Samsung NX1 Test Drive

So the next camera I wanted to try out in my search for a smaller travel camera was the Samsung NX1, along with the 55-200 lens (not their top-of-the-line). I used it around the house for a bit and then a friend and I made a trip to Safe Haven Rescue Zoo out by Winnemucca.

I'm not going to do a detailed review - this camera has so many features and options that I didn't have time to dig into. I only had it for a couple of days, and it didn't come with a manual. I downloaded the PDF manual, but it was really long. So I just delved deeply enough to get the basics down. 

So, the PROS: 

The autofocus was much better than the Fuji. The Samsung rep at WPPI said it was the best autofocus of any camera. A slight exaggeration - it was better than the Fuji, but nowhere near my Canon 5DMkIII. I set it up like my Canon, with back button focus and center focus point.

This camera does a lot of things I didn't even get in to: wifi, bluetooth, NFC, time lapse, video, my laundry....... I did like the electronic viewfinder on this one - it was bright and didn't show the same lag I saw in the Fuji.  It felt good, and I was comfortable holding it.

The CONS:

It's expensive. To get the camera and a couple of top-end lenses would be over $3000. It was also not exactly compact. It looks like a DSLR, only about 2/3 the size. It's also heavy. I just don't see spending that kind of money for something that is not a whole lot smaller/lighter/better than what I have. I was intrigued by it, but still waiting for the perfect kit..

So, to end this post, I'm just going to share some photos from my trip to Safe Haven. Their founder, Lynda Sugasa, gave us a wonderful tour of the facility and a look to the improvements they are making.