All this talk about Sony's innovation with the a7iii, A7Riii, and A9 has stoked my memory of the most innovative mirrorless (and possibly most innovative digital) camera ever made, the Samsung NX1. A lot of people don't remember this camera, because it was Samsung's first and last attempt to shake up the pro camera market. But this camera was so awesome.
It was released late 2014 but honestly would probably still hold up today. It's got specs that rival and surpass some of the top mirrorless cameras of right now, and this thing is 3.5 years old.
Sadly, Samsung for some reason exited the pro camera market almost as quickly as they had entered, leaving many NX1 users no path forward to upgrade their gear. But let's take a moment to remember some of the specs of a camera that was truly revolutionary in a usually not so revolutionary industry.
-28.4 Megapixel BSI CMOS APS-C sensor. At the time, I believe this was the largest backside illuminated CMOS sensor ever created.
-4K internal recording. As far as I know Sony didn't have this feature until the A7Rii over 6 months later.
-The fastest mirrorless AF ever at the time, and 200+ AF points that covered 100% of the sensor
-No AA filter
-UHS-II SD card slot
-Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth
-Built in intervelometer
-Best in class video AF tracking (many say better than the original Canon dual pixel AF cameras)
-Robust DSLR type magnesium alloy body that was fully weather sealed and had a top deck screen
-Same amount of EVF dots as the newly announced Sony a7iii
Many other cool features as well, but I don't want to bore you. It's a shame Samsung gave up before they had basically even started, because the NX1 and models that would have followed would have probably been something to reckon with.
Crazy thing is, this camera was an a6000 competitor, and it knocked it's socks off in pretty much every single area.
I never owned the NX1. I started to become interested in mirrorless right before Samsung officially said they would no longer support the camera, but I would love to hear from those who did own it.