Samsung Adding Android OS to Mirrorless Cameras

Samsung NX Camera Android Rumors

Samsung dropped what looks to be a pretty exciting camera with its Galaxy Camera last month, which is a heavy duty Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered point and shoot.  In it, the camera is not just one of the features, it’s the whole point of the device – something that looks to become a serious trend.

Even with manufacturers that aren’t putting a full-on Android OS inside, we’re seeing a more app-like environment that extends beyond normal camera settings and mode selections (e.g., Sony’s new Apps in NEX models and the Canon 6D‘s built-in WiFi with sharing to iOS and Android devices).  So it should come at no surprise that Samsung is expected to build (at least some) future NX mirrorless cameras around the Android OS. [Read more…]


Samsung NX200 Mirrorless Camera Announcement

Samsung NX200

The oft-rumored Samsung NX200 has finally been unveiled.  The NX200 features a Samsung-developed 20.3MP image sensor that also captures 1080p HD video.

The NX200 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800 and sports a 3.0” VGA AMOLED display.  Additionally, the NX200 makes use of a new i-Function 2.0 lens control, which is compatible with existing i-Function lenses, as well as new lenses at 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths.  Samsung also claims rapid AF and shooting speeds with a max frame rate of 7fps.

No word yet on price or release date.  Check availability on

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

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 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 NX Lens Roadmap

Samsung NX Lens Roadmap

This screenshot of Samsung’s plans for new NX-series lenses (for Samsung NX10 and NX100) in 2011 was apparently on display at Photokina 2010.

New lenses for 2011 include the following:

  • Wide Pancake: 16mm f/2.8 iFn
  • Macro: 60mm OIS f/2.8 iFn
  • Movie Pro: 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OIS iFn
  • Movie Home: 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS iFn
  • Portrait: 85mm f/1.4 iFn

[via Photo Rumors]