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Samsung NX200 Review

NX200 Summary

Taking a more serious approach to the compact system camera, the Samsung NX200 raises resolution to 20.3-megapixels, adds Full HD video recording, and improved autofocus speed. Most of the new lenses feature a unique i-Function button that the company says allows the user to make adjustments more easily.


Sleek, more professional camera design; faster autofocus system and burst modes; solid performance at high ISOs despite the bump up in megapixels.


Significantly more expensive than previous model; slow buffer clearing with RAW images; with kit lens attached, camera becomes less portable.

Price and availability

Started shipping in September 2011; currently retails for US$900 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens.

Imaging Resource rating

4.0 out of 5.0

Samsung NX200 Review

by Dan Havlik, Shawn Barnett, Zig Weidelich, and Mike Tomkins Hands-on Preview Posted: 09/01/2011Review posted: 03/12/2012

In a radical shift from its predecessor's chic, smooth contours, the Samsung NX200 is designed to appeal to the stealthy street shooter and camera enthusiast. Its no-nonsense blend of curves and hard edges appeals to the eyes as well as the hands. Its build is solid, its features strong, and its performance crisp.

The Samsung NX200's grip is just right for the size, rising like a swell about to break, there are no dips top to bottom, but the soft leather texture and knurled pad for the fingertips provide ample hold. The only thing to disturb my grip is the strap lugs, which work with D-rings. Though their noise can enter videos, they're apparently popular among camera designers and enthusiasts alike, as they seem to appear in more cameras these days.

The front shot shows just how serious they are about the design philosophy, at least on the front: the vertical surfaces are all curved while the horizontal surfaces are flat and hard-edged. Typical of Samsung, it's an aggressively artistic design that also works. While the NX100 appeared very artsy and even sensual, the NX200 looks more serious.

Stereo microphones flank the hot shoe, a step up from the NX100's monaural mic. Four speaker holes are nearby as well. A small top control dial is positioned about where it was on the NX200's predecessor. I'd have preferred it a little further forward, as well as a little larger, but I'm glad there's a second dial for greater control. It's labeled in blue for zooming in and out in Playback mode, but it's also used in several modes and menus.

I'm happy to see a power switch surrounding the shutter button. This is the most logical location for a power switch, and seems to be appearing on more interchangeable-lens cameras this year. The Mode dial has some new and unusual icons, and is well-positioned for easy turning. It was stiff enough to prevent accidental turning while in a bag or large pocket.

Much of the beauty of the Samsung NX200 is beheld in the AMOLED screen. Not only is the image on the screen quite good, the graphical interface is both impressive and well done. More importantly, the animations are fast enough that they don't get in the way.

Controls are reasonably well spaced, but tighter than they were on the NX200's predecessor. The main graphical adjustments are accessed by pressing the Fn button, which brings up the Smart Panel, a menu navigated via the four way and the rear wheel, and options are changed via the dial on the top deck. I'd have preferred the function button to appear where the EV or Menu button is, as it's more frequently accessed than even the Menu button. EV is in a good place, though. You hold it and turn the dial on the top deck. Very natural. And the Video Record button is far enough from the thumb grip, but is in danger of accidental activation as well.

While walking around shooting with the Samsung NX200, I found it pretty comfortable to use. As I mentioned, the animations were swift and attractive, a very important feature in a camera, where you can't afford to wait for swoopy features when a moment is passing before your eyes.

The NX200 is also packed with special modes and features, most of which we'll get to in the Field Test below. It was handed to me in Burst mode, which threw me for a loop at first, as it started rapidly recording 30 frames per second, at five megapixels per shot. Not bad. The camera doesn't use the focal plane shutter in this mode, instead all you hear are clicks from the speaker as the camera rattles off at high speed. You can get close to 7 frames per second at 20-megapixels (we measured 6.6 in the lab), which also isn't too shabby, but of course you can hear and feel the shutter actuating at that speed.

Samsung's i-Function button allows the user to quickly adjust a small range of settings in combination with the focus ring. When pressed in PASM modes, the camera toggles among shutter speed, aperture, EV, ISO, White Balance, and intelli-Zoom. Once you've reached your desired setting, turning the ring adjusts that parameter.

We're pleased to see the more serious design, though we never disliked the old design, as well as the new lenses available for Samsung's NX series.

Samsung NX200 Video Walkthru


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Samsung NX200 Technical Info

by Mike Tomkins

Sensor and processor. The NX200 is based around a Samsung-developed, APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with a Bayer color filter, and an effective resolution of 20.3 megapixels. Total resolution is 21.6 megapixels, in an area of 23.5 x 15.7mm. The NX200 yields a maximum image size of 5,472 x 3,648 pixels, and offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 12,800 equivalents. There's also an Auto ISO function with a user-selectable upper limit, up to a maximum of ISO 3,200 equivalent.

As well as the native 3:2 aspect ratio of the image sensor, the Samsung NX200 also offers 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratio modes for JPEG still image capture.

Performance. Samsung developed the NX200's image sensor in-house, and has also included its fourth-generation DSP architecture in the design. The pairing allows pretty swift performance, especially by compact system camera standards. Full-resolution shooting is possible at a maximum of 7 frames per second, for as many as 11 JPEG or 8 RAW frames, according to the company.

If set to Burst mode, in which the camera is locked at five megapixels, it's possible to shoot at either, 10, 15, or an impressive 30 frames per second. The burst mode is available for JPEG shooting only, and captures 30 frames with a single press of the shutter button. Note that the 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution used for this mode is not available in the camera's other operating modes.

In addition to the high-speed drive modes above, the Samsung NX200 also offers a lower-speed continuous drive mode, which allows shooting at 3 fps for up to 15 JPEG or 8 RAW frames. Samsung rates startup time at around 0.4 seconds, and autofocus at around 0.1 second, though we measured significantly slower in the lab.

Optics. Like all of the company's NX-series cameras, the NX200 features a Samsung NX lens mount. First introduced in April 2010, Samsung designed its NX mount specifically for use in compact system cameras, and allows much thinner camera bodies than in a traditional SLR, thanks to a great reduction in backfocus distance achieved by the removal of the reflex mirror box. (Olympus and Panasonic pioneered the concept in their Micro Four Thirds standard, albeit with a smaller sensor size, while Sony offers a direct rival in its APS-C based NEX-series cameras.)

Like all compact system cameras, the Samsung NX mount doesn't allow for a through-the-lens optical viewfinder, and doesn't allow for external autofocus or metering sensors. Instead, metering and focus are determined by the main image sensor, which also provides a data for the live view feed on the camera's AMOLED panel. Although it's a relatively new format, the selection of lenses available for the NX mount has grown quite quickly, with nine models available already. In total, there are four zoom lenses currently available, three of them optically stabilized: the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II, 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 ED OIS II, and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS. The sole unstabilized zoom model is the 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED. Four unstabilized prime lenses are available: the 16mm f/2.4, 20mm f/2.8, 30mm f/2.0, and 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA, as well as a stabilized 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA. A 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS VCM lens optimized for video had planned availability for December 2011, however it doesn't appear to be shipping at time of writing. (Note that the 18-55 and 50-200 lenses were also available previously in versions without the 'II' designation. The newer variants added Samsung's i-Function button, but we believe they're otherwise unchanged from the earlier versions.)

In addition to Samsung's NX-mount lens lineup, there are a few other choices available to photographers shooting with an NX-series camera. Four third-party lenses are available, all featuring manual focus designs, and offered by Korean company Samyang Optics Co. Ltd. All four models are unstabilized primes: an 8mm f/3.5 fisheye, a 14mm f/2.8, a 35mm f/1.4, and an 85mm f/1.4. Samsung itself also offers a lens mount adapter which will allow use of Samsung or Pentax K-mount lenses on NX-series cameras, a legacy of the company's one-time SLR camera partnership with Pentax. Finally, Germany's NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH offers a healthy selection of lens mount adapters that will allow use of Canon FD, Contax / Yashica, Leica R, M 42, Minolta AF / Sony, Minolta MD, Nikon, Olympus OM, Pentax K, and T2-mount lenses on NX-series bodies. Neither the Samsung or third-party adapters allow use of autofocus, however, and there will likely be limitations as to which individual lenses will be operable with any given mount adapter.

i-Function. Several of Samsung’s NX-mount lens models have another advantage for NX-series camera owners, beyond their ability to offer autofocus, and it provides something of a unique selling point for the system as a whole. Available on all models except the 30mm f/2.0 prime lens, i-Function allows each lens' focus ring to be used for a variety of secondary functions, by first pressing the dedicated i-Function button on the lens barrel. It's a clever idea that takes advantage of the lenses' fly-by-wire design, letting photographers quickly adjust common exposure variables without adjusting their hand grip, and without crowding the camera body itself with extra physical controls. The feature does require support in the lens, however, so if you own the 30mm prime, or an older 18-55 or 50-200mm zoom that lacks the 'II' designation, i-Function won't be available with those lenses mounted.

In the Samsung NX200, the i-Function control has been upgraded. Now dubbed i-Function 2.0, it allows a greater range of adjustments than was possible with earlier cameras. In addition to the ability to adjust shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO sensitivity, the NX200 now allows the user to control six different Smart Filter functions, or the intelli-Zoom function. The latter automatically trims off everything outside the 'zoomed' area, and saves the resulting cropped image at its original pixel resolution, rather than first interpolating it up to match the sensor resolution as a typical digital zoom would do. Available intelli-Zoom levels include 1.2x, 1.4x, 1.7x, or 2.0x. Smart Filter functions that can be controlled through the i-Function button include Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, Defog, and Halftone Dots. Note that there are a few other Smart Filters, described later, which can't be controlled through the i-Function button

Stabilization. Image stabilization, as alluded to previously, relies on in-lens correction. Availability hence depends on the specific lens in use. In Samsung's current (or imminently arriving) NX-mount lens stock, all zooms except the 20-50mm model are stabilized, and all primes except the 60mm macro are unstabilized. The function can be disabled, and when active has two operating modes, but they're not the typical standard / panning modes found in many cameras. Instead, in OIS Mode 1, the NX200's stabilization system operates only while the shutter button is half or fully pressed, thereby saving battery life, but providing an unstabilized image preview. In OIS Mode 2, the NX200's stabilization system always operates whenever the camera is powered up, providing a stabilized preview, but at the cost of battery life. (The latter mode can also potentially offer less corrective effect, given that the corrective elements in the lens may not be centered at the moment the shutter button is pressed.)

