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Samsung NX11 Adds i-Function Lens

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Samsung has announced an update to its very successful NX10, with the NX11 upgraded to feature compatibility with the new i-Function lens that was introduced for the NX100.

The NX11 is Samsung's third mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and will be available with an 18-55mm i-Function lens, or two new i-Function lenses, a 20mm pancake and a 20-50mm zoom lens (which appears to be a cheap alternative to the 18-55mm model). The trick with i-Function is giving you the ability to change camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc) using an adjustment ring round the outside of the lens, supposedly making it quicker and easier to get the settings you want. Having not tested one yet, we're not sure of quite how beneficial this is.

The 14.6 megapixel NX11 has a 3in AMOLED LCD screen, VGA viewfinder, 720p 30fps HD recording, and an APS-C sensor. The camera will be available from February for around $649 with a bundled 18-55mm zoom lens. "Today's launch is important for Samsung in reinforcing our position as a leading innovator in the digital camera market and for showing our innovation in the compact system camera market," said Mr. Hyunho Chung, Executive Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.

In other Samsung news the company also announced the 16-megapixel Samsung WB700 sports camera. It sports a 24x zoom (that's 18x optical and 1.3x smart zoom), a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider Kreuznach lens, CCD sensor, and 1080p HD video. The WB700 will be available in April for around $300.

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