Samsung has announced the latest DSLR ‘NX-1’ and it is the first DSLR with wide wi-fi able system based on android after ‘Nikon DSLR’ with dual-view models. The company has yet again come up with something new, this time in the enthusiast mirror less space. For the first time ever, Samsung has managed to create an APS-C-sized, 28.MP CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semi-conductor) sensor that’s backside illuminated.
BSI sensors move all the circuitry behind the light-capturing part of the sensor which allows it to capture more light, improving low light performance and reducing noise. Until now, the largest sensor with backside illumination was 1″-type (around 1/3rd the size of APS-C). The NX1 sits in a crowded field of excellent cameras – both DSLR and mirror less – such as the Nikon D-7200, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Panasonic DMC-GH4 and Fujifilm X-T1. Each of these models has its own appeal, whether it be the excellent video specification of the Panasonic, the compactness of the Fujifilm or the all-round capability of the Nikon. While they share similar price tags and build quality and aim for broadly the same audience, the NX-1 has quite a few tricks up its sleeve beyond its clever sensor, to try to break into that respectable club.
- 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI-CMOS sensor
- Hybrid AF system with 205 phase-detect points covering 90% of the frame
- 15 fps burst shooting with continuous auto-focus
- 4K (DCI 4K & UHD) video recording using H.265 codec
- Can output 4:2:2 8-bit 4K video over HDMI
- Stripe pattern AF illuminator with 15.m range
- Weather-resistant magnesium alloy body
- 3″ tilting Super AMOLED touchscreen display
- 2.36-M dot OLED EVF with 5ms lag
- LCD info display on top of camera
- Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- USB 3.0 interface
- Optional battery grip
Context-sensitive adaptive noise reduction
These specifications high-spots will make you think about the aspiration of Samsung Cameras. Just as importantly, it incorporates one of the most extensive on-sensor phase detection systems we’ve seen. This, along with the magnesium alloy body and top-plate LCD info display, makes it clear that Samsung wants its NX system to compete with the best APS-C models on the market.As you can see, there are some features that have never been seen before on an enthusiast ILC, such as the sensor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and use of the more efficient H.265 codec. The AF illuminator has a stripe pattern which allows for its long reach, although Sony did something similar with their Hologram AF feature many years ago.
The quad-core DRIME V processor (derived from the Exynos SoC’s Samsung uses in its high-end smartphones) is capable of cranking out giant 28 megapixel images at 15 fps, recording two different flavors of ultra high resolution video, and reducing EVF lag to almost nothing. The camera has a new auto-focus system (NX AF System III) which the company says is the fastest on the market. It combines 209 contrast detection and 205 cross-type phase detect points that cover 90% of the frame.
The mix of photography that I put the NX-1 through ranged from sports to scenic to portrait even shooting the artwork for my X-100-T review with this — and it functioned as perfectly as expected throughout all.