Lens correction. Like earlier NX-series models, the Samsung NX200 offers an in-camera lens distortion correction function, which aims to reduce the severity of barrel or pincushion distortion in images. Samsung notes that the function may not be available with all lenses, although a list of supported lens models isn't mentioned in the user manual.

Display. The rear panel of the Samsung NX200 is dominated by its Active Matrix Organic LED (AMOLED) display panel, which has a 3.0-inch diagonal. Total resolution is 640 x 480 pixels, but unlike most digicam displays, the NX200 doesn't have a three-dot-per-pixel design. Instead, it retains the same PenTile RGBG array design as seen in the original NX10, which staggers narrow columns of green subpixels with wider columns of alternating red and blue subpixels. The result is a design that offers the same luminance resolution as a regular 921,600 dot VGA LCD panel with columns of red, green, and blue subpixels, despite a lower-than-average dot count for a VGA display, at some 614,400 dots. Samsung rates the NX200's display as offering a 100% field of view.

The Samsung NX200 offers what the company refers to as a Smart Panel user interface, which aims to keep the user from delving through menus to change common functions, instead providing quicker, more direct access. On-screen display options include four grid types, a live histogram, a distance scale, and the ability to enable or disable icons showing camera setup.

Focusing. The Samsung NX200, like most compact system cameras, relies on a contrast detection autofocusing system that operates using data streamed from the image sensor. The NX200's autofocus system offers both single-servo and continuous-servo operation, and ordinarily functions in a 15-point mode, with a single-point option available. There's also a finer-grained 35-point AF mode available for closeup shooting. In addition, the Samsung NX200 offers a face detection autofocus mode, capable of locating up to ten faces in a scene simultaneously. Focus is then set on the dominant face automatically. A built-in autofocus assist lamp is available to help out when focusing on nearby subjects in low ambient light.

As you'd expect, it's also possible to focus manually, with optional 5x or 8x magnification to help determine optimum focus. There is also a focus assist mode, where the camera displays a bar indicating current contrast level. Note, however, that all Samsung's NX-mount lenses use fly-by-wire manual focusing, rather than providing a direct control. (With careful handling, lenses with a direct focus control generally yield less obtrusive noise when manually adjusting focus during video capture, and some photographers may favor them for speed and accuracy of focus adjustment.) Current third-party lenses from Samyang feature direct manual focusing, as would most third-party lenses mounted via an adapter.

Dust reduction. As you'd expect of an interchangeable lens camera--especially one that leaves the shutter open most of the time to facilitate Live View--the Samsung NX200 includes a built-in dust reduction system. The system adopted by Samsung is the same as that found in earlier NX-series models, and uses supersonic vibrations to shake dust free of the optical low-pass filter overlying the image sensor. Sensor cleaning can be initiated manually, or can be programmed to run at each start-up.

Exposure. Available still-image exposure modes on the Samsung NX200 include the usual complement of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual, plus SmartAuto 2.0, Lens Priority (automatically selects a scene mode relevant to the lens type in use), Panorama, Magic, and Scene. The Magic mode overlays one of thirteen frame types on your subject. Available Scene modes include Beauty shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Sound Picture, 3D Photo.

Drive modes on offer include Single, Continuous, Burst (fixed at five megapixel resolution), Self-timer, and Bracket. The self-timer function is unusually precise, allowing any time between two and 30 seconds to be configured, in one-second steps. The bracketing mode, meanwhile, allowing bracketing of exposure (+/-3 EV), white balance, and Picture Wizard settings.

Exposures are metered using 221-segment multiple metering, with a 17 x 13 segment grid. Center-weighted and Spot metering modes are also available, and the metering system has an operating range of EV 0 - 18 at ISO 100, using the 30mm f/2 lens. Exposure compensation is available within a range of +/-3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps, and exposure can be locked by half-pressing the shutter button.

The Samsung NX200 uses an electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter, and offers shutter speeds ranging from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds in 1/3 EV steps. There's also a Bulb function, which allows the shutter to be held open for as long as the shutter is pressed, up to a maximum of four minutes.

The NX200's white balance system provides an Auto mode, seven presets (Daylight, Cloudy, White Fluorescent, Neutral Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, and Flash), plus both a Custom mode, and a direct Kelvin color temperature setting. White balance can also be adjusted within seven steps on both Amber / Blue and Green / Magenta axes.

A Dynamic Range Expansion function is offered in the NX200. Its strength can't be adjusted, but it can be enabled or disabled as desired.

Flash. Samsung hasn't included a popup flash strobe in the NX200, but it does provide a standard flash hot shoe for external strobes, and includes a small camera-powered strobe in the product bundle. Flash sync is possible at 1/180 second or less, and +/-2.0 EV of flash exposure compensation is available, in 1/2 EV steps. Flash modes include Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, and Off.

The bundled flash strobe is model number SEF8A, and has a guide number of 8 meters at ISO 100. It has coverage approximately equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm camera, and folds down snug against the top of the lens when not in use (as shown above). As well as the bundled strobe, Samsung also offers three more powerful models compatible with the NX200: the SEF42A, SEF20A, and SEF15A.

Creative. Samsung has included quite a range of creative options in the NX200, catering to photographers who want to control the look of their images as much as possible, without resorting to the digital darkroom. A selection of nine Picture Wizard presets adjust color, contrast, saturation, and sharpness, and there are also three Custom modes which allow the user to save their own picture styles for later recall. Preset Picture Wizard styles include Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, and Classic.

The NX200 also provides ten different Smart Filter functions, which apply more complex filters to images. As mentioned previously, the Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, De-fog, and Halftone Dots filters can all be accessed through the i-Function button on compatible NX-mount lenses. In addition, there are four further Smart Filter modes which must be accessed through the menu system: Soft Focus, Old Film 1, Old Film 2, and Negative.

Samsung's unusual Magic Frame function, accessed through its own position on the Mode dial, allows your subject to be placed within one of thirteen different borders. These are a bit like picture frames, but your subject is smoothly overlaid into a sometimes rather small area on a fun background, so that for example their face appears on a TV, or in a newspaper article. Magic Frame modes include Holiday, Old Film, Ripple, Full Moon, Old Record, Magazine, Sunny Day, Classic TV, Yesterday, Wall Art, Billboard 1, Billboard 2, and Newspaper.

The NX200 offers a Panorama function that automatically stitches multiple images together in-camera, allowing users to easily create a panoramic image. It also allows for capture of 3D images from a single objective lens, by comparing the locations of your subjects as they pass across the image frame.

Samsung has also included what it refers to as a Sound Picture function in the NX200. Available only when shooting JPEG images, this allows the camera to record a brief sound clip before and after an image is captured. The sound clips have a fixed length of either five or ten seconds.

As you'd expect, the NX200 provides for JPEG output in both sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces.

Full HD video. 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 frames-per-second. (Click to play/download 22.9MB MP4 file.)

Video. The Samsung NX200 offers not only still image capture capabilities, but like most cameras these days, also provides for high-definition movie capture. The feature set is better than that in many competitors, though, providing not only Program autoexposure, but also Aperture- and Shutter-priority auto, and fully Manual exposure. However, shutter speed and/or aperture must be set before movie recording begins. It's also possible to apply all ten Smart Filter effects during movie capture, but only at VGA resolution or below.

The NX200's movies are recorded in MP4 format, using H.264 video compression, with AAC audio, in one of two quality levels. High-def movies can be captured at a maximum resolution of 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, aka Full HD), and there's also a 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) mode available. Two standard-definition options include VGA (640 x 480 pixel) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixel). All resolutions are recorded at 30 frames per second, though the 720p mode can also be recorded at a rate of 60fps. The NX200 includes a stereo microphone, and movies can be recorded with or without audio, but note that the fly-by-wire focus control means that even manual focus operation is likely to make some AF drive motor noise.

In addition to regular movie capture, the NX200 provides for fast-motion and slow-motion recording. Available recording rates include 20x, 10x, and 5x at all resolutions, 0.5x at 720p or below, and 0.25x at VGA or below. It's possible to trim captured movies in-camera, and to extract single frames as still images.

GPS. Although the Samsung NX200 doesn't include built-in GPS connectivity, it can work with the company's WGS84 GPS module. Images tagged using this module can be viewed in Google Maps through the bundled intelli-Studio software package, and location names can be viewed on-screen in English or Korean.

Connectivity. Allowing for image transfer to computers and compatible storage devices, the Samsung NX200 provides USB 2.0 High-Speed data connectivity. It also includes both standard and high-definition video outputs. The standard-def output provides composite NTSC or PAL video, while high-def is catered for with a Mini (Type C) HDMI 1.3 port offering 1080i, 720p, 576p, or 480p resolutions. The HDMI port is compatible with Samsung's Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) system which allows you to control the play function of the camera with a TV remote.

Unlike its predecessor, the Samsung NX200 does not include a wired remote control port, nor does it provide a dedicated DC input jack.

Storage. The NX200 stores images as either 12-bit .SRW RAW files, or as EXIF 2.21-compliant JPEGs in one of 13 resolutions and three quality settings. Images are stored on Secure Digital cards, including the higher-capacity SDHC and SDXC types.

Power. Power comes courtesy of a proprietary BP1030 lithium ion rechargeable battery pack, rated at 1,030 mAh, and good for 320 shots to CIPA testing standards, according to Samsung. A compatible BC1030 charger is included in the product bundle. While there's not a DC input jack, the NX200 can accept mains power via an optional AC adapter kit which provides 9.0V / 1.5A via a dummy battery.

Shooting with the Samsung NX200

by Dan Havlik

The NX200 has a bunch of cool Smart Filter effects including two Old Film looks.

When I first saw the 20.3-megapixel Samsung NX200 at a press preview event last summer, I was taken aback. Was this harder-edged, all-black compact system camera really a direct descendent of the curving and sensual Samsung NX100 I reviewed for Imaging Resource in early 2011? While the bigger and arguably more stylish NX100 seemed aimed at those who were new to the mirrorless CSC category, the serious-looking NX200 was clearly designed to attract experienced photo enthusiasts and prosumers.

