Wi-Fi and Samsung's 'Smart Camera Ecosystem'

Samsung's new NX range consists of three cameras, the NX20, NX210, and NX1000, all of which feature 20MP capture and built-in WiFi Connectivity. 

Today, Samsung has announced three new Wi-Fi-equipped NX models, all of which share the same 20MP CMOS sensor that was used in last year's NX200. Dpreview spent some time in Korea last month, and got some hands-on time with the new cameras as well as an exclusive opportunity to ask some senior executives about their vision for the future of the NX line, and for photography in general.

The new NX lineup consists of three models - the NX20, which replaces the NX10, the NX210, which replaces last year's popular NX200, and an entirely new NX, the NX1000, which is aimed at beginner photographers and compact camera upgraders. As well as sharing the same 20MP CMOS sensor, all three of the new NX models feature Wi-Fi connectivity.

The NX models share the 'Smart Camera' capabilities with the compact models announced earlier this year. This means they can be set to automatically back-up images every time you come back into range of your home Wi-Fi network and allow control of the camera via a 'remote viewfinder' app on compatible smartphones. There are also options for uploading to various 'cloud'-based back-up sites, to ensure both peace-of-mind and accessibilty of your images.

When you enter 'Wi-Fi' mode with the NX20, NX210 and NX1000 you'll see this screen. This is where you can select what you want to do with your pictures - among other options you can send them to a smartphone or tablet, email them, stream them to a television, or share them on social networking sites.

Samsung's latest Wi-Fi-equipped cameras can connect either via a wireless Internet router or directly to another device. This allows users to email images and share them on Facebook straight from the camera, via an internet hotspot. Alternatively, it allows photographers to browse images from their camera directly on a Wi-Fi-equipped AllShare or DLNA enabled television, or via an Android smartphone using Samsung's 'MobileLink' app. At our meeting in Seoul we asked the assembled executives for their vision of what the company is calling its 'Smart Camera Ecosystem'.

'Digital life starts with the content creator'

Nyunwoo Nam - marketing manager for the NX range told us that putting Wi-Fi into Samsung's mirrorless cameras is a logical next step. In his opinion, he explained, 'digital life starts with the content creator, the photographer who takes his or her images and then shares them. For the past couple of years Samsung has been communicating to users the fact that cameras aren't just for taking pictures, they are evolving to be used as sharing devices. Nam added 'with the addition of Wi-Fi to our NX range, users have a more convenient way to share their stories'.

Like other recently-announced compact cameras from Samsung, the new NX range is intended to fit into a connected 'ecosystem'. The new NX1000 (pictured) makes sharing very easy thanks to a direct Wi-Fi button on the camera's top plate, which initiates a menu for sharing with one touch. 

He went on - 'all of our devices will evolve to make our users' experience easier, and more enjoyable, and the camera is the first step to achieving that goal. Future products will make it even easier to connect and share media, and have fun and be creative'.

'The camera is becoming a communication tool'

So is the future one in which we're connected to everything, all the time? Byounjae Jin, principle engineer in Samsung's R&D department thinks that it is. 'People should know this already' he told us - 'this is the entire concept of devices like smartphones and it makes sense'.

It seems that Samsung doesn't envisage smartphones and cameras converging completely though - at least not yet. According to Sunhong Lim - VP Sales & Marketing, Samsung 'wants people to use their cameras and smartphones together'. He explained 'the camera is becoming a communication tool - a vehicle for communicating with others [but] phones and camera are separate products - they will co-exist'.

Comments

Total comments: 44
chalilozdemir
By chalilozdemir (4 months ago)

Samsung is my favorite productor. All products of them are be nice...

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 29, 2013)

BS!!!!! doesn't work, extremely hard to configure with software that is deficient and incomplete for the PC end of it, and the remote viewfinder app for android doesn't work on the majority of smartphones!!!

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ManVan123
By ManVan123 (Sep 29, 2012)

Nice one !

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By marinerbc (Jul 18, 2012)

very nice!.

