The Chinese website Digiphoto.techbang.com just posted the first Samsung NX mini/NXF1 High ISO full resolution sample images. By the looks of things, Samsung’s new 20.5MP BSI-MOS sensor produces very usable photos up to ISO6400. At ISO12800 noise levels increase exponentially, so that this sensitivity level doesn’t even look usable for web size images. Even so, noise performance seems to be on a much higher level than Nikon’s V1 and V2 cameras. How the new V3 will perform remains to be seen.
Category: Samsung NXF1
Today Samsung has officially announced its NX mini interchangeable lens camera, with the 20MP BSI 1” sensor. The NX mini will be released with three new lenses: a 9mm f/3.5 pancake (24mm FF equivalent), 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6 collapsible standard zoom (24-71mm equiv.) and a 17mm f/1.8 Normal prime (45mm equiv.). The former two and the NX mini are supposed to start shipping in early April, while the letter will be released at a later date.
An hour ago DPReview forum user Jerry0619 has posted first images and partial specs of the yet to be announced Samsung NXF1 1” interchangeable lens camera. According to the presentation slides the new camera will offer a 22fps burst mode, it is however not specified whether with continuous AF or with fixed AF after the first frame. Battery life is CIPA rated at almost 700 shots (!), which is quite amazing for such a small camera and such a tiny battery. The pancake will have an RRP of $179 and the compact zoom an RRP of $249. One presentation slide also mentions a 17mm f/1.8 standard prime, which’s pricing is yet to be determined. It is funny however, that Samsung uses a Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 presentation image on that slide (the girl with the gently blurred background). 😉 There will also be an adapter for mounting APS-C NX lenses on the 1” NXF1, which will cost $149.
The kit consisting of the 9mm f/3.5 pancake and camera will cost $/€449 while the kit with the 9-27mm zoom will cost $/€549. The pricing for the kits with either the 9mm and zoom or 17mm f/1.8 and zoom is yet to be determined.
Sam’s Club has listed the rumored Samsung NXF1 1“ MILC/CSC for $499, but the page is now offline. You can access it through Google Cache here. If it happens to be real and not a placeholder, it would be a nice price for essentially a Nikon J3 with an improved sensor, swivel touchscreen and a 24-73mm full frame equivalent lens.