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There. I solved the ENTIRE problem.

You're funny. But... I think it all started when Andrew Reid put ZackGoodwin in a figure four leg lock over a Samsung 2/3 inch lens that Ed David thought was morally wrong to support. While Ebrahim ex

There's only selected markets left and the fact that even there accessories like the batteries are unavailable makes it quite likely that a global stop is imminent, just weird that they don't man up a

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This would make me pretty sad. I love the Samsung look, but was waiting for the next, more refined, body to make the leap. IBIS, less quirks, better video profiles, 10- bit out, possibly even a low MP version a la A7S. It's a surprisingly good system-- better than Sony APS-C-- it just takes a couple product generations of leaning into it before this market pays dividends.

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Samsung at PhotoPlus 2015 in New York

Samsung reps responded with "Wait until CES" to my question "Anything new?".

Why would they say that if they were closing...

Didn't the NX500 drop just after CES last year? Samsung seems to be more focused on the consumer side than the photo gearhead side in terms of how it presents its products. Just looks at their insignificant presence at NAB or Photokina. There's been speculation of a NX50 that offers an EVF and more controls compared to the NX500 for awhile.

What they really need are more lenses with decent focus rings and good functionality when manually focusing. The two S zooms are really the only decent native options for video and IMO the focus by wire implementation isn't very good. Its been over a year since the S zooms were announced, nothing since. 

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Didn't the NX500 drop just after CES last year? Samsung seems to be more focused on the consumer side than the photo gearhead side in terms of how it presents its products. Just looks at their insignificant presence at NAB or Photokina.

It wasn't an insignicant presence at Photokina, I was there... something like 25 NX1s all setup to play with, massive show space (biggest of all), video corner with it rigged up with matte box, etc. It was a massive push by Samsung.

The NX500 is a consumer camera for $700... of course it is focussed on the consumer side.

The NX1 is enthusiast.

And I don't think they are going to stop after all that work on a market leading APS-C sensor.

Can you imagine the boss of their CMOS factory after billions of dollars worth of investment accepting a complete shut down of the camera business? Nah. Not going to happen.

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On Slashcam, a regular and very reliable user (who works in camera retail) just posted that Samsung laid off its camera sales force: "The first Samsung staffers were informed that they had to look for new jobs", http://forum.slashcam.de/samsung-steigt-aus-dem-kamerageschaft-aus-rumor-vp818522.html#818522

If they're scrapping the line completely, it would go beyond sales. Looks like they're either restructuring or selling the unit, either way our beloved NX1/NX500 will live on.

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So far its just one dealer. And its just the nx1 so maybe it could be that a nx2 is coming ? (Optimistic...)

If they are getting out of the B@M side of things, and concentrating on selling through centralized online distributors, they don't need a sales force. You only need sales people if you are relying on store front retail as your business model.

Everything we have seen so far is consistent with a strategic change to manner in which they distribute cameras. They might well be exiting the camera business as a whole, but I don't think you can necessarily conclude that from what we have seen so far though. Particularly telling is the fact that significant sales are not being held by the large on-line retailers where most of the cameras are actually being sold. Apparently they are in no hurry to dump inventory.

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I actually think something is going on here. 

Many UK outlets are no longer even listing the NX1 (or NX500) for sale. Even the grey importers are no longer selling the camera.

By having a scout on eBay, there's barely anyone selling the NX1. Hardly any used models up for grabs. 

One listing showed the NX1 brand new with the 16-50s f2.2.8 lens just for £1250, and the NX500 for £335, with only ONE left in stock. 

Rumours plus the sheer unavailability of the camera must mean something. 

I'd be very disappointed as I was thinking of picking up an NX1 for casual video + stills use. 

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I actually think something is going on here. 

Many UK outlets are no longer even listing the NX1 (or NX500) for sale. Even the grey importers are no longer selling the camera.

By having a scout on eBay, there's barely anyone selling the NX1. Hardly any up for grabs used. 

One listing showed the NX1 brand new with the 16-50s f2.2.8 lens just for £1250, and the NX500 for £335, with only ONE left in stock. 

Rumours plus the sheer unavailability of the camera must mean something. 

I'd be very disappointed as I was thinking of picking up  and NX1 for casual video + stills use. 

Contact your local camera shop and request a special order. Where I live the specialist camera stores don't stock Samsung products, but they will order one in for you if you want it. Whether they can do that or not will depend if the Samsung subsidiary in your country carries the product or not though. If they do, then you should be able to order one.

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