Makes one wonder how many NX1 were built. 1K? 5K?
I wish the headline and the news matched.
Samsung was also interested in "communicating" cameras, etc. As the cameras in smart phones get better and better, doesn't make sense for Samsung to abandon cameras. They seemed one of the leaders in convergence.
Thanks for keeping on top of this DPR. Major issue when a capable OEM like Samsung decides (it seems) to retreat from markets; maybe, even product lines. The NX cameras are excellent and outstanding value.
What about the rest of the NX line?
dagobah: This is sad. And I really don't get the harpies crowing over their market pullback, since fewer companies and less choice is bad for consumers. While I never owned Samsung gear, I thought they had their act together and I was very impressed when trying out their latest cameras (NX500, NX Mini).
Samsung entered the digital photography market in a partnership with Pentax, rebadging the Pentax K10D and K20D as Samsung GX-10 and GX-20, and making their own version of K-mount lenses. Then they disappeared from that partnership and developed the NX line. It looked good to me, basically a well-made and well-thought-out APS-C mirrorless system. I guess the shrinking camera market really didn't allow for another mirrorless APS-C line, and Sony had already grabbed that space (with a few crumbs left to Fuji).
The Samsung NX cameras are excellent value with superior ergonomics.
No direct AF point control
How does a serious, high-end camera omit that?
And here's a DSLR fairly priced.
Focus accuracy, exposure, color balance and rendition, sensor quality, overall ergonomics, interface-Samsung is right up there with others
Chaitanya S: Battery life is a serious concern even for me. When using a DSLR with 4-5 spare batteries I can easily wander off in remote wilderness for a week or two. But with mirrorless cameras I have serious doubts as to whether I can use my camera with those 4-5 spare batteries after 3rd day of shooting in remote forests. Unless the battery life is improved to be on par with Mid level DSLRs I don't see switching over to mirrorless as a full system rather it will stay as a backup camera system for casual shooting on weekends when I dont to lug around my SLR kit.
T3 Nice tips.
Solar battery charger sounds great. It is what it is. Who thought folks would carry around a battery pack as big as the smartphone hey need to keep up to charge. The bottom line: I don't see any paradigm shifts in battery technology. Definitely one of the weak links in the modern digital photography equation. Whatever camera I have on hand, at least one extra battery is with me and leave it at that.
matthew saville: No need for a leap forward in battery technology or a fundamental change in the factory. Cell phones these days have ~3000 mAh batteries, DSLRs have ~2000 mAh batteries, and neither of those are much larger than a Sony NP-FW50, yet the Sony (A7, RX, A6000 battery) is a paltry 1020 mAh.
My older generation cell phone even has a 2000 mAh battery, and I can carry three spare batteries around that weigh nothing.
Considering how popular the deep, elongated grip on the Nikon D750 has been, I'm shocked that Mirrorless cameras haven't adopted a similar expansion of grip size, potentially offering 2-3X additional space for battery increase.
Oh well. I already bought ~30,000 mAh worth of external battery power for my Sony, since all Sony mirrorless cameras accept USB power input. Since almost all of what I do is from a tirpod, I'll just leave USB battery packs (Anker, etc.) gaff-taped to my tripod legs.
Sigma's new camera was a perfect example, All that unused real estate that could have harbored a higher capacity battery or dual batteries. Also, pro equipment should have dual card slots.
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paulnelson88: NX500 goes on sale all the time but around $599 :(
The NX 4-digit models are superb values.
Knock a few bucks off and the G9 X could be a winner. I'm not paying for a compact the same money I could get a DSLR for.
Gesture: Can't anyone figure out how to simplify the DSLR interface. Sadly, all OEMs are using comparable sub-subassemblies, locking them into archaic designs.
I think folks are confusing "simpler" with less sophisticated. No. No one has really tried to "streamline" these ridiculous interfaces with literally dozens of buttons, dials, switches, etc.
One of the reasons, I believe, is that OEMs are locked into certain subassemblies and button positions. Why are the cameras from different OEMs so alike in interface.
Can't anyone figure out how to simplify the DSLR interface. Sadly, all OEMs are using comparable sub-subassemblies, locking them into archaic designs.
sh10453: After nearly 15 years of its introduction, JPEG2000 is only hanging by a thread. It is hardly used by the main stream (although used more widely in the medical field). The major photo upload sites (such as Flickr) do not even support this format, to the best of my knowledge. This is despite the fact that it's a much better algorithm than the 1992 JPEG standard, which only supports 8-bit depths (JPEG2k supports 16-bits, more complex, wavelet-based, but requires moderate processing power).
DRM would be dead-on-arrival. Hackers will make a tool to remove it easily.Passwords on images is silly. If a single password is used, then cracking it would render your thousands of images unprotected. Using thousands of passwords would be a nightmare, not practical.
Encrypted metadata makes sense to me, but can be removed.Better yet, create your own watermark that's not easy to remove, even by FaKebook (in a new layer, adjust its visibility to acceptable level, then flatten the layers). BINGO!
Good, common sense approach.
Looks like a neat camera. I am old-fashioned. A single focal length is fine, but no one thinks outside the box. With today's lens and computer technology, I would embrace a camera that can shift to a secondary focal length, say 35 and 70.
Who makes up these prices. Knock $200 off each model for starters please.