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 – Our verdict

It’s always good to see innovation in the camera world, and Samsung is a manufacturer that is currently willing to try new things, constantly adding to its arsenal. This latest addition provides some worthy competition to the other miniature interchangeable-lens system cameras offered by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and Nikon’s 1-series models. On paper, the Samsung NX mini offers a decent feature set when compared to its competitors, but I’m now very keen to put the three cameras up against each other to see how they all compare in real-world scenarios.

The NX mini is a very neat package that enabled me to capture decent images without having to carry around any bulky equipment, while the equally mini NX-M lenses (three announced at launch) are defiantly small and well designed.

For day trips, holidays, nights out and family fun, the NX mini will do a good job, and thanks to its attractive looks, it will likely acquire many admirers.


Video:1920 x 1080 pixels (30fps only), 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels, MP4 (H.264)
External mic:No
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
Output Size:5472 x 3648 pixels
Memory Card:Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC, UHS-I Micro SD
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 4.9m @ ISO 160
LCD:Articulated 3in TFT LCD with 460,800-dots
AF Points:21 points, or 35 points in close-up mode, auto or manual selection
Sensor:20.5-million-effective-pixel 1in (13.2 x 8.8mm) BSI CMOS sensor
Weight:196g (with battery and card)
Exposure Modes:Auto, smart, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, Wi-Fi
Focal Length Mag:2.7x
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw+S.Fine, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion B740AE battery, up to 650 shots
Drive Mode:Single, continuous 6fps, bracket (AE/WB/PW/Depth) burst (5M) 30fps/15fps/10fps, wink/smile shot, timer
Shutter Speeds:30-1/16000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
Connectivity / Interface:Micro USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
RRP:£400 (with 9mm kit lens)
Lens Mount:Samsung NX-M mount
ISO:160-12,800 (ISO 100, ISO 25,600 available extended)
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, face detection, touch AF
DoF Preview:Yes
Metering System:TTL 221 (17 x 13) block segment metering, multi, centreweighted and spot
Dimensions:110.4 x 61.9 x 22.5mm
Tested as:Entry-level CSC
  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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