Samsung is certainly nothing if not broadly market oriented, and the results can be some rather oddball products. So it is with the NX Mini Smart Camera, a camera that’s tiny, light… and comes with interchangeable lenses. Here are five questions we have about the NX Mini Smart Camera, though, that really need answers.
1. What Kind Of Third Party Lens Support Will There Be?
The NX Mini Smart Camera has adorably tiny lenses that use Samsung’s proprietary NX-M mount, built off their own NX mount. You can already hear camera enthusiasts groaning and walking away. But that can be salvaged if Samsung has some third-party lenses lined up, and we sincerely hope they do. In the meantime, apparently there’s an adapter that will let you use NX lenses, if you’ve got any.
2. Will The Wink Shot Feature Really Work?
This is a camera Samsung admits in its own marketing material is designed for selfies, you know, because those need interchangeable lenses, and one of the features to facilitate that is “Wink Shot”, which essentially triggers the camera every time you wink at it. This sounds like a clever feature, if it’s properly implemented, but we can also see it going horribly, terribly wrong, kind of like Nikon’s accidentally racist blink detection feature. How’s it going to come together… and can we turn it off?
3. Why Dropbox And Flickr Support, But No Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr Or Instagram?
An omission that leaps out in a camera with WiFi and NFC built right into it is… why no support for major social networks? It’s not like this is unfamiliar territory for Samsung; this is the same company that created the Galaxy Camera, essentially an Android phone with a lens bolted to it, and the camera comes with Adobe Lightroom as part of its basic software package. The lack of social media support is particularly glaring because apparently, you’re expected to link your phone with NFC to share images online… which means iOS users are shut out.
4. How Easy Is The Video To Use And Share?
A tiny camera that shoots 1080p video is a useful tool for filmmakers and others looking to capture alternate angles or cram a camera into an unlikely place to capture a shot. But, of course, all of that depends on how good the video is, and how easy it is to get the video rolling. Samsung is curiously silent on any video features, except to say that they’re there, an odd feature to understate in a world of Instagram Video and Vine.
5. What’s It Going To Cost?
Finally, there’s the most important question: What’s this going to cost? Samsung doesn’t mention any pricing, but this is a fairly premium, and tiny, little point-and-shoot camera, with a lot of features. It seems unlikely it’s going to be as cheap as some of Samsung’s tinier cameras, but at the same time, it needs to be well-priced to make sense. Hopefully Samsung will let us know soon: This seems to be a useful addition to the pocket camera world.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.