September 25, 2014, 10:30 am
The new Samsung NX1 camera boasts an array of features to advance digital photography. It includes support for the fastest UHS-II SD cards. Since introducing the NX mount in 2010, Samsung has released 15 digital cameras and 15 lenses. The NX1 is their largest and most capable camera to date.
The NX1 features a 28.2MP APS-C sensor with backside illumination (BSI). By placing the electronics under the sensor its light gathering capabilities are improved for better high ISO performance. The sensor in the NX1 is the largest offered with BSI to date. The sensor also has 205 phase detection points (153 are cross type) covering 90% of the frame. In addition to phase detect it uses contrast detection. These sensors combine to provide 55ms focus acquisition time according to Samsung. The contrast detect auto focus is functional to -4EV.
The NX1 is capable of 15 fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus. Its quad-core DRIMe processor enables it to record 14-bit RAW files for still shooting and 12-bit for continuous shooting at full 6480 x 4320 resolution. It is also able to record 4K video at 24 fps with HEVC (H.265) compression.
The SD card slot in the NX1 can use SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and is compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II. Samsung included support for the latest UHS-II SD cards to deal with the large amount of data it can process. The UHS-II standard can provide up to 300MB/s maximum transfer speed. It is only the second digital camera to offer UHS-II support, the other camera being the Fujifilm X-T1.
The Samsung NX1 will be available starting October 22, 2014 for $1,499.99 US for the camera body, and as a kit with f/2-2.8 lens for $2,799.99. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon
Update: The Samsung NX1 SD card comparison has been added with results of memory card tests using UHS-I and UHS-II in the NX1.