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Monday, September 15, 2014

So Then Samsung Drops The Bomb !



So everyone at least turned when Canon announced the 7D Mk2, even if it was to yawn. It would of been a very nice upgrade 2-3 years ago but now its almost a who cares. Even if you shoot stills, while a nice upgrade its still pretty late. Then, today, along comes Samsung with the NX1. Its the camera the 7D Mk2 should of been, at least for a stills camera. Compare :

7Dm2 10 fps ( yawn ) vs NX1 15fps !

APS-C sensor, Check !

NX1 4K h.265 ( not typo ) vs 7Dm2 1080p60 h.264

The list of nice NX1 features -

  • 6.5K Super 35mm sensor with 4K (4096 x 2160 at 24p) and Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video mode
  • 14bit raw stills at 28MP (6480 x 4320) from effective 28.2MP, total 30.7MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor
  • HVEC codec (H.265)
  • 3″ AMOLED screen and OLED viewfinder
  • Extended ISO range 100-512000
  • UHS II speed SDXC card compatible
  • Backside illuminated sensor (common with compacts, but very unusual to see this in a large sensor)


In short Samsung simply kicked canon's ass down the street. There is no other way to put it. Oh, magnesium body and weather sealed, sorry 7Dm2. All the specs the 7D should of had but canon has been to conservative with.

Meanwhile Sony of course introduced the $8K FS7 4K video camera. In camera recording of 4K 120 FPS, 1080p180 ! Another words the C200 / C400 / C800 Canon should of introduced at IBC this week. I'm sure canon is having a world of ugly feedback. Its really bizarre they don't get it, or think they can sit on their butts with the widespread acceptance of the C300 for broadcast and doc work. Don't get me wrong, I have a C100 + Ninja Blade and I love the look I get from it. Its amazing low light abilities at ISO 3200-6000 simply smack the others down and 12-12.5 stops of dynamic range is nothing to ignore, but... where is the C100 firmware update to enable 50 or 100mbit H.264 ? even for 8 bit ? ditto C300 100mbit Mpeg2 ?

We aren't stupid, stop acting like we are ! Enough already. Its pretty old, but maybe canon management needs to again read the ClueTrain Manifesto and memorize it. repeat it every day. Your Customers Are Communicating And Aren't Stupid Like You Think !... because we do think !