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Samsung has announced its new NX mini mirrorless camera, which uses a smaller sensor and lens mount than its existing NX system. Sporting a new 20.5MP 1"-type BSI-CMOS sensor, the NX mini is the slimmest mirrorless camera on the market. It uses a new NX-M lens mount (with a 2.7x crop factor), with two lenses available at launch: a 9-27mm zoom F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom (equivalent to 24-73mm) and 9mm F3.5 pancake (equivalent to 24mm). A third lens, 17mm F1.8 OIS lens (equivalent to 45mm) is coming this summer, along with an adapter for NX lenses. Other features include an LCD that flips up 180 degrees, Wi-Fi with NFC, 1080/30p video, and Samsung's usual assortment of bells and whistles.

The camera is priced at $449 / €399 with the 9mm lens, or $549 / €499 with the 9-27mm lens and external flash. The lenses will also be available separately for $179 and $279, respectively. As yet we have no details on UK pricing.

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Press Release:

Carry the Style, Capture the Best’ with the new Samsung NX mini SMART Camera

Leading a new ‘Selfie’ trend, shoot outstanding images in style with the world's slimmest interchangeable-lens camera

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. - March 18, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the launch of the NX mini, the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. The portable and stylish design of the SMART Camera NX mini, along with its stunning image quality makes it the “go-to” device for great photography, allowing users to capture special moments in stunning detail. With NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows users to take impressive shots that can then be shared quickly and easily, for friends to enjoy in real time. 

"The NX mini has both style and substance, perfect for trendsetters looking for a fun way to capture their life in outstanding photo quality,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung introduced the first flip up touch display camera in 2011 as a leader of the selfie trend, and has designed the device in response to evolving consumer demands. This approach is exemplified by the NX mini, with features such as a 3.0-inch Flip up Display and wide angle lens exclusively designed to address the global passion for selfies. Its lightweight design also means that it can slip in a pocket, for photography anywhere and everywhere.”

As the slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera on the market, the NX mini is the ultimate way to capture life on the go without any hassle. Weighing only 158g (body only) and sporting an ultra slim (22.5mm) design, the NX mini can easily slip into almost any pocket or bag, yet still delivers the powerful results passionate photographers demand. The camera features a solid premium metal body with a luxurious leatherette finish, making the camera the natural choice for style-conscious shooters looking to make a statement. Available in five different colors (white, pink, mint green, brown and black) users can choose the color that best suits their style.

The 'selfie' has found a permanent place in vocabularies across the world in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of stopping.  Reflecting this recent consumer trend, the NX mini has a range of exclusive features which allow photographers to effortlessly indulge in the global trend of self-shooting. With a 75.2mm (3.0-inch)Flip up and Touch Display that flips 180-degrees, users can frame images of themselves perfectly. The NX mini’s powerful optical performance provides crisp and clear, high quality images ensuring that the subjects in the photos are always looking their best. With the ultra-slim 9mm wide angle lens, the NX mini can capture group shots from an arm’s length away, so users can easily frame themselves and be part of group memories.

Maintaining a flattering pose while also attempting to press the shutter release button when self-shooting can be tricky, but the NX mini's new Wink shot feature makes it the perfect hands-free way to capture the real you. Users simply need to set up their shot and wink at the camera to capture an image. Once a wink is detected, the NX mini takes a shot automatically after two seconds, without having to press any buttons. 

Despite its slim appearance, the NX mini packs a big performance in to its small body. Its large 1-inch type 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor enables users to capture high quality images, ensuring no details are missed. With the highest resolution in its class, pictures captured with the NX mini burst with vivid color.

The NX mini's impressively fast 6fps Continuous Shot mode allows photographers to take continuous shots, so every detail can be captured and no moments are missed. The fast 1/16000 sec Shutter Speed freezes fast moving scenes, allowing for the dramatic capture of motion in crisp detail, without blurring.

Tag & Go, Simply Tap to Share Memories

As with all of Samsung’s 2014 SMART cameras, the NX mini features advanced Wi-Fi and NFC integration that makes it seamless to share images. Exclusive to Samsung, Tag & Go connectivity allows the NX mini to pair with NFC-enabled devices, such as smartphones or tablets, simply by touching the two together. Once paired, users can:

  • Select and transfer multiple images to the paired mobile devices through Mobile Link;
  • Send images to up to four devices with Group Share, eliminating the time-consuming and repetitive process of sending pictures to multiple friends;
  • Control the NX mini via a smartphone with Remote View Finder Pro;
  • Use the camera as a Baby Monitor.  When noise is detected, the paired smartphone is activated via an app, allowing parents to see if they need to attend to their child.

