Samsung Introduces NX Series Bridge Cameras

Samsung NX Digital Camera

Now it’s official: Samsung today announced their new NX series of so-called bridge cameras (bridge, because it’s supposed to be between DSLRs and compact point-and-shoots; they’re also called ‘hybrids’). The announcement was made in time for the opening of PMA 2009 tomorrow, March 3 in Las Vegas, USA.

The Samsung NX series touts performance and image quality of a DSLR and the portability and convenience of a compact point-and-shoot. They used a legitimate APS-C sized DSLR image sensor but took out the mirror box of a DSLR and replaced it with an electronic viewfinder. The result: a camera that’s 60% smaller and lighter than the usual DSLR.

Samsung NX Digital Camera with Various Lenses

The ability to use interchangeable DSLR lenses and its compact size brings the Samsung NX series directly in a head-to-head turf war with the Micro Four Thirds format pioneered by Olympus and Panasonic.

Samsung said the new NX Series bridges the gap between a DSLR and compact point-and-shoot digital camera by combining the benefits of both in one new model. The first model of the NX series will be available in the second-half of 2009.

[Site: Samsung Camera]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.