Samsung Releases the NX mini, 9mm, 9-27mm and 17mm Lenses

Samsung NX Mini with 9mm and 9-27mm lenses

Samsung’s an odd player. They have the technical know-how, the design teams, the foundries, and the marketing capability and budget (watch how they have managed to eventually out-muscle Apple in the smartphone arena), but somehow their NX line just does not get enough attention.

So in a move that reminds me of the original Micro Four Thirds initiative (moving to a less crowded playing field), the NX mini moves away from the APS-C sensors in the NX line to a 1″ sensor size, like that of the Nikon 1 series. The potential difference here is that Samsung does have experience in crafting a consumer experience that casual users might like that is also connected. If you have tried using a recent Samsung camera like the NX 2000 you might have an idea of what I am saying. It is a nicely done camera that is very smartphone-like, runs a decent OS (Tizen), and has a lot of fun little things that many will like. Of course if it sinks under the anonymity of the usual NX no-shows in the digital camera landscape, its not going to sell well, is it? Continue reading Samsung Releases the NX mini, 9mm, 9-27mm and 17mm Lenses

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Nikon Announces Nikon 1 V3, 10-30mm PD and 70-300mm Lenses

Nikon 1 V3 with 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD lens

Nikon has announced the successor to the V2, and I am not sure what they are trying to do now. In fact, the normally neutral DPReview have a not-very kind commentary piece on the camera at launch.

Firstly, the camera adds a number of upgrades to the previous camera. The V3 now has an 18 megapixel sensor without the anti-aliasing filter, and now the phase detection sensors cover nearly the whole imaging sensor. The camera can now do 20 FPS with continuous autofocus, up from 15 FPS on the V2, and now boasts a front command dial (of the horrible vertical variety), a tilting three inch LCD that is now touch-enabled, and built-in WiFi. The proprietary accessory shoe still remains, however. Continue reading Nikon Announces Nikon 1 V3, 10-30mm PD and 70-300mm Lenses

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