file size (5Mbit bitrate for 500Mbit video quality). Samsung NX1 product manager Mr. Sung Lae Park also mentioned that the camera would have a clean 4:2:2 hdmi output for external recorders. The camera is avalable for pre-order here: LINKRead more
With Photokina and IBC just around the corner, it’s no surprise that new products and heavy rumors are starting to surface. What’s perhaps surprising about this one however is that it’s come from consumer electronics company Samsung. The rumor is for a flagship mirrorless camera, with a 4K APS-C sensor. Samsung cameras do exist, albeit mostly at the consumer end. They utilise their own NX lens mount, and specialise primarily in the compact camera category. The rumored Samsung NX1 camera would arguable be the companies first attempt at a pro-consumer/professional camera; Here are the predicted specifications of the NX1: Brand new 28 MP APS-C CMOS ISOCELL sensor with improved IQ Full HD up to 60p, UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p New DRIMe Image Signal Processor AF: 154 cross-type sensors Advanced Hybrid Autofocus System / 2nd generation of Phase Detection Auto Focus System ISO range: 100-51,200 3″ Tiltable AMOLED Touch Display Water and dust proof Wi-Fi and NFC Connectivity Magnesium alloy body 15 fps with tracking. Vertical grip available. Available for sale in October Samsung have teased with enigmatic imagery and an imminent NX release, so this is likely a sure thing; specifications may differ however. As a first of it’s kind for Samsung, it’s doubtful that the NX1 will be making any huge ripples in the professional video industry. However, Samsungs heavy integration with Android software in their cameras could add appeal to the professional as a carry-on-you-at-all-times type camera. The unpopular NX lens mount may be a small hurdle initially, but if the product line is successful companies like Metabones will surely adapt in due course. Samsung will be making their announcement at Photokina later in the month, with a release of the rumored NX1 said to be as early as October.Read more
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