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Samsung may kick some serious butt in the HDTV and smartphone worlds but they're still climbing the ladder to the top when it comes to digital imaging. We've used Samsung cameras and camcorders for years and always been – how should we put this politely? – underwhelmed. Yet, the company is putting a lot of emphasis on its new cameras, adding Wi-Fi to anything that has a shutter among other advances. (You can see DT's review of the Galaxy camera that's a real breakthrough for sharing images.) Yet, last time we looked, cameras are for taking photographs – good ones – especially if you're paying close to $900. With that in mind, let's see if Samsung finally delivers on that front with their mirrorless NX20 Compact System Camera (CSC). The 20.3-megapixel NX20 not only looks like a small DSLR, it has all the features you'll find on their bigger cousins such as a built-in viewfinder, mode dial, and pop-up flash. Many CSCs lack these critical features and we give Samsung a pat on the back for the convenience. The camera really is small, measuring 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.5, tipping the scales at 12 ounces without a lens. Even with the supplied 18-55 OIS glass, we had no problems carrying the NX20 anywhere and everywhere.
The NX20 is one of the world's first Wi-Fi enabled compact system cameras (alongside the new Samsung NX210 and NX1000 models), allowing users to connect to wireless networks in a number of different ways without any additional cards or devices. The DSLR-like NX20 features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, SVGA 1.44k resolution electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch swivelling AMOLED screen, an ISO range of 100-12800, built-in pop-up flash, full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, 8fps continuous shooting, top shutter speed of 1/8000th second, 3D stills and panoramas, and support for Samsung's unique i-Function 2.0 lenses. The i-Function button on compatible lenses allows users to control the NX20 by scrolling through manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO) and using the focus ring to change the parameters for each setting. The NX20 also has a special i-Scene lens priority mode, which allows users to select the scene modes, Smart Filters and the intelli-Zoom function.
The Samsung NX20 ($1,099.99 direct with 18-55mm lens) is the top-end camera in the NX compact interchangeable lens series, but despite having a built-in EVF and flash, doesn't perform as well as the entry-level NX1000 or competing high-end mirrorless cameras. Its EVF and image quality lags behind that of our Editors' Choice Olympus OM-D E-M5 , but the NX20 does excel at Wi-Fi implementation, something that the competition lacks. Design and Features Thanks to the built-in EVF, the NX20 looks more like a sized-down SLR rather than a larger point-and-shoot. It measures 3.5 by 4.8 by 1.6 inches and weighs 12 ounces. The Sony Alpha NEX-7 , which also has a built-in EVF and flash, is a bit more compact, at 2.75 by 4.75 by 1.7 inches and 10.3 ounces. In addition to taking cues from the SLR form factor, the NX20 puts a great deal of control at your fingertips. Physical buttons control Metering, Exposure Compensation, Movie recording, Drive Mode, and ISO—there's even a Depth of Field Preview button on the front of the body. A mode dial and a standard control wheel are located on the top plate, behind the shutter release, and a point-and-shoot style rear control wheel lives on the rear of the camera.
Samsung's most expensive digital camera, the new NX20, boasts the same huge megapixel count as the NX210 and the NX200 before it, but resides in a larger, supposedly more “professional” body. This is also one of the first enthusiast level cameras to feature WiFi connectivity, as Samsung—despite our collective eye-rolling—continues to push this technology even more aggressively in 2012. Here in the office, we sometimes regard high-end Samsung cameras as comprehensive, but not quite cohesive. All the technology is there, but the end-result may not feel like a specialized tool for photography. In other words: there's reading a recipe book, and then there's cooking. So, is the NX20 a complete meal? Let's find out.... A number of key improvements set this camera apart from the NX10, most notably the AMOLED monitor on the back, which now swings out and rotates for videos or added flexibility at tricky angles. The image sensor also receives a huge upgrade to 20.3 megapixels, but other than that the two cameras are very similar. And in this case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In a crowded marketplace of similarly specified mirrorless compact system cameras, it can be difficult for one manufacturer's offering to stand out from the crowd. Samsung in is an enviable position as an electronics company, because there is so much technology to draw inspiration from in its portfolio of products for the 20.3MP Samsung NX20. For quite some time, the same AMOLED screens found in Samsung's Galaxy series of Android smartphones and tablet computers have been a unique feature of Samsung's range of NX mirrorless cameras. With the NX20, Samsung has incorporated wireless connectivity and GPS as you may find featured in one of its smartphones. With phones and tablets sporting better cameras with each generation, how long will it be before you can check emails on your camera? Samsung stops just short of that with the NX20, but the inclusion of Wi-Fi alongside compatibility with Android devices and Windows PCs is a step towards everything becoming connected. GPS is also included, so images can be tagged with a location. This can be especially useful when sharing images on the internet, via a service that supports geo-tagging, such as Facebook.
