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Samsung NX20

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Samsung NX20 review


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Dynamic range

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.

  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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