Rest in Peace
For a short time, Samsung had what we thought was the best mirrorless camera available, the NX1. But it was only on sale for about a year. Afterwards, Samsung abruptly exited from the camera market. It never made an official statement stating that the NX system was dead, but rest assured, it's dead. The last model was released in 2015.
So you shouldn't go out and buy a Samsung camera, even on the used market, and expect any sort of future support. But if you're a bargain hunter, have an affinity for discontinued tech, or bought into the system when it was in production, you can peruse the lens reviews we completed while NX cameras were still on sale. Samsung made some very good lenses in its day, even if the 300mm F2.8 that it showed at a few trade shows never came to fruition.
The NX system wasn't the only one that Samsung made through the years. It had a one-and-done NX-Mini model with a 1-inch image sensor, but there were only two lenses available. And there was a time that Samsung was selling SLRs, under the GX banner, but they were just Pentax models with a different logo.
Samsung made some interesting mirrorless cameras in its day. The NX1 was the best it ever put out, but it also had ambitious swings at the future with its Android-powered models, the Galaxy NX and Galaxy Camera, both of which offered LTE connectivity.
It's a shame it didn't stick around in the market.
Bottom Line: The 12-24mm f/4-5.6 ED Wide-Angle Zoom lens for the Samsung NX camera system is incredibly sharp, offers an ultra-wide field of view, and easily earns our Editors' Choice award thanks to its…
Bottom Line: Though some distortion is noticeable when shooting Raw images, Samsung's 30mm NX Pancake Lens is very compact and extremely sharp at all apertures.
Bottom Line: The Samsung 16-50mm Power Zoom ED OIS is one of the better kit zooms out there thanks to sharp images and a compact design.
Bottom Line: The Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS is a pro-grade zoom for the Samsung NX camera system. It's sharp, covers a useful focus range, and is weather-sealed.
Bottom Line: The Samsung 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS NX is an extremely sharp macro lens for NX cameras, but it can be a little slow to lock focus when working close.
Bottom Line: The Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED NX Lens is a fast, extremely sharp telephoto lens, but it's large and heavy when compared with compact NX cameras.
Bottom Line: The Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS is a big improvement over a standard kit lens, but it's pricey and has a few optical issues.