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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 $749. Here's the summary of review by PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:
"Where the NX100 was aimed squarely at the compact camera owner wanting to upgrade to something more capable, the more serious and sober NX200 is appealing to the more experienced photographer looking for a more compact alternative to a DSLR, whilst not forgetting its beginner roots. It largely succeeds in more than satisfying both parties, with the sharper design, revised control layout and the introduction of the Smart Panel and full range of creative shooting modes paired with the new filter effects, frames and hand-holding auto shooting modes. The new 20 megapixel sensor is the icing on the very generous cake, delivering excellent still image quality with a very usable ISO range of 100-3200 and full HD video complete with auto-focusing, full control over the exposure settings, stereo sound and a wealth of other options. The price of the NX200 is significantly higher than its predecessor, though, and there are a few unfortunate interface sacrifices, in particular the removal of the AEL button and the remote control socket, the complete lack of an integral flash or viewfinder and the very slow processing times when shooting in RAW mode, that detract a little from the camera's overall usability and its attractiveness when compared to certain key rivals. The jury's still out on the new i-Function button, though, even with its greater customisability and number of options, with opinions divided about whether it's a genuinely useful innovation or just another way to differentiate the NX system from its competitors. Being able to change the camera's key settings via the focus ring makes sense when holding it up to eye-level, but just seems plain awkward when it's held at arm's length, something that the lack of an in-built viewfinder makes inevitable. We think i-Function is still a better fit for the older NX10 with its built-in EVF, or the NX200 with the optional viewfinder unit. We also think that the supplied 18-55mm lens supplied with our review sample is the better kit lens than the 20-50mm optic, offering a wider focal range but more importantly image stabilisation.
The NX200 offers all the advantages that a camera with a large APS-C DSLR sensor offers, namely better performance at higher ISOs and better depth-of-field effects than the smaller Micro Four Thirds format. I'd be happy to regularly shoot with any setting from 100-1600, and even 3200 is handy at a push. The fastest settings of 6400 and 12800 are less useful, although considering the amount of megapixels that have been squeezed onto the sensor, we're still very impressed with the NX200's overall performance. Despite the significant increase in the asking price, making the NX200 more of a serious investment than its predecessor, it still occupies an enviable position in the market, rivalling key competitors like the Sony NEX-7 at a much cheaper cost, whilst outperforming the Micro Four Thirds crowd in terms of image quality at a similar price-point. If you can live with the slow RAW processing times and lack of a flash or viewfinder, the Samsung NX200 is an enticing new entry into the constantly evolving compact system camera market."
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Samsung NX200 Camera Reviews Roundup
|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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