Samsung announces WiFi NX1 as rival to DSLR professional camera

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Samsung Electronics has unveiled the NX1 camera, which it claims combines cutting edge design, industry leading technology and innovation to create an exceptionally fast compact system camera (CSC).[Main]NX1 with 50-150MM_1

Features include 15FPS continuous AF shooting, a unique Auto Focus (AF) System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points and 28MP APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor for superior image quality.

“With the NX1, we are giving our customers the chance to experience the most advanced photographic innovations within a fast compact system camera (CSC),” said Paul Scott, Head of Marketing, Samsung Digital Imaging UK and Ireland.

“It’s about giving professional photographers choice and an alternative to the DSLR so they have the ability to take quality images every time they shoot thanks to best-in-class technology.”

Powerful and fast, claims Samsung, the NX1’s DRIMe V Image Processor supports 4K UHD video recording with no need for external equipment. Wide Phase Detection means the NX1 can instinctively track subjects almost anywhere in the frame, regardless of their location. Photographers can capture even the briefest of moments as there is no need to re-compose a shot – they can focus and shoot immediately, allowing for extreme speed and flexibility. This technology should appeal to those who love to shoot video, as the NX1 supports the use of Phase AF during movie recording.

The NX1 comes equipped with Samsung’s newly designed 28MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, featuring an innovative Back Side Illumination (BSI) structure with a micro lens array. Compared to conventional CMOS sensors, BSI reduces noise more effectively by keeping the path between the lens and sensors clear so more light can hit each pixel, lowering the signal-to-noise ratio.

Other features include 3.0-inch FVGA Super AMOLED display and WiFi functionality. The NX1 is also the world’s first Bluetooth equipped CSC, further boosting Samsung’s Smart Camera offering as well as ensuring easy pairing and quick transfer times with smartphones and tablets.

Expanding the NX lens range is the new 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens, a high end, premium telephoto lens. It boasts ultra-fast F2.8 maximum aperture and 35mm equivalent 77-231mm focal range. Additional features include Advanced Multi-Axis Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) system with up to 4.5 stops (at mid-range, under the CIPA standard), Samsung’s Ultra Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), and dust and splash resistance offered by Samsung Hyper Shield (SHS)

Chris Price