A Super 35mm, 4K Mirrorless Camera with Advanced Codecs for $1,499? Samsung NX1! Holy Competition, Batman!

by Hugh Brownstone3 Comments

Samsung is everywhere – and not to be underestimated.

This is the company that is giving Apple a run for its money in the smartphone world – and essentially forced Apple to come out with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Now, less than a year after Panasonic shook up the DSLR video market with their GH4 (yes, I know, it’s not truly a DSLR) – and just recently released their sub $1,000 4K FZ1000 – Samsung has announced its entry into the prosumer 4K space with a bang.

Introducing the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The camera's still photography features make up a nice long list, from a 28.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor to a 1036K-dot touchscreen, 205 auto focus points, 15 fps burst rate, ISO range all the way up to 51,200 – and more.

On the video side, it looks like they’ve got clean HDMI out at 8 bit 4:2:2, but we don’t see anything about focus peaking or zebras.

And it remains to be seen if the HEVC codec it uses H.265 –successor to H.264 – is all that and a bag of potato chips. From what we understand, it combines the same image quality as H.264 – more than good enough for most web-displayed footage, but otherwise nothing to write home about, especially in post — with superior compression algorithms to make internal 4K recording relatively painless.

Still, even at this early stage it looks like this camera is one heckuva wake up call for a couple of the better known brands in the space.

You know who you are.

You can pre-order the Samsung NX1 from B&H Photo Video here.

Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black) $1,499 Available for Pre-Order

Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens $2,799 Available for Pre-Order

50-150mm f2.8 ED OIS S LENS $1,599  Available for Pre-Order

50-150mm f2.8 ED OIS S LENS $1,599 Available for Pre-Order

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(cover photo credit: snap from B&H Photo Video)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

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  1. I don’t think Canon and Nikon are foolish enough to compete on price. It’s not always true that paying more gets you a better product, or that a lower price means lower quality. But the public tends to see things this way. If you have inexpensive products at one end of the line, they had better be balanced by more-expensive products of noticeably higher quality, or your company’s image is likely to suffer. (Polaroid made a number of Major Mistakes, one of them being the OneStep.)

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