Samsung NX1   first 4K footage plus comparison with GH4  LX100  FZ1000 and the ancient 5D Mark


Samsung NX1 is heavily on specs with 4K video at 24 fps recorded with a new H265 codec for better compression. The camera is capable of shooting 28 megapixel still images and 1080p video at 60 fps. But all we know that specs does not say everything and what matters is the real world test and comparison with the best camera on the market right now.

Andrew Reid at EOSHD made an awesome comparison of video footage from Samsung NX1 with Canon 5D Mark III and Panasonic GH4. Fortunately NX1 gave a big fight to these already established video-shooters.

According to Andrew, Samsung NX1 provides beautiful color and the images are sharp. The only problem he found is the sharpness of the photos in low light. At good light condition 4K video footage from the Samsung NX1 is comparable with RED.

What kind of ‘film stock’ is the NX1? Again, I’d draw a comparison to RED’s 4K or 6K, it has a modern feel like the Canon C300, punchy and contrasty. Less like Super 16mm and quite different to the more restrained looking GH4.

This new Samsung sensor is a massive step forward for them, indeed the whole industry. In good light this sensor produces really top notch video. Beautiful Canon / Nikon-like colour but with the resolving power of the best 4K cinema cameras. Great dynamic range too, although perhaps 1 stop less in the highlights compared to the GH4 and 5D Mark III Raw.

NX1 is definitely going to create a unique place for Samsung in the photography gear market, which is quite dominated by companies like Canon, Nikon and Sony at the moment. Check out the Samsung NX1 review as well.

Samsung NX1 is available at Amazon for $1499 at the moment.