Samsung NX Prototypes: Fun Form-Factors

Recently, Samsung gave us a look into the development of NX lenses and what the future might hold for the format of its mirrorless camera system.  Along with that look, Samsung teased us with the above image that shows off several different designs of prototype NX-system cameras and lenses.

I’m not so sure about the ergonomics the Hassy-esqe design, but it sure has a nice retro look to it.

What do you think?  What kind form-factor would be ideal for your shooting needs/wants?

[Samsung via Photo Rumors]

Samsung NX20 and NX200 Coming Soon…

The Samsung NX10, which was supposed to be the start of Samsung’s plan to dominate the mirrorless camera market, was an ok camera.  The updates to the NX system have been sparse – with the NX100 and its iFunction lenses adding a bit of “compact” option for mirrorless camera shoppers.  And the iFunction was a surprisingly enjoyable feature to use.

Then the Samsung NX11 was announced.  Then it was quietly delayed.  Now, the US will only get a very limited release (if any).  And, frankly, that’s just fine because the camera sat in an awkward not-a-real-upgrade category.

Instead of the NX11, it looks like the NX20 and NX200 will be released this Summer as proper replacements to the NX10 and NX100.  According the the leaky rumor mill, they will feature sensors with even higher resolutions than the existing NX models’ 14.6MP sensors.

If Samsung wants to grab half of the mirrorless camera market, the NX20 and NX200 had better be pretty darn special because Panasonic, Sony and Olympus are off to a much stronger start…

[h/t Photo Rumors & 1001NC]

Samsung NX11 Launch Delayed Until Mid-April . . . Probably

Just got word on the lingering Samsung NX11, which was announced in December 2010 with an anticipated release date of February 2011.  After checking it out at CES 2011 and posting a hands-on review, I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to show up at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.

But those retailers don’t even have a product listing for the camera yet – a bit odd for a camera that was supposed to be out last month. [Read more...]

2011 Samsung NX Series Lens Line Up Unveiled

Samsung has unveiled its plans for five new lenses for its NX system to be available later this year.  All of the new lenses will be i-Function lenses and will be staggered in their release beginning in May.  The new lenses are as follows:

  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS (available in May)
  • 16mm f/2.4 (available in July)
  • 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA (available in August)
  • 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA (available in October)
  • 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS (available in December)

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Samsung PL20 and ES80 Announced

Samsung has announced a pair of budget-friendly compact cameras in the new PL20 and ES80.

The PL20 sports a 14MP sensor and 5x optical zoom lens (27-135mm equivalent).    The PL20 also captures 720p HD video at 24fps.  The Samsung PL20 should be available in March at an initial retail price of $119.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The ES80 is a 12MP basic point and shoot camera with a 5x optical zoom lens (27-135mm equivalent).  The Samsung ES80 carries an initial retail price of $99.99 and should be available in April.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More photos and specs for the cameras below. [Read more...]