Taking The NX Step
Samsung doesn’t take half measures when it comes to building their flagship devices and their latest addition to their NX series cameras, the prosumer grade NX1 is one of the most impressive examples of engineering seen.
For starters, the NX1 packs a potent 28-Megapixel APS-C format, As well as having 28 million pixels, the sensor inside the NX1 is back-illuminated, which means that its circuitry is away from the imaging area, allowing the photo receptors to be made larger. That’s the first time this has been done with a sensor larger than 1-inch type. There’s also no optical low pass filter. These factors combine to enable the NX1 to record an impressive level of detail.
The camera shoots at an incredible 15 frames per second. What’s more, the images are full resolution and continuous autofocusing is possible. Samsung claims that the NX1 can shoot at this rate for 78 Fine Quality JPEGs or 21 raw files. On top of this, the NX1 is also capable of UHD/30p (3,840 x 2,160) and 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video capture with the more efficient H.265 (HEVC) codec. Autofocusing is handled by a new system which has 205 Phase Detection AF points and 209 contrast detection points so the majority of the image frame is covered. It also operates in very low light, but if levels fall below -4EV a green focus assist light shines a grid pattern over up to 15m.
Externally, the NX1 looks and feels like a full frame camera. A top-mounted mono LCD status display, a 3-inch 1,036K dot pixel Super AMOLED touchscreen, an OLED electronic viewfinder, a trio of control dials let you tweak ISO, white balance, exposure settings and more on the fly.
There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11/ac, Bluetooth and NFC to pipe shots to other gear. The NX1 was able to serve up shots with excellent levels of detail and accurate exposures under all but the most challenging situations. Shots were gorgeous at ISO 400 and under and even at ISO 1600 shots taken at dusk were captured beautifully with excellent noise control. The NX1’s 15fps continuous shooting mode did a great job at fast moving subjects.
The EVF did well without any sign of flickering or lag. Captured 4K video was fantastic. All said, the NX1 is a powerful mirrorless camera that delivers right where it counts with fast and accurate autofocus, great 4K video, excellent build quality and an extensive array of connectivity options.