Samsung’s new top-end compact system camera is the first to offer an online connection for photographers in the field as well as at home, but does this built-in Wi-Fi have any real benefits?
Image: Colour and contrast are nicely moderate in standard mode, recording realistic images
In its default settings, the NX20 produces images with moderate contrast and colour, and while there is a tendency to believe that everyone wants bright images that risk the loss of highlights, the camera is capable of recording a wide range of tones in a single frame. The only time I noticed particularly that the tonal range had not been captured was when shooting a scene with sunlight reflected on the surface of a river.
Throughout the test I didn’t have any concerns that the camera would not cope with what I was asking it to do, and while the dynamic range is not exceptional it is extensive enough. Samsung does offer an ‘optimisation’ feature called Smart Range, but this is a contrast and brightness adjuster rather than anything that combines multiple exposures in-camera to genuinely extend the range of tones represented.