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Samsung Announces Impressive NX1 Body & 50-150mm F/2.8 Lens

By Anthony Thurston on September 14th 2014

We sort of knew what was coming thanks to the timely leaks over the weekend, but that doesn’t make the announcement by Samsung any less exciting. Today, Samsung announced their new flagship mirrorless camera, the NX1, as well as a new 50-150mm F/2.8 (70-200mm 35mm equiv) to go with it. samsung-nx1-front The announcement marks Samsung’s official entry into the professional realm, as up until now none of their bodies could really be considered for professional use. This new NX1, with is 28.2 APS-C sensor, 15fps, 4K recording, and weather sealed magnesium-alloy internal frame , firmly places the NX1 as a great option for anyone looking for a top class APS-C body.

Probably the most impressive part about the NX1, besides its amazing 15FPS or 4K recording, is the price. Not only did Samsung manage to pack all of these great features into a single body, but they did so and it will only cost you $1499 for the body only. A fantastic value. samsung-nx1-top

Samsung NX1 Spec Highlights

  • 28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DRIMe V Image Signal Processor
  • 4K Video Recording at 24 fps
  • UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p Video Recording up to 60 fps
  • 100 to 51,200 ISO range
  • 3.0″ 1036k-Dot Tilt-Touchscreen Monitor
  • XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Advanced Hybrid Autofocus System
  • 205 Phase-Detection AF Points
  • 209 Contrast Detection AF Points
  • 15 fps Burst with AF
  • Samsung NX Lens Mount

samsung-nx1-side In addition to the NX1, Samsung addressed the need for more pro style lenses in their NX system with the a new 50-150mm F/2.8 lens. Along with their current 16-50mm F/2-2.8, the 50-150mm F/2.8 gives semi-pro and professional shooters a good base kit to start with in the Samsung system.

Together, the two announcements make for an interesting shot across the bow from Samsung at the major players in the photography industry. It will be interesting to see how the NX1 will compare to the 7D Mark II in regards to specs and pricing (we have leaks on the 7D II but nothing official  7D MK II Is Now Official), because for the money this NX1 is looking mighty enticing to me as a big wildlife and sports action shooter. samsung-50-150mm If you are interested in pre-ordering the NX1, you can get it body only for $1499, or in a kit with the 16-50mm F/2-2.8 for $2799. If you are interested in the 50-150mm F/2.8 you can get that pre-ordered for $1599.

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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. Mihai Dan Mustea

    I Hope you’ll get your hands on a NX1, Anthony and a pair of lenses asap. It is so fast. The EVF is impressive. It adapts on the light you have in your scenario. Outside, at night it jumps even to iso 51200 and you can see and focus in the dark. ;)

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  2. Scottie Nguyen

    Ohhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. fotosiamo

    OH, and it’s internal 4K recording, as well as 4k Clean HDMI out. Impressive!

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  4. fotosiamo

    I’m actually surprised you didn’t mention that this Samsung has the new h.265 codec. NO ONE has that yet in the DSLR market and when coupled with 4K, this will be a big advantage for Samsung’s NX1. Looking forward to seeing some real world test.

    I love it when a company shakes things up and make Canikon sweat a little.

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  5. Herm Tjioe

    This is exactly the kind of news I have been waiting for from the other players. It promises to shake things up, regardless how well it does or does not perform. For Samsung to throw in this much horsepower into the DSLR buzz it has to be of significance. Throw in a pricing that’s super friendly to indie shooters with best of class codec, we have another contender other than PanaSoPenFuji’s. Canon and Nikon simply cannot ignore or downplay this frontline blitz. This is a good thing.

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  6. Tom Walker

    These are really impressive parameters. But it is a hell of a hideous camera! I know it’s a tool, not the piece of art, but damn. Not even the person who designed it could actually like it.

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  7. Kyle Farris

    No ISO range specs?

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    Well the specs on paper are really impressive ….am hoping to see how it performs in the real world. lets see if it will live to its specs like the GH4

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  9. Steinar Knai

    There is no reason why you should be worried, unless you own Nikon or Canon shares, but CaNikon should really take a good , hard look at Samsungs coherent product strategy and ask whather they have something to learn! So far Samsung has delivered on every promise and now has a working system with main camera, the NX1, back up, the NX300, also APS-C and an in the pocket always there NXMicro. Looks pretty good for wedding and event shooters and I would not hesitate taking this system for a try out in a real wedding or an event. I guess image quality will be excellent, as have been the previous cameras in this line up. I don’t know how their flash technology works, but if it is radio based, watch out; the system is ready to go!

