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