June 20th, 2013
June 11th, 2013
Samsung today made an announcement that is sure to turn a lot of heads. The 20MP APS-C sensor Galaxy NX is the world’s first Android powered mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Running Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean,” the Galaxy NX also follows Android’s mobile design, being 3G and 4G LTE connected. While the cellular capabilities may make it seem quaint, the Galaxy NX also has wi-fi. Add it all together and Samsung has attempted to create an advanced camera that allows users to instantly share images with anyone they choose, from wherever they might be, at a quality level that should far exceed the cellphone cameras typically being used for that task.
“The GALAXY NX reflects the unique needs of a user who needs to take professional photos and share them immediately in any situation. For those who want to express themselves and the exciting moments that make up their lives quickly, easily and on the go, the GALAXY NX is an ideal choice” said Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.
·20.3 MP sensor and Hybrid Autofocus (AF)
·4.8-inch HD LCD touchscreen and SVGA Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
·Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system
·3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless sharing of images and video
·1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps continuous shooting
·1.6 GHz Quad-core processor
Pricing and availability were not announced. More info at http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxycamera/nx/
May 1st, 2013
Samsung has announced a new 10/3.5 fisheye lens for its NX mirrorless system. They claim that it is “the smallest AF fisheye lens on the market” that it is “half the size and weight of its competitors”. At 2.5 ounces and barely over an inch deep (including its mount), the 10/3.5 looks to be tiny indeed. With a 180 degree diagnosed angle of view, it is a true fisheye lens that should give the same look as the 15/16mm DSLR fisheyes from Nikon and Canon. The 10/3.5 fisheye will be available in July in white or black. Pricing was not announced.
Samsung today announced a new body in its NX mirrorless system, the NX 2000. With five bodies and 12 lenses, the Samsung NX has quietly become one of the larger mirrorless systems on the market today. The NX2000, like many cameras recently, adds Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communications) with the goal of making camera-smartphone connections a standard part of your photography workflow. NFC allows users to connect the camera with another properly enabled device simply by touching them together. This means no more entering wifi details on a tiny screen or searching for bluetooth pairings.
Along with a 20MP APS-C sensor, the NX 2000 has a generously sized 3.7-inch 1152k-dot touchscreen LCD, 8fps continuous shooting and Full HD video recording. Continuing the industry-wide trend, the NX2000 will be available in pink and white along with the more traditional black. Perhaps of more interest to serious photographers is the fact that the NX2000 comes bundled with a copy of Adobe Lightroom 4. Not a crippled freebie as with the terrible “limited” Photoshop versions that came bundled with cameras in the past, this is a full version of Lightroom 4. In what some may see as a drawback, the NX2000 does use MicroSD memory rather than the more common SD cards.
Specifications can be found in Samsung’s NX2000 press release. Priced at $649 for a body and 20-50mm lens kit, the NX2000 will be available later this month from Samsung dealers and at http://www.samsung.com.
Priced around $649.99, the camera will be available as a kit with the 20-50mm lens and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in white, black and pink. There is currently no information about its European price and availability.