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Samsung clicks play on NX1 camera

Samsung has announced that the NX1 compact system camera, which it believes is a good alternative to digital single-lens-reflex cameras, is now available.

Samsung Electronics has announced that the new NX1 fast compact system camera (CSC) will be available in South Africa next month.

Samsung believes the camera sets a new benchmark for photographers and provides a genuine alternative to digital single-lens reflex (DSLRs) as the professionals’ choice of camera around the world.

The NX1 represents the pinnacle of Samsung’s innovative photographic expertise and heralds a new era of intuitive and professional quality photography for everyone,” said Michael Gibson, Part Leader for Digital Imaging & Accessories at Samsung Electronics SA. “With the launch of the NX1, Samsung is redefining what is possible with an interchangeable lens camera, allowing photographers to achieve previously unimaginable levels of quality and proficiency in each and every image they capture.

The NX1’s DRIMe V Image Processor claims superior colour reproduction and noise reduction, using powerful cores for high speed imaging.

It boasts Samsung’s new NX AF System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points for stable and steady audio visual results. The NX1’s high AF speed (0.055sec) and 15FPS continuous shooting allows NX1 users to track and shoot entire action sequences seamlessly .

Wide Phase Detection also 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 – users can simply focus and shoot immediately, allowing for extreme speed and flexibility.

Further enhancing the NX1’s action claims, says the manufacturer, is the intelligent new Samsung Auto Shot (SAS) feature, with a DRIMe V processor, which means that advanced hardware algorithms can recognise high-speed motion and avoid shutter-lag. Even with a fast shutter speed and high speed drive, it can still be difficult to capture action, like the moment a football player kicks the ball. SAS removes this concern by accurately predicting the right time to capture the shot, resulting in capture in decisive moments.

The NX1 is also 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.

The camera supports native ISO 100-25600 and extended ISO to 51200, for well-exposed images with less noise even when the lighting conditions are quite dark.

The NX1 supports both 4K and Ultra HD (UHD) video recording. UHD has a four times higher resolution than Full HD. The inbuilt HEVC Codec (H.265) brings efficiency to the storage of video clips by compressing high quality video to half the size and bit rate of H.264 footage without compromising on quality. All files are conveniently stored on an SD Card so that an external 4K recorder is not necessary. Post production requirements haven’t been neglected, with the inclusion of conversion software for editing the 4K footage.

The camera features a 3″ FVGA Super AMOLED display with touch capabilities. Equipped with Wi-Fi functionality, the NX1 allows users to watch 4K movies on UHD TV via wireless streaming. The NX1 is also the world’s first Bluetooth-equipped CSC, allowing easy pairing and quick transfer times with smartphones and tablets.

The NX lens range includes a new 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens, a premium telephoto lens with fast F2.8 maximum aperture and 35mm equivalent 77-231mm focal range.

The NX1 camera will be available at Samsung brand stores and all leading retailers nationwide, from December.

RRP: R 15 999 for the body.

RRP: R18 000 for the 50-150mm Premium S Lens

Samsung NX1 Specifications

Image Sensor

28.2 effective megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor


76.8mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Tilt Display with Touch panel (tilting Up 90¬∞, Down 45¬∞) FVGA (720×480) 1,036K dots

View finder

EVF (OLED) with Eye Contact Sensor XGA


Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (1EV or 1/3EV step) (EXT. 51200)


JPEG (3:2) : 28M (6480×4320), 13.9M (4560×3040), 7.1M (3264×2176), 3.0M (2112×1408) JPEG(16:9) : 23M (6480×3648), 11.9M (4608×2592), 6.2M (3328×1872), 2.4M (2048×1152) JPEG (1:1) : 18.7M (4320×4320), 9.5M (3088×3088), 4.7M (2160×2160), 2.0M (1408×1408) RAW : 28.0M (6480×4320) * 3D Lens Image Size: JPEG(16:9) 5.9M (3232×1824), 2.1M (1920×1080)

File format: RAW (SRW ver2.0.0), JPEG (EXIF 2.3), MPO (for 3D Lens), DCF


MP4 (Video: HEVC /H.265, Audio: AAC) UHD 3840×2160 (30fps Only), 4K 4096×2160 (24fps Only), Full HD 1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×480 * 3D Lens Movie Recording Compatible only for Full HD

Frame rate: 60fps, 30fps, 24fps NTSC / 50fps, 25fps, 24fps PAL

Video Output


Value- Added Features

SMART Mode: Action Freeze, Beauty Face, Fireworks, Landscape, Light Trace, Multi-Exposure, Night, Panorama (Live), Rich Tone (HDR), Samsung Auto Shutter, Silhouette, Sunset, Waterfall

3D still image & video capturing

Built-in Flash (Guide Number 11 at ISO100)

Magnesium cover body

External Microphone

Dust and splash resistance * Note – This product is not water or dust proof. It is designed to resist dust and minor splashes only. Exposure to severe conditions is not recommended.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

· • Quick Transfer

· • Auto Backup

· • FOTA

· • TV Link

· • Full Browser(SNS & Cloud)

· • Auto Time Setting

· • BT GPS Tagging

· • Mobile Link

· • Photo Beam(Play Back)

· • Remote Viewfinder Pro

* Note – The availability of each service may differ by country.




Bluetooth 3.0




BP1900 (1860mAh)

Dimension (WxHxD)

138.5 x 102.3 x 65.8


550 g (without battery)

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Samsung 50-150mm F2.8 S ED OIS Lens Specifications

Focal Length

50 – 150mm (equivalent to 77-231mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

20 elements in 13 groups (4 ED, 1 XHR)

Angle of View

31.4° Р10.7°


F2.8(Min. F22)

Optical Image Stabilizer


Minimum Focus Distance

Wide 0.7m, Tele 0.98m

Value-added Feature

SHS (Samsung Hyper Shield Coating), dust and splash resistance, UPSM, Custom Focus Range Limiter, Tripod Mount Collar

Lens Hood


Filter Size

Φ 72mm

Mount Type

NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

Φ 81mm x 154mm



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