The action camera form factor has advantages and better ergonomics but the Samsung video quality turns out to be better than we expected.
We have previously questioned if 4K was necessary for cell phone displays given the extra battery draw. Now there seems to be a justification: VR. This 5.5 inch display carries on the AMOLED tradition and apart from its higher resolution show have similar qualities to the previous generation of display.
Of course the Samsung NX1 is a discontinued product, and the rolling shutter isn’t great, but it’s still a viable camera and a great bargain if you can still find it on clearance.
Of course these phones won’t replace a proper video camera let alone a hybrid digital camera with video features, but it’s nice to know in a pinch they can record some footage that would be useable for some purposes.
The Samsung NX1 will become harder and harder to find. It’s still one of the sharpest 4K cameras available (although we find that it lacks the magic of something like a Blackmagic camera in terms of color). Here is an example of some more intensive grading.
The colors are sharpness are excellent. Sad that Samsung’s imaging divisions seems to be folding.
The NX1 may become harder to find depending on what Country you are in.
Interesting how much sharper the Samsung NX1 looks. The NX1 is a steal at its current clearance prices since you can adapt non-Samsung lenses to it.
Do note that the NX1 appears to be unsupported now in many places.
There have been rumors abounding that Nikon has purchased from Samsung the infrastructure behind the NX line of Samsung cameras. We have no confirmation as of yet and we will be surprised to find out if this is true. Stranger things have happened though. We will keep you posted.
We were very sad to see Samsung fold as their NX1 produced great 4K video (even sharper than the Panasonic GH4) and the firmware updates were frequent from Samsung. Sony needs some serious competition to their mirrorless cameras.