It took me a day of shooting to get used to the new design, but I've grown to really like the NX200 both for its serious looks and its excellent shooting skills. The photographic upgrades to the NX200 are substantial: a 20.3MP APS-C image sensor with a 100-12,800 ISO range; full 1080 HD video recording at 30fps with stereo sound; faster autofocus speed with up to 7 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution along with up to 30fps in Burst mode at 5-megapixels.

The Vignette filter added an ominous look to this wooded scene.

The NX200 also has a new 3-inch VGA AMOLED screen on back and Samsung has expanded its lens-based i-Function feature, which lets you change camera settings by pressing a button on the lens barrel. The Samsung NX200 also has a nicer kit lens than its precursor: the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II. With an MSRP of $900, the price is higher for the new NX200 package, but I think it's worth it.

Getting a grip. While many people, including yours truly, liked the design of the NX100, one of the biggest complaints about it was that its smooth body and lack of a handgrip made the camera hard to hold. Problem solved with the NX200, which has a substantial but not obtrusive curved grip on the right side of the camera. There's no indentation for your fingers, but there is a faux leather texture on the grip that felt comfortable and relatively secure. While it's aimed at more experienced photographers, the overall size and weight of the NX200 -- without a lens attached -- makes it more petite.

On the street. Though its long kit lens makes it less portable, the NX200 is a great street shooter.

When I attached the comparatively large 18-55mm OIS II kit lens with its flanged lens hood, however, the NX200 became a much larger instrument altogether. I'm on the fence about its size. On the one hand, the NX200 looks and feels like a serious photography tool. On the other hand, it's still a bit dainty for my tastes and the pinkie finger of my shooting hand dangled off the short camera body. But, like I said, after a day of shooting with the NX200, I got used to its handling.

What certainly helped was how responsive the NX200 was and how simple and logically its controls are laid out. The fair-sized silver shutter button sits atop the grip and is surrounded by the on/off power ring. As mentioned earlier, this a good set-up for cameras in this class since it makes turning on and shooting with the NX200 a quick and seamless process.

The NX200's 18-55mm kit lens is an improvement over its predecessor's, letting me snag candid moments even at the wide angle such as this New Yorker admiring the George Washington Bridge (hidden behind the magnifying glass).

While walking along the Hudson River in New York City, it was easy for me to fire up the Samsung NX200 and quickly shoot interesting things that I saw. The mode dial on the top deck is a bit stiff, which is good to prevent the NX200 from accidentally changing settings, but it also slowed down my adjustments. There's also one new setting on the dial which I wasn't familiar with: MAGIC. I'll get back to the MAGIC mode later, but for now suffice it to say I was a bit surprised to see it included.

Nice GUI. One of the nicest touches on the Samsung NX200 is the 3-inch AMOLED screen. Not only is the display quite good, the graphical user interface (GUI) is both impressive and well done. More importantly, the menu animations are fast enough that they don't get in the way. Finding features and making adjustments can be a chore on some cameras, which can take away from the fun experience of photography. I hope that some competing camera companies take Samsung's lead and make their interfaces more user friendly.

The buttons on back of the Samsung NX200 are small to make room for the substantial screen, but they're reasonably well spaced and I figured out how to get to all its important functions soon after picking up the NX200. The well-designed and clear menu system helped. While walking around shooting with the Samsung NX200, I found it quite comfortable to use.

The NX200, which can shoot 7fps at full resolution, is quick on the draw, helping you capture sports and candid moments.

Speedy shooter. There was a time not long ago when compact system cameras and their creaky contrast-based autofocus systems could be frustratingly slow to use. That began changing about a year ago and the NX100 was one of the first CSCs I tried where I didn't feel bogged down by slow autofocus. It has improved even further with the NX200.

In my field testing -- which matched Imaging Resource's lab results -- I found the NX200's AF to be fairly swift, though not as quick as Samsung has claimed. According to press and marketing info on the NX200, Samsung says the NX200 is capable of autofocus speeds of 0.1 second. We didn't achieve that, but our lab did average 0.37-second when autofocusing the NX200's lens using Selection AF (center) mode and 0.42-second in Multi AF mode. While not as fast as Olympus and Panasonic have achieved in their latest CSC offerings, it's not too bad. When we pre-focused, we experienced a shutter lag of just 0.084-second, which was very good.

The Samsung NX200's 20.3MP sensor is able to capture loads of detail.

In real world street testing, this translated to a camera that was quick to lock in on a subject and snap a photo. I never had to think (or worse, wait) while snapping away at subjects around Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan, and in the northern part of the island on upper Broadway during two photo walks with the NX200. I even tried my somewhat clumsy street photography method, where I kept the NX200 against my chest and photographed interesting people on the street while tilting the camera up. Though this doesn't alert them that they're being photographed, image quality can be hit or miss. The NX200's AF system and the 18-55mm kit lens did such a good job of keeping my subjects sharp, I was able to come away with a few keepers.

In lower light when shooting at high ISOs, the NX200 and 18-55mm did take an extra second or two for the lens to lock in -- and an extra second or two to process the image before it popped up on the screen -- but that's not unexpected for a camera in this class or even for an entry-level DSLR, especially with long-exposure noise reduction active.

If you're shooting sports or other high-speed action, you'll likely lean on the NX200's impressive burst capabilities. In full resolution continuous mode, you can shoot JPEGs up to 7fps (the lab measured 6.6 fps for Superfine JPEGs), and in Burst mode at 5 megapixels, you can capture at a blazing rate of 30fps. The regular 7fps speed was enough for me to capture continuous sequences of ice skaters, basketball players, and other athletes. Continuous mode isn't quite as fast with RAW files, though, slowing to about 6 fps, and buffer clearing is quite slow when RAW files are present. The lab measured 34 seconds after 8 RAW frames, and 43 seconds after 8 RAW + JPEG frames, with a fast card.

Magical Modes. Most digital cameras these days -- even a few professional models -- have creative pre-set modes for giving your images special looks and effects. The popularity of these canned digital filters has even grown larger lately thanks to smart phones and the slew of funky photo apps available for them. (Instagram and Hipstamatic, anyone?) Samsung has further upped the ante with a range of digital filters, frames and effects on the NX200.

Below are a few of the Smart Filters accessible from the iFunction button on the side of the lens, as well as the Mode dial.








Halftone Dots

While these pre-sets might not be everyone's cup of tea, in my experience with the NX100 and now the NX200, Samsung does them better than most any camera company. Not only do the specialty modes produce interesting results, they're easy to access via the NX200's excellent interface, and can be applied to images both before and after you shoot them. Most of the fun can be found in the Smart Filters, all ten of which can be accessed via the NX200's Mode dial, as well as the i-Function button on compatible NX-mount lenses.

You won't want to use it all the time but the Negative filter can make the everyday appear otherworldly.

Some of the Smart Filters are carry overs from before including Vignetting, Miniature (which simulates the effect of a tilt-shift lens), Fish-Eye, Sketch (which transforms an image into a black-and-white etching), Defog, Halftone Dots, and Soft Focus. But I also liked a couple of the new ones, which seems to take a page from Instagram etc, including Old Film 1 (grainy, scratchy B&W), Old Film 2 (grainy, scratchy sepia), and Negative, which can produce an otherworldly effect.

The Magic Frames won't be for everyone but they can provide a cool effect, such as when I placed our cat into the Classic TV frame.

More unusual is the Magic Frame function, which you can access via the MAGIC icon on the mode dial. It puts your subject within one of 13 different off-the-wall borders. They look a little like picture frames but with a very pop-culture influence. Your subject is smoothly overlaid into a sometimes rather small area on a whimsical background. For example, a face appears on a TV, or in a newspaper article. Magic Frame modes include Holiday, Old Film, Ripple, Full Moon, Old Record, Magazine, Sunny Day, Classic TV, Yesterday, Wall Art, Billboard 1, Billboard 2, and Newspaper. These will definitely not be for everyone -- some of the borders can be a bit cheesy -- but kudos to Samsung for trying something new. As an experiment, I photographed our cat in the B&W Classic TV screen and my wife loved it. But then again, she likes pretty much any picture I take of the cat.

Panorama. Found on the Mode dial, the Samsung NX200 also has a Panorama mode. In our short time with the camera, we found it a bear to use. Though like Nikon Coolpix cameras, you just press the button and start panning in a direction of your choice, without having to pre-select a direction in advance, it seldom worked. Most often it stopped recording after a second and complained that I hadn't moved the camera at all. If I moved a little faster, it complained I was moving too fast. Once I finally managed to pan at a consistent speed and level, I captured two panoramas.

Capturing a panorama with the Samsung NX200 was a little more difficult than with most.

Other attempts failed either immediately or halfway through. I also tried doing a horizontal pan with the camera in vertical mode, so I could capture more of the trees, and this was impossible. I tried one panning vertically, but it just kept going over my head until I got the trees behind me (see the last image in the gallery), and it messed up the sky transitions. You're probably not supposed to do that.

In a nut shell. The all-black Samsung NX200 not only looks a lot different from its predecessor -- smaller, sleeker, and more professional -- its performs differently too, and that's a good thing. While we largely liked the older model, the 20.3MP NX200's image quality, particularly at higher ISOs, was an improvement. The NX200 also has a faster autofocus system and the ability shoot full-resolution bursts at almost 7fps and 5MP images at an impressive 30fps. Throw in a better 18-55mm optically stabilized kit lens with i-Function for changing camera adjustments on the fly and a range of new specialty modes, filters, and whimsical borders, and the NX200 offers enough to justify the jump up in price.


Samsung NX200 Image Quality

Below are crops comparing the Samsung NX200, Samsung NX100, Canon 60D, Nikon D3X, Panasonic G3, and Sony NEX-7. Though we normally start with ISO 1,600 here, we thought we'd start with the base ISO to show the best each camera can do.

NOTE: These images are best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction. All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses.

Samsung NX200 versus Samsung NX100 at ISO 100

Samsung NX200 versus Canon 60D at ISO 100

Samsung NX200 versus Nikon D3X at ISO 100

Samsung NX200 versus Panasonic G3 at base ISO

Samsung NX200 versus Sony NEX-7 at ISO 100

Most digital SLRs and CSCs will produce an excellent ISO 100 shot, so we like to push them and see what they can do compared to other cameras at ISO 1,600, 3,200, and 6,400. Recent advances in sensor technology have made ISO 1,600 look a lot more like ISO 100, but there are still cameras whose quality starts to fall apart at this setting. We also choose 1,600 because we like to be able to shoot at least at this level when indoors and at night.

