Samsung to expand NX series with more compact NX5?

The internet was abuzz with Samsung NX10 rumors for quite a while last year, due to it simply being displayed at a trade show behind glass, with no specs or information at all. I don’t know why more companies don’t do mysterious stuff like that, it starts the equivalent of a wildfire on the internet. At any rate, the NX10 came out and is apparently only the first in a whole line of NX-mount cameras, the next of which will be the NX5, if this slip-up on a Samsung flash compatibility notice is to be believed.

The NX5 is rumored to be a competitor with the Olympus E-PL1 (which we just reviewed), just as its big brother competes with the likes of the Panasonic G2 and GH1. Note these are all digital shutter cameras, not to be confused with DSLRs, though they share some similarities, most important of which is interchangeable lenses. Here are the rumored specs for the NX5:

  • 14MPx CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 3FPS burst shooting
  • Built-in flash and obviously a shoe for the flash shown
  • 3″ LCD (640×360 likely)
  • 720p/30 H.264 video
  • Mono audio :(
  • HDMI/AV/MicroUSB connection
  • SD storage

So you’re looking at less megapixels, no EVF, and a much smaller LCD, all likely results of a smaller body. The NX mount will be the same, though, so lenses are inter-compatible.

And the rumored pricing:

NX5 + 30mm = $599
NX5 + 18-55mm non-OIS = $549
NX5 + 20-50mm non-OIS = $499 (late 2010)

Could be interesting. Can’t wait to get the official word on all this.

[via 4/3 Rumors]