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‘Disruptive’ News Coming From Samsung? Pentax FF Update, & CP9 Is Announced {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 1st 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Big Samsung News Coming Soon?

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All of the Samsung news we have been hearing lately centers around the company pulling out of the camera business. They have already officially pulled out of several European countries, including Germany and the UK, and appear to be leaving Canada as well. But over the last couple of days we have been hearing some new rumors that some big and disruptive news is coming… from Samsung.

Now, this seems really odd. Why would a company that is pulling out of the camera business be making a big ‘disruptive’ announcement regarding the camera business? More details are expected soon, but for now, the rumors seem to indicate that the announcement has something to do with Nikon and Sony, but how it relates to those companies I couldn’t say.

Maybe Nikon is buying Samsung’s mirrorless business and switching from Sony sensor to Samsung sensors? That would be pretty huge news to say the least. That would make a lot of sense for Nikon as well, removing their reliance on Sony and get a nice bump in their mirrorless tech being able to jump into an already established APS-C mirrorless system ready to kick it into high gear.

I don’t know about you, but I am really curious to see what all this is about. The NX1 was honestly one of my favorite cameras of 2014/2015, and it would be a shame to see such a promising system die.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Pentax’s Full Frame Camera Will Debut in Spring 2016

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We have known that the new Pentax full frame DSLR would be coming in early 2016, and now we have that narrowed down to Spring 2016 (I know, not much better). But we do have an update for those of you looking for more details on this upcoming Pentax launch.

The company has just launched a new marketing site for the upcoming full frame DSLR, and you can check it out to get some details. Probably the biggest detail is an image on the top of the page which gives us our best ‘front view’ look at the camera yet – and I have to say, it looks really awesome.

Beyond that, details on the site are mostly pretty vague. The company goes into details on the history of the Pentax brand with their 35mm SLR cameras and give some hints and clues as to what to expect from the upcoming full frame DSLR launch.

If you want to check it out, you can find the new special site here.

Capture One Pro 9


For those of you have not been happy with the performance of Lightroom lately, Capture One Pro has always been a great alternative, and they just released a new version which may be worth looking into.

Some of the new or notable features in Capture One Pro 9 include:

  • An extra activation
  • Capture One Colors for DNG
  • Color Editor Interface
  • Camera Battery Status Indicator
  • Contrast Engine
  • Export Originals as EIP (Catalog)
  • Flow and Airbrush Masking
  • Keyword and Libraries Tool
  • Local Adjustment Curves
  • Luma Curves (Scalable)
  • Rescaling Engine
  • Straight Line Brushing
  • Effective and easy masking for product and other objects with straight edges.

I have tried to move from LR to Capture One a couple of times, and each time I found myself frustrated with the slight differences in how the two programs work. I have never given Capture One much of a shot, usually giving up after a short time to go back and finish my work on Lightroom. But I like what I have been seeing with Capture One Pro 9, and I may just give it another shot…for real this time.

Those of you looking for more details or wanting to grab a free trial of Capture One Pro 9 can find all the information over on their website, here.

Special B&H Deal Zone Express

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During the holiday shopping season, B&H has been running a special version of their Deal Zone called Deal Zone Express. While a normal Deal Zone deal would run for 24 hours, with Deal Zone Express, they feature multiple deals throughout the day but only for several hours each. It is a great way to get some savings, and I have a line on today’s upcoming deals.

  • The Spyder 5PRO Elite will be on special from 9 AM – 11:59 AM.  (EST)
  • Aura 3 point light kit (Fluorescent) from 3 PM – 5:59 PM (EST)
  • Vello Fusion Flash Triggers – 6 PM – 8:59 PM (EST)
  • JPEGmini Pro – 9 PM – 11:59 PM (EST)

If you are interested in getting in on any of the deals above, you can find them over on B&H via their Deal Zone Express page, here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mac MacDonald

    Here we go: http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/hot-rumor-nikon-bought-samsung-nx-mirrorless-tech/

    “Hot rumor! Nikon bought Samsung NX mirrorless tech!”

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    • Dave Haynie

      Yeah… that seems to be one of the conclusions. And who knows, maybe they have a source. Thing is, Nikon doesn’t have to buy the NX in order to get Samsung sensor technology…. particularly with Samsung leaving markets (assuming that’s NOT an aspect of the deal — but if it is, why only selected countries in Europe so far?). Samsung is a CE company but also a chip and components company — they’ve typically supplied about 1/2-3/4 of the parts in any iPhone, for example. If Nikon just wanted, say, to use the NX1/NX500 sensor in a new Dxxxx model, I think Samsung could be presuaded.

      Problem is, that alone doesn’t help Nikon in the long term. They might get to play Samsung against Sony, but either way, they’re not in control of their chips. So a stronger deal with some strategic partnership agreement, or even outright buying part or all of Samsung’s large-sensor business (with some deal ensuring Samsung keeps making them) might make more sense.

