The holiday season is fast approaching, and the items to add your wish list are stacking up. If not the shiny new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, a curved T.V., or even a quad-copter, maybe you’d like to ask Santa for the brand new Samsung NX1 smart camera.
Just another mirror-less camera, you ask? Well, not exactly. This is a mirror-less camera for the traditional, “mirrored” camera fans. The build quality of the Samsung NX1 resembles that of popular, high-end DSLRs. Contributing to this style is the camera’s topside LCD display that shows pertinent shooting information, a built in flash, the placement of the electronic viewfinder (EVF), hot shoe, grip and high quality buttons/dials. If you’re looking for something that feels professional, sturdy and comfortable in the hand, it looks like the NX1 will check those boxes.
Not only does the Samsung NX1 feel sturdy, apparently it is sturdy. Unlike many of today’s mirror-less compact systems cameras (csc), the NX1 offers a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. It certainly can’t be submerged, but shooting in moderately wet or dusty conditions will be no problem.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty. What makes this camera special? Well, at a price tag of around $1,500 (body only,) the NX1 has some impressive features that are comparable, and even exceed, much more expensive DSLR cameras. Samsung’s newest camera features a 205-point autofocus system, the ability to shoot 4k video and an astounding 15 fps shutter drive. Need I remind you the Canon EOS-1D X, a near $7K camera, shoots at 14fps?
Additionally, the NX1 has a 28.2 megapixel sensor, however, it is still APS-C format. You can feel comfortable using this camera in low-light situations, as it has a native ISO range of 100-25600, the exact same as Nikon’s flagship, the D4S. Last, but not least, as with previous Samsung cameras, the NX1 has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity – a feature that will allow you to easily share your photos and connect to other devices.
So, if you’re willing to sacrifice the full frame sensor and optical viewfinder (along with some other features,) you can get a great camera comparable to many high-end DSLRs for a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, you can’t get your hands on this shiny new object just yet, but you can pre-order it with the links below.
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