The Samsung NX200 is a mirrorless camera with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO 100 to 12,800, single and continuous autofocus, lens shift image stabilisation, smart flash, 3-inch AMOLED display and full HD (1080p) video shooting.
The Samsung NX200 feels like a delightful blend of mirrorless camera and digital compact camera in one. The ability to switch between manual and auto focussing and the zoom controls make the Samsung NX200 feel like the right blend between feeling like a pro- camera and something you’d spend more cash on.
A handy dial up top lets you cycle through an array of options and modes from aperture priority to the full manual mode to a helpful bunch of automatic point and shoot modes and effects to cope with all sorts of conditions from night time shooting to sports modes that compensate for fast-moving subjects. There are plenty of these modes on offer. The Samsung NX200 shoots near enough professional-looking photos, but is more than capable of indulging in a fun side with lots of cool comic-like effects, too.
Image quality throughout is very impressive in a variety of conditions. There is a tendency to overexpose in some darker conditions, but on the whole images come out with lots of colour, are clear and show plenty of detail, thanks in part to the 20.3-megapixel sensor which lets you get up very close without losing too much detail. With autofocus on you can hear it constantly surveying the scene, helping you to lock in on your subjects.
Video too, captured in full high definition is very sharp, and more than worthy of being shared with a compatible HD TV. 3D shooting too is handled well, although we admit it’s unlikely this function will be used much.
The way panorama mode is handled is another delight. As you take a photo and sweep the camera a graphic displays the resulting photo as you gently sweep the Samsung NX200. It couldn’t be easier.
Ergonomically the Samsung NX200 isn’t the most comfortable of cameras to spend the day with. After a good fifteen minutes the hand grips will leave the sides of your fingers feeling rather sore. It’s not one to hold for long periods. Either sling it around your neck or carry it in a bag.
The bottom line
Compared to the big budget DLSR cameras, the Samsung NX200 more than holds its own. With the NX200 you’ve got the great picture quality of a DSLR with the compact feel of a compact. If you can put up with an awkward grip, the Samsung NX200 is worth checking out.