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metalized
By metalized (Apr 23, 2012)

With its strength in smartphone market, I am sure Samsung will push some of the smartphone technologies to their camera ecosystem.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 21, 2012)

Does this mean you can "click to Facebook"?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Apr 21, 2012)

It seems obvious, looking at the number of comments posted here, that Wi-Fi is an irrelevance to photographers.

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JaFO
By JaFO (Apr 23, 2012)

Photographers probably also didn't like the digital domain at first either.
And those mirrorless camera's faced a ton of resistance as well.

I must say that this is a very interesting development.
Let's see where it takes us first.

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Atlasman
By Atlasman (Apr 20, 2012)

Unfortunately, WiFi isn't going to win them much in the way of market-share.

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vlad0
By vlad0 (Apr 20, 2012)

I will still take the 808 pureview, it has wi-fi and all that

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Apr 19, 2012)

Samsung will have a new full frame camera before Sony if they keep this up
Hey they should change the name of the NX1000 to NEX7 they look the same

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jj74e
By jj74e (Apr 20, 2012)

are you blind? how do they look even remotely similar? you sound like you're bashing samsung, but honestly that's an insult to the NEX7 to compare it to the budget NX1000

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Apr 20, 2012)

I shoot Sony so i'm use to insults

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Apr 25, 2012)

How is the NX1000 a Budget Camera? the NX200 is $899 so how is that a low budget camera that still looks just like a Sony NEX copy

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photogalleryonline
By photogalleryonline (Apr 19, 2012)

I think Samsung should be commended for making their entire range wifi friendly. I really like the idea of getting home after a shoot and not having to dick around with connecting cables and downloading shots. As long as your wifi router, computer or PS3, and camera are turned on, the camera will back itself up to your hard drive. This is what I have been waiting for. Now does anybody know if the Nikon D800 can do this?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm just waiting for a camera with built-in toaster and espresso machine. That will allow for longer photographic sessions.

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kenghor
By kenghor (Apr 19, 2012)

This must be a joke for the RAW shooters.

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Alexramos
By Alexramos (Apr 19, 2012)

Why?

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jj74e
By jj74e (Apr 20, 2012)

because there's compressed RAWs, improved buffer/shooting speed/everything? so sorry?

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metalized
By metalized (Apr 19, 2012)

I think the next logical steps are:

* sharing between cameras. If we go to a trip with some friends, how many times we will ask our friends to share some of the pictures they take with their camera? It will be easy if they implement Bluetooth or NFC sharing mechanism.

* open platform for in-camera softwares (an android version for cameras?) By open platform I mean that any software developers can create new programs for the camera, so we as camera users can add more functionality to the cameras. The programs can be downloaded from smart camera market places in internet.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Apr 19, 2012)

I've always thought it would be cool to give out cameras at parties with wifi and have all the cameras send ~2mp/1080p copies of the pictures they take to something running a slideshow on a big screen that everyone can see. This could also be live streamed to social media, etc, etc.

This was almost doable in 2008.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Apr 19, 2012)

I think it makes sense to incorporate wifi capabilities in cameras.

But I have some simple questions though. How long does it take to transfer one 20 MP RAW file to a phone? How long does it take to transfer one 20 MP jpeg file to the internet?

That will help us determine how useful this feature really is.

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viking79
By viking79 (Apr 19, 2012)

A possible option that I plan on using is shooting RAW + 2 MP JPEG. A 2 MP JPEG is enough for HD screen viewing or web sharing and will transfer very quickly.

Depending on how well that function works I might use it to transfer RAWs, etc, when out shooting. It is nice to have a backup besides the memory card.

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random78
By random78 (Apr 19, 2012)

Why would you want to transfer a RAW file to a phone? And similarly why would you post a 20MP jpeg on say facebook?

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (Apr 19, 2012)

Here is where I think it could be great.

1. Using smartphone, ipod touch, or tablet as a remote touch screen viewfinder.

2. Built in radio TTL for multiple flashes.

3. Streaming pictures I take directly to my PC or cloud based storage. (Never change memory card again during events).

4. Using my smart phone apps to post pictures to facebook/ebay/craigslist or emailing pictures to friends.

I could see how even professionals might find this very attractive.

