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...]

Samsung WB210 and PL210

The Samsung WB210 and PL210 are new 14MP point and shoot cameras.

The Samsung WB210 features a 12x optical zoom lens (24-288mm equivalent) with the ability to enable a super wide angle mode that locks the lens at 21mm.  The WB210 also features a 3.5-inch touch screen display with Samsung’s new Smart Access UI system and the ability to capture 720p HD videos.  The WB210 should be available in February 2011 at an initial retail price of $279.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Samsung PL210 features a 10x optical zoom lens (27-270mm equivalent), a 3-inch LCD and 720p HD video capture.  The PL210 should be availalbe in February 2011 at an initial retail price of $199.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Samsung ST700, PL170 and PL120

The Samsung ST700, PL170 and PL120 are new dual screen point and shoot cameras introduced at CES 2011.  The ST700 features a 1.8-inch front panel LCD, while the PL170 and PL120 offer 1.5-inch front panel LCDs.

The ST700 features a 16.1MP sensor, 5x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, and a 3-inch touch screen display.  The ST700 should be available in March 2011 at an initial retail price of $279.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Samsung PL170 also packs a 16.1MP sensor and 5x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, but its 3-inch LCD is not a touch screen interface.  The PL170 should be available in March 2011 at an initial retail price of $199.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The PL120 is the entry-level dual screen model with a 14.2MP sensor, 5x optical zoom (digital stabilization only), and a 2.7-inch rear LCD screen.  The PL120 should be available in March 2011 at an initial retail price of $149.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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