Samsung NX200 versus Samsung NX100 at ISO 1,600

Samsung NX200 versus Canon 60D at ISO 1,600

Samsung NX200 versus Nikon D3X at ISO 1,600

Samsung NX200 versus Panasonic G3 at ISO 1,600

Samsung NX200 versus Sony NEX-7 at ISO 1,600

Today's ISO 3,200 is yesterday's ISO 1,600 (well, almost), so below are the same crops at ISO 3,200.

Samsung NX200 versus Samsung NX100 at ISO 3,200

Samsung NX200 versus Canon 60D at ISO 3,200

Samsung NX200 versus Nikon D3X at ISO 3,200

Samsung NX200 versus Panasonic G3 at ISO 3,200

Samsung NX200 versus Sony NEX-7 at ISO 3,200

Detail: Samsung NX200 versus Samsung NX100, Canon 60D, Nikon D3X, Panasonic G3, and Sony NEX-7

SamsungNX200ISO 100ISO 3,200ISO 6,400 SamsungNX100ISO 100ISO 3,200ISO 6,400 Canon60DISO 100ISO 3,200ISO 6,400 NikonD3XISO 100ISO 3,200ISO 6,400 PanasonicG3ISO 160ISO 3,200ISO 6,400 SonyNEX-7ISO 100ISO 3,200ISO 6,400
Detail comparison. High-contrast details are often sharper as ISO rises, so they're worth a look as well. The Samsung NX200's base ISO looks quite a bit better than that of the NX100, which is at a disadvantage with its lower resolution and slightly dimmer exposure. The NX200 does show the most obvious sharpening halos, though. At ISO 3,200 you can see that the NX200 is starting to struggle to resolve the fine lines; still, it's clearly much better than the NX100 where lines are no longer visible. The other cameras do a better job. At ISO 6,400, fine lines are mostly smudged-away by Samsung's noise reduction. As expected, the Nikon D3X is the best performer here, but the other cameras still resolve a lot of the detail the two Samsungs don't. In terms of color, the NX200, 60D, and D3X maintain the red better than the NX100, G3, and NEX-7, though the NX200's red text is lighter and quite smudged.


Samsung NX200 Quality

ISO 100 images show pretty amazing detail and great color at 24 x 36. 30 x 40s are fine for a good wall display print.

ISO 200 shots are quite good at 24 x 36 inches, albeit with minor softening apparent in our red swatch.

ISO 400 shots look impressive at 20 x 30, while 24 x 36 inch prints are still quite good for wall display.

ISO 800 images look good at 16 x 20 inches, save for certain reds, which are a little softer.

ISO 1,600 images are also very good at 16 x 20, with the exception of losing all contrast detail in our red swatch.

ISO 3,200 images suffer from noise suppression, and look too soft printed at 13 x 19; they become better at 11 x 14.

ISO 6,400 shots are a little smudgy at 8 x 10, but look very good with good color at 5 x 7

ISO 12,800 images are not usable and this setting best avoided.

Overall, a very impressive performance from the Samsung NX200. Printing a great 24 x 36 inch print is nothing to sneeze at. There's still an abrupt drop in quality at ISO 3,200, but it still manages to make an acceptable print up to at least 5 x 7 at ISO 6,400.


In the Box

The Samsung NX200 ships with the following items in the box:

  • Samsung NX200 digital camera
  • Neck strap
  • External Flash
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • Battery charger with AC power cable
  • USB cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Basic Operation User Manual
  • Full User's Manual (CD-ROM)
  • Warranty card


Recommended Accessories

  • Extra battery pack
  • Protective case
  • Large capacity, high-speed SDHC/SDXC memory card. 8-16GB or larger makes sense if you plan on shooting lots of HD video.


Samsung NX200 Conclusion

Pro: Con:
  • Excellent resolution and detail
  • Very good JPEG image quality at low to moderate ISOs
  • Better high ISO performance than its predecessor, despite the bump in resolution
  • Very good RAW image quality
  • Good hue accuracy
  • Sleeker, more professional camera design with a substantial handgrip
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens with i-Function is better than kit lens with previous camera
  • Automatic chromatic aberration reduction
  • Optional geometric distortion correction
  • Not as fast as advertised but quick autofocus system helps for capturing candids on the fly
  • Nice 7fps continuous shooting at full resolution and blazing fast 30fps at 5MP in Burst mode
  • Full 1080p HD video shooting with stereo sound
  • PASM exposure mode support for videos
  • Dedicated video record button
  • Clear and quick user interface, menu system and animations should be a model to other camera companies
  • Flash hot shoe
  • Extensive specialty modes, filters and funky frames
  • Gorgeous 3-inch VGA AMOLED screen
  • Optional GPS module (attaches via hot shoe)
  • A significant bump up in price from previous model
  • Dynamic range not as good as most APS-C rivals
  • JPEG engine smears subtle detail in reds more so than most other cameras, yet leaves a lot of chroma noise behind at higher ISOs
  • Default sharpening a bit high
  • With kit lens attached and strobe, camera becomes significantly larger
  • Auto WB too warm indoors and Incandescent too cool
  • Little control over noise reduction
  • Sluggish startup and single-shot cycle times
  • Slow buffer clearing with RAW files; huge ~50MB SRW files could really use a compressed option. (Note that firmware v1.04 reduces RAW file sizes up to 25%, according to Samsung.)
  • Some "Magic Frames" are a bit cheesy
  • Not as stylish looking as previous model
  • Tiny buttons; camera feels scrunched on back
  • No remote control port
  • No support for an EVF


It's a good thing the design of the NX200 isn't the only thing Samsung changed. While we genuinely liked the looks of the stylish previous model, the NX100, we had issues with its JPEG image quality when shooting at high ISOs. The all-black, 20.3MP NX200, a compact system camera which looks like a sleek, futuristic DSLR, is not only a better performer at the high end of the ISO spectrum despite the jump up in megapixels, it adds quite a few key features.

For one, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) II kit lens that comes with the NX200 is a very decent all-around performer and boasts i-Function 2.0, letting you change important camera settings just by touching a button on the lens barrel. The NX200 is also a faster shooter all around, with a reasonably quick autofocus system that made taking sharp, candid photos on the street a snap.

We also liked the faster burst modes, including almost 7fps at full resolution and a blazing 30fps at 5MP. Video quality has improved to 1080p HD with stereo sound and the 3-inch AMOLED screen is a beauty. Along with playing back images, the screen makes using the NX200's crisp, clear, and logical menu system a breeze. Unlike some competing models that turn treading through menus and animations into a slow chore, the NX200 is fast on its feet, letting you make the adjustments you want quickly and painlessly.

And there's a lot to fiddle around with on this camera, including extensive filters, effects, and funky "Magic" frames that you can add to your images. The trade-off with this new and improved model is a significantly higher price. Indeed, for the $900 you'll fork over for the NX200 kit, you could get a very nice DSLR with a lens. Fortunately though, there are fewer liabilities with getting a mirrorless compact system camera these days. The NX200 is extremely quick on the draw, capturing nice photos in a range of lighting conditions making it a solid Dave's Pick.


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Announced in September 2011, the Samsung NX200 is Samsung’s fifth compact system camera in the NX range. It replaces the NX100 with a radically new design which substitutes a metal body for the plastic of earlier models. Inside the camera you’ll still find a large APS-C sensor – the same size as used by Sony NEX models – but Samsung has boosted the resolution of earlier models from 14.6 to 20.3 Megapixels here. Other components including the colour filter array, micro lenses and anti-aliasing filter, have also been upgraded.

The NX200 can shoot 1080p30 full HD movies and now has a dedicated movie button, so you don’t have to switch the mode dial to the movie position to start recording. It retains the same 3 inch, 614,000 dot OLED screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, but there’s no built-in electronic viewfinder and no accessory port, so you can’t plug-in an optional EVF as you can on the Sony NEX-5N and Olympus PEN compact system cameras. There’s a clip-on accessory flash which fits into the hotshoe and built-in stereo mics, though no external mic socket. The NX200 also gets a new stabilised kit lens, the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS II. This lens can be manually focussed and the focus ring can also double up as an additional custom exposure control using Samsung’s iFn feature.

The NX200 improves considerably on its predecessor’s continuous shooting capabilities with 7 frames per second at full resolution. Though not quite up to the 10fps of the NEX-7 and NEX-5N, this is nonetheless impressive. In addition to PASM exposure modes, the NX200 offers many consumer-friendly features of the kind typically found on point-and-shoot compacts including filters and frame effects, panoramic and 3D panoramic shooting.

With its all metal construction, a reasonable choice of NX mount lenses, large sensor and full PASM exposure control available for both stills and movie shooting, the NX200 looks to be an attractive alternative to Sony’s NEX compact system cameras and in particular the similarly priced NEX-5N – on paper at least. But can Samsung’s NX200 match the NEX-5N where it matters in this market – build quality, performance, handling and image quality? Read on to find out.

Samsung NX200 Design and controls

The Samsung NX200 looks quite similar to Sony’s NEX-5N, though in design terms there’s a multitude of differences. The NX200 shares the NEX-5N’s broad outlines, with a bulging handgrip on the right side of the body and a protruding lens mount. The NX200 measures 117x63x37mm and weighs 285g with battery and card. Add the 18-55mm kit lens and the weight comes up to 483g, all round that makes it just a little bigger and heavier than the 5N, but not noticeably so, either to look at or to hold in your hand.

The design has moved away form the organic form of the NX100 which lacked anything approaching a straight edge to something that looks much more engineered with clean 90 degree horizontal edges complementing the curved slope of the handgrip. The top, bottom and front panel are finished in matt black paint and the grip and rear panel have a textured plastic coating. It all adds up to a professional quality finish that’s also practical, though I did notice that on the review model the hard edges were already beginning to show signs of use with the paint wearing to reveal the shiny metal beneath.