We've had to wait over two years to see a real replacement for Samsung's NX10 (the NX11 doesn't really count, as it was a very minor update). During these two long years, the South Korean tech giant has focused on developing its entry-level compacts rather than moving its expert cameras forward. That said, the NX10 was always slightly ahead of its competitors thanks to features like the built-in viewfinder, flash and AMOLED screen. So was this 2012 update worth the wait? Let's take a look. Overall, the NX20 has a fairly similar design to the NX10 with its "mini-SLR" kind of look. It has a relatively compact body, with a nice, well-sized grip handle and an electronic viewfinder. The EVF has been updated for 2012 with a system borrowing Panasonic's sequential display technology (800 x 600 pixels). The result is a sharp, accurate image, but anyone who's sensitive to rainbow effects caused by colour breakup in sequential displays may soon find it annoying. Shots can also be lined up on the NX20's 3-inch AMOLED screen. This has flip-out and swivel functionality for shooting at unusual angles like over the top of a crowd, round a corner, etc.
The most interesting part of the camera market right now lies right in between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR. Basically, the former category is being eaten alive by ever-improving smartphone cameras, and the latter is a fairly mature market without a lot of drastic change. So companies like Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus have developed the NEX line and the Micro Four Thirds standard, bringing excellent image quality to smaller cameras with smaller price tags. The NX20 is the latest in Samsung's efforts to turn the mirrorless threesome into a quartet. The camera sticks to the required blueprints, packing a large sensor (in this case a 20.3-megapixel APS-C) into a small mirrorless body, and offering interchangeable lenses. Samsung also offers a couple of unique features, like a built-in Wi-Fi radio that lets your camera connect to your smartphone. At $1,099.99 with an 18-55mm kit lens, it comes in near the top of the price range of mirrorless cameras, and is knocking on the door of the DSLR market. Can Samsung's latest find its way into the in-crowd? Let's see. The NX20's body immediately makes you think it's a mid-range camera. The hard, textured materials are solid and sturdy, but they don't exude class or luxury by any means.
Samsung doesn't make a traditional dSLR. Instead, it's concentrating its high-end efforts on compact system cameras (CSC). This class pairs a traditional interchangeable lens set-up with a compact body, as seen elsewhere in the Panasonic GX1 and GF5, Pentax K-01 and Q, and Nikon 1 J1 and V1. Although not the smallest CSC I've tested lately, the NX20 is light and extremely comfortable to hold for extended periods. It takes the best of a regular dSLR, including the viewfinder (digital rather than optical in this instance), and sculpted grip, and packs it into a slightly squeezed body. Around the back is a vivid 3-inch screen that's articulated through 180 degrees horizontally and 270 degrees vertically. If you don't want to take overhead or low shots, you can turn it back on itself and fold it flat to the back of the camera. There's a hard window in front of it for protection. Combined, these features make the NX20 very satisfying to use for extended periods.The Samsung NX20 can be bought now for £900.
On a recent trip to Samsung's Seoul headquarters I got the opportunity to use the new NX20, and get a feel for how it performs. I only had a short time with a pre-production camera, but overall, my impressions of its handling and performance are very positive. Certainly, anyone who has used and liked the NX20's predecessor, the NX10, will find little to complain about in the new model, and much that is very familiar. The NX20 sits at the top of Samsung's totally refreshed NX lineup, above the NX210 and NX1000. All three are based around the same 20MP CMOS sensor and all offer eight frame-per-second continuous shooting and Wi-Fi-connectivity and control, but the NX20 includes a handful of feature unique within the range. The NX210 doesn't include a viewfinder, nor is its OLED screen articulated - making it less expensive - but it steps forward from the NX200 by adding Wi-Fi, faster continuous shooting and the option to use a cable shutter release and proprietary external microphone. The NX1000 is less expensive still, and features a plastic body, VGA rear screen and retractable kit zoom.
While it uses the same 20.3 million pixel sensor as the NX200, NX210 and NX1000, the NX20 has a more mini-SLR like shape and is aimed at slightly more experienced photographers.To this end, the NX20 has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) like the NX11 that it replaces. While the NX11's EVF has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels or 921,000 dots, the NX20's has been pushed to 800x600 pixels (1,440,000 dots). As a result the NX20's EVF provides a very clear view of the scene being composed; it looks smooth and fairly natural.As an alternative to the viewfinder, images may also be composed on the 3in 921,000-dot Clear AMOLED screen. This has been improved noticeably upon the unit in the NX11 as the gap between the glass cover and the panel itself has been filled with a UV resin to help reduce reflections. Although we weren't able to take the camera outside, we were impressed by how little the NX20's screen suffers from reflections and found that the image is visible from almost 180 degrees.As the NX20 is the first Samsung NX camera to feature an articulating screen, the chance of a photographer needing to view the screen from a wide angle is very slim, but it gives an indication of how good the screen is.
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