Pro camera market has a new player: Samsung NX1 mirrorless shoots 15 fps with AF, and 4K video too

by Zig Weidelich

posted Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM EDT


Samsung fires a shot across the bow of more entrenched manufacturers with the introduction of the Samsung NX1, the company's first truly pro-level NX body.

Manufactured of thixotropic magnesium alloy, the NX1's body is tough, weather-sealed, and offers plenty of the controls and features pros expect, such as an LCD status display on the top panel, dual control dials for quick setting changes, and an optional battery grip, just to name a few.

Its new XGA OLED electronic viewfinder boasts 1.04x magnification with 100% coverage, and the NX1 features a 3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen monitor, using the same excellent display panel as its enthusiast-level sibling, the NX30, but with a more rugged tilting system in place of a more flexible but perhaps more delicate fully-articulated mechanism.


Under the hood, you'll find a brand new backside-illuminated, AA-filterless 28.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with 205 embedded phase-detect AF sensors, coupled to a powerful new multi-core DRIMe V processor. And that pairing is capable of capturing full resolution stills at up to a whopping 15 frames-per-second with tracking autofocus, as well as a few other tricks.

The Samsung NX1 can also record 4K video to an SD card or stream it uncompressed to its HDMI port, and its built-in Wi-Fi supports IEEE 802.11ac which has enough bandwidth to stream 4K video wirelessly to a Samsung UHD TV.


But that's just the tip of the iceberg, as the Samsung NX1 is packed with other exciting innovations and features.

Available from mid-October 2014, the Samsung NX1 will ship in two configurations for the US market initially: body-only for about US$1,500 or bundled with the Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 "S" OIS lens, a battery grip, a second battery and a dedicated battery charger, all for about US$2,800.

Is the NX1 the new king of APS-C? Read our Samsung NX1 preview to find out, and if you're ready to preorder now, you can help support Imaging Resource by using the links below.