As leaked last month, Samsung has revealed the newest member of its NX SMART Camera line, the Samsung NX mini. Claimed to be the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera, the NX mini seems to have been honed to perfection to satisfy the undying need for the perfect selfie.
The selfie is the latest strange, and sometimes annoying, trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. Capitalizing on this, Samsung has slapped just enough features to make the NX mini the perfect selfie machine.
Most prominent is the 3.0-inch 320x480 Flip up and Touch display. This screen can flip up to 180 degrees so that you won't have to fret over whether the camera is targeting your best side and not the wall behind you. The 9 mm wide-angle lens ensures that even group shots can be captured as well. And finally, Wink shot takes the pain out of having to manually press a button. Simply wink at the camera after you've set up the perfect pose and wait for 2 seconds for the magic to happen.
Of course, it would be naive to think that the NX mini is built for selfies and for selfies alone. Even hobbyists and professional photographers might have something for them in this compact camera. The 1-inch 20.5 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor is promised to deliver high-quality images with an ISO range of 160 to 128000. The NX mini's 6fps continuous shot, as well as its incredibly fast 1/16000 second shutter speeds makes sure you don't miss that once in a lifetime moment.
The SMARTs of the NX mini comes in via its WiFi and NFC connectivity options. With NFC, users can easily pair the camera with other smart devices. Once paired, the camera can share photos to multiple devices, up to for when using the Group Share feature. The NX mini can be also be remotely controlled with a smartphone. It can even function as a Baby Monitor, sending an alert to the paired smartphone when the camera detects some noise.
Samsung is also announcing three new NX mini lenses just for the NX mini SMART Camera, including the NX-M 9 mm F3.5 ED wide-angled lens for landscape and selfie shots, the NX-M 9-27 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS micro-compact zoom for greater shooting options, and the NX-M 17 mm F1.8 OIS lens for a stylish bokeh effect. Being part of the NX family of cameras, the NX mini can also make use of 15 NX lenses via a special NX-M Mount Adapter. In the tradition of the company's new found love for leather, the Samsung NX mini SMART Camera comes with a leatherette finish and is available in white, pink, mint green, brown, and black. Samsung has not yet released details regarding when this camera will hit the market as well as its accompanying price tag.