December 18, 2015 at 9:39AM

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Thoughts on the Samsung NX1?

Currently shooting on a Canon t4i, thinking about upgrading to the Samsung NX1 (possibly the Panasonic GH4).

Most needed features for my work:
Good color
Focus peaking
Clean footage at frame rates from 60-120fps

I rented both the Samsung NX1 and the Panasonic GH4, but I really liked the overall feel of the NX1, along with high frame rate performance. Some of the red flags for most are not an issue (i.e. transcoding and such).

However, the price dropped on the NX1, so likely no one is planning on making smart adapters or firmware upgrades.

Am I shooting myself in the foot buying the NX1?

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My personal opinion would be the GH4. I've been using it a year now and I haven't run into any problems with it. I've shot short films, feature films. events, documentaries and used it for video journalism so it's quite versatile.

The GH4 only shoots 96fps compared to the 120fps of the NX1. If you need the 120fps I would go with the NX1. I personally wasn't a huge fan of the colours the Samsung produced but everyone has a different taste of what they like to see.

The main factor for me would be lens selection. I believe the NX1 doesn't really have a huge variety while the GH4 has a ridiculous amount of choice and adapters and most are quite cheap.

I think what the decision really comes down to is you. You know what suits you best. I think go with what you feel is better for you and your projects. I got the GH4 over a7s simply because it suits my style and what I use it for. A colleague of mine got the a7s as it suited his needs more. It sounds like you really like the Samsung and if it fulfilled your needs, go for it.

December 21, 2015 at 7:51AM, Edited December 21, 7:53AM

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Andy O'Neill
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Thanks Andy, I appreciate the input!

December 21, 2015 at 1:06PM

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Raney Rogers
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I just recently bought an NX1, and I use GH4's at work all the time. Haven't had a chance to fully use the NX1 yet but I like it a lot so far. I think feature wise it's very similar to the GH4. Unfortunately like you said I think Samsung feels the camera wasn't a big success and it likely won't get much more updates and such, however they gave it a fair amount of updates already.

I went with the Samsung for myself since it was a bit cheaper, has cleaner video quality in my opinion and a sharper image. But both are solid options. H.265 is also starting to get support from programs now with adobe fully supporting it in their latest update.

Also something to be aware of, for some reason they decided to make the NX1 charge via a cable to the camera instead of an external charger, but I picked up an external charger on amazon along with extra batteries. I don't believe the camera can be used while a battery is charging in it so this is really a necessity.

December 21, 2015 at 1:46PM

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Alex Everingham
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Got it, thanks Alex

Raney Rogers

December 22, 2015 at 5:20AM

Sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but the Samsung NX1 is a dead-duck. Samsung has closed down their camera division and stopping production of the NX1 camera. There are rumors that Nikon might buy up their technology and use it for a future Nikon camera, but for now I would not recommend buying a NX1 camera unless it was very cheap.

http://goo.gl/ECYtuJ

December 22, 2015 at 12:56PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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That's what I was afraid of; I tested out the NX1 and really liked it, but I also need a camera that can grow with my experience.

Seeing as the GH4 is pretty similar and is getting updates, log, and lots of lens options, I might go with that.

December 22, 2015 at 4:09PM, Edited December 22, 4:09PM

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Raney Rogers
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I have been using NX1 for few shoots. It has super good autofocus with native lenses, but sadly there is no active lens adapters, yet, for Canon or other af lenses, but you can get pasive lense adapter for NX1, I use one for EF lenses, in this way your af lense is pasive and only way to change aperture is to cary one canon all the time with you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-HJksZLMM
Here is one clip I did with it. (I know it's really bad, but here you can see how camera performs in low light and with slow motion, also some color examples.

I personally like Canon colors better, but NX1 has it's own feel.

I recommend this camera for low budget shoots.

January 5, 2016 at 1:51AM

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Krists Luhaers
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If you like Samsung NX products and want Samsung to keep them alive sign the petition below and have your voice heard!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/samsung-keep-nx-alive

March 27, 2016 at 12:49AM

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Raney, stop thinking about not buying the NX1. I'm currently looking at this camera; it seems to have amazing specs! 4K isn't going to be around forever, so why should your camera?
I've owned Reds, Canons and Panasonics, and I know everything comes down in price after every NAB-it doesn't make sense to spend an arm and a leg on tech specs anymore. I've only bought a camera new once, and sold it for peanuts because it wasn't sexy anymore. So no more new cameras.
So let's get logical: Samsung NX1 with 4K at $1000, internally from a 6.5K sensor? Hmmm....
I don't buy cameras every day, and most times I don't want the hassle of renting. I just want to shoot with a solid camera that creates filmic images like Canon, has the inputs, has timecode, and doesn't crop the image too much. I want a Canon C500 that goes in my backpack.
Which is why the NX1 at $1K looks damn appetizing. It's also the closest to the Canon look I've seen. Don't kid yourself, neither the GH4 or A7's look like Canon-they just check off boxes for editors. I've been looking at buying a used 1Dc, but at $3500, it seems overpriced for a discontinued camera.
And Samsung lenses? There are plenty of them out there, but no one needs more than 3 lenses. And you don't need to "invest" in lenses-buy one good Samsung zoom with OIS. Use an eBay adapter for everything else-there are plenty for the NX mount. My total investment will probably be around $1500 to $2000, which is a drop in the bucket compared to an A7 camera without anything. GH4 is cheap, but you need adapters to kill crop and it's not very filmic (to me).
So keep looking at the NX1, but don't spend too much on it-there's just going to be something better soon. Make sure it's nice and cheap so you can throw it away in 5 years.

September 13, 2016 at 3:58PM, Edited September 13, 4:31PM

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Sathya Vijayendran
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