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 – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Keeping up with the competition, the NX mini has a native sensitivity range of ISO 160-12,800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25,600.

In practice, ISO 160-3200 produced pleasing enough results and helped me get a shutter speed fast enough in low light to capture decent shots handheld, although noise is particularly noticeable from ISO 1600. I did attempt to push the sensitivity to ISO 6400, but around that point images become quite smudged and unattractive due to aggressive in-camera noise reduction. Of course, this can be dialled down somewhat and cleaned up using the raw files, but for usable images straight out of the camera I would recommend avoiding using sensitivities towards the NX mini’s limits.

The NX mini actually scored slightly higher on our resolution chart than the APS-C-format Samsung Galaxy NX, which was about three times the price of the NX mini when it launched last year. The technology has definitely moved on and I think it’s fair to give Samsung credit for achieving this level of performance with a significantly smaller sensor.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the Samsung 18mm f/4.5 macro lens. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting.

  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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