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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 16-50mm lens review (1 of 6)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

When Samsung first announced their 16-50mm f2-2.8 lens, we were incredibly excited that they offered something quite different from their previous products. The last very serious lens that they released was their 85mm f1.4, but now the company boasts a whole new level of professional quality–or at least that was the intent.

Samsung’s 16-50mm f2-2.8 incorporates weather sealing into the design, which works perfectly with the company’s NX30 camera. It also is quite a beefy optic to hold while shooting. But beyond this, the lens was designed with 9 aperture blades and 18 elements in 12 groups. And at its pretty hefty cost, we can gladly say that this is one of the best lenses that we’ve tested for street photography.

But as we all know, a lens system works with the cameras that are available to it.

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Could the Samsung NX1 look anything like this?

Could the Samsung NX1 look anything like this?

A recent report indicates that Samsung may be working on a high-end model to complement its line of NX-series mirrorless cameras. The new camera, which could be called the NX1, will allegedly sport a much more substantial body reminiscent of the Mamiya 6 medium format rangefinder film camera of the olden days (or the Mamiya 7/7II pictured above, which looked just like it.) Apart from that, the NX1 will purportedly be equipped with loads of amazing features.

The electronic viewfinder of the NX1 is said to be the highest-resolving on the market according to the report, and it will feature some kind of new technology. Likewise, the sensor–which is, unfortunately, still APS-C and not full-frame, as many will have hoped–is said to sport 28 megapixels and to deliver outstanding performance especially at higher ISO settings. Autofocusing will allegedly be of a hybrid nature like that of the Sony A6000, yet with more AF points.

The reported release date of the camera is this fall, which means it’s possible that we’re actually going to see it at photokina. The body along will reportedly cost $1,300, and in kit with the 16-50mm lens (we assume it is going to be the f2-2.8 version) the NX1 will sell for $2,300. As always, take this information with a grain of salt, as there is currently no way of verifying it. We’d sure be excited to see a camera like this, though–although we would’ve been even more excited about a full-frame mirrorless camera from Samsung.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Samsung NX Mini Product Images (3 of 7)

Samsung has carved a little niche for itself in the mirrorless camera space. So far, we’ve been impressed with the image quality and built-in WiFi sharing functionality of the NX30 and NX300. The company claims that it’s second in the compact system camera market, and now it’s looking to expand its horizons with a new 1″-sensor camera. The NX Mini is not only smaller than Samsung’s previous APS-C camera bodies, it also requires a whole new NX-M lens mount…and yes, it has a 180-degree flip-up screen for selfies.

The NX Mini is a bold step for Samsung, whereas Fujifilm has stuck to its APS-C-sized guns and Olympus with the Four Thirds sensor. But this new smaller camera brings a host of questions as to the quality of its diminutive sensor and how many lenses we can expect for this new, smaller mount. While there’s no way to answer the latter question for now, we can find out what Samsung’s smallest camera yet is cracked up to be.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX30 first impressions photos (7 of 11)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Tired of lugging around your full-sized DSLR around? Samsung hears your groans and on June 4th it’s hosting a Ditch Day event at New York City‘s Times Square, letting everyone trade in their bulky mirror flipping camera for a mirrorless one. The free event is being held next week from 12PM to 6PM and it will let everyone try out Samsung’s full line of cameras from the Galaxy Camera 2, NX Mini, NX30, and NX3000.

Samsung hopes to showcase what its mirrorless cameras can with a set of slot cars racing down a speedway. Photographers can also partake in high-resolution selfies with the NX Mini and panoramic shots to create wide, sweeping images of Times Square.

Visitors so taken aback by the quality of Samsung’s mirrorless cameras will even be able to trade in their DSLRs for a new Samsung NX30 camera coupled with the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 OIS lens. Additionally attendees could receive a $50 rebate towards the purchase of a Samsung NX camera when they pledge to #DitchtheDSLR on Twitter.

Interesting, huh?

Kevin-Lee-The-Phoblographer-Samsung-NX3000-Product-Images-1 We thought Samsung might have been all out of cameras with its DSLR-styled NX30 and the miniature NX Mini. But now the Korean electronics firm has announced a new NX3000 mirrorless camera featuring a 20.3MP APS-C format CMOS sensor.

Sitting between the bulky NX300 and the super petite NX Mini, the NX3000 has a smaller body that fits inline with Canon’s EOS M and the Nikon V3. While the camera has a similar 20.3MP sensor as its older NX300 brother, the NX3000 has adopted the NX mini flip up screen for taking selfies. What’s more the NX3000 has a new feature called  “Wink Shot,”which allows you to have the camera take selife for you by winking at at it. When you’re done admiring yourself, you might notice the back LCD is a gorgeous 460,800-dot IPS screen.

Overall the NX3000 is a slight step down from the NX300 with a slower maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 of a second and only 5fps. Still, that more than enough to let shooters keep up with bigger entry-level DSLRs such as the Canon SL1 and Nikon D3300. As ever, this Samsung camera has Wi-Fi built-in, which will let photographers easily pair the camera with their smartphones to edit images

The Samsung NX3000 hits shelves on June 1st and will be available in black, brown, and white. The camera will come kitted with the 20-50mm f3.5-5.6 ED II lens and SEF-8 flash unit for $479. Alternatively, for $529 the kit includes a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom lens plus the same attachable flash. Check past the jump for even more images and specs. [click to continue…]


The Samsung Galaxy NX30 was introduced at CES 2014 with a lot of fanfare by the company’s reps. Excited by the wide range of lenses and the growing lineup of mirrorless cameras, Samsung has truly started to make a name for themselves within the camera industry. The NX30, their newest flagship NX model, looks and feels strikingly similar to its predecessor, the NX20. However, the NX30 offers a few new features that might have Samsung enthusiasts singing its praises.

By now, Samsung cameras are synonymous with innovation. Samsung has had to fight its way into the market, but fight they have! Creating a camera that not only feels good, takes great pictures and has awesome features is not an easy task, but this camera company is doing just that.

The NX30 offers users a 20.3 MP APS-C image sensor, a new hybrid AF, top shutter speeds of 1/8000 sec, and 9 fps in continuous shooting even when capturing images in the RAW format. The AMOLED screen has gotten a big boost in resolution and the new, tilting EVF is an innovative feature. If you love sharing your images immediately, the camera offers both Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC. But the hefty price tag of about $1000 may have some camera buyers looking for less expensive options.

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