Samsung NX1

Estimated Street Price: $1,499 (body only)

INTRODUCED 9/2014

Samsung’s new flagship mirrorless model, the NX1, has a lot going for it. The 28.2-megapixel, backside-illuminated APS-C CMOS sensor is complemented by 14-bit DRIMe V processing. Next, there are two options for 4K video: 3840×2160 UHD 4K at 30 fps is recorded directly to the SD card in the camera, or higher-resolution 4096×2160 4K at 24 fps when recording to an external recorder. The NX can also do full HD and lower-resolution video, too. Additionally, a built-in stereo microphone, plus jacks for external mic and headphones, make this a very capable camera for motion work.

The hybrid NX AF System III features 205 on-sensor phase-detection points (153 of them cross-type), plus 209 contrast-detection points, working together to bring you the speed of phase-detection AF and the accuracy of contrast-detection AF. A 221-segment TTL metering system and ISO settings from 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200) provide ample exposure control. The 3-inch, tilting touch-screen Super AMOLED monitor is complemented by an XGA OLED eye-level electronic viewfinder. It’s all contained in a durable, weather- and dust-resistant magnesium-alloy body.

Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, with easy connect via NFC, make it easy to transfer images wirelessly to smartphone or tablet, or geotag images using the smartphone’s GPS. There’s also USB 3 for quick wired transfer of images.

Like all NX-system cameras, the NX1 can use all NX lenses. These currently range from the 10mm fisheye and 12-24mm wide zoom to the 18-200mm, 50-200mm and new 50-150mm ƒ/2.8 S OIS zooms. Dimensions are 5.5×4.0x2.7 inches and weight is 19.4 ounces.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The highest-megapixel APS-C sensor and 4K video in a pro-spec mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera.

1. Rare these days, the NX1 has a top-deck status LCD.

2. The built-in pop-up flash unit has an ISO 100 GN of 36/11 (ft/m); there’s also a hot-shoe for external flash.

3. The new 16-50mm ƒ/2-2.8 S kit zoom features a splash- and dust-resistant design and an ultraprecise stepping AF motor.

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