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Samsung’s New NX Mini Announced, Joins Nikon In 1-Inch Sensor Land

By Anthony Thurston on March 19th 2014

The Nikon 1 just got some direct competition in the form of the newly announced Samsung NX Mini. Late last night, Samsung announced its latest ILC, a small, lightweight, mirrorless ILC with a 1 inch sensor.

Until now, the only other ILC with a 1 inch sensor was the Nikon 1 system, but now, it seems, Samsung is looking to draw people away from the expensive and disappointing Nikon 1 offering.

Samsung NX Mini Specs


  • 20.5MP 1″ BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ 460.8k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 6 fps RAW Continuous Shooting at 20MP
  • Extended Sensitivity to ISO 25600
  • Wink Shot for Self-Portraiture
  • NX-M 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6 ED OIS Lens

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This camera is clearly aimed at the smartphone crowd, who wants something small and portable, but is capable of shooting better images than their phone. This will certainly be capable of that, but I wonder if maybe this is a bad market to target.

Is the hassle of having to carry lenses around going to defeat the purpose of this camera and system? I guess if they stick to the 24-70mm equivalent kit lens then that may not be so much of a worry, because that is a pretty good focal range for an everyday walk around camera like this.

There is no pre-order availability on these cameras, they will be available for purchase starting April 1st. But if you are interested you can head over to B&H to set the item up on your wishlist to be notified once it is available for purchase.

What are your thoughts on this new camera and system? Is there any future for 1 inch sensors? Share your thoughts below to join the discussion.

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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.

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  1. Rick

    I don’t know; this is basically a P&S which I personally believe is dying. I think for the vast majority of folks, a smartphone is good enough. And in many cases, it’s all you have on you anyhow.

    And for the DSLR, MF, etc. crowd, we’ll continue to use our equipment for numerous things that cannot be done (or only done poorly) with such cameras.

    These days, I shoot both iPhone 5S and an EOS 6D. I have not used my P&S (PowerShot; forget the model #) for at least two years now.

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