Samsung Announces First Ever 2D/3D Lens

The Samsung NX300 – Retro Design

The Samsung NX300 – Side View

The Samsung NX300 – Dails

The Samsung NX300 – Flip LCD
Samsung announced today a new mirrorless camera named NX300 and the first ever 2D/3D lens for mirrorless cameras. Both products will be showcased during CES 2013 that will open next week in Las Vegas.
Samsung revealed today a thin, retro looking mirrorless camera from its NX line alongside a unique 45mm f/1.8 lens capable of recording both 2D and 3D images and videos.
 
Here are some of the main features of the new NX300:
  • 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C size).
  • A new DRIMe IV image processor (for faster shooting speed, higher sensitivity and more).
  • Sensitivity: 100-25,600 ISO (twice the NX210 sensitivity).
  • A hybrid AF system (bot phase detection and contract detection – similar to the one found on some of Nikon and Canon recent models).
  • Improved shutter (up to 1/6000 instead of 1/4000 on the NX210).
  • Continuous shooting speed – 8.6fps (slightly faster than the previous model).
  • Display: 3.31″ AMOLED with touch and tilt functionality.
  • Built in WIFI (with Samsung SMART CAMERA App) – for sending your pictures to your smartphone/web.
  • Support for Samsung i-Function (controlling different functions from the lens) and i-Depth (for a simple way to adjust the depth of an image).
As you can see, the NX300 is an improvement on almost any aspect from the existing NX210. We have to prize Samsung for the design of the camera which seem to be clean and sleek and much more attractive than previous NX series cameras. It will be interesting to see if the build quality and the quality of the materials will match what we see in the press images.
Apart from the NX 300, Samsung also announced a completely new lens – 45mm f/1.8 with both 2D and 3D image/video capability. To the best of our knowledge this is the first and only one of its kind in the world (Panasonic has the LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12 which is a 3D only lens for a few years now but it’s not really a practical lens for daily use).
The 2D/3D lens has 7 elements in 6 groups, 50 cm focus distance and a weight of only 115 grams. Samsung did not explain how the lens work or even how you switch between 2D and 3D but thephoblographer website which tested a prototype of the NX300 and the lens explained that the lens: “incorporates two different shutter curtains. When 3D video or stills are being shot, the left moves and then the right. In 2D mode: only one curtain moves”.
The NX300 will cost $750 with a 20-50mm kits lens and the 2D/3D lens will set you back about $600 – both will be available in March 2013.

This article was published togther with MegaPixel.co.il.