The Samsung NX20 packs a larger sensor (which in this case is 20.3 megapixel APS-C) into a small mirror less body. Samsung offers new features such as Wi-Fi radio that lets you connect the camera with the smart phone. At $1,099 with 18-55mm kit lens it comes to the top of the camera range and it’s knocking on the door of DSLR market.
Specification Of Samsung NX20
It looks like mid range camera but the material used is of high quality. At 4.8 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall it’s quite a camera. It weighs around 1.3 pounds which is quite heavy. It has decent size grip size and feels easier to hold and use, but some say the grip is angled which makes it difficult to use. It has the mode dial on the top along with a scroll wheel, video record button, metering control, function button, shutter release and on/off button. Next to the controls you can find a hump for the viewfinder, pop up flash and a hot shoe to add an additional external flash. On the right there is a speaker and a single door on the bottom is covering the card and battery slots. On the bottom left there is Micro HDMI and Micro USB. Around the back there is the usual five way directional pad and more DSLR buttons.
DISPLAY AND VIEWFINDER
The most noticeable thing NX20 has is its electronic viewfinder along with that you get 800 x 600 display. But with NX20 you don’t get the exact representation of your photo with the viewfinder. The color profile is off and displaying photos with white balance problems. The 3-inch AMOLED display panel on the back of the NX20 is quite good; it shows 614,000 dots on the screen which is not that good but still carries out the work. It shows great contrast and color, it also rotates on the right side of the camera and spins 270 degrees so that you can hold the camera at any angle and still se the screen.
It has quick access settings by pressing the Fn button on the back of the camera brings which brings a handful of settings such as image size, exposure and drive mode which you scroll through the setting with rear dial and change with the top wheel. Samsung has done a good job in managing the menu system. There are shooting features such as Sketch and the Wi-Fi sharing option makes it more useful. You can connect to Wi-Fi network and send photos to your computer via e-mail.
IMAGE AND VIDEO QUALITY
Photos are detailed and the colors are quite impressive, sharp photos are easy to get with NX20 but the kits lens are not the sharpest but if you try Samsung’s other lenses such as 85mm f/1.4 prime lens then sharp photos are easy to get. The ISO range goes up to 12,800 which is quite high but makes the photos a bit noisy. The NX20 has dynamics problem, if you are shooting a photo of a subject with a bright background either you get dark object or blown out highlights in the back. NX20’s lens eco system is okay with a mix of prime and zoom lenses, but with just nine NX20 is lacking behind the Canon and Nikon. The focusing quality is typically fast and consistent, picking the same spot over and over again. NX20 can shoot up to 1080p video at 30 frames per second and output it as MP4 files which is amazing and easy to edit. The video performance is great and smooth. Colors look great and autofocus is just superb. It has the image stabilizer which overcomes the shaky hands.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE
Its quite fast, it turns on and takes a shoot in 2.5 seconds. In a continuous shooting mode, NX20 can capture 8 frames per second which is quite fast. Once you fills up the buffer it waits for 15 seconds so it writes all the shots on to the SD card which is quite a problem because if you took the wrong 2 second window to shoot you are going to miss the shot. It comes with the NEX-F3 battery which is powerful but after 300 pictures the battery goes down.
Its edge is the WI- Fi capability but its not nearly developed but on its own its not getting to the top.