Samsung, a relative newcomer in professional camera manufacturing, sprung a surprise a few months ago with the launch of a mirrorless camera the NX1 – designed to compete with cameras such as the Canon 7D MKII and Panasonic GH4.

In fact there’s quite a crowded field of good cameras in this market – both DSLR and mirrorless – including the Nikon D7100 and Fujifilm X-T1.

Not only does the Samsung NX1 offer 4K recording at 24fps, UHD at 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps, but in the higher resolutions, it encodes using the new, highly-efficient H.265 codec, a first for a camera of this type.

Last week NoFilmSchool brought to our attention some new footage from Andrew Reid which we think look pretty good for a camera which is £1,300 body only and has plenty of features designed to rival pro DSLR cameras from heavier weight companies such as Canon, Nikon and Panasonic.
Tell us what you think of the film.

Samsung NX1 with Sigma 35mm F1.4 from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.


One of the key features of the NX1 is its APS-C-sized, 28MP CMOS backside illuminated sensor, which allows the sensor to capture more light.

Other key features:
•    Hybrid AF system with 205 phase-detect points covering 90% of the frame
•    15 fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus
•    4K (DCI 4K & UHD) video recording using H.265 codec
•    Can output 4:2:0 8-bit 4K video over HDMI
•    Stripe pattern AF illuminator with 15m range
•    Weather-resistant magnesium alloy body
Context-sensitive adaptive noise reduction
•    3" tilting Super AMOLED touchscreen display
•    2.36M dot OLED EVF with 5ms lag
•    LCD info display on top of camera
•    Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
•    USB 3.0 interface
•    Optional battery grip

David Wood