When Samsung announced the NX1 flagship mirrorless camera, there was a collective eyebrow raised among photographers everywhere. 28MP and 4K video for under $1500? Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
As it turns out, it looks very sweet.
The first proof of the Samsung NX1’s 4K potential is showing that Samsung can deliver a whole lot of quality for not so much money. Andrew Reid over at EOSHD published a review of the video capabilities of the NX1 and largely praised the camera’s 4K resolution, along with the camera’s overall color and dynamic range.
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Image quality is absolutely astounding in good light on this camera. Beautiful colour and RED-like feel to detail – neither too sharp or too soft, and plenty of it. The codec is able to hold onto that very well however I am not sure how much of that is down to the clearly superb sensor in the NX1 or the new codec.
The H.265 codec is exciting; however, we are still waiting for NLE makers to get on-board with support. Now that we have a camera the leverages this efficient codec, hopefully, we will start seeing support on the major platforms.
Back in 2010, Samsung said its goal was to gain 50% of the market share for mirrorless cameras that year. While Samsung hasn’t quite reached its goal yet, the NX series is proof of Samsung’s persistence.
The Samsung NX cameras have slowly grown in quality and consumer perception. The Samsung NX1 is the culmination of 5 years of effort in the mirrorless market. It is finally a camera the pros/prosumers are raising their eyebrows at. The price point of $1499 whets the appetite even further.