    It may not be as good looking as the Fuji line up, but I bet it will work and I bet you will see a real pro grade body within 6 months, because that would make sense , if you go after that market and they clearly do.

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  10. Nick Mercer

    Sample footage looks like an aliasing mess. Maybe it was just the compression.

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  11. Matthew Saville

    This definitely sounds like it’s too good to be true, but we’ll see how it performs in the real world…

    I’m still not really worried about Nikon and Canon’s “failure” to compete with the likes of this, because they’re still just a bunch of specs on paper, and real-world handling almost always leaves me with a handful of complaints about the handling.


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    • Scottie Nguyen

      maybe we have grown into lack of innovation of canon and nikon. both fell asleep. at least Nikon was smart enough to start using sony sensors and gave up on it’s own sensor. wow !!! the long anticipated 7d mark 2 looking shameful !!!

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    • Matthew Saville

      Scottie, I definitely find myself only agreeing with you on the Canon side of that assertion, and even then the 7D mark 2 to me isn’t shameful at all.

      Nikon has only gotten slightly complacent in it’s endeavors to deliver the absolute best DSLRs possible, with the D810 and D750 being absolute home runs in their respective departments, even if there are still slight gaps in the lineup. Every lineup has gaps though. Nikon is most certainly working on a mirrorless option for both full-frame and 1.5x crop sensors, but like the original D3 they’re probably waiting to do everything right the first time. If anything, the Sony A7 lineup is proof that we haven’t quite figured out what works best yet, we’re still throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks.

      Canon on the other hand has always had an attitude of superiority and elitism, in my opinion, but that is something that hasn’t changed since the film days when they overtook Nikon’s AF technology, and also with stabilization tech for a while. Ever since then, Canon’s “L” philosophy has hindered them from offering smash-hit options in all price ranges, systematically leaving out this or that feature from a camera body, or leaving out a lens or two from a lineup, in an effort to encourage consumers to upgrade un-necessarily.

      Their recent history with regards to image quality inferiority, although laughably behind in terms of DR, is also blown a little out of proportion and IMO they could bounce back from that any day now.

      All in all, yes there are a few things that need to be innovated from Canon and Nikon, within the next year or three, but nothing has hit a critical turning point yet, not even close. The 7D mk2 and the D750 will sell like hotcakes, no doubt, and after that, we may just see “the big two” begin finally answering the roar of the internet masses- pro mirrorless lineups… :-)


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    • Scottie Nguyen

      Agreed Mathew. But it’s impressive to see what Samsung threw out in there first serious SLR albeit it’s a cropped sensor. The technology they put is just jaw dropping. If they were smart, the should have made a mount where you can mount Canon or Nikon lenses. While Nikon is ahead of Canon in terms of DR, both are sleeping in terms, of all the technology Samsung is throwing out there. There was a time when digital over took film. We are at the point where mirrorless is overtaking mirrored dslr and both Canon and Nikon are really asleep. The real disadvantage everyone else has is the lens lineup. Canon and Nikon dominates the lens lineup. But at least Sony is smart enough to work with Zeiss. Samsung if it has an achilles flaw that is if they make a mount that 3rd parties can’t add an adaptor for people to use 3rd party lens. We really don’t know how good his samsung sensor is because no one has done a test with standard canon or nikon lenses that we all know are the standards to compare to. But jaw dropping with all the technology in there first serious DSLR. BSI sensor, Amoled display, 15 frames pers second !!! Bluetooth ? NFC ??? Wifi ? 4k video ??? what the heck ? the features are so out there that we don’t even know what to think. Can’t wait til a real dynamic range test from DXO. And hopefully they can use known canon or nikon lenses to compare to the 7d mark 2 or D7100. So excited about just the technology that Samsung is going to push the rest of the industry next. Even if they are not sucessful due to lens lineup, it definitely has to catch the attention of the big boys. I bet after Photokina, Canon and Nikon are going to huddle and say to themselves, wow let’s wake up cause samsung just threw a bucket of water at both of them.

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  12. Cristiano Nantes

    Wonder if it will take the crown from Panasonic’s GH4…Impressive specs! (and specs sheets are just spec sheets…)

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  13. Anthony Thurston

    I should also note, as always, specs on paper don’t always translate into good results in the real world. So I am very interested to see if this new body can live up to the expectations that will be placed on it with specs like these. Hoping I can get my hands on one to review paired up with that 50-150mm.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Also very intrigued by the GPS functionality, which apparently piggybacks on the GPS of a connected smartphone…. a rather ingenious way to get around having a dedicated GPS unit in the body. Curious to see how that works in the real world.

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