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Samsung NX mirrorless camera system


  • following the popularity of the Micro Four Thirds system, in 2009, Samsung entered the mirrorless camera systems market with their NX camera system based upon an APS-C sized sensor - the same size as Sony NEX E-mount camera system and thus has the same problem in requiring substantially larger lenses than the Micro Four Thirds system system and thus like Sony, misses the whole point of designing compact mirrorless cameras.
  • as with Sony, there is a very limited range of AF lenses designed for this system available despite it being in the market place for over 5 years now.
  • the NX sensor is 1.5x crop factor and lens mount has a flange distance of 25.5mm
  • manual focus only adapter for Pentax K mount lenses
  • NX lens mount won’t accommodate a Metabones Speed Booster for full frame look
  • see mirrorless camera systems for a comparison of the systems.

camera bodies

with EVF built-in

Samsung NX1

  • announced Nov 2014
  • world 1st 6K/4K video camera in a still-video hybrid
  • world 1st back-illuminated APS-C sensor camera
  • world 1st 28mp APS-C sensor camera and can even shoot this at 15fps in burst mode!
  • world 1st 4K camera to run from Tizen, the Linux based operating system for smart devices
  • world 1st EVF refresh rate genlocked synchronised with sensor refresh to reduce lag to 5msec
  • video:
    • H.265 codec for smaller sizes (1/10th that of ProRes size), at up to 70Mbit/s 4:2:0, but issues at high ISO of 3200 or more and the codec is not widely supported yet - you need to buy software such as Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate
    • clean uncompressed 4K HDMI output at 8 bit 4:2:2 (not 10bit as with GH4)
    • 1080/120fps slow-mo quality is improvement over GH4’s 96fps
    • PAL / NTSC switchable - 4K at 30,25,24p as well as 1080/60/50p
  • AF great but not in low light or low contrast
  • $US1599 body only

Samsung Galaxy NX30

  • announced Jan 2014
  • tiltable 2,359K-dot resolution EVF
  • 20mp, 9fps, ISO 100-25600
  • shutter to 1/8000 sec
  • brighter, fully articulated 3-inch, 1.04 million dot AMOLED touch display
  • built-in GN11 flash with remote TTL capability with the SEF-580A external flash
  • flash sync 1/200th sec
  • WiFi with NFC support, transfer and remote viewfinder apps, Dropbox app in-camera in some regions
  • 1080/60p movies with 'dual IS', 3.5mm microphone input , audio level adjustment, and uncompressed 30p output over HDMI

Samsung Galaxy NX

  • announced June 2013
  • 1st mirrorless camera running on Android operating system (Jelly Bean 4.2)
  • 3G/4g LTE HSPA and WiFi connectivity; GPS + GLONASS (A-GPS supported); Bluetooth 4.0; NFC;
  • 20.3mp sensor
  • fixed 4.8“ 920K touch screen dominates the rear to the exclusion of all controls
  • shutter to 1/6000th sec
  • 8.6fps burst rate
  • Advanced Hybrid Autofocus: 105 points on-chip phase-detect; 247-point contrast-detect
  • Manual focus peaking
  • no rear buttons and only one dial on the rear - essentially nearly everything must be done via the touch screen - the ONLY physical controls are a flash pop-up button, diopter control, power button, rear dial, record button, and shutter button - the nice virtual controls are NOT available when using the EVF!
  • no DOF preview button;
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 495g; 137 x 101 x 26 mm (5.39 x 3.98 x 1.02″) (considerably larger than the NX-20)
  • not designed for serious photographers!
  • Samsung has again shown that it is more interested in electronic gadgetry than addressing the serious photographer's needs

Samsung NX 20

  • announced April 2012 to replace the NX-10
  • adds WiFi capability
  • 20mp, 3/8fps, 1080/30p HD video plus super-wide 2.35:1 aspect ratio at 24p
  • 3” 614K dot AMOLED screen
  • 1/8000th sec shutter
  • ISO 100-12,800, 15pt AF
  • popup flash, flash sync 1/180th sec

