Samsung starts its ILC journey all over again with the NX200
The NX200 is definitely a step forward for Samsung and, while we had some problems in our field testing, we also expect that JPEG shooters will generally be pleased with this camera.
The tough part is reconciling the NX200’s price with its performance. It’s expensive for casual shooters, while more advanced types will likely be turned off by the sluggish RAW capture.
And for a little more money, you can opt for a speedier camera such as Panasonic’s Lumix GX1 (tested on page 80). The NX200 does produce more resolution than the Panasonic, but the GX1 holds more of it as ISO increases. Both of these cameras could use more sophisticated RAW conversion software than their manufacturers provide, but many users opt for third-party software for this anyway.
When it comes to optics, we’re pleased that Samsung has nine lenses in its ILC lineup already—and seems poised to add to that significantly over the course of the next year. We used five different lenses during our field testing, including the impressive 60mm f/2.8 macro with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
Like some of Sony’s E-mount lenses, Samsung’s are larger than the equivalents for Micro Four Thirds. No ILC system has fast, constant-aperture zooms yet, but when they do come along, we expect them to be clunky enough to make some photographers wonder if they should just go with a DSLR.
One thing we missed while using the NX200? A viewfinder. Samsung doesn’t offer one, and given that the NX200’s hot-shoe lacks any extra contacts, we doubt one will be made. We hope that the next NX model will support an EVF of some kind.
Samsung still has plenty of room for improvement in its ILC line, but the NX200 is a step in the right direction. And if you don’t plan to shoot RAW, it deserves your consideration
Imaging: 20.3MP effective, APS-C sized, CMOS sensor captures images at 5472x3648 pixels with 12 bits/color in RAW mode.
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC. Stores JPEG, SRW RAW, and RAW + JPEG.
Video: Up to 1920x1080p30 in MP4 H.264 format; built-in stereo mic, no mic input; contrast-detection AF with continuous AF.
Burst Rate: Full-sized JPEGs (Fine mode): 7 fps up to 11 shots. RAW (12-bit): 7 fps up to 8 shots.
AF System: TTL contrast detection with 15 focus points. Single-shot and continuous AF with face detection.
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 30 sec, plus B (1/3-EV increments). Shutter life not rated.
Metering: TTL metering using 221-segment multi (evaluative), centerweighted, and spotmetering; 0–17 EV (at ISO 100, f/2.8).
ISO Range: ISO 100–12,800 (in 1/3- or 1-EV increments).
Flash: No built-in pop-up; included SEF8A hot-shoe flash, GN 27 (ISO 100, feet). Flash sync to 1/180 sec.
Monitor: Fixed, 3-in. AMOLED with 614,000-dot resolution.
Output: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and mini HDMI video.
Battery: Rechargeable BP1030 Li-ion, CIPA rating, 320 shots or approximately 110 minutes of video.
Size/Weight: 4.6x2.5x1.4 in., 0.83 lb with a card and battery.
Street Price: $750 with 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 OIS II zoom lens.