Mirrorless Rumors: Too good to be true? High-end Samsung APS-C camera based on Exynos 9810 SoC


“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….”

Samsung NX1 Super 35/APS-C hybrid digital camera with battery grip and Samsung Premium S 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 ED OIS standard zoom lens
Samsung made a number of excellent lenses for its NX series of interchangeable lens cameras and there were apparently more on the way when the company suddenly shut down its camera and lens division.


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

Samsung Lenses

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.


Rigged and ready for Super 35 moviemaking action – the Motion9 Cube NX1 camera cage for the Samsung NX1. Motion9 later produced a quick-release top handle and a quick-release cable clamp, CubeCage Classic Pro and One-Touch Cable Clamp, to further improve the usability of their NX1 and other cages. Since rebranding as Seercam, they have released the CubeCage Classic Plus Handle.

Samsung’s web pages for the NX1 and related products are progressively disappearing so best to check them out while you can.