• The Samsung NX mini weighs 158g and is just 0.8-inches thick
  • A touchscreen display flips out from the rear, and rotates 180-degrees
  • Camera’s 1-inch sensor captures up to 20.5MP and can shoot 1080p video
  • It is WI-Fi enabled and fitted with an NFC chip so photos can be shared
  • Photos can be taken either by pressing the shutter or winking at the sensor
  • Samsung claims the NX mini can also be used as a baby monitor
  • The NX mini is available in the U.S for $449, UK release date and pricing hasn’t been announced

By
Victoria Woollaston

10:44 EST, 19 March 2014


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11:54 EST, 19 March 2014

Another day, another product designed to make taking selfies easier, this time from Samsung.

The South Korean firm’s NX mini is a super-thin camera with a 3-inch rotating, flip touchscreen display designed for choosing the perfect selfie angle.

The camera has a 1-inch 20.MP sensor, can shoot HD 1080p video, and photos are taken simply by winking at it – removing the need to manually press the shutter mid selfie pose.

Samsung's NX mini, pictured, weighs 158g and is 0.8-inches thick. A 3-inch touchscreen display flips out from the back of the device and rotates 180-degrees. The camera's 1-inch sensor captures 20.5MP pictures and can shoot 1080p video. Photos can be taken either by pressing the shutter or winking at the sensor

Samsung’s NX mini, pictured, weighs 158g and is 0.8-inches thick. A 3-inch touchscreen display flips out from the back of the device and rotates 180-degrees. The camera’s 1-inch sensor captures 20.5MP pictures and can shoot 1080p video. Photos can be taken either by pressing the shutter or winking at the sensor

THE RISE OF THE SELFIE STICK

A number of companies are selling
‘arm extenders’, also known as selfie sticks, to make taking photos of yourself easier.

The stick not only holds the camera, but comes with buttons on the handle used to take
the shot, and even focus the image.

The trend for cameras on sticks, also
known as monopods, isn’t new and a number of sticks are already
available for digital cameras from companies including Opteka and XShot.

But monopods designed especially for
smartphones, however, were unveiled at this year’s Mobile World
Congress, including a Samsung version from Chinese firm Winners’ Sun
Plastic Electronics.

Once a wink is detected, the NX mini automatically takes a shot after a two second delay. Photos can also be controlled via a smartphone app.

The NX mini additionally features interchangeable lenses, including a 9-27mm compact lens, and a 9mm wide-angle lens, perfect for taking group selfies.

This lens would have been particularly useful during this year’s Oscars ceremony when Bradley Cooper took the now ubiquitous selfie of various Hollywood stars on Ellen DeGeneres’ phone.

Other specifications of the NX mini include a 6 frames-per-second (fps) Continuous Shot mode, Wi-Fi and NFC capability, and photo filters.

Samsung even claims the camera doubles up as a baby monitor. When it detects
noise using its built-in microphone, a connected smartphone is activated via an app, meaning parents
can see their child.

Samsung’s NX mini is available in the U.S for $449. UK release date and pricing has not been announced yet. 

The NX mini additionally features interchangeable lenses including a 9mm wide-angle lens, perfect for taking group selfies. This would have been useful during this year's Oscars ceremony when Bradley Cooper took the now ubiquitous selfie of various Hollywood stars on Ellen DeGeneres' phone, pictured

The NX mini additionally features interchangeable lenses including a 9mm wide-angle lens, perfect for taking group selfies. This would have been useful during this year’s Oscars ceremony when Bradley Cooper took the now ubiquitous selfie of various Hollywood stars on Ellen DeGeneres’ phone, pictured

Samsung claim the camera, pictured, also doubles up as a baby monitor. When a built-in microphone detects noise, a connected smartphone is activated via an app, meaning parents can see their child.The NX mini is available in the U.S for $449, a UK release date and pricing hasn't been announced

Samsung claim the camera, pictured, also doubles up as a baby monitor. When a built-in microphone detects noise, a connected smartphone is activated via an app, meaning parents can see their child.The NX mini is available in the U.S for $449, a UK release date and pricing hasn’t been announced

A Samsung spokesman said: ‘The ‘selfie’ has found a permanent place in vocabularies across the world in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of stopping.

‘Reflecting this recent consumer trend, the NX mini has a range of exclusive features which make taking amazing selfies effortless.’

When synced to a smartphone or tablet, photos on the NX mini can be shared over Wi-Fi, or by pressing the camera to another enabled device using NFC. 

The NX mini weighs 158g and comes in four colours – white, green, black and pink. However, pink won’t be available in the UK.

Other specifications include a 6 frames-per-second (fps) Continuous Shot mode, Wi-Fi and NFC capability, and photo filters. It is available in four colours - white, green, pink, and black. Pink won't be available in the UK

Other specifications include a 6 frames-per-second (fps) Continuous Shot mode, Wi-Fi and NFC capability, and photo filters. It is available in four colours – white, green, pink, and black. Pink won’t be available in the UK

A Samsung spokesman said: 'The 'selfie' has found a permanent place in vocabularies across the world in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of stopping. Reflecting this recent consumer trend, the NX mini has a range of exclusive features which make taking amazing selfies effortless

A Samsung spokesman said: ‘The ‘selfie’ has found a permanent place in vocabularies across the world in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of stopping. Reflecting this recent consumer trend, the NX mini has a range of exclusive features which make taking amazing selfies effortless

 

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paulfromlancashire,

Preston,

2 hours ago

Olympus did that first…the olympus pen series of cameras

Tommy Dumpling,

Derbyshire,

3 hours ago

Cue a million photos that look like someone’s got sand in their eye. Excellent idea.

Although I think whatever phone kids use these days works the same only it’s activated by pouting a duckface

Keef,

Kent, United Kingdom,

9 hours ago

I don’t want to be winking in every picture, people might think there’s something wrong with me.

Bodragon,

London, United Kingdom,

17 hours ago

“A 3-inch touchscreen display flips out from the back of the device and rotates 180-degrees” If it flips up from the back, the it doesn’t need to then rotate at all. It will be already facing frontwards.

captain boing,

london, United Kingdom,

20 hours ago

OH……………sorry………….a simple WINK………………silly me………………………….

Michael,

London, United Kingdom,

21 hours ago

Wouldn’t the Samsung ‘Oscar’ have been a better name, for most viewed selfie? 😉

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