With its 20.3-million-pixel APS-C sensor, Samsung’s slim compact system camera certainly raises the stakes. We find out what the NX200 has to offer advanced photographers

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Samsung NX200

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Samsung NX200 review


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The Competition

With an initial suggested price of £699 with kit lens, the Samsung NX200 competes against some of the more advanced compact system models. The only CSC to match its resolution, however, is Sony’s 24.3-million-pixel NEX-7, priced £1,150 with lens, but for the extra money it includes a 921,000-dot touchscreen display and built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Below this, resolutions are topped at 16 million pixels, with the less expensive Sony NEX-5N offering a 16.1-million-pixel sensor and 10fps in a slightly slimmer body for £599 with lens.

Olympus’s top model, the E-P3, also costs a little more than the NX200, despite having just a 12-million-pixel four thirds sensor. To its benefit, though, the E-P3 does feature a higher resolution touchscreen display and somewhat basic AF tracking. With these factors considered, the NX200 appears well priced for its specification.





White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, custom and manual, with fine-tuning
External mic:No
Video:1080p HD, 30fps, MOV (H.264)
Dioptre Adjustment:N/A
Built-in Flash:Hotshoe-mounted GN8
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD, SDHC or SDXC
Viewfinder Type:N/A
LCD:3in, 614,000-dot AMOLED
Output Size:5472x3648 pixels
Field of View:100% coverage
White Balance Bracket:Yes
AF Points:Single-point, 15 multi-point (35 close-up), face detection
Sensor:20.3-million-effective pixel CMOS
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Exposure Modes:PASM, lens priority, smart auto, panoramic, video, 14 scene modes, 10 smart filters, 13 magic frames
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Weight:220g (without battery or card)
Power:Rechargeable BP1030 Li-Ion
File Format:JPEG, SRW (raw), MOV
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec + bulb (max 4mins)
Drive Mode:7fps
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Metering System:221-block segment TTL metering, with multi, centreweighted and spot
Lens Mount:Samsung NX
Exposure Comp:±3EV
Compression:3-stage JPEG, 1-stage raw
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual
DoF Preview:Yes
Tested as:Compact System Camera
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White Balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. The Competition
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