By now, we have all at least heard about the new Samsung NX1 and its impressive spec sheet. If you are like me, you are excited by the specs, but are really curious to see the real world performance from the camera. That said, the more I read about this camera, thanks to Samsung being so open through interviews about their new tech, the more excited I get.
In an interview with Imaging Resource that was released over the weekend, Samsung went into some of the more technical aspects of the new NX1. You can get all of those details over on their website, but here I wanted to focus on few of the more impressive (to me) facts about this new camera.
What you just watched is a visual representation of the Samsung NX1‘s new “Auto Shot” feature. In the example above, the user has set where the batter is, and from which direction the ball is coming. Then, when the ball enters the frame, the NX1‘s DrimeV processor kicks into action, tracking the ball at 240FPS until the precise moment that the ball will be within range of the bat, and the camera captures the shot. As a sports shooter, this makes me both incredibly excited and incredibly nervous about my job (haha).
This quote from the interview, really just hits home what is happening with this new auto shot mode on the NX1. “Yeah, every four milliseconds, the DRIMe V hardware clocks in the image, searches for the ball, and calculates the ball’s position change and rate of change of position, and predicts the moment that the ball will pass the reference. The speed can vary over quite a range, but the hardware rejects objects moving too fast or too slow.“
Right now, that auto shot feature is obviously pretty specific to baseball. But Samsung’s engineers are working up the algorithms for other sports as well. The interesting thing here is not necessarily that the camera can capture a perfectly timed image for you. It’s what is going on in the camera – it is not software powered, it is all on the hardware – so it’s incredibly fast.
Speaking of hardware, one of the biggest complaints we always hear about mirrorless cameras is about the EVF. Fact is that most DSLR shooters have this stigma against using EVFs. This bit from the interview is especially interesting:
DE: Latency, oh yeah, actually, I did want to ask that. So does that mean for viewfinder, because it says five milliseconds. So is that 200 frames a second?
JK: No, actually the display refreshes at about 54 fps, but the key thing is that the EVF and the sensor are sychronized. The two are genlocked, so there’s always just a 5 ms lag between what’s hitting the sensor and what’s being displayed on the EVF’s current scan line. I think we’re the only ones who can do this.
As you can see, that makes for an impressive EVF, that is visually indistinguishable from what you would see out of an OVF in terms of smooth action and all of that. The advantage though, comes from the readouts that you can see on the screen, something that is not possible with an OVF.
These are just a few of the really interesting topics that are covered in this interview over on Imaging-Resource. I highly recommend it, even if you are not all that interested in the NX1; just the very detailed information regarding the inner workings of the camera is fascinating.
What are your thoughts on this impressive technology behind the new Samsung NX1? Does this change your enthusiasm level towards the camera at all? Leave a comment below!