Additionally, extensive storage options are integrated into the NX mini and images can be uploaded directly from the camera to the cloud for an easy storage solution. Users can upload their pictures directly from the NX mini to both Dropbox and Flickr, the popular photo sharing site. Dropbox provides 2GB of free storage to new users, accessible from just about any device and with Flickr users can upload up to a terabyte of images.  With all the storage and sharing technology built into the NX mini, it’s easier than ever to share and store beautiful images.

Specialized NX-M Lenses for NX mini

Samsung has introduced three NX mini lenses (NX-M) which are optimized for use with the NX mini body, providing a variety of options to meet individual shooting preferences.

  • The NX-M 9mm F3.5 ED lens has an ultra-slim design and its wide angle makes it the ideal choice for those capturing landscapes and self-portraits. This lens also provides the optimum angle for taking selfies, ensuring the camera becomes the go-to choice for those looking to share the best of themselves.
  • The NX-M 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens is a micro-compact zoom lens with a stylish design and is small enough to comfortably fit in pockets and bags. This compact-sized standard zoom lens offers a variety of shooting options from wide-angle to telephoto shots, with optical image stabilization for sharp results.
  • With the NX-M 17mm F1.8 OIS lens, photographers can enjoy a beautiful bokeh effect which makes the highly detailed subject stand out from the surroundings.

NX mini owners will also be able to use fifteen NX lenses with the device by using a specialized NX-M Mount Adapter (ED-MA4NXM). These lenses are sold separately.

Pricing and Availability

The NX Mini will be available in early April in a variety of configurations. It will retail for $449, paired with the new 9mm NX-M lens, or $549 when paired with the 9-27mm lens and SEF-7A flash. NX-M lenses will also be available separately.  The 9mm and 9-27mm NX-M lenses will retail for $179 and $279, respectively.  The 17mm NX-M lens will be available at a later date.

*The world’s slimmest & lightest interchangeable lens camera (March 19, 2014, Result of Samsung internal research)

Samsung NX Mini specifications

Price
MSRP$449 / €399 (with 9mm lens), $549 / €499 (with 9-27mm lens, external flash)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 x 3080, 3648 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3712 x 2088, 2640 x 2640, 2976 x 1984, 2944 x 1656, 2000 x 2000, 1728 x 1152, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 1024
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacePrimary color filter
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 160 - 12800 (extends to 100-25600)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (SRW v3.0)
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness
  • Saturation
  • Color
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points21
Lens mountSamsung NX-M
Focal length multiplier2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,800
Touch screenYes (Capacitive touchscreen)
Screen typeTFT-LCD (180 degree tilt)
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Smart
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Beauty Face, Best Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Firework, Light Trace, Continuous Shot, Kids Shot, Food, Parties and Indoors
Built-in flashYes
External flashYes (via proprietary hotshoe)
Flash modesSmart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Bracketing
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes (2-30 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesmicroSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with Smart Camera 3.0 features
Remote controlYes (wired)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionB740 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)650
Weight (inc. batteries)196 g (0.43 lb / 6.91 oz)
Dimensions110 x 62 x 23 mm (4.33 x 2.44 x 0.91)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Lens specifications 

 Samsung NX-M 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OISSamsung NX-M 9mm F3.5 ED
Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lensPrime lens
Max Format size1″
Focal length9–27 mm9 mm
Image stabilisationYesNo
Lens mountSamsung NX-M
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6F3.5
Minimum apertureF11.0F13.0
Number of diaphragm blades75
Aperture notesCircular Aperture Diaphragm
Optics
Elements96
Groups85
Special elements / coatings2 Aspherical elements, 1 Extra-low Dispersion element1 Aspherical element, 1 Extra-low Dispersion element, 1 Xtreme High Refractive element
Focus
Minimum focus0.14 m (5.51)0.11 m (4.33)
Maximum magnification0.18×0.11×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualUnknown
Physical
Weight73 g (0.16 lb)31 g (0.07 lb)
Diameter50 mm (1.97)
Length30 mm (1.16)13 mm (0.49)
Filter thread39 mm
Filter notesNo filter thread
Hood suppliedNo