Samsung NX5

  • 2010 model - a budget version of the NX10 with an 3“ 230K dot LCD screen instead of the AMOLED screen

Samsung NX11

  • 2010 model - a NX10 with a couple of extra features:
    • remodelled grip
    • i-Function feature - allows the use of the focus ring to control various camera functions when using compatible lenses

Samsung NX10

  • the 1st NX camera (introduced late 2009)
  • 14.6mp, 3fps (30fps at 1.4mp)
  • 921K dot EVF with automatic switching
  • 3” 614K dot fixed AMOLED screen
  • 720p 30fps H.264 MP4 HD video with mono sound, and only in P or AE exposure modes
  • 15 area AF with face detection
  • no sensor-based image stabiliser
  • ISO 100-3200 plus auto
  • 3 frames AE or WB bracketing
  • no IR remote but optional wired remote
  • flash sync 1/180th sec
  • no remote TTL flash
  • built-in popup flash
  • shutter 30sec - 1/4000th sec
  • SD/SDHC memory cards
  • optional GPS module
  • 353g (12.45oz) body only; 123×87×39.8mm (excluding the projecting parts of the camera)

no built-in EVF or flash

Samsung NX2000

  • announced May 2013
  • 20mp
  • 3.7“ touch screen
  • 8fps; shutter to 1/4000th sec
  • hotshoe but no EVF or built-in flash
  • 1080/30p
  • NFC and WiFi connectivity to smartphones for transfer of images but seems there is no ability to control the camera yet
  • ~$649

Samsung NX300

  • announced Jan 2013
  • 20mp with on-chop phase detection for hybrid AF
  • shuuter speed up to 1/6000th sec
  • 3.3” OLED 800×400 touch screen
  • 9fps
  • 1080/60p
  • more simple WiFi connectivity

Samsung NX210

  • announced April 2012
  • 20mp, 3“ 614K dot AMOLED screen
  • shutter to 1/4000ths sec
  • WiFi built-in
  • 1080/30p plus super wide 24p video

Samsung NX200

  • announced Sept 2011
  • similar to NX100 but 20.3mp sensor, 7fps burst, ISO 100-12,800, 1080p 30fps HD video with stereo mic

Samsung NX100

  • announced Sept 2010
  • same sensor and AMOLED screen as the NX 10 and NX11
  • i-Function
  • ISO 100-6400
  • similar feature set as the NX11 but no EVF or built in flash, but adds optional EVF10 plugin EVF with manual on/off switch

AF lenses

  • 12-24mm f/4-5.6 = 18-36mm
  • 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens
    • premium “S” quality lens announced Jan 2014
    • UPSN AF stepping motor, splash and dust proof
    • 18 elements in 12 groups incl. 3 asph elements, 2 ED and 2 XHR elements
    • 9 blades; 72mm filter; close focus 0.3m
    • 622g, 81 x 97mm long
  • 16-50mm f.3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens:
    • announced Jan 2014
    • 111g, 65mm x 31mm long, 43mm filter thread
  • 16mm f/2.4 pancake = 24mm in 35mm terms
  • 20mm f/2.8 pancake = 30mm
  • 30mm f/2.0 pancake = 45mm
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS = 27-82mm
  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OIS ED = 27-300mm
  • 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED = 30-75mm
  • 45mm f/1.8 = 68mm (a very strange FOV!)
  • 45mm 2D/3D lens
  • 50-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS = 75-300mm
  • 60mm f/2.8 macro OIS ED SSA = 90mm macro
  • 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA = 128mm

MF lenses in NX mounted

  • Samyang 8mm f/3.5 fisheye
  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8
  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4
  • Samyang 85mm f/1.4
photo/samsungnx.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/21 13:52 by gary1

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