by Kevin Alexander | 20th May 2015
A new firmware update for the Samsung NX1 has been released and includes features for video recording, still photos, and Wi-Fi connectivity. This camera just received a firmware update a few months ago, but Samsung has introduced some new video features in Version 1.30 that are worth highlighting. There is a “1920 x 1080 (120)” setting within the Movie Size Menu to provide easier access. Timecode has received new features for count up, time notation, and dropped frames. There is a new automatic on/off control for the microphone. And the histogram and levels are now displayed during standby and recording mode. The firmware update for the Samsung NX1 is now available for download here. Video Recording Enhancements: Larger sensor read out data size with improved FHD quality up to 60P Time code added features: Count Up: Rec run / automatic restart when shooting / Free run Time Notation [Manual time setting (Hour/Min/Sec/Frame), Internal camera time] Internal time / External recorder Drop frame / Non-drop frame “1920×1080 (120)” setting in the Movie Size Menu for easy access Auto Mic Control On/Off Histogram & Digital Level is displayed during standby / recording mode Capture individual 4K frame forward & backward with precision (Embedded EXIF data in jpeg) Added NEW MF Responsiveness mode (Capable of setting to Low, Medium, High focus angle in manual focus mode). Remains in Stand By mode after recording Still Photo Enhancements: Enhanced AF performance in low light condition Enhanced AF performance in backlit and spot light Enhanced AF performance in the corners when utilizing 16-50mm PZ lens Enhanced Face Detection AF performance Enhanced AF performance in movie mode Added “Zone AF” mode Increased the size of AF to 5 steps in AF “Area Size” No time limitation in Bulb mode Increased the time-lapse to 3000 shots Includes 4 most popular Pro Suggest presets (Cinematic, Memories, Gorgeous night, & High Speed) Simplified EXIF data preview Connectivity Enhancements: JPEG, RAW (JPEG preview only), & Video transfer via WiFi (RAW files are converted to JPEG thumbnail with Picture Wizard setting embedded and then transfer to smartphone for preview only.) Introducing NEW Samsung Remote Studio software (Download via launcher, Full control of NX1 through USB) Supports Tizen OS TV connectionRead more
Last year AJA surprised us with the announcement of a high quality, affordable, 4K shooting, cinema camera. The AJA Cion was a tool we were looking forward to use and now, after a long wait and after the public release we could finally analyse and test it thoroughly. Here is our complete AJA Cion review with some awkward surprises and a long list of pro’s and con’s. This is a camera that needs careful observation before the shooting can start. Read on to see all our findings. If you plan on shooting with the AJA Cion we recommend you read our new article: 10 important tips to help you master the AJA Cion In this review we will present objective test results from our labs, compare the camera to other contenders, and try to give you a subjective observation of how the camera worked for us. We will look at the following aspects: Page 1: Features at a Glance Page 2: Sensor Tests (& comparison to Blackmagic Production Camera 4K) Page 3: Ergonomics & Handling Page 4: Pro’s & Con’s | Conclusion AJA Cion Review – Features at a Glance Sensor: The AJA Cion’s sensor has some great technical features. It is a 4:3 APS-C sized global shutter sensor that upon closer inspection had a striking resemblance to the sensor we find in the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (We do not claim it is the same sensor). The sensor also performs very similarly in terms of lowlight and dynamic range. More on that later. Global shutter CMOS sensor 4K pixel readout 22.5mm x 17mm 4:3 APS-C sized sensor (a little smaller than super35) Recording Formats: The camera records in the ProRes format. This is fantastic, a great recording format, easy to edit. Additionally the Cion does 120fps RAW via the 4 SDI ouputs on the back. This didn’t work with the Atomos Shogun in our tests. Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30fps) 12-bit Apple ProRes 422 (up to 60fps) 10-bit RAW externally (up to 120fps) Useful Connectors: The AJA Cion is a camera that gives you lots of connections. The idea of an “open architecture” camera, that is highly compatible is one that any operator will welcome. 6 SDI outputs in total 2 hdmi outputs (one of them supports 4K) 2 XLR balanced analog inputs (with phantom power + dedicated boost), 24bit 48khz Well positioned headphone jack for audio monitoring Thunderbolt for direct recording via PC (up to 30fps) 2 LANC connectors for remote control D-tap connector to power an accessory and more Battery (life): The AJA Cion comes with a 2-pin battery connector behind its back plate so you can install your own V-mount or Anton Bauer battery plate. Battery life is extensive on the Cion. It lasts forever. Standby time on our fully charged 126Wh V-mount battery: 3h 15m GO TO PAGE 2 → Sensor Tests • Page 1: AJA Cion Review – Features at a Glance • Page 2: AJA Cion Review – Sensor Tests • Page 3: AJA Cion Review – Ergonomics & Handling • Page 4: AJA Cion Review – Pro’s & Con’s | ConclusionRead 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
Samsung just announced a new Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera today. The exciting news includes 4K at 24 fps with the highly new efficient H.265 Codec. Here are some of the specs: Native 4K NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS sensor 4K Video at 24 fps, UHD at 30 fps Full HD at 60fps Video may be recorded directly to an external device with a 4:2:2 (8-bit) output signal. H.265 Codec applied to 4K and UHD video files Tiltable 3.0″ HD 1036k-dot touchscreen 205 phase-detection AF points 15 fps burst mode 1/8000 Max Shutter Speed ISO range from 100 to 51,200 Camera can utilize UHS-I or UHS-II-SD-type memory cards USB 3.0 port Micro HDMI connector 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi capability coupled with Bluetooth 3.0 technology What’s remarkable about this new release is not just its price point ($1,499 at B&H) but Samsung’s decision to move with a 4K Super 35 mm sensor (APS-C) camera 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). With our team on the ground at Photokina, you’ll be sure to hear more about this possible game changer. We can’t wait to see how the new 4K DSLR compares to the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S. Here’s the official NX1 commercial hot off the press. The ‘dreamy’ voice over maybe not that dreamy, but footage so far…nice. And more sample footage here:Read more
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