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Samsung NX mini offers 'selfie'-friendly functions, wink triggering

updated 09:21 am EDT, Wed March 19, 2014

NX mini has 20.5MP sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC, flip-up display

Samsung has launched a new mirrorless camera that it claims is the world's slimmest and lightest. The NX mini's body weighs 158 grams (5.5 ounces) and measures 22.5mm (0.88 inches) thick, but still offers a 3-inch flip-up HVGA touchscreen display that flips 180 degrees, making it useful for "selfie" photographs or, as Samsung terms it, group "wefie" shots.

Sporting a one-inch 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, with a sensitivity of up to ISO 25,600, and a shutter speed of 1/16,000 of a second. It also includes a 6fps burst mode, the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps, HDMI output, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity with smartphones and a companion app, Dropbox and Flickr uploading, and storage to microSD cards. A number of smart modes, image filters, and video filters are included, along with a selfie-focused "Wink Shot" mode that can take a photograph two seconds after it detects a wink.

Samsung NX mini
Samsung NX mini

Due to its small size, a set of three NX-M lenses have also been introduced. The NX-M 9mm F3.5ED is a slim wide-angle lens for landscapes and self portraits, which Samsung claims also provides the "optimum angle for taking selfies." The NX-M 17mm F1.8 OIS lens is pitched as having a "beautiful bokeh effect," and the NX-M 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens is a micro-compact zoom lens that can apparently fit easily into pickets. The NX mini will also work with NX lenses using a separate NX-M mount adapter.

The NX mini with the 9mm lens will cost $449 as a kit when it ships in the US in April, while a second kit with the 9-27mm lens and an external flash will cost $549.

by MacNN Staff



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