Average Camera Review Rating [13 reviews]
On September 1 2011, Samsung announced the launch of the NX200
compact system camera. The NX200 features a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 7fps high-speed continuous shooting with 100ms Advanced Auto Focus (or 30fps at 5 Megapixels resolution), ISO 100-12,800, Full HD 1080p (H.264) movie recording, and a 3.0-inch AMOLED display with VGA resolution.
The NX200 supports the Samsung's nine different i-Function 2.0 lenses, which enable toggling between shutter speed, aperture, exposure value (EV), white balance (WB), and ISO through the button and ring on the lens. With the upgraded i-Function 2.0 on the NX200, users can also control six different Smart Filters and the intelli-Zoom function from the lens while in Lens Priority Mode. New lenses for the i-Function system include 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths. Both the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS zoom and 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA prime are optically stabilized. The NX200 is currently selling at around $800. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:
"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. 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. 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.
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. 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!"
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|Camera Labs: "Samsung has its work cut out for attempting to take a slice of the compact system camera market. Best known for its value for money point and shoot compacts, it lacks the pedigree of competitors like Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus and, to a lesser degree Panasonic, who have a track record of producing pro and semi pro cameras as well as a loyal customer base of professional and serious enthusiast photographers. The NX2..." - May 03 2012 More »|
|CNET US: "I've felt guilty about not getting to this camera sooner given how much I liked the photos from the preproduction unit I'd tested. It really does produce excellent photos, given its price tag of less than $1,000. Combined with its relatively clean images off the sensor, its noise profile is quite good. The eagle-eyed will still see artifacts -- especially in dark stretches of high-ISO-sensitivity photos, like this a..." - Mar 31 2012 More »|
|Imaging Resource: "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 megapi..." - Mar 13 2012 More »||N/A|
|dpreview: "When the Samsung NX200 was announced in September 2011 it was a month late to snatch the title of the mirrorless system camera with the highest pixel count. It got beaten to that particular title by the more expensive 24MP Sony Alpha NEX-7 (although the Samsung was available for purchase much sooner) but nevertheless the NX200 offers a generous 20MP in a sector of the market that (apart from the NEX-7) currently lim..." - Feb 29 2012 More »|
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