November 27, 2014

Promising New Footage from the 4K Samsung NX1 & a Comparison to the GH4 & 5D3

Samsung NX1 vs GH4
In September, Samsung announced the NX1, a fully-featured mirrorless camera that shoots 4K video to the highly-efficient h.265 video codec. New footage from the NX1 shows that it's a strong competitor to the GH4 and A7s.

Andrew Reid recently put the Samsung NX1 to the test in a lengthy review over on EOSHD. He also managed to shoot a comparison video which compared the NX1 to a few other cameras including the GH4 and the 5D3. The results of these videos speak for themselves.

Here's what Andrew had to say about how he shot the above videos, as well as his overall impressions of the NX1:

The Samsung NX1 is perhaps the best 4K internal interchangeable lens camera on the market for shooting in good light. Unfortunately I had in Berlin only cloud-light for this shoot and a rather cheap NX kit zoom with a slow aperture. Even then, the results are impressive. The studio test scene was shot using a Canon EOS mount adapter to Samsung NX mount. Lenses - Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 (on all cameras). The GH4 used a Nikon mount Speed Booster to magically become Super 35mm / APS-C like the NX1. I prefer the colour in good light on the NX1 to all the other cameras, and resolution is spectacular. I also prefer it to raw on the 5D Mark III. Thank you, H.265.

Based on the above videos, the NX1 can produce images with an incredible amount of detail, surpassing even the incredibly sharp GH4. What impresses me even more than the detail and resolution of the NX1, however, is the naturalistic color that it produces. It's extremely clean and balanced for the most part, and the skin tones that are in these videos look extremely nice. On the other hand, this is very clearly not a low light camera, despite having a larger sensor than the GH4 and a more advanced codec. Ultimately, the jury is still out on the NX1, and it likely will be until we see how it performs with an external recorder like the Shogun.

Make sure to head on over to EOSHD to read the full review of the NX1, as Andrew has some great insights into where this camera will fit into the current landscape of 4K mirrorless cameras.

The Samsung NX1 is currently available for pre-order from B&H    

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Headline should say "from 4k SAMSUNG NX1"...

November 27, 2014 at 8:44PM, Edited November 27, 8:44PM

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Pat Heine
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Thanks Pat! This is how I feel right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ViF6JRNjTk

November 27, 2014 at 9:29PM

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Rob Hardy
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I've followed Andrew at EOSHD for a while. Super insightful and very helpful.

November 28, 2014 at 3:01PM, Edited November 28, 3:01PM

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Josh Paul
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First of all, I want to apologize if i'm making a lot of mistake. English is not my native language, but I will try my best :-)

Even if I totally agree that the image quality from a GH4 is pretty impressive, and this new test NX1 seems pretty promising, I find this all "4K" thing really overrated...

I see a lot of people giving bad reviews or bad comments on Canon cameras, and keep praising the new digital phenomenon. First off all, people have to understand that, if you give a 6D, a 5DmkIII or arri alexa to Rogers Deakins, he will be able to produce beautiful image with each camera. For sure, he will have more flexibility with a Alexa, but the 5d will still produce beautiful image IN THE RIGHT CONDITION.

My point is, if someone doesn't have a camera and he has an unlimited budget , for sure I will tell him to take the best camera available. But for the rest of us, with limited budget, don't forget that the most important thing, is to work our craft, focus on the editing, focus on transmitting a message or an emotion, etc...

Focusing on the technical is important , yes, but only if it helps you to make a message clearer. Like we say in french " la forme doit être au service du fond " ( the form has to be a the service of content).

So for all the guys with "bad" cameras, don't forget to keep creating, and don't start to collect the "best" camera or the "best" lenses...Because it will never stop.

November 27, 2014 at 9:13PM

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I agree with many of your statements (as I'm sure 90% of the listeners reading these pages would). But, as this is a gear review, I would hope it is honest and true, disregarding what is possible with cheaper camera's and glass. Sure, you can shoot great things on a Canon T2i.. Will they look as good as a GH4 or NX4 shooting in 4k, probably not. That's the point of gear reviews though, so people that do have a little extra money know where they can spend it should they be wanting to.

November 27, 2014 at 11:53PM

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Agreed.

I just also really enjoy gear. It's really exhausting to hear lectures about how gear isn't important and everyone needs to be better storytellers every time I want to look at cool new cameras or lights.

November 28, 2014 at 2:51PM, Edited November 28, 2:51PM

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Josh Paul
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Totally agree Robert. There is nothing in these test videos that make me want to run out and dump my Mkiii and it's lenses. I don't blow my 5d footage up 3x. The 5dmkiii still produces beautiful images,and by the time this all sorts itself out, Canon will likely have a competing 4k DSLR. The takeaway is if you need 4k, go buy it. If you don't, there is no reason to dump perfectly useable gear for this quality. For my money, I'd rather buy a decent script!

November 28, 2014 at 1:46AM

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It was only a matter of time before Samsung decided to kill the competition.
The NX range started well for stills but has gradually got better and better.
In the next few years they will be the go to piece of kit for stills and video.

November 28, 2014 at 7:02AM

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Stelrad Two Machine Doulton
Editor by choice, film maker by necessity.
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These small, mirrorless cameras are looking really promising. I just checked-out Samsung's 50-150mm lens, with OIS and a 'smart control' to allow adjustments in ISO/aperture from the lens itself.

The biggest challenge seems to be handling the H.256 codec. But if Adobe and Apple add native support for this, I reckon I'll choose the NX1 above the GH4.

November 28, 2014 at 11:55AM, Edited November 28, 11:55AM

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Erm, *H.265*. Don't try handling H.256, you'll call up spirits from the underworld.

November 28, 2014 at 11:57AM, Edited November 28, 11:57AM

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what brand of EOS to NX mount was used?

November 28, 2014 at 12:19PM, Edited November 28, 12:19PM

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AJ Lodge
made a movie once
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Panasonic + Filmcovert won me. lol.

November 30, 2014 at 4:29AM

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Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor
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Okay so it's official...no one has an excuse NOT to have a descent camera. Between Samsung, BMCC, Sony, etc, for a few grand, we all can get some good gear and tell stories. I personally like BlackMagic the best for image quality. All the rest is still looking dslr-ish to me. Just my opinion.

December 1, 2014 at 7:21PM, Edited December 1, 7:21PM

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Caleb Price
Director
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The 4K NX1 sure sounds great - but I did more digging (reading) online. The new H.265 codex it uses is difficult - and time consuming - to transcode, even on a new Mac Pro. For simple ease of use, the GH4 still wins, although it's colors may not be quite as punchy as the NX1. In time things will change, but beware of that new codec - there's not enough support for it yet...

December 11, 2014 at 12:20AM, Edited December 11, 12:20AM

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Ed Wright
Director, DP, Writer
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In the Samsung nx1 1st video what gamma settings did you use(contrast,saturation, master black, etc)

May 22, 2017 at 5:04PM

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