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Samsung NX20

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Samsung NX20 review


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The competition

The compact system camera market has grown a lot over the past 18 months, and while once it belonged to Panasonic and Olympus there is now competition from Sony, Nikon and Pentax. If we consider the resolution of this model to be its principal selling point, we should look to Sony and Fujifilm for our alternatives.

Image: Sony NEX-7

The Sony NEX-7 has 24 million pixels spread over the same-sized APS-C sensor, while Fujifilm’s X-Pro 1 has 16 million in a unique formation that seems to have increased its ability to collect detail.

All three cameras are worthy rivals, although perhaps Sony’s lens collection makes it a slightly weaker choice. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 has excellent lenses, but is somewhat more expensive, a good deal larger and in fact resolves less detail. All three cameras have very strong characteristics to recommend them, including style and substance, but for an all-round type of camera (and none of the three excels at moving subjects), I’d be inclined towards the NX20 for its resolution, easy handling and excellent optics.

  1. 1. Samsung NX20 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Wireless connection
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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