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Samsung Working On A Possible Special Edition NX-1?

By Anthony Thurston on March 30th 2015

The Samsung NX1 has been on the market now for a short time, and already, it seems Samsung is looking to possibly bring a special edition of the powerful mirrorless camera to market.


According to a report over on Mirrorless Rumors, Samsung is toying with the idea of a camera they call the NX1-LX. The camera would essentially be a lower megapixel version of the current NX-1, but with a few notable features of its own:

  • 10% lighter body compared to NX1, slightly different grip
  • 60fps at 4k, full sensor readout
  • Swivel display
  • 1.5 stop better DR and high ISO compared to NX1
  • A Samsung-led video lamp is also in development to bundle with NX1-LX

Currently, Samsung is testing the camera and is in the process of trying to decide if it is worth bringing such a camera to market. So, while this rumor may be correct, they may just decide it’s not worth it and scrap it.

[REWIND: Initial Thoughts on Samsung’s NX1]

In my opinion, I like the sound of the camera, but Samsung needs to develop their lens line first. They have a good start, their 16-50mm and 50-150mm are stellar lenses, but we need some good fast primes and longer telephoto/ultra-wide lenses before anyone can completely switch to the Samsung system.

They are facing the same issues that Sony is facing with the FE mount, only Sony has a bit of a head start in the lens department. So, while I think the Samsung camera above sounds good, their energies would be better spent on developing a ton of new lenses, because without more attractive (and easily affordable) lenses, there is no market for more cameras.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

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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. satnam singh

    great article !

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Yeah, it’s interesting how the electronics companies (Samsung and Sony in particular) have approached this differently than those known for optics (Olympus, Fujifilm). The lens availability and quality — particularly for smaller sensors — really is a key factor, more I think than your ability to introduce four new bodies every six months.

    That’s also got to at some point be a bottom line issue. How many bodies does anyone really need at any given time? And whatever that number is, you probably want at least one lens for each one, and a bunch more lenses to adapt to your specific situation.

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  3. robert garfinkle

    I’m holding off on buying a Samsung Camera – until the put a phone in it :)

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  4. Graham Curran

    Totally agree, bringing out new bodies without a good range of lenses to back it up is not the best marketing decision.

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  5. adam sanford

    So it’s like an A7s for Samsung? Fewer pixels, better low light, and video friendly? Interesting.

    Agree with you, Anthony. As great as Sony’s sensors are, their development pipeline is super heavy on bodies while terribly light on glass. Samsung would do well to load up on glass to remove/lessen migration problems for those interested in the NX1, which has a lot going for it under the hood.

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