September 18, 2015 at 5:42AM, Edited September 18, 6:28AM

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Samsung NX1 Test

Recently got my hands on Samsung NX1, decided to risk and try to film music video with it.

Almost no budget piece with small prep time and small filming time, so decided to giv camera a go.

Film in 25h straight, because shed location we had only for one night, bar location was available only for few hours.

Mostly filmed with Samsung NX1 with Canon 24-70mm 4f using Ronin-m with Lilliput 7-inch LCD on top.

Filmed in 4k and downscaled to 1080p.

About camera: NX1 ir pretty sweet camera in general, with h.265 you can record many hours with 4k in one 64gb SD card, (Together we recorded 70gb - it's about 10h) also 100fps setting is good for slow-mo, but camera even in kind of flat profile is overly sharp I had to unsharpen it in post. Now new firmware update have setting similar to s-log.

The battery is really weak, if you don't turn off camera between shots it's out of juice in 1h, but it lasts longer then a7s batteries. Fun Fact: Camera shows 100% for very long time then drop to 80% and dies almost immediately after 20%. Internal screen is very sharp and clear even when someone is blasting 800w arri light in screen.

While filming in shed I started with 400iso, because I was able to multiply power of light with help of fog, but it turned out that one actor has some kind of allergic reaction from fog so we had to get all fog out and we continued without it, I had to rise Iso almost until 1600, the image is not very noisy even while filming with 1600 iso, but it has that nasty digital, blocky noise that is not pleasant for eyes. With some color digging you can minimise the noise, but still it don't look as good as Gh4 grain.

Converted with FF-mpeg open source

Edited in Premier Pro CS6 in Proxy mode using Macbook air 13' partly hooked up to Dell U2312HM

Graded in Resolve 12

In editing process with found out many missing shots and continuity errors, but what do you think of footage and clip?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-HJksZLMM

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It feels oversharp imho. Did you turn down contrast and sharpness in camera before shooting?

September 22, 2015 at 12:00PM

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Giovanni Bocchi
Filmmaking & CGI Student
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Yes, I did. The camera together with sharp lens is just crazy. I should have used Something more soft, like Sigma 24-70mm or some vintage lens.

September 23, 2015 at 6:19AM

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Krists Luhaers
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Cinematographer Ed David has provided some great tips for attaining cinematic imagery on the NX1, and Andrew Reid at EOSHD.com has a guide and software made for maximizing it's filmic capabilities. My main use for the NX1 is event videography, so it's extreme sharpness is desirable, but knowing that it has the potential for film-like images is a nice bonus. I'd like the option for less compressed footage, but otherwise I'm very pleased with it.

September 23, 2015 at 3:44PM, Edited September 23, 3:45PM

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Marc B
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Thanks!
I really dig the image compered to Mid-class Canon DSLR.
Image is really good.

September 24, 2015 at 3:51AM

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Krists Luhaers
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Thanks for posting this. I like the way it looks. I figure the look can be softened (if I so desire) w/ older lenses. The colors look good.

March 30, 2016 at 2:57PM

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What were your gamma settings?

May 22, 2017 at 4:58PM

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