Samsung made a pretty big splash with the announcement of their new flagship camera, the NX1, last week at Photokina. So, what are Samsung’s plans going forward in regards to their camera lines?
According to a new report over on Photo Rumors, the Korean electronics giant is setting its sights on building up around their new NX1 flagship, and that will be the focus of 2015 in their camera division. There was a prototype for a 300mm F/2.8 OIS lens at Photokina, and in addition to that, the rumors say we should expect a 16-60mm F/4 OIS, S 24mm F/1.4 ED, and an S 12-24mm F/2.8 Ed OIS.
Basically, the rumor report said not to expect any “consumer” level lenses from Samsung until at least 2015 as the company looks to attract more pros to their system by building around their NX1.
I am looking forward to getting the NX1 in for review, I should hopefully have the 7D Mark II in for review around the same time so I will be able to directly compare what are arguably two of the best APS-C “Pro” cameras on the market (spec wise). The NX1 is expected to begin shipping on October 15th, but pre-orders are still going strong over on B&H ($1499).
The rumor closes by stating not to expect any significant Samsung announcements (in the photography industry) for the next 6 months while these lenses are finalized. They are off to a great start with the 16-50mm F/2-2.8 and 50-150mm F/2.8, I am looking forward to seeing how they continue to build out their pro system.
What are your thoughts on this unofficial roadmap for Samsung’s 2015? Do you think that these could lure away an APS-C pro from Canon or Nikon? Leave a comment below!