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Samsung Listens To Early Adopters, Releases Major NX1 Firmware Update

By Anthony Thurston on January 25th 2015

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.

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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.

[REWIND: SAMSUNG NX1 VS. FULL FRAME CMOS: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED]

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Samsung NX1 Firmware Update Changes

Movie mode

  • 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

Wireless features

  • 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

Other additions

  • 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

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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.

What are your thoughts about this NX1 firmware update? Do you think that this will help NX1 sales? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

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.

8 Comments

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  1. Mark Murray

    This is making the camera a very viable option as a new purchase. The video improvement is impressive. Good job Samsung.

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  2. David Hall

    Very good news indeed.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    I think companies should schedule regular firmware releases Just for the sake of asking themselves what they can do better even if it’s a small tweak, rather than try to diagnose problems

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  4. Mircea Blanaru

    Very good news, indeed!! I think Samsung is doing very well!!!

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  5. Basit Zargar

    Exciting !!!!

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  6. Lex Arias

    Samsung doing it well!

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  7. aaron febbo

    If samsung keeps this up they soon could be in the same position as fuji. Its easier to overlook the small flaws when companies are doing their best to address and fix problems promptly. It says a lot about the importance of the consumer to them. Hi five samsung very well played.

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  8. Robert Moura

    Very nice when a company listens to its customers on major requests or suggestions, startying to fell confy on Samsung

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