The on/off switch is on a collar surrounding the smallish shutter release and the knurled mode dial has been relocated to the rear right edge where it can be thumb operated with a positive action that rules out accidental movement. To the right of the mode dial there’s a top-facing control or ‘jog’ dial used for exposure control and menu navigation in conjunction with a control wheel on the rear. If you count the lens focus ring in iFN mode, that gives the NX200 three separate physical exposure controls, something that will not be overlooked by those looking for an SLR replacement that handles well in PASM exposure modes. Apart from the hotshoe the only other blot on the otherwise uninterrupted landscape of the top panel are the slots for the twin stereo mics and the built-in speaker.

The NX200 has a conventional hotshoe with additional connectors at the rear for the supplied accessory flash. The hotshoe is also used to connect the optional GPS10 receiver which automatically adds geopositional data to images.

The rear panel is dominated by the fixed 3 inch OLED screen to the right of which are arrayed a four-way control wheel plus six small buttons. In the thumb position, just to the right of a rather small raised and dimpled thumb rest pad, is the dedicated record button. This can’t be assigned to any other function or switched off and I managed to accidentally activate it more than once. Below that is an exposure compensation button and then there are a further four buttons arranged at the four ‘corners’ of the control wheel. The first of these activates the menu system, then there’s a ‘Fn button which activates the NX200’s quick menu or ‘Smart panel’ screen providing access to a range of frequently used controls; more about that later. At the very bottom of the rear panel under the control wheel are a playback button and a delete button which also functions as a custom button during shooting.

The bottom panel has a centrally located metal tripod bush and a door on the bottom of the handgrip opens to reveal the combined SD card and battery compartment which, incidentally, can’t be opened when the camera is mounted on a tripod; it would have been possible had the the tripod bush been positioned directly under the lens flange as it is on the NEX-5N. The NX200 is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards – you can use UHS-1 cards, but you won’t gain any performance advantage from them, see the continuous shooting sections for more details about that.

A door on the right side of the body provides access to a mini HDMI port and a USB port for connecting the camera to a TV and a PC respectively. As I’ve already mentioned there’s no socket for an external microphone and the NX200 lacks an input for a cabled remote or, come to that, a wireless one.

The NX200’s BP1030 Lithium Ion battery pack provides enough power for 320 shots under CIPA (Camera Imaging Products Association) standard conditions. That’s fairly average for its class and although it looks a bit dismal compared with 410 shots on the NEX-5N, it’s more in line with the Panasonic Lumix GX1’s 310 shots or the Olympus E-P3’s 330.

Like the Sony NEX-5N the Samsung NX200 is supplied with an accessory flash unit, but with its conventional hotshoe, fitting the NX200’s flash is a much simpler operation than the fiddly screw-in affair on the 5N. The flash unit just slides in and is secured with a large locking wheel. It’s flipped up for operation and can be flipped down and left in position when not in use.

When the flash is flipped up, the NX200 automatically enters the last set flash mode, either Fill-in, Fill-in with red-eye reduction, 1st curtain or 2nd curtain sync. The flash has a guide number of 8 in Metres at 100 ISO which gives it a range at that sensitivity setting of just over 2 metres – a little bit more powerful than the NEX-5Ns accessory flash.

The fastest flash sync shutter speed is 1/180th and flash exposure compensation is available in 0.5 EV steps up to +-2EV. While it’s adequate as a fill-in, for serious flash work you’ll want to use a more powerful unit and the NX200’s hotshoe will allow you to do that. There are three Samsung branded external flash units available the most powerful being the GN20 with a guide number of 20.

Samsung NX200 Screen

The NX200’s active matrix OLED screen has 614,000 dots with a resolution of 640×480 and a 4:3 aspect ratio. In stills shooting modes it provides a 100 percent view with a black bar at the bottom providing an overlay for some of the more important icons relating to shooting mode, exposure settings and battery life. In 16:9 HD movie modes the bottom bar thickens and is joined by one at the top.

The screen adjusts automatically to ambient light levels and you can adjust the brightness and white balance manually (though of course these changes don’t affect the image quality). In general use the screen display is bright and contrasty and provides a good view in most conditions. Like all screens though, in bright sunlight it can be a struggle to see clearly and here the NX200 loses out to the NEX-5N in three respects. First you can’t adjust the angle of the screen, either to avoid light falling on it or provide a more comfortable viewing position when shooting at low or high angles. Secondly, the NX200 lacks the touch-sensitivity of the 5N’s screen, which is not only useful for control, but also adjusting focus during movies. And Third, unlike the NX100 before it and Sony’s NEX-5N as well as the Olympus PEN range and Panasonic’s GX1, you can’t plug in an electronic viewfinder accessory.

Arguably, dropping the accessory port could turn out to be a big vote loser for the Samsung NX200. The OLED screen is excellent as far as it goes, but the lack of a viewfinder option may prove to be a deal breaker for anyone looking for SLR performance and handling in a more compact format. Electronic viewfinders are expensive and not to everyone’s liking, but you only have to look at models like those I’ve already mentioned as well as the built-in EVF’s of the Nikon V1 and Sony NEX-7 system cameras to see the direction of travel here; all these manufacturers think that in this market customers want a good quality built-in EVF or the option to add one.

Samsung NX200 lens and stabilisation

Samsung’s NX mount was introduced with the NX5 in early 2010. Then consisting of just three lenses it has since expanded to eight including four zooms, three of which are stabilised and four primes one of which – the 60mm f2.8 ED OSS SSA has stabilisation. The range includes the 50-200mm f4-5.6 ED OIS II zoom, a 16mm f2.4 pancake prime and a bright 30mm f2.0. Like all cameras equipped with APS-C sensors (excluding Canon), the NX format means all lenses have their field of view reduced by approximately 1.5 times.

The NX200’s 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens is large in comparison to similar zooms of Micro Four Thirds systems and other cameras with smaller sensors like the Nikon 1 models, but it is similar in size and weight to the Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens for NEX models. The front focussing ring can be used to manually focus with the AF/MF switch set to MF, while MF Assist magnifies the view by 5 or 8x. There’s also a ‘focus bar’ option with a green column that rises as the subject comes into focus, but this is no real match for the focus peaking feature on Sony’s NEX range.

The NX lenses do have something else to offer though; in PASM exposure modes the focus ring can be assigned to one of a number of exposure controls including aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, White Balance and exposure compensation. Samsung calls this i-function and it’s activated by pressing the iFn button on suitably equipped lenses. It can also be used to activate the i-Zoom feature which automatically crops the central portion of the image to produce a lower resolution version with no interpolation.

I-function adds an additional control option to the NX200’s array without the need for more physical buttons on the camera body and using the focus ring in this way is a great idea if, in practice, it’s not quite as ideal as it sounds. I’ll go into more detail about how i-Function works in the handling section.

With a crop factor of just over 1.5x, the 18-55mm kit lens provides a 35mm equivalent range of 28-85mm. So although the sensor size and focal range is nominally the same as the NEX-5N with the SEL 18-55mm kit lens, the vertical angle of view is slightly narrower.

Samsung NX200 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 coverage wide

Samsung NX200 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 coverage tele

18-55mm at 18mm (28mm equivalent)18-55mm at 55mm (85mm equivalent)

With a stabilised lens attached, the NX200 offers three stabilisation options: off, mode 1, in which stabilisation is activated when you half-press the shutter release, and Mode 2 which is on all the time and provides a stabilised live view on the screen. There are no panning modes to confine stabilisation to one plane, so if you’re following fast action the best option is probably to disable it. In fact to preserve battery life you might want to think about using off as the default setting and only activating it when you really need it, which is easy enough form the Smart Panel.

To test the stabilisation with the 18-55mm kit lens attached and set to its maximum 55mm focal length (85mm equivalent) I took a series of shots in shutter priority mode at a range of progressively slower shutter speeds with the stabilisation disabled and set to Mode 2 (continuous)

As you can see from the crops below, the NX200 with the 18-55mm OIS kit lens manages to eliminate camera shake at shutter speeds down to 1/10th of a second, giving it around three stops advantage on what the conventional wisdom dictates is possible with an unstabilised lens.

Samsung NX200 with 18-55 f3.5-5.6 OIS Stabilisation Off/On

100% crop, 18-55mm at 55mm, 100 ISO 1/10th, OIS off.

100% crop, 18-55mm at 55mm, 100 ISO 1/10th, OIS on

Samsung NX200 shooting modes

As an enthusiast model, the NX200 of course offers PASM exposure modes and for most people that’s the most important thing. But with other manufacturers going beyond the conventional exposure modes with creative filters, dynamic range extension and stacking modes for improved results in low light what does the NX200 have to offer?

Surprisingly, given its fast continuous shooting performance, the NX200 doesn’t provide any stacking modes, either as a noise reduction or extended dynamic range feature. It does, however offer dynamic range extension – Samsung calls it Smart Range. Enabling Smart Range produces a single shot that’s post processed to produce more detail in the shadows and highlights. The difference isn’t dramatic and there isn’t the degree of control you get with Sony’s DRO. Another drawback is that you don’t get the ‘straight’ shot along with the Smart Range version, so if you want both you have to shoot twice changing the settings.

The NX200 isn’t short of creative options with a ‘Magic’ position on the mode dial offering a choice between a wide range of ‘Smart’ filters and ‘Magic’ frames. But while quantity is not lacking, the quality of some of the frames may not be to everyone’s taste. The Smart filters include Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-eye, Sketch, Half-tone dots and soft focus. There are also a couple of cludgy old film effects. Some examples of the Smart Filters and Magic Frames are shown above – on the top row Smart Filters Vignette, Sketch and Fisheye and bottom row Magic Frames Old Album, Full Moon and Magazine.

The frames provide a, let’s call it quirky, mix of overlays that superimpose your shot on anything from a retro TV in a 50’s living room to a magazine cover on a desktop. These effects are the kind of thing that used to be popular in budget image editing applications from the 90’s and their presence here doesn’t really add much of value to the NX200.

The NX200 has a panorama feature that looks very similar to the Sweep panorama offered on various Sony models including the NEX range, it even has a 3D option. In practice though, it’s not quite as smooth as Sony’s sweep panorama and when viewed at 100 percent, the image quality doesn’t quite match up either. One advantage it does have though is that you don’t have to set the pan direction before shooting – you just press the shutter button and turn whichever way you want. Samsung doesn’t publish details for the panorama image size but I shot test panoramas in landscape and portrait formats with sizes of 6366×1088 and 4384×1648.

