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70out of 100

Samsung 20.3 Megapixels NX200 Mirrorless Review by Gizmodo

2012-02-02 02:46 | Source
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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 $699. Here's the summary of review by Gizmodo, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:

"The camera's sensor performs well across the board, even in low-light conditions despite packing 20.1 megapixels onto an APS-C sensor. All of those tiny pixels could have killed the camera in darker conditions, but the photos remained relatively noise-free at ISO 800 and even sometimes at ISO 1600. It's a good thing the camera's settings are so easy to access because you really need to tinker with them to get the kind of shot you want. This is not a beginner camera, and you better have some patience for metering, metering again, and switching between exposure modes to get the shot you want. The camera's shutter release is sensitive and has quick action. Very satisfying. It's nice that the camera will peel off up to 7 frames per second, but when you're shooting RAW, the camera chokes up in continuous mode very quickly. The NX200 records massive photos in Samsung's proprietary RAW format (SRW). Inexplicably massive. They're 50 MB, which seems a little excessive considering we get 20 MB CR2 files from our Canon 60D. The HD video quality is good, if you are shooting a relatively static scene. But as when you're shooting stills, there is a lag in the autofocus, so if your scene changes or your move the camera, you've got to wait for the camera to adjust.

Should You Buy It? No-or I should say-not yet. The camera has a spectacular sensor, its button design is almost perfect, and the menus are logical and displayed on a beautiful screen. Unfortunately, the camera has a serious learning curve. I really like to tinker and take my time when shooting photos so I've actually grown to love this camera, but it's not for everyone. If Samsung irons out these performance issues and gets the file size on the photos down, the next NX system camera could be one of the best shooters in its class. Until then, the Sony NEX-5 and Panasonic GX1 are the best pro compacts under $1000. Pick the NEX-5 if you care about low-light image quality. Pick the GX1 if you want a compact build and a brilliantly usable design."

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Samsung NX200 Camera Reviews Roundup

Camera Labs - May 03 2012
"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 o..." More »
84out of 100
CNET US - Mar 31 2012
"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 i..." More »
76out of 100
Imaging Resource - Mar 13 2012
"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 th..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Feb 29 2012
"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 se..." More »
77out of 100

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