Meet the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera, the 20.5-million-pixel Samsung NX mini. Read the Samsung NX mini review...

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Samsung NX mini review


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Samsung NX mini review – Autofocus

Unfortunately, the NX mini doesn’t feature the on-chip phase-detection autofocus we saw in its slightly bigger brother, the NX300. Instead, it is contrast method only for the mini’s 21 AF points in standard mode, or 35 points in close-up mode. In good light the AF performed well, though, focusing quickly the majority of the time.

However, on a number of occasions the camera would capture entirely blurred frames, particularly when taking self-portraits; for no apparent reason, the camera would acquire focus and then just before taking the shot it would hunt, lose focus and then trigger. I didn’t miss any critical images due to this quirk, but it’s still a concern.

Tracking and shooting fast-moving subjects is a little better, thanks in part to the ability to track subjects by touching the screen and the camera’s super-fast maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000sec, and raw+JPEG shooting at up to 6 frames per second, so it’s possible to freeze fast-moving subjects well, provided you’ve got good light.

  1. 1. Samsung NX mini at a glance:
  2. 2. Samsung NX mini review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Samsung NX mini review - Metering
  4. 4. Samsung NX mini review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Samsung NX mini review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Samsung NX mini review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Samsung NX mini review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Samsung NX mini review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  9. 9. Samsung NX mini review - Our verdict
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