April 19, 2012 at 3:39 AM ET
Samsung's line of NX cameras, a high-performance line aimed at enthusiasts, is getting a few upgrades this week. The biggest new feature is built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to share your photos and videos directly to Facebook and other services.
Two of the NX cameras get some minor but significant updates, and there's a new member of the family, as well. All three have the same 20.3-megapixel APS-C sized sensor as the last models.
The DSLR-style NX20 gets a nice new swiveling AMOLED display, useful for filming yourself or taking pictures from an angle. It also has an faster top shutter speed, 1/8000th of a second. It will sell for $1,099.99 in early May.
The NX210 is a minor improvement on the existing NX200. It adds Wi-Fi, but also improves the burst frame rate from 7 to 8 fps, and can now shoot at up to 1/4000th of a second. It will be available later in May for $899.99.
Lastly there's the NX1000, with no price info available now, but will certainly be a more low-budget option. Its capabilities are identical to the NX210, but it has a less durable body with a plastic finish instead of metal. And on the top grip, there's a button dedicated to sharing the picture you're viewing.
It also has a different screen, but not necessarily a worse one. Instead of the high-contrast AMOLED, it's a traditional LCD, but it has the same resolution and its pixels are formed from more "dots." It's a bit hard to explain, but some people might find this display better than the other.
More information on the NX1000 (like price and availability) will be announced on May 15th at a Samsung event.