The NX200 has a Smart auto exposure mode with automatic scene detection and face detection AF. Eight scene type icons are displayed in a row at the bottom of the frame and light up when the NX200 thinks it has correctly identified the scene. In practice it works pretty well, though the sports scene icon had a tendency to illuminate with the slightest movement of the camera.

In Smart auto exposure mode the iFn button on the lens is disabled, but there’s a dedicated position on the mode dial with an I badge called Lens Priority mode. This lets you use the focus ring to select from a range of scene modes or Smart filters and use the i-Zoom digital zoom function at the same time.

Samsung NX200 Panorama mode with 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS II

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Samsung NX200 movie modes

The NX200 can shoot full HD video with a best quality of 1080p30. Movie files are encoded using the H.264 codec and saved as .mp4 files. 60fps recording is possible, but you need to drop to 720p. There are also standard resolution modes of 640×480 and 320×240. All of these modes have two quality options, Normal and HQ.

The NX200’s multi motion feature provides the option to record video for playback at speeds from 0.25x to 20x real time. The 0.25 (quarter speed option is only available for the standard resolution formats, but there is a half-speed slow motion option at 720p30.

As I’ve mentioned, the NX200 has a dedicated video button, and pressing this starts recording immediately when in Program mode, but if you switch the dial to the movie position the NX200 provides full manual exposure control as well as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes. What’s more, you can change the exposure settings in any of these manual and semi auto modes during recording. In movie mode the NX200 automatically switches to continuous AF unless you have the lens set to manual focus, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover you can switch between MF and AF during shooting, so you can set up your shot manually focussed, then switch to AF part way through.

The NX200’s ‘Picture Wizard’ custom settings for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast can be applied for movies and you can use the Smart filters but only at 640 x 480 resolution. One other nice touch is there’s a built-in fader, which automatically adds a fade in/out at either end of your clip.

The NX200’s built in stereo mics do a good job of picking up ambient sound and voices within a reasonable range, but are a little susceptible to wind noise and the lack of an external microphone jack rules out the NX200 for serious video work.

Samsung doesn’t specify a maximum recording time, but there is a 4GB file size limit.


Samsung NX200 sample video 1: outdoors, sunny, handheld pan with optical zoom

The NX200 1080p30 video quality is good, but the stabilisation isn’t as effective as it might be. Focus wavers a little too, but eventually comes good.

Samsung NX200 sample video 2: outdoors, sunny, tripod pan with optical zoom

For this tripod mounted panning shot the NX200 could have made a better job of the exposure. Again, the focus wavers a little on the zoom in, but corrects nicely.

Samsung NX200 sample video 3: indoors, low-light, handheld pan

For this low light interior hand held panning shot the NX200’s exposure control in Program Auto mode isn’t very responsive. It’s changing, but not enough to compensate for the changing light levels

Samsung NX200 sample video 4: Focus

This clip shows the NX200’s continuous focus in action. There’s a little bit of ‘hunting’ during the pan from the coffee cup to the bar, but eventually it settles down. In the reverse direction it taks the AF a while to refocus on the cup but when it happens it’s pretty decisive.

Samsung NX200 sample video 5: 720p30 Multi Motion x0.5

This clip shows the NX200’s multi motion video feature at 720p30 half speed.

Samsung NX200


The NX200’s combination of clear well-organised menus and functional control layout makes for quite an enjoyable handling experience. After just a short while using it I was confident that if I didn’t know exactly where something was located I’d be able to find it without having to look too hard. Mostly this is down to the menu system which places everything onto a set of four tabs – Camera, Movie, Custom and Settings. Although some of the tabs have more than one panel, none of them contains more than a handful of settings so there’s no need for scrolling and you can see everything at a glance. This sort of simplicity is quite a relief compared with the interminably long menus of Sony’s NEX models.

Thanks to the Fn button and the Smart Panel it displays, you don’t need to access the full menu all that often. The closest thing to the NX200’s Smart Panel is the Super Control Panel on Olympus PEN models. What you’ll see on the Smart Panel depends on the shooting mode but in PASM modes in addition to the appropriate exposure controls (e.g aperture in Aperture priority mode) you’ll see Exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, Picture wizard, White balance, Metering mode, Quality, Size, Drive mode and Stabilisation as well as a few others. You navigate between these options with the rear control wheel and change individual settings using the top jog dial.

Up to a point, the NX200 handles well in the PASM modes. In Aperture and Shutter priority modes either the jog dial or the control wheel is used to change the selected exposure control and in manual the jog wheel controls shutter speed and the control wheel aperture. There are a number of routes to exposure compensation, the most obvious one being to press the dedicated button on the rear panel, but this has to be held down with your thumb while you change the EV value using the jog wheel. Granted, there’s no chance of accidental operation, but it feels overly belt-and-braces.

If you have the iFn lens button set for EV operation you can do the same thing without having to hold a button down by first pressing the lens iFn button, then rotating the focus ring, but it still feels like there’s unnecessary button pressing involved. I appreciate that there’s a fine line between smooth operation and prevention of accidents, but the answer to that is to provide better customisation options and it feels like Samsung is playing it just a little too safe here.

This leads on to a more general problem with way the the iFn idea, a great one in principle, has been implemented. Having to press a button to assign the focus ring to a secondary function shouldn’t really be necessary if the lens is in AF mode, and effectively rendering the ring redundant. If the lens is in AF mode, why not have the focus ring automatically assigned to the iFn function? And once iFn mode is entered, the other controls become its slave, so you can’t for example use the focus ring to change aperture while using the jog dial for shutter speed and the control wheel to change the ISO sensitivity. Once you’re in iFn mode the jog wheel emulates the focus ring and the control wheel switches between iFn options.

The delete button on the rear panel doubles up as a custom button which you can be assigned to an optical preview, one touch White balance, or one touch RAW+ shooting. Despite the addition of AEL in the 01.04 firmware update released in March 2012, that’s quite a short list and as well as including more options it would be nice to be able to re-assign the exposure compensation and/or the dedicated video button, both of which are much better positioned for an AEL button.

All of which is not to say that the NX200 is a handful, quite the opposite. It’s just a little frustrating that Samsung hasn’t made more of the potential for customisation that it’s numerous physical controls have to offer.

Samsung NX200 Continuous shooting

The NX200 has two full resolution continuous shooting modes: Continuous Low shoots at 3fps and Continuous High at 7fps. Burst mode shoots a burst of 5 Megapixel images at 10, 15 or 30fps and there’s also a self-timer setting with a delay adjustable in one second increments between 2 and 30 seconds. In the continuous shooting modes focus is locked on the first frame.

The NX200 provides fairly good bracketing control with options to bracket exposure, white balance and even Picture Wizard settings. Exposure bracketing is limited to three shots, but you can select up to plus or minus three stops in 1/3 EV increments.

To test the NX200’s continuous shooting performance I fitted it with a freshly formatted Sandisk Extreme Pro 8GB UHS-1 SDHC card. I selected Superfine JPEG image quality and set the drive mode to Continuous High. With my finger held on the shutter release the NX200 managed a burst of 11 shots at a rate of 6.7fps.

Once the burst is completed the camera stops shooting even if you keep the shutter depressed. Unlike some cameras – the Sony NEX-5N being one – you can’t fire off another short burst once the buffer has partially emptied, you have to wait just over 11 seconds for the entire buffer to write to the card.

The sequence above shows the first ten frames of an 11-shot burst in Continuous High mode and illustrates one of the main difficulties of high speed continuous shooting with a live view camera – keeping a fast moving subject centred in the frame when you can’t see it, only the previous frame.

Switch to RAW+ Super Fine JPEG and the NX200 maintains its 6.7fps rate, but the burst drops to eight frames, so you can record a fraction over a second of action. But the penalty for shooting RAW is a much longer wait for the buffer to write to the SD card. And when I say long, I mean an age – the NX200 took 34.5 seconds to write the eight RAW and eight JPEG files from my (slightly over) one second burst to the Sandisk UHS-1 SDXC card.

While the NX200 is compatible with UHS-1 SDXC cards it can’t take advantage of their faster write speeds. Fitted with a Class 10 speed Sandisk Extreme card the results were almost exactly the same. While it’s great to be able to shoot at 7fps, in practice, the waiting times involved make the NX200 less of a speed machine than its specification suggests.

And the NX200’s slow write times aren’t just a problem for continuous shooting. In single image drive mode, particularly when shooting Raw, I frequently found myself caught out by the ‘processing’ message when attempting to take shots in quick succession or change settings just after having taken a shot. The timings above were achieved with the 01.04 firmware update I mentioned earlier, which reduces the NX200’s RAW file size from around 50MB to around 33MB and result in a small improvement in write times for RAW shooting. Practically speaking, though, this makes little difference to the NX200’s poor buffer writing performance.

The NX200 has an APS-C sized sensor which measures 23.5 x 15.7mm and applies a 1.57x field reduction to all lenses. This is essentially the same size as the sensor used in Sony’s NEX compact system camera range and indeed many consumer DSLRs. It’s subsequently larger than the Micro Four Thirds sensors used in Olympus PEN and Panasonic mirrorless models and larger still than the CX format sensor used in the Nikon V1 and J1.

With a resolution of 20.3 Megapixels it produces still images with a maximum size of 5472 x 3648 pixels. There are three quality/compression settings the best of which, Superfine produces JPEG files of 8 to 10MB in size. It can output RAW data files in Samsung’s SRW format and these are around 45-50MB in size. The Sensitivity range is 100 to 12800 and the shutter speed range is 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb which has a 4 minute limit. The fastest flash sync speed is 1/180.

To see how the quality of the Samsung NX200 measures-up in practice, take a look at my NX200 quality and NX200 noise results pages, browse my NX200 sample images, or skip to the chase and head straight for my verdict.

Samsung NX200 20.3MP Mirrorless CSC Review


Samsung NX200

The Samsung NX200 is the latest compact mirrorless camera from Samsung and is an update to the 14 megapixel NX100. The NX200 has upgraded the APS-C sized sensor with a new 20.3 megapixel sensor made by Samsung, it's also introduced a new, more compact and more stylish design.

Samsung NX200 Features

The lens features an "i-function" button - this allows you to adjust certain settings using the ring on the lens that would normally be used for manual focus. The camera also includes Full HD video, a first for the NX system, previously only having 720p video.