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Atlasman
By Atlasman (Apr 20, 2012)

Videographers would really love the remote commander/viewfinder.

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kff
By kff (Apr 19, 2012)

Next step for faster process would be a sharing memory of camera and tablet via a special high speed connection etc.and next all thing which isn't about taking picture (senzor and graphical process in the camera) would do tablet e.g.a sharing to external monitors via Ei-Fi etc.

It only needs add a radio TTL control for external flashes.
Maybe it is possible to do it in the controll Android device:
sw and hw solution ...

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Apr 19, 2012)

actually nikon had wifi like 5 years ago in point and shoots. I'm not sure why it has not caught on. Perhaps it's in the implementation.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Apr 19, 2012)

More gadget cams. How about worrying more about AF speed, shot to shot times and write speeds, which are pretty abysmal as it is?

They can't even get the hang of FW releases being made properly and fixing existing problems before they add more gadgets and gizmos to the cameras.

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waitformee
By waitformee (Apr 19, 2012)

I think that is what they are looking at.

Does a pro need a wifi? When I go to the zoo, everyone that I see is hold a DSLR with a kit len. It is more profitable to sell DSLR to people who treat photography as a general interest. People like you who worries about AF speed, shot time should look at the D4, A77, 1D. not this.

Today DSLR are not toys for photographer. Anyone can have one. not only the entry level DSLR, even the pro series too.

Maybe you should expect a browser to be integrated into the NX300....

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viking79
By viking79 (Apr 19, 2012)

AF performance for the NX is very typical of the class. Not slow, not fast, and very accurate and consistent.

I have had no issue with firmware updates, all smooth sailing here. There is an issue with 3rd party RAW software not being compatible after the firmware update, but that is expected when you change the RAW format to reduce the size 25%.

Actually, Pro cameras are some of the main users of WiFi, look at the kits available for the D4 and 1Dx. Both these adapters cost nearly as much as the NX20 camera. I do think the Samsung is targeted more towards general users though.

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JWest
By JWest (Apr 19, 2012)

Don't mind snake_b - for someone who has such an obvious dislike of the brand, he seems very keen on hanging around the DPRev Samsung forums trying to troll the inhabitants. :)

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rohorn
By rohorn (Apr 19, 2012)

Snake whining about Samsung and firmware? Again?

Que predictable snake reply containing the word "fanboy".

What are the DPReview rules concerning under 18 members anyway?

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mugupo
By mugupo (Apr 19, 2012)

Good is a baby steps, but real feature people want, is a 3g or wifi function let you save your photo to a web server.

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (Apr 19, 2012)

In the screen picture i can read skydrive, i guess it's an "on the cloud" backup services. And on my android phone, i have something called "wifi access point", it's turn my phone in a wifi hotspot.

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Alexramos
By Alexramos (Apr 19, 2012)

All Samsung WiFi cameras have a Backup PC mode, there from any hotspot server you can transfer your images to you PC in home though internet.
Also in a Cloud or n online server.

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AdventureRob
By AdventureRob (Apr 19, 2012)

Good move by them. Samsung are good at upping features to cameras. I would live WiFi in my camera, is seems such an old technology to finally put in the cameras. How long have smart phones had it now?

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waitformee
By waitformee (Apr 19, 2012)

next will be NX300 with galaxy tab integrated.

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (Apr 19, 2012)

At least it's integrated, not like the overpriced 70$ wifi module from nikon ;)

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MikeMiami
By MikeMiami (Apr 19, 2012)

Overpriced Nikon $70???? Have a look at the $849.00 Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7

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viking79
By viking79 (Apr 19, 2012)

It is all about percentages. $70 is about 10% the cost of the camera for a module that sticks out the side and gets in the way. The $800-1000 modules for the D4 and 1Dx are still less than 20% the cost of the camera, and do a bit more. Both are probably "over priced", but it people are willing to pay it they are not. :)

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bacherki
By bacherki (5 months ago)

thanks

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