A lot can be said for a company that listens to its customers and makes a real effort to try and make their products work better for them. Fujifilm built its stellar reputation on the back of listening to customers and providing meaningful firmware updates with requested features and changes.
It should be no surprise that other manufacturers see the success that has caused, and tries to emulate that. The latest to do so, being Samsung, who only a few short months ago announced their new flagship NX1. They already have a major firmware update that adds requested features and makes requested changes.
Samsung has listened to their early adopters, and the result of that listening is this monster firmware update (much of which aimed at video professionals), which is now available.
Samsung NX1 Firmware Update Changes
- Audio levels adjustable during movie capture
- ISO adjustable during movie capture
- 23.98p and 24p frame rates for 4K UHD and 1080 video
- ‘Pro’ movie quality setting added for 1080 capture
- Wider range of display options, including gridline, center, aspect ratio and action-safe area markers
- Output time code over HDMI (for use with external recorders)
- C Gamma and D Gamma curves added for movie shooting
- Master black level
- Luminance level limiting [0-255], [16-235], [16-255]
- AF speed control for smoother refocusing (3 settings)
- AF responsiveness control (dictates camera’s readiness to change AF subject)
- Added tools for selecting and grabbing frames from video
Physical interface changes
- Autofocus lock option in movie mode (if set to AEL button)
- AF/MF toggling in movie mode (AF ON button option)
- Wi-Fi and [REC] buttons’ functions can be swapped
- AF On and AEL buttons’ functions can be swapped
- Command dials’ direction of operation can be reversed
- Add ISO or Exposure Comp. to command dial (customizable per PASM mode)
- DoF Preview and Delete buttons customizable
- Auto ISO options (ISO, ISO Customizing, Minimum Shutter Speed) arranged together in menus
- Smartphone App can operate as remote release using Bluetooth
- ‘Quick Transfer’ to automatically send thumbnails to a smartphone as they’re shot
- Pair with multiple smart devices
- Check for firmware updates over Wi-Fi
- Trap Shot feature – fires shutter when a subject crosses a specified guideline
- Samsung Remote Studio for thethered shooting from Windows PC
- Samsung to release SDK for Windows to allow independent remote control software creation
As you can see, this is quite the update. If you currently own an NX1, or you are thinking about picking one up soon, you can download the new firmware now. Just visit Samsung’s website here to download, and then follow the instructions to update it from the comfort of your own home.