“Well it’s years now Samsung NX line is dead. So I was really surprised to get a rumor about a new NX model in my mail box. The rumor comes from an anonymous source. It sounded soo strange that I almost think there is some truth behind this….”
If Samsung had not so spectacularly and in so short a period killed off the most technologically advanced hybrid stills/video Super35/APS-C camera of its day, the Samsung NX1, a camera that current Super 16/M43 and Super 35/APS-C DSLR-style hybrids have yet to match much less surpass, I would have been relying on the NX1 and its lenses and accessories to this very day and beyond.
Instead I ended up buying my Panasonic Lumix GH4 as a sort of consolation prize when it proved next-to-impossible even to simply see an actual NX1 and its lenses and accessories in any Sydney stores much less actually purchase any.
It is as if Samsung went out of its way to sabotage itself and the incredible technology underlying the NX1 with marketing and distribution that can only be described as travesties.
Far too late, I finally did see a sad, lonely, grimy, neglected NX1 with a pancake prime lens attached chained up on a high shelf in an inner city white goods store but I had placed my order for a GH4 by then and the writing was already on the wall for Samsung’s entire camera division given how badly they had botched it.
If Samsung really is considering going back to the camera-making business then they need to think seriously about the legend of the boy who cried wolf.
Their destruction of the finest hybrid camera system of its day along with the new premium lenses that were supposed to be following the first two to appear, and the shattering of hopes and possibilities that ensued, has left a nasty taste in the mouth.
We have yet to see a NX1 successor appear at the hands of any other camera company, and perhaps we never will, instead making do with also-rans and other substitutes that go some way towards becoming what the NX1 was and what its successors might have been.
Now we live in a world where Samsung’s suicided disruptive technology still casts its pale shadow over the stills and video hardware we use and feign excitement over.
Samsung NX1 Camera and Battery Grip
Before Samsung suddenly, silently eliminated its entire camera division, it had sixteen lenses in its collection with a 300mm telephoto next cab off the rank and I had been hoping for a Premium S update to its 12-24mm wide-angle zoom lens in order to complete the necessary professional stills and video zoom lens troika.
Samsung’s web pages for the NX1 and related products are progressively disappearing so best to check them out while you can.
- Digital Trends – Samsung’s NX1 pro camera, as seen from the eyes of a pro photographer
- eBay Australia – Samsung NX Digital Cameras
- EOSHD – Samsung ‘may release NX2’ to showcase Exynos CPU and Galaxy S9 capabilities
- feature shoot – Samsung Teamed Up with Twelve Photographers to Explore and Share ‘What Matters Most’ (Sponsored)
- PCMag – The Best Samsung Lenses of 2018 – “For a short time, Samsung had what we thought was the best mirrorless camera available, the NX1. But it was only on sale for about a year. Afterwards, Samsung abruptly exited from the camera market. It never made an official statement stating that the NX system was dead, but rest assured, it’s dead. The last model was released in 2015….”
- Photo Counter Australia – Selling Samsung’s NX1 – “With the recently released Samsung NX1, the world’s second largest consumer electronics company (following Apple) surely has a winner on its hands. Whether Samsung Australia can get sufficient numbers off its hands and into the hands of Australian purchasers is a question that remains to be answered.”
- Samsung – Camera Microsite – “The Samsung NX1 heralds a new era of photography, delivering the most superb image quality and an ability to capture every decisive movement like never before.”
- Samsung Camera – Galaxy NX
- Samsung Camera – Lenses
- Samsung Camera – NX1
- Samsung UK – Lenses
- Samsung UK – NX1 with 16-50 mm f 2.8 S Lens, Vertical Grip & Battery
- Samsung UK – NX500 with 16-50mm Power Zoom lens