A week with the Samsung NX1, some initial thoughts

So I ended up selling my lovely Fujifilm X-T1 all of the sudden. The reason is the Samsung NX1. The reason is that the NX1 would be at least as good for stills (peaking for manual focus, 28 megapixels, 15 FPS, very good ISO performance, great electronic view finder(EVF) etc..), and if Samsung fixes the very cumbersome focus peaking (it has to be turned on after every touch of the shutter button), then it will be.

But, the video specs and performance of the NX1 is far beyond the X-T1, even after the X-T1 got manual video in the December 2014 firmware update. It does 4K and UHD, and 1080p up to 120 FPS, all with peaking while recording (on the X-T1, peaking turned off when recording started), and you can connect an external monitor and recorder, no such thing on the X-T1.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the X-T1, it was magnificent to use, and the pictures it captured were amazing. But I want to do video as well, and with the X-T1, it just wasn't going to happen as I wanted it.

The megapixels isn't really important to me, I started with 10 on the Pentax K10D in 2007 (6 on my Canon PowerShot S3 IS in 2006), and on my last Pentax, the K-5, and on the X-T1 I had 16. And that was fine. But it is still a bit baffling to see how much detail you get with 28 megapixels. It's also fun to see that the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 and the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 keep up with it so well (I also need to test the Pentax K 135mm f/2.8, Tokina 400mm f/5.6 and Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro).

These pictures shows the full picture, how much I cropped (for the picture of Luna, the other isn't cropped), and how much detail you see at 100%.

This will turn out to be very nice for time lapse, I am sure! Now I just need an adapter that lets me focus to infinity. I have the Kiwifotos one, which doesn't. It might be that just my sample is bad, but they never replied to me, so I'm going for Novoflex, which I won't have until about 3-4 weeks unfortunately. I had a K-mount to Fujifilm X from Kiwifotos, and that one was just fine, so it's sad to see that this one isn't up to scratch. But if Novoflex is as good as people say, it will be exactly what I want.

Also, I need to buy the Samyang 12mm f/2 again, I sold the X-mount one of course, and that was a fantastic lens in every way.

Samsung has just released firmware 1.21, which I believe is the fourth firmware update since the release of the NX1, which is impressive. So hopefully they will soon fix the usability of the peaking, and that we can have peaking while recording video using the EVF, cause I just can't find a way to get peaking there. I just want the peaking to stay on until I turn it off, regardless of what I do with the shutter button.

Other than that, the camera is stellar. I'll put up some video when I get my K-mount to NX Novoflex adapter so I can get focus to infinity, but from what I've seen so far, the video is as good as everyone says. Here you can see a few slow motion things I put on Instagram while we wait for the new adapter. The one with Luna is at 120 FPS, the two others are at 100 FPS due to NTSC/PAL, 60Hz vs 50Hz etc, the wrong frame rate makes the lights flicker of course:

Now while I wait for the adapter, I'll try to get some sports photography done, and get some  slow motion video of it, and of course more pictures of Luna doing her hyperactive dog thing. I'll also have to get the pictures of here in an album here on this site. There will also be more on the NX1 later on, I just need to get some more time with it in my hands.