Samsung's new NX Mini, the perfect ILC for "selfie" aficionados

NX-MINI-9-27MM-Lens_021_Dynamic3_Baby Pink.jpgEarly this morning, Samsung announced an all new ILC; the NX Mini. Also referred to as the "selfi" camera, this is a compact SMART camera that allows users to match their style with various color offerings. It's also being touted as the world's slimmest and lightest ILC, making it easy for "trendsetters" to keep the camera by their side during a busy schedule of social gatherings, vacations, etc. 

With the new size comes an all new mount system, dubbed the NX-M mount. This mount system is not compatible with current NX lenses, unless an optional mount adapter is used. However, Samsung has released three lenses alongside the NX-Mini, the NX-M 9mm f/3.5 ED, NX-M 9-27mm F/3.5-5.6 ED OIS, and the NX-M 17mm f/1.8 OIS.

Although small, the NX Mini is not light on features. It boasts a 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor (1-inch type), built-in Wi-Fi, NFC technology, 6fps bust shooting, and full HD (1080/30p) video capture. In order to help you capture "selfies", Samsung mounted a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD to the NX Mini, which can flip up 180 degrees so you can easily frame yourself, or take photos with your friends.

To learn more about the new NX Mini, and the new NX-M lenses, see Samsung's press release below.


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'Carry the Style, Capture the Best' with the new Samsung NX mini SMART Camera


Leading a new 'Selfie' trend, shoot outstanding images in style with the world's slimmest interchangeable-lens camera


RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. - March 18, 2014 - Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the launch of the NX mini, the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. The portable and stylish design of the SMART Camera NX mini, along with its stunning image quality makes it the "go-to" device for great photography, allowing users to capture special moments in stunning detail. With NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows users to take impressive shots that can then be shared quickly and easily, for friends to enjoy in real time. 


"The NX mini has both style and substance, perfect for trendsetters looking for a fun way to capture their life in outstanding photo quality," said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung introduced the first flip up touch display camera in 2011 as a leader of the selfie trend, and has designed the device in response to evolving consumer demands. This approach is exemplified by the NX mini, with features such as a 3.0-inch Flip up Display and wide angle lens exclusively designed to address the global passion for selfies. Its lightweight design also means that it can slip in a pocket, for photography anywhere and everywhere."


As the slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera on the market, the NX mini is the ultimate way to capture life on the go without any hassle. Weighing only 158g (body only) and sporting an ultra slim (22.5mm) design, the NX mini can easily slip into almost any pocket or bag, yet still delivers the powerful results passionate photographers demand. The camera features a solid premium metal body with a luxurious leatherette finish, making the camera the natural choice for style-conscious shooters looking to make a statement. Available in five different colors (white, pink, mint green, brown and black) users can choose the color that best suits their style.


The 'selfie' has found a permanent place in vocabularies across the world in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of stopping.  Reflecting this recent consumer trend, the NX mini has a range of exclusive features which allow photographers to effortlessly indulge in the global trend of self-shooting. With a 75.2mm (3.0-inch) Flip up and Touch Display that flips 180-degrees, users can frame images of themselves perfectly. The NX mini's powerful optical performance provides crisp and clear, high quality images ensuring that the subjects in the photos are always looking their best. With the ultra-slim 9mm wide angle lens, the NX mini can capture group shots from an arm's length away, so users can easily frame themselves and be part of group memories.


Maintaining a flattering pose while also attempting to press the shutter release button when self-shooting can be tricky, but the NX mini's new Wink shot feature makes it the perfect hands-free way to capture the real you. Users simply need to set up their shot and wink at the camera to capture an image. Once a wink is detected, the NX mini takes a shot automatically after two seconds, without having to press any buttons. 


Despite its slim appearance, the NX mini packs a big performance in to its small body. Its large 1-inch type 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor enables users to capture high quality images, ensuring no details are missed. With the highest resolution in its class, pictures captured with the NX mini burst with vivid color.


The NX mini's impressively fast 6fps Continuous Shot mode allows photographers to take continuous shots, so every detail can be captured and no moments are missed. The fast 1/16000 sec Shutter Speed freezes fast moving scenes, allowing for the dramatic capture of motion in crisp detail, without blurring.


Tag & Go, Simply Tap to Share Memories


As with all of Samsung's 2014 SMART cameras, the NX mini features advanced Wi-Fi and NFC integration that makes it seamless to share images. Exclusive to Samsung, Tag & Go connectivity allows the NX mini to pair with NFC-enabled devices, such as smartphones or tablets, simply by touching the two together. Once paired, users can:

  • Select and transfer multiple images to the paired mobile devices through Mobile Link;

  • Send images to up to four devices with Group Share, eliminating the time-consuming and repetitive process of sending pictures to multiple friends;

  • Control the NX mini via a smartphone with Remote View Finder Pro;

  • Use the camera as a Baby Monitor. When noise is detected, the paired smartphone is activated via an app, allowing parents to see if they need to attend to their child.


Additionally, extensive storage options are integrated into the NX mini and images can be uploaded directly from the camera to the cloud for an easy storage solution. Users can upload their pictures directly from the NX mini to both Dropbox and Flickr, the popular photo sharing site. Dropbox provides 2GB of free storage to new users, accessible from just about any device and with Flickr users can upload up to a terabyte of images. With all the storage and sharing technology built into the NX mini, it's easier than ever to share and store beautiful images.


Specialized NX-M Lenses for NX mini


Samsung has introduced three NX mini lenses (NX-M) which are optimized for use with the NX mini bodyproviding a variety of options to meet individual shooting preferences.


