Samsung Announces the NX500

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Samsung has announced the NX500, an update to the mid-range camera in the NX lineup. The main upgrade here is in the sensor, with the NX500 sporting the NX1’s 28 megapixel BSI sensor, which by all accounts seems to be very good, and might be even better than the highly-regarded 24 megapixel Sony sensor.

Given that the NX500 has the NX1’s sensor, it inherits a number of features from the bigger brother, including 4K videos in h.265 and a fast 209 point hybrid phase-detect and contrast-detect autofocus system. However since this is not quite the top-end model, concessions are made in other areas, like the shutter mechanism, so there is no 15 FPS continuous shooting mode. Instead the NX500 tops out at 9 FPS. Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC are present.

The rest of the camera is pretty much like the NX300, though the 3″ qHD AMOLED screen now flips all the way up for selfies. The NX500 will be available in March for US$800 with the 16-50 power zoom, in black, white or brown.

 

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The Dark Horse Rises: Samsung Announces NX1 with 4K and NX 50-150mm f/2.8

NX1 with 16-50MM_3

It may not be the camera system we need, but is it the one we deserve? Samsung has been slowly trying to gain traction, but it always seems that despite being second to the market with a mirrorless system, and having some really sweet lenses, its acceptance has been less than ideal. I do partly blame Samsung themselves, because for a company that can go toe-to-toe with the mind-share juggernaut that is Apple, it has taken a very low-key approach in the camera industry. The NX1 better change that, for it packs some serious specs. Continue reading The Dark Horse Rises: Samsung Announces NX1 with 4K and NX 50-150mm f/2.8

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Samsung Announces NX30 and Two Interesting 16-50mm Lenses

Samsung NX30 with NX 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 Lens

 

Here is the first announcement of 2014! Samsung’s been one of the earliest players in the mirrorless segment, after the Micro Four Thirds crowd, but they have never caught on, despite the impressive hardware. The NX30 is an example: Take the NX300’s 20 megapixel sensor with phase detect autofocus capability, put it in a bigger body with more controls, a fully articulated three inch 720×480 OLED screen, a large XGA EVF that can be pulled back and tilted upwards, 9 FPS frame rate, full HD video at 60 FPS, and improved WiFi and NFC connectivity. Samsung mentions that the NX30 will have the capability to directly upload to Dropbox and Flickr in some regions. Direct Dropbox upload is a really neat idea, as I have used Dropbox as either an intermediate or final step for client deliverables before, and I can see how it would benefit a photographer working on a tight deadline. I also really enjoyed the automatic uploads over WiFi from my smartphone, and if Samsung are smart, they will include a deal that bundles increased Dropbox storage, just like they do with their high end Galaxy phones. Finding a free WiFi hotspot or a data plan that can deal with the uploads will be left as an exercise for the photographer.

Then there are the lenses. It is not widely known, but Samsung actually make some great lenses for the NX line. Continue reading Samsung Announces NX30 and Two Interesting 16-50mm Lenses

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Samyang Announces 10mm f/2.8 APS-C Ultrawide Prime Lens

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Well, it took SOMEONE long enough. Even though it lacks autofocus and is much larger and heavier than the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 I used back in the film days, at least there is an option for those on APS-C cameras to use. Since this is a lens designed first for SLRs, it will not quite have the compact size needed for mirrorless cameras however, as the very short focal length compared to a typical SLR’s flange distance means more extensive retrofocus design is required. If it lives up to the usual Samyang reputation, expect a good lens at a decent price – the current press release is from the UK, so it carries the higher-than-average price of £470 for the Nikon version, and £430 for the other mounts, including less popular mounts like the Canon EF-M and Samsung NX.

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Samsung Does It Wrong with the Galaxy NX Camera

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So the rumours were right, and Samsung’s Android-powered mirrorless system camera is real, as with its the lack of physical controls. The images of the camera already make it look like an ergonomic nightmare, and as someone who has tried the original Galaxy Camera, the UI for the camera app is a total disaster for anyone who shoots at a level more manually than full automatic. What you get in the way of manual controls is a command dial, a video record button, the power button, and the flash release button. Oh, and of course, the shutter release. Five buttons and just one dial to control a system camera? I’ll pass. I suspect many photographers will too. As for the casual segment, the camera is a bit ugly too, and thanks to the large touchscreen, not small either, so I don’t think there will be many takers there as well. I mean, take a look:

Continue reading Samsung Does It Wrong with the Galaxy NX Camera

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