Samsung NX200

Another new feature of the NX200 is the inclusion of a new compact pop-up flash. With a more compact body than the NX100, the NX200 would make an ideal companion for the compact 20-50mm kit lens, or one of the pancake lenses available for the NX mount.

Samsung NX200 Pop-Up Flash

Key Features

  • 20.3 APS-C sensor
  • NX Lens Mount
  • 3 inch screen, 614k dots AMOLED
  • Flash Hot Shoe
  • Full HD Video mode
  • Lens based image stabilisation
  • Burst Mode: 7fps full resolution
  • Manual Control, RAW
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • New compact pop-up flash

Samsung NX200 Handling

Samsung NX200 Flash rear

Handling - The camera has a textured finger grip on the front as well as the same pattern for the thumb on the rear - in addition to this, the front curved hand grip has a softer feeling texture and the back of the camera has a faux-leather look to it, although it is plastic and not particularly soft. The main body of the camera is made out of metal, with quite sharp angles. The mode dial can easily be changed with your thumb and it's easy to switch between the shutter release button and the top control wheel. A dedicated video button can also be found on the back.

Samsung NX200

Menus and display: The menus and controls have been updated to give clearer menus, with the sections more noticeably defined with larger icons and clear text - this makes it easy to navigate and set options. Settings can be changed by using the Fn button to access the rear screen controls (shown below, left) and using the control wheel on the top it is very easy to alter settings. The camera will also display additional information about the settings making it easier to use.

Quick access to settings. Updated menus.
Battery life - The battery life is rated at 330 shots according to CIPA standards and the camera uses a battery with a 1030mAh rating. We were able to take over 300 shots before the battery went flat. This is reasonable, although it is less than the previous model's battery life.

Samsung NX200

Speed - We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot to shot time, continuous shooting etc and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced, we also made sure to test all the cameras at the same time to ensure the cameras were being tested under the same conditions.

  Samsung NX200 Olympus EPM1 Sony NEX-5N
Shutter Reponse <0.05 <0.05 <0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.3 0.2 0.2
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.3 0.2 0.2
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.2 2.6 0.9
Shot to Shot (without flash) 1.0 0.6 0.6
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.2 1.6 0.7
Continuous Shooting (JPEG) 7fps (11 shots) 5fps (9 shots) 10fps (10 shots)
Continuous Shooting (with Flash) 2fps (11 shots) 1.6 2fps
Continuous Shooting (RAW) 7fps (8 shots) 5fps (9 shots) 10fps (7 shots)
7fps is nice, but the delay while the camera writes to the memory card can be quite frustrating at times, taking 10 seconds "Processing" before you can take the next shot.

Samsung NX200 Performance

We've taken a number of sample photos in a variety of settings to show you the image quality produced by this camera, you can view them full size by clicking the "High-Res" link. Additional sample photos can be seen here in the equipment database, where you can add your own review.

Samsung NX200 Sample Photos

The portrait shot has very low red-eye using the provided pop-up flash, with good colour and skin tones. The camera coped well with a variety of shooting conditions including low light where the built in focus assist lamp helped focus.

Samsung NX200 Lens test images

Detail is good with sharp corners at both the wide angle and telephoto settings and there is very little barrel or pincushion distortion (although some is visible in the ISO test shots, it wasn't noticed in other shots). Purple fringing was very low and difficult to spot except in extreme areas of contrast. The lens is capable of producing reasonable macro photos, although to get close a dedicated macro lens is recommended.

Samsung NX200 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Shots show very low noise at ISO100 to ISO200, low noise at ISO400, some noise starts creeping in at ISO800 and increases at ISO1600 although results are still good, with good colour and detail. At ISO3200 noise is more noticeable and viewing the images at 100% it's possible to see the loss of detail. At ISO6400 strong noise reduction is being applied and detail suffers, it's also possible to see chroma noise. ISO12800 shows the highest levels of noise, as expected and as a result image quality is quite low, however colour still appears quite good, so images may be suitable for web use.

Samsung NX200 White-balance test images

White Balance - The auto white balance did an excellent job under both tungsten and fluorescent lighting, with the presets giving a green cast under tungsten lighting and an orange cast under fluorescent lighting, which could mean the camera is applying too much white balance correction. Detail is excellent in these photos with lots of detail in the fine textures.

Panoramic - 1/1000 sec | f/4.5 | 18.0 mm | ISO 200

A built in sweep panoramic mode will automatically take a panoramic photo where you simply need to press the shutter button and hold it while panning around. You can shoot both horizontal or vertical panoramic photos.

Samsung NX200 Digital filters

Digital Filters - The NX200 has a number of interesting filters, as well as Old Film 1 and 2. Other features available include the ability to expand the dynamic range by switching on Smart Range. In playback mode smart filters are available as well as red-eye fix, backlight compensation, face retouch, brightness, contrast and vignetting.

Lenses available: The key benefit of a mirrorless / interchangeable lens camera is the ability to change lenses, the Samsung NX system currently has the following lenses available as well a Pentax K Mount adapter (RRP £90) and a number of other adapters available from third party companies. The Samsung NX has a 1.5x crop factor so any lens mounted will give 1.5x the focal length:

  • 16mm f/2.4 Pancake, 24mm equivalent
  • 20mm f/2.8 Pancake, 35mm equivalent
  • 30mm f/2.0 Pancake, 45mm equivalent
  • 20-50mm collapsible, available as a kit lens, 30-75mm equivalent
  • 18-55mm OIS, available as a kit lens, 27-82.5mm equivalent
  • 50-200mm f/4-5.6, 75-300mm equivalent
  • 18-200mm f/2.5-6.3, 27-300mm equivalent
  • 60mm Macro 1:1 OIS lens, 90mm equivalent
  • 85mm f/1.4 Portrait lens, 127.5mm equivalent
There are also a number of lenses available from Samyang, including: 8mm Fisheye f/3.5 (12mm equivalent), 35mm f/1.4 (52.5mm equivalent), 85mm f/1.4 (127.5mm equivalent) and 14mm f/2.8 (21mm equivalent) lenses.

Video Example - The camera will record Full HD video at 1920x1080 at 30fps with stereo sound, as well as 720p at 60fps. There is the choice of colour options, fade in and out, continuous AF, white balance and manual controls are available.

Value For Money

The Samsung NX200 is available for £499 with the compact 20-50mm kit lens and comes with the small pop up flash making it great value for money. The 20-50mm lens does not feature optical image stabilisation, whereas the 18-55mm kit lens tested does. The price of the NX200 is very competitive with high speed shooting and a high resolution 20.3 megapixel sensor compared to other mirrorless cameras, with the nearest competitors the Panasonic Lumix GX1 (16mp, £580 body only), Sony NEX-7 (24.3mp, £1128), Sony NEX-5N (16mp, £529) and Olympus PEN E-P3 (12mp, £699). Have a look at other compact system cameras available here.

Samsung NX200 Verdict

The Samsung NX200 has the second highest resolution available of any compact system camera available, with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, this is higher than many Digital SLRs and yet it manages to produces images with low noise levels. Noise control certainly appears to be on a par with competitors from Sony and Canon with well controlled noise up to ISO3200 and there appears to be a big improvement in noise control compared to the previous NX models. The camera has a fast 7fps shooting mode and an easy to use control system and menus making it enjoyable to use.

Image quality is very good with very little to complain about. The choice really is what lens should you get with the camera? Do you go for the smaller 20-50mm kit lens with slightly less range, or the 18-55mm lens with optical image stabilisation? The 18-55mm lens on test here has excellent image quality so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, however it does add to the size of the complete camera. The camera scores highly in all areas and importantly produces great image quality whilst providing an extremely competitive price. Highly Recommended!

The Samsung NX200 is a quick, compact, high resolution camera with great image quality at an excellent price!

Samsung NX200 Pros

Good ISO noise performanceExcellent detail in photos7fps continuous shootingGreat value for moneyGood screenCompact flashUpdated controls and menusEasy to use

Samsung NX200 Cons

Delay after continuous shootingWhite balance presets quite strong

Samsung NX200 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels20.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution614,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Bracket
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting7fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS60, 30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
File Type
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable battery : BP1030
Battery Life (CIPA rating)320shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsIntelli-studio 3.0, Samsung RAW Converter 4, Adobe Reader, Camera, 18-55mm OIS lens, hood, lens cap, Battery, Charger, Neck Strap, CD, Quick Manual, USB Cable

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Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX200 Detailed Comparison

Below you can see the front view size comparison of Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200. Samsung NX200 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 5mm narrower, 1mm shorter and 5mm thinner than Samsung NX300M.

Now lets look at the top view comparison of Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200.

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX200 Detailed Size Comparison

Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day. Samsung NX200 is significantly lighter (108g ) than the Samsung NX300M which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.

Also keep in mind that body weight is not the only deciding factor when comparing two interchangeable camera bodies, you have to also take into account the lenses that you will be using with these bodies. Since both Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 have the same APS-C sized sensor, their lenses for a similar focal length and aperture will be similar in size and weight.

Weight Comparison

Mirrorless Cameras

Thickness Comparison

Mirrorless Cameras

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX200: Sensor Comparison

Both Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 have APS-C sized 20.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution is not a differentiator between these two cameras.

Below you can see the NX300M and NX200 sensor size comparison.

Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 have sensor sizes so they will provide same level of control over the depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture.

What types of Photography are Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 Good for?

In this section, we rank and compare Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 for five different photography types in order to make your decision process easier in case you are specifically interested in one or more of these areas.

Samsung NX300M for Portrait Photography
Samsung NX200 for Portrait Photography
Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization No Built-in Viewfinder Read the details Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Optional External Viewfinder Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization Read the details
Samsung NX300M for Street Photography
Samsung NX200 for Street Photography
Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Live-view Face-Detection FocusingTilting LCD Screen Medium sized Body No Image Stabilization No Built-in Viewfinder Read the details Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Live-view Face-Detection Focusing Optional External Viewfinder Medium sized Body No Image Stabilization Read the details
Samsung NX300M for Sports Photography
Samsung NX200 for Sports Photography
Fast Continuous Shooting: 9.0fps Fast Max shutter speed: 1/6000s 247 Focus Points Wireless Connection Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization No Built-in Viewfinder Environmental Sealings Read the details Fast Continuous Shooting: 7.0fps Fast Max shutter speed: 1/4000s 15 Focus Points Optional External Viewfinder Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization Environmental Sealings Read the details
Samsung NX300M for Daily Photography
Samsung NX200 for Daily Photography
Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Medium size Body 331g Body Thickness 41mm Read the details
Samsung NX300M for Landscape Photography
Samsung NX200 for Landscape Photography
Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Live-view No Environmental Sealings Read the details Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Live-view No Environmental Sealings Read the details

Samsung NX200 vs Samsung NX300M Comparison of Available Lenses

Which camera has more lenses?

