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Samsung: NX1 will change perceptions

Samsung Electronics Australia has announced its flagship NX1 interchangeable lens camera is now available in Australia at a body-only RRP of $1899.

The $1899 Samsung NX1 featuring the $1999 f2.8 50-150mm premium lens.
The $1899 Samsung NX1 featuring the $1999 f2.8 50-150mm premium lens.

The NX1 features a 28-megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS (an acronymic triumph!) sensor and 15fps continuous AF shooting. It features an  autofocus system with no less than 205 phase detection AF points – with 153 of the little blighters being cross-types (while the others are of a more even-tempered disposition). AF speed is quoted as .055 sec. Samsung sees the camera as appealing to advanced enthusiasts and professional photographers.

Autofocus perfromance is clearly ‘a thing’ with the NX1. Its Wide Phase Detection feature enables the NX1 to ‘instinctively’ track subjects almost anywhere within the camera’s frame. The NX1 also supports the use of Phase AF during video and movie recording, so that captured content is stable and steady.

Craig Gillespie, who heads up the Digital Imaging group at Samsung Australia, describes the NX1 as the ‘pinnacle of Samsung’s research, development and innovation in photographic technology’ and believes the camera will change perceptions of the company’s camera-making capabilities.

‘It will provide passionate photographers with amazing photographic capabilities and features that we feel will change people’s understanding of our camera portfolio,’ he stated in the NX1 press release.

The NX1’s 28-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor featuring a Back Side Illumination (BSI) structure with a micro lens array. BSI helps minimise image noise by keeping the path between the lens and sensors clear, allowing more light to reach each pixel. This feature helps to lower the signal-to-noise ratio.

The NX1 has an ISO range from  100-25,600 (extendable to ISO 51,200).

It supports both 4K and Ultra HD (UHD) video recording, providing flexibility and choice for capturing footage. The inbuilt HEVC Codec (H.265), ‘the latest advanced compression technology’, helps bring efficiency to the storage of video clips. Video files can be saved onto a removable SD Card.

The NX1’s body is made of magnesium alloy. A vertical grip accessory (VGNX01, with an RRP of $329) allows for the use of a larger battery and easy vertical and horizontal shooting.

The NX1 has (802.11ac) Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 3.0 for easy pairing (via NFC2) and quick transfer times with compatible smartphones and tablets.

Additional features include  an optical image stabilisation system with a claimed 4.5 stop benefit and Samsung’s Ultra Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM).

New premium lens
The NX premium S lens (16-50mm F2-F2.8 S) is joined by the 50-150mm F2.8 S ED OIS, a telephoto lens designed to match the NX1. The lens contains 20 elements in 13 groups, with one XHR (eXtreme High Refractive) and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for sharper images.The two lenses combine to give Samsung photographers a wide-aperture focal range from 25-231mm (35mm equivalent) in just two lenses.

Pricing and availability
The NX1 (body only) has an RRP of $1899. The Samsung 16-50mm F2-F2.8 S ED OIS premium lens has an RRP of $1499. The Samsung 50-150mm F2.8 S ED OIS premium lens has an RRP of $1999. All three products are available now.

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