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Samsung Announces Another Major NX1 Firmware Update

By Anthony Thurston on May 19th 2015

Samsung is continuing to refine and perfect their flagship NX1 offering, today announcing their latest firmware update, version 1.3.

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Samsung’s NX1 has some of the best specs in the APS-C market, but being a relatively new player to the advanced camera market, there were a lot of rough edges. Samsung has slowly but surely addressed issues and user concerns over the last several months in a series of firmware updates.

Today, Samsung announced NX1 firmware version 1.3, which you can now download from the Samsung website. Among the highlight features of the new update are improved FHD video quality, Zone AF mode, removed the bulb-mode time limit and more advanced AF improvements.

Samsung NX1 Version 1.3 Firmware Updates

  • Sensor reads larger data size, resulting in improved FHD quality – up to 60P (not for Slow Movie)
  • Time code added features
    – Rec Run option is added
  • 1920×1080 (120) setting in the Movie Size Menu for easy access
  • Auto Mic Control On/Off
  • Histogram and Digital Level are displayed during standby / recording mode
  • Capture individual 4K frame forward &backward with precision
    – Embedded EXIF data in jpeg
  • Added NEW MF Responsiveness mode (Capable of setting to Low, Medium, High focus angle in manual focus mode)
  • Remains in Stand By mode after recording
  • Overall AF improved:
    – Enhanced AF performance in low light condition
    – Enhanced AF performance in backlight and spot light
    – Enhanced AF performance in the corners when utilizing 16-50mm PZ lens
    – Enhanced Face Detection AF performance
    – Enhanced AF performance in movie mode
  • Added Zone AF mode
  • Increased the size of AF to 5 steps in AF Area Size
  • No time limitation in Bulb mode
  • Increased the time-lapse to 3,000 shots
  • Includes the 4 most popular Pro Suggest presets (Cinematic, Memories, Gorgeous Night, and High Speed)
  • Simplified EXIF data preview
  • JPEG, RAW (JPEG only), and Video transfer via WiFi Actual RAW file does not transfer via WiFi. It only transfers JPEG file with Picture Wizard setting embedded to smartphone.
  • Introducing NEW Samsung Remote Studio software and SDK
    – Download via iLauncher
    – Full control of NX1 through USB
    – SRS and SDK will be available to download on 1st week of June 2015
  • Supports Tizen OS TV connection
    – One-touch connection
    – Launched 2015 Samsung TV models operated by Tizen are compatible with NX1
  • Overall fixed minor bugs

Overall, it looks like another really nice update for NX1 users. The NX1 is rounding out nicely into a real powerhouse APS-C offering, now if only Samsung could ramp up the lens production…

[via Samsung]

 

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. Yankel Adler

    Not sure about the open source idea, but definitely pro a Samsungs dedication to updates.

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  2. Mark Henry Dela Torre

    Just to add
    For me the first camera brand who makes their camera firmware opensource will be the biggest hit. Like what google has made with the cellphones with the Android OS.

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    • Dave Haynie

      There’s a problem with that. While yes, Android is open source, that’s the application programming software. There are a bunch of things, like cellular baseband software, that’s not so easily released. If you hack around with that the wrong way, you could actually damage the hardware.

      There’s quite a bit of that nature to camera hardware, and less of the application layer stuff. So while I’m all for this too, just looking at how FOSS has improved various kinds of software, I’m not sure that camera software with the low-level stuff stripped out would be all that interesting.

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  3. Mark Henry Dela Torre

    This is why I like what they are doing to their hardware. Pushing the hardware capabilities with firmware updates, not like the other camera brands. The others just make a new camera body to hide the firmware update. then put a mark 1, 2 etc or put an S, M etc to their camera model.
    If only cameras are as popular as PC’s, Hackers would have made the firmwares for us.

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  4. Tosh Cuellar

    what an update, glad to see a company really push themselves instead of reactionary updates and bug fixes

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  5. Dave Haynie

    This is really smart. I’m regularly surprised at how nice so many of the mirrorless companies are, each in their own way. They’re hungry, and that hunger is good for their customers. When a buyer feels they made the right decision on their mirrorless system, versus the default Canon or Nikon DSLRs, that can be a big inflection point. Lots of folks get into mirrorless just to try it out, but wind up being happier with it that they jump in with both feet (whether or not they still have a DSLR system around).

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    • Holger Foysi

      One thing I am asking myself is: why not incorporating all this in the first place? Didn’t they try their AF in low light before?

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    • Dave Haynie

      In the usual case, I suppose I’d agree, because each camera is building on the previous model, and will share lots of software features. But many of the mirrorless companies, and Samsung in particularly, are building up very quickly. It’s likely these things were thought of, but not finished.

      And it’s also possible they’ve adopted an “Agile” software development process, which lends itself very well to the on-going development of a software package coupled with upgrade-via-internet model for that product. In classic software development (dubbed “waterfall”), you have a complete list of all features that will be present in the final product. Sounds good, but this is the reason many software products ship very late, and often, quite buggy, as the feature list becomes the gating item, rather than proper functionality and testing.

      In the Agile model, the schedule is followed and the features are what’s flexible. It’s expected that features are tested along the way, and things that aren’t ready are pushed on to the next release. So your first release doesn’t have all the feature originally planned, but what’s in there is more reliable.

      I’ve worked with software teams that did this kind of development on several products, and it works fairly well. Now, it’s definitely true that we also added requested features along the way as well as those left out of earlier releases. The main idea, though, is that unlike the traditional CE product that ships as “done”, bugs and all, the modern CE software development is considered an on-going thing.

      It’s also true that on today’s product schedule, you can’t slip the product release by much. The market expected a new model of any given camera every other year or so, a new smartphone every year, etc. If you have a product out there for more than two-or-so years (maybe a bit longer for professional products), sales drop off. So this means that software has to be ready by product ship date, and it’s far better to ship with some features missing than to ship a bunch of broken features.

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  6. Paddy McDougall

    Great to see the support samsung is giving this camera. Really useful additions rather than the bland fixes the majors players stick to

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