Samsung has announced an update to its NX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras along with a powerful new 24X zoom compact ahead of next week's CES. The follow up to the NX10 (sensibly called the NX11) shares many of the features of its predecessor including an APS-C (23.4 mm × 15.6 mm) size, 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and 3-inch AMOLED screen. The updated unit is also the same weight and size, with the key points of difference being extended compatibility with the i-Function lenses first introduced last year on the NX100 and a slight tweaking of the grip design.
The NX11 will be available with an 18-55mm i-Function lens and two new i-Function lenses – a 20mm pancake and a 20-50mm zoom silver color lens.
Samsung's i-Function lens is a new approach to streamlining access to camera controls which enables shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO to be adjusted by a toggle switch on the lens itself. The idea makes sense given that one of the drawbacks of the new breed of mirrorless cameras is the lack of room on the body for the same type of fast access controls found on their larger DSLR siblings – with this system you can adjust key settings without taking your camera off the subject. There's also a lens priority mode dial designed to get you straight to the best mode for each lens.
The NX11 is set for a February 2011 release at a cost of US$649.
An i-Function compatibility firmware upgrade for the NX10 was announced in October.
Key specifications Samsung NX11
The second pre-CES announcement from Samsung is the new WB700. The 16 megapixel (14MP effective) point-and-shoot boasts 24X zoom (18X optical zoom and 1.3X "Smart Zoom") via a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider KREUZNACH® lens. The WB700 also gets full manual control, 720p high definition video recording (H.264 format) with new zoom noise reduction functionality and dual optical / digital image stabilization.
The 99.5 x 59 x 21.7mm WB700 will go on sale in April at a price of $US300.
Key specifications Samsung WB700
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