Firmware upgrades for NX1

Samsung is giving the NX1’s firmware an upgrade for a more precise and faster shooting experience, particularly when it comes to the movie functions. For more information, see the official press release below:

Samsung Camera NX1 Firmware Update

Premium Compact System Camera’s performance boosted with a range of upgraded features

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has announced a firmware update for the Samsung NX1, its premium compact system camera. The new firmware enhances and refines the Samsung NX1’s capabilities, allowing it to operate with even greater precision and speed. Key enhancements focus on movie functions and controls, the user interface and wireless capabilities.

Both budding and experienced film makers will enjoy the variety of Movie mode refinements, which deliver an even more professional filming experience. Not only can users now adjust audio levels while recording video, they can also control ISO and choose from two Gamma modes with Master Black Level Control and three luminance levels, enabling greater control over the look of footage. AF controls in movie mode have also been enhanced, allowing users to select from three AF speeds. A new feature for controlling continuous AF behaviour also helps track focus on a moving subject while shooting.

The Samsung NX1’s interface is also upgraded, making it easier than ever to navigate through the range of features. Users can now set the AEL button to lock focus, and use manual focus in AF mode during recording. The customisable UI refinements provide a host of benefits, including reversing the functions of the Mobile and Record buttons, reversing the functions of the AF On and the AEL buttons, and reversing the direction of the Command dials based on preference.

The range of connectivity options available on the Samsung NX1 has received a boost, and users can now activate Bluetooth as a simple remote trigger. Speeding up and simplifying the process for using a smart device as a remote control, this new feature can trigger the shutter release as well as stop and start video via Bluetooth rather than Wi-Fi. The Samsung NX1 can now also store multiple paired smart devices with no need to re-register when moving between different devices, allowing greater consistency and convenience.

Other updates include Trap Shot, an addition to the popular Samsung Auto Shot mode. Users can now adjust the settings so that when a moving object hits this line, the camera will automatically take a picture. PC tethering via USB is now a reality for those using Samsung Remote Studio software and developers can take advantage of Samsung’s Software Development Kit for Windows PC, meaning they have remote access and control software for the Samsung NX1.

The firmware update will be available in middle of January through www.samsung.com.

[ Note to Editors ] Updated Features

I. Movie Mode Refinements

1. Users can now adjust audio levels while recording video

2. Users can now control ISO while recording video

3. 23.98 and 24 frame per second rates now available for UHD & FHD

4. Pro Quality mode added to Full HD

a. Previously only HD and Normal were provided for FHD

5. Display marker enhancements

a. Gridlines and centre marker overlays in movie mode are now visible

b. Added 4:3 and 2.35:1 aspect ratio markers

c. Added Action-safe area marker option

6. The Samsung NX1 now supports Time Code through HDMI for use when using an external recorder such as the ATOMOS Shogun

a. ‘Free Run’ time code supported

b. Time Code not supported for internal recording

7. Two Gamma modes now provided for more control of aesthetic look of footage

a. C Gamma mode is a preset logarithmic colour setting designed to deliver higher overal contrast

b. D Gamma is a preset logarithmic colour setting designed to capture a wider tonal range for increased dynamic range

Both gamma modes are designed for a more cinematic look

8. Master Black Level Control

a. Users can now control dark level gamma

b. 31 levels: -15 ― +15

9. Three luminance level options are now provided

a. [0-255], [16-235], [16-255]

10. AF speed control implemented for more cinematic autofocus control

a. User can now select one of three AF speeds

11. Added AF responsiveness control

a. This is a new AF feature for controlling continuous AF behavior when tracking focus on a moving subject

b. User can select from five different speeds to control how quick the camera will refocus and begin tracking a new subject if something comes in-between the camera and the original subject being tracked

12. Can now capture stills from a specific video frame in playback mode

a. Added control for seeking specific frame to grab from video

b. Users can select by individual frame in the forward direction

c. If seeking in the backward direction frames within a half-second are selectable

II. Physical User Interface

1. Added Autofocus Lock (AFL) to movie mode

a. Users can now set the AEL button to lock focus in Movie mode

2. Auto Focus/ Manual Focus Toggling to movie mode

a. Users can now set the AF ON button to toggle between auto focus and manual focus during recording

3. Customisable physical user interface refinements

a. Reverse the functions of the Mobile Button and the Record button

b. Reverse the functions of the AF On button and the AEL button

c. Reverse the direction of the Command dials based on preference

d. Additional customisation options to the functions of the command dials when in P/A /S/M

e. Customise the Optical Preview and Delete buttons with a different function

III. Wireless

1. Bluetooth Remote – Can now use Bluetooth as simple remote trigger

Speeds up and simplifies using a smart device as remote control

a. The Samsung Camera Manager App now provides the ability to trigger the shutter release / video start/stop from a smart device using Bluetooth as opposed to Wi-Fi

b. User can choose 'Quick transfer' which will send a QVGA still to the smartphone after it’s taken

2. The Samsung NX1 can now store multiple paired Smart devices

a. If a user has multiple smart devices, they only need to register them with the camera once to store them

b. For example, users do not have to re-register devices when shifting from a phone to a tablet

3. Added wireless firmware updating

a. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the camera will notify users if a new firmware version is available, and will allow them to download and install the update wirelessly

IV. Others

1. “Trap Shot” feature added to Samsung Auto Shot mode

a. Allows users to adjust the guide line so that when a moving object hits it, the camera will automatically take a picture

2. PC tethering implemented

a. Using Samsung Remote Studio software, the Samsung NX1 now supports tethered shooting via USB

b. Windows PC only

Samsung Remote Studio Software will be available via Samsung iLauncher

3. Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows PC

a. Samsung will provide an SDK for Windows allowing developers to make remote access and control software for the Samsung NX1