Number of available lenses is a big decision factor while choosing your interchangeable lens camera. Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 have the same Samsung NX lens mount and currently there are 31 native lenses available for these cameras.

Another important factor is the availability of image stabilization. None of these bodies have sensor based image stabilization so you have to buy lenses with Optical stabilization feature. Currently there are 7 lenses with Image stabilization for Samsung NX mount.

Lens Type # of Samsung NX300M Lenses # of Samsung NX200 Lenses
Standard Zoom 4 4
Standard Prime 4 4
Wideangle Zoom 1 1
Wideangle Prime 11 11
Telephoto Zoom 2 2
Telephoto Prime 3 3
SuperZoom 1 1
Wideangle Fisheye Prime 4 4
Macro Prime 1 1
Perspective Control Prime n/a n/a
Telephoto Mirror Prime n/a n/a
TOTAL 31 31

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX200: OUR DECISION

You may have already made your decision about which camera suits better for your needs and your budget so far but in case you wonder how we rated Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200, below you can find their scores in five different aspects. Our Decision Algorithm dynamically scores cameras using 63 different specs, current price and DxO Mark scores (where possible) in order to make a more objective and consistent comparison.

Here is a summary of how Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX200 scores compare:

Samsung NX300M Ranked #62 out of 114 in Rangefinder-style mirrorless camerasRanked #257 out of 1131 in all Cameras Samsung NX200 Ranked #74 out of 114 in Rangefinder-style mirrorless camerasRanked #297 out of 1131 in all Cameras

Samsung NX300M has a higher Overall Score than the Samsung NX200 and would be our choice if we have to decide between these two cameras.

Samsung NX200 vs Samsung NX300M Specs Table

Detailed comparison of specifications General Samsung NX300M Samsung NX200 Sensor Autofocus Lens Screen Viewfinder Photography Features Video Features Connectivity Physical Other Features DxO Sensor Scores
Brand Samsung Samsung
Announced 2013-01-03 2012-02-28
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Price $799.95 $933.69
Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Area 368.95mm2 368.95mm2
Megapixels 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Max Resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Max Native Light sensitivity 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO
Min Native Light sensitivity 100 ISO 100 ISO
RAW Support
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 247 15
Manual Focus
Lens Mount Samsung NX Samsung NX
Number of Available Lenses 31 31
Type Tilting Fixed type
Size 3.3″ 3″
Resolution 768k dots 614k dots
Touch Screen
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000s 1/4000s
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization No No
Built-in Flash
Max Flash Sync s 1/180s
External Flash
Continuous Shooting 9.0 fps 7.0 fps
Center Weighted
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Wireless Connectivity Built-In None
Environmental Sealing
Weight 331g 223g
Dimensions 122 x 64 x 41mm 117 x 63 x 36mm
Battery Life 330 shots 330 shots
Timelapse Recording
GPS Optional Optional
DxO Overall Score not tested 69
DxO Color Depth not tested 22.6
DxO Dynamic Range not tested 12.6
DxO Low Light ISO not tested 618
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Samsung Ev-Nx200Zbabtr 20.3 Mp 3" Lcd Ekran Fotoğraf Makinesi

Şimdiye dek, fotoğrafçılar en yüksek performans seviyeleri ve kullanım rahatlığı arasında seçim yapmak zorundaydı. Samsung'un uzun süredir beklenen NX200'ü, hepimizin içindeki profesyonel fotoğrafçıyı ortaya çıkararak, bu seçimi geçersiz hale getirmektedir. 20,3 megapiksel APS-C CMOS Sensörü sayesinde NX200 en detaycı gözü bile tatmin edecek görüntüler sunar. Aynı derece önemli diğer bir nokta, kameranın yenilikçi özelliklerinin ve tasarımının bu görüntüleri yakalamayı her zamankinden kolay hale getirmesidir.

Gerçeklik hiç bu kadar gerçek görünmedi

20,3 MP APS-C CMOS Sensör

Samsung, Samsung NX200'ün aynasız lens sistemini mükemmel biçimde bütünlemek üzere, tipik olarak yalnızca DSLR'lerde bulunan bir özellik olan yeni, 20,3 megapiksel APS-C CMOS Sensörü özelleştirmiştir. Profesyonel derecedeki sensör her bir ayrı pikselin en çok ışığı almasını kesinleştirir. Meydana gelen görüntüler, zengin, parlak renkleri ile inanılmaz derecede gerçek yaşama benzer. Sensör, her zamankinden daha yüksek tanım ve netliği koruyan Full HD video da yakalar.


Çekimi hızlı bir kameraYüksek Hızlı Yakalama (7 fps / Hızlı AF)

Hızlıca değişen anlarınızı mükemmelce fotoğraflayın. Samsung NX200'ün Yüksek Hızlı Yakalama becerileri, hızlı hareket eden nesneleri güvenle yakalamanızı sağlar. Tamamen yeni otomatik odaklama algoritması ayrı bir sensör modülü olmaksızın doğru, anlık otomatik odaklama sunar. Ayrıca, 7fps'de sıralı resimler çekebildiğinizden, olası en iyi görüntüyü kaçırmazsınız.


Daha düşük ışıkta daha çok şey görünGeniş aralıklı ISO (100 ~ 12800)

Doğru pozlama çarpıcı bir fotoğraf ve unutulabilen bir fotoğraf arasındaki farkı meydana getirebilir. Ancak bazı aydınlatma koşulları çoğu kameranın izin verdiğinden daha fazla hassaslık ister. NX200 normal ayarlarda 12800 ISO'ya kadar yüksek çekim yapmanızı sağlar. Düşük ışıkta bile, minimum parazit ve bulanıklık ile yüksek hızlı fotoğraflar çekebilirsiniz. Gerektiğinde, aralık daha da genişletilebilir, böylece mevcut herhangi bir ışığın potansiyelini maksimuma çıkarabilirsiniz, iç mekanlarda veya gece bile doğal görünen görüntüler yakalayabilirsiniz.


Full HD videonun gerçek güzelliğini keşfedin1080 30p Full HD Film (H.264)

NX200'ün ödünsüz performansı duran görüntülerle sınırlı değildir. Kameranın 1080 30p Full HD kayıt becerileri de profesyonel görünümlü videolar oluşturmanıza izin verir. Özellikle Full HD video için 18-200 mm'lik lens, geniş zoom özelliği ile pürüzsüz, dinamik filmler meydana getirir. Gösteriye hazır olduğunuzda, HDMI arayüzü, görüntünüzü doğrudan büyük ekrana iletmenizi sağlar.


Tasarımını karşılayan görüntü performansı

Şık şekilde tasarlanan NX200, avucunuzun içine profesyonel dereceli kameranın gücünü yerleştirir. Her işlevi kolay erişim ve sezgisel kullanım için tasarlanmıştır. Orijinal DSLR boyutlu bir sensör ve değiştirilebilir lens sistemini hafif, kompakt bir gövdeye sığdıran NX200, cebinizde taşıyabileceğiniz mükemmel yüksek performanslı kameradır.


Resimlerinizin tam kontrolünü ele geçirini-Function 2.0

NX200 anında muhteşem görüntüler ortaya koymanızı kolaylaştırır. Samsung'un güncellenen i-Function 2.0 özelliği tek bir düğme ve kıymetli halkasıyla görüntü yakalama ayarlarını lensin üzerinde manüel olarak kontrol etmenizi sağlar. Yalnızca lense özgü ayarlara değil i-Zoom ve i-effect'e de kolay erişiminiz olur. Sezgisel simgeler, her çekimden en iyi sonucu almanız için her bir işlevi açıklar.


Fotoğraflarınıza ve videolarınıza sihri geri getirinMagic modu (Smart Filter + Magic Frame)

NX200'ün Magic Mod'u size, yaratıcı paletinizi genişleten özel atmosferler ve efektler üzerinde kontrol sunar. 10 tip Smart Fitler ve 12 tip Magic Frame tercihi, bütün o çalışma olmadan poster kalitesinde görseller oluşturmanıza yardımcı olur. Yeni özel efektler arasında sıcak bir ortam için Yumuşak Odak ve çizgi roman görünümü için Yarım tonlu Nokta bulunmaktadır.


3,0" VGA AMOLED Ekran

NX200'ün ince ve hafif 3,0" VGA AMOLED ekranı, doğrudan güneş ışığında bile, klasik bir TFT-LCD ekrandan daha koyu siyahlar ve daha canlı renkler sağlar. Ayrıca 3 000 kat daha hızlı yanıt verir, böylece görüntüleriniz onları çektiğiniz kadar çabuk belirir, bir sonraki çekime geçme özgürlüğünü size sunar.

Panorama, 3D Panorama

NX200'ün panoramik özellikleri, geniş manzaraları ve dramatik dikey çekimleri mod kadranındaki bir düğmeye basarak yakalamanızı sağlar. 3D görüntüler çekmek de aynı şekilde kolaydır. Her iki mod aynı anda etkinken, 3D HDTV'nizde görüntülemek için muhteşem 3D panoramalar bile ortaya koyabilirsiniz.


DRIMIII DSP (Dijital Sinyal İşleme)

NX200'ün çarpıcı görüntüleri ve Full HD video için tek tuşlu, gelişmiş görüntü işlemcisidir. ISO 100 - 12800 hassaslık aralığını destekleyen DRIM DSP paraziti ve bozulmayı anında fark eder ve azaltır. Bunun anlamı, mükemmel sonuçlar elde etmek için mükemmel şartlara ihtiyacınız olmamasıdır.

Akıllı Panel

Gelişmiş özellikler, onları bulabildiğiniz takdirde çok mesele değildir. NX200'ün kullanıcı dostu Akıllı Paneli en önemli tüm kontrolleri parmak uçlarınıza sunar. Kısa yol tuşu ile erişilebilen sezgisel grafik arayüz, ayarlarla uğraşırken mükemmel bir çekimi kaçırmamanızı garantiler.

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