      And of course, it’s still possible they bought the NX line outright, but that begs the question of “why” and “what do they do with it?” If Nikon just wanted a mirrorless mount, they could make up their own, go micro four-thirds, or just stick with the F-Mount if they’re thinking full-frame — their strength is both their name and their huge selection of F-Mount lenses. Buying NX gets them an existing line, and no doubts those same cameras would sell better they said “Nikon” on them, but NX isn’t a full frame mount.

      Anyway, it’s great to live in interesting times :-)!

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  2. Bill Bentley

    “I have tried to move from LR to Capture One a couple of times, and each time I found myself frustrated with the slight differences in how the two programs work. I have never given Capture One much of a shot, usually giving up after a short time to go back and finish my work on Lightroom. But I like what I have been seeing with Capture One Pro 9, and I may just give it another shot.. for real this time.”

    +1
    Up until the last sentence. ;-)

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  3. Dave Haynie

    This is pretty interesting.

    Now, with Samsung as the world’s second largest chip company, it wouldn’t be a shock if they decided to keep making camera sensors, even if they completely failed in the mirrorless market — which they haven’t. Sensor technology can be a small but real competitive edge in the much larger cellphone market, and there’s the idea that if Samsung, unlike Sony, had no in-house retail camera works, they’d be more acceptable to OEMs like Nikon. If they can compete with Sony, that is. But given that they’re the only other company other than Sony to introduce a BSI sensor in large format (though Sony’s is kind of a generation ahead in manufacturing tech), they’re not doing badly.

    On the other hand, maybe they figure they’d not do as well without that retail skin in the game. Or it could be something entirely different — not Nikon buying Samsung’s sensor works, but Nikon and Samsung strategically partnering on sensors. It’s already clear that Sony’s cameras get the New Hotness before Nikon does — I was suggesting this was likely a year ago, and it didn’t take long. Nikon might get a deal out of Samsung — obviously built on Samsung showing them stuff we haven’t seen yet — that ensures them exclusives on new sensors, just as Sony gets for themselves, at least for awhile. Samsung gets perhaps the highest profile customer they could hope to attain, and sends a message to Sony that won’t be ignored.

    Anyway, that’s the most interesting outcome. Nikon just buying Samsung’s NX line would be relatively boring, and put them in the same position as Canon with the EOS-M line, only with better product. They’d need the F-mount adapters, but no big deal there.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree that buying the NX line on its own is hardly disruptive, but that in combination with switching from Sony sensors to Samsung sensors could be very disruptive.

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    • Dave Haynie

      And in fact, if it’s Nikon moving to some kind of deal with Samsung, and Canon resolving their DR issues with their own process (either internally or via tech acquisition), that changes things in a big way. Depending on the Nikon/Samsung deal, this could power up a very strong alternative to Sony and prevent their becoming “the Intel of camera sensors”. Canon’ improving things in-house (which they may have already done in the Cinema EOS line — perhaps they used that as a way to hone the process and wait for a cost drop before rolling it out in lower cost cameras) as well puts Sony in a different position in the industry. It doesn’t detract from their volume businesses at first, but it leaves flagships open to serious competition. Good for us — I hope it’s something like that.

      This works with Samsung continuing in business. Right now, it’s only Sony, Canon, and Nikon doing full frame sensors. Pentax may join, but they’re not selling $3,000 35mm-class cameras. Nikon could claim the advantage on new full-frame tech and still have Samsung vie for APS and m43 sensor slots with the rest of the industry.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      There’s another guess surfacing saying Samsung could actually be the buyers.
      Could that be a possibility? Samsung buying, say, Nikon? That would be disruptive enough ;)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I hadn’t thought of that. Samsung being a buyer would definitely be really disruptive. I think that is even more far out there than Nikon buying their camera business though.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      It would be a surprise for sure, but Samsung definitely has the money. Also, Samsung is huge in the smartphone department and phone cameras are one reason why camera sales are dropping. It would be a bit surprising for Samsung to get completely out of the sensor business. They would now need to buy their camera sensors from another company like Sony.
      Buying Nikon could give them more credibility and a big enough user base to make it interesting to invest in their sensor business and compete with Sony.
      I don’t know…it is far fetched but it’s a scenario that could make some sense.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Oh well, at least it made sense in my head ;)
      Nikon bought Samsung’s NX technology!

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  4. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Assuming this rumor is a deal with Nikon, they’ll still need a relationship with Sony for their DSLR sensors right? I’m not an expert on sensor compatibility but I’m not sure a mirrorless sensor would work in a DSLR (or would it??). And what about a FF sensor, does Samsung have one?
    Anyways, it would sure give them a tremendous boost in their mirrorless offering though, surpassing Canon by a mile or two.

    As for Capture 1, I too tried it a few times and never liked it enough to stick with it. Yes C1 does things better than Lr but Lr does other things better than C1. In the end it’s just a matter of personal preference.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Btw I’m going another direction and predict that it’s actually Canon that is buying Samsung :)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Samsung doesn’t currently have any FF sensors that we know of, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t make one special order for Nikon. As far as the sensors working in a DSLR, that would not be an issue as far as I am aware.

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  5. Christoph Schwinghammer

    So Canon tried to aquire Sigma and failed and now Nikon aquires the Samsung camera segment? BÄM! That would be huge…

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