  • The NX-M 9mm F3.5 ED lens has an ultra-slim design and its wide angle makes it the ideal choice for those capturing landscapes and self-portraits. This lens also provides the optimum angle for taking selfies, ensuring the camera becomes the go-to choice for those looking to share the best of themselves.

  • The NX-M 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens is a micro-compact zoom lens with a stylish design and is small enough to comfortably fit in pockets and bags. This compact-sized standard zoom lens offers a variety of shooting options from wide-angle to telephoto shots, with optical image stabilization for sharp results.

  • With the NX-M 17mm F1.8 OIS lens, photographers can enjoy a beautiful bokeh effect which makes the highly detailed subject stand out from the surroundings.


NX mini owners will also be able to use fifteen NX lenses with the device by using a specialized NX-M Mount Adapter (ED-MA4NXM). These lenses are sold separately.


Pricing and Availability


The NX Mini will be available in early April in a variety of configurations. It will retail for $449, paired with the new 9mm NX-M lens, or $549 when paired with the 9-27mm lens and SEF-7A flash. NX-M lenses will also be available separately. The 9mm and 9-27mm NX-M lenses will retail for $179 and $279, respectively. The 17mm NX-M lens will be available at a later date.


* The world's slimmest & lightest interchangeable lens camera (March 19, 2014, Result of Samsung internal research)


Note to Editors


Samsung NX mini Product Specifications

Image Sensor

20.5 effective megapixel BSI CMOS sensor

Display

75.2mm (3.0-inch) Flip up and Touch LCD Screen

HVGA(320x480) 460.8k dots

View finder

N/A

Flash

Built-in Flash: Guide Number 4.9 (at ISO160, 24mm), Guide Number 4 (at ISO100, 24mm)

[Optional] External Flash / SEF7A: Guide Number 8 (at ISO160, 24mm), Guide Number 7 (at ISO100, 24mm)

ISO

Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800

*Extension settable 100,25600

Image

JPEG (3:2): 20.0M (5472x3648), 10.1M (3888x2592), 5.9M (2976x1984),

2.0M (1728x1152),

JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472x3080), 7.8M (3712x2088), 4.9M (2944x1656),

2.1M (1920x1080)

JPEG (1:1):13.3M (3648x3648), 7.0M (2640x2640), 4.0M (2000x2000),

1.1M (1024x1024)

5.0M Burst mode only

JPEG Burst mode: 5.0M (2736x1824)

RAW: 20.0M (5472x3648)

Video

MP4 (H.264, Audio AAC): Full HD 1920x1080/30p, 1280x720/30p, 640x480/30p, 320x240/30p

Video Output

HDMI 1.3a

Value-added Features

Tag & Go (NFC/Wi-Fi) 

SMART Mode: Beauty Face, Best Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Firework, Light Trace, Continuous Shot, Kids Shot, Food, Parties and Indoors

Image SMART Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic, Retro, Oil Paint, Cartoon, Ink Painting, Cross Filter, Zooming Shot

Video SMART Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Sketch, Fish Eye

Wi-Fi Connectivity

IEEE 802.11b/g/n support (Smart Camera 3.0)

. AutoShare

. SNS & Cloud

. Email

. Auto Backup

. Remote View finder Pro

. Mobile Link

. Samsung Link

. Group Share

. Photo Beam

. Baby Monitor

NFC

Advanced Passive NFC(Wired NFC)

Bundle PC software

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5, i-Launcher

Storage

MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC, UHS-I MicroSD Support

Battery

B740AE/B740AC/B740AU/B740AK (3.8V/ 2330mAh)
* The battery specifications or model may differ by region


B740AE(Global-2330mAh)

B740AK(Korea)

B740AU(USA)

B740AC(China)

Dimension (WxHxD)

110.4 x 61.9 x 22.5mm (excluding the projection part)

Weight

158g (196g with battery)



Samsung NX-M 9mm F3.5 ED Lens Specifications

Focal Length

9mm (equivalent to 24.3mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

6 elements in 5 groups (1 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens, 1 Xtreme High Refractive lens)

Angle of View

83.4°

Aperture

F3.5 (Min. F13), (Number of Blades : 5 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Minimum

Focus Distance

0.11m

Maximum Magnification

Approx. 0.11x

Mount Type

NX M Mount

Dimension (DxL)

50.0 x 12.5mm

Weight

31g



Samsung NX-M 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS Lens Specifications

Focal Length

9-27mm (equivalent to 24.3-72.9mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

9 elements in 8 groups (2 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View

83.4° - 33.1°

Aperture

F3.5 - 5.6 (Min. F11), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Optical Image Stabilizer

Yes

Minimum

Focus Distance

Wide 0.14m, Tele 0.2m

Maximum Magnification

Approx. 0.1x (Wide), 0.18x (Tele)

Filter Size

Ø39

Mount Type

NX M Mount

Dimension (DxL)

50.0 x 29.5mm

Weight

73g



Samsung NX-M 17mm F1.8 OIS Lens Specifications

Focal Length

17mm (equivalent to 45.9mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

8 elements in 5 groups (2 Aspherical lens, 1 Xtreme High Refractive lens)

Angle of View

50.5°

Aperture

F1.8 (Min. F11), (Number of Blades : 5 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Optical Image Stabilizer

Yes

Minimum

Focus Distance

0.18m

Maximum Magnification

0.11x

Filter Size

Ø39

Mount Type

NX M Mount

Dimension (DxL)

50.0 x 27.5mm


*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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