Samsung NX200 review: Samsung NX200

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Typical Price: $899.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 3 user reviews

The Good Fun range of creative filters. Decent video recording and full manual control. Excellent AMOLED screen.

The Bad No viewfinder option or accessory port. No image stabilisation in 20-50mm kit lens. High ISO images are very noisy.

The Bottom Line The NX200 is an interchangeable lens compact that ticks plenty of boxes, but loses points on performance and a lack of options.

7.9 Overall

This is Samsung's more compact version of its interchangeable camera line, dubbed NX, sitting alongside the more SLR-shaped NX11. Unlike the earlier NX100, which was inspired by the design of a raindrop sitting on a leaf, the NX200 doesn't wear any aesthetic influences on its sleeve, and it's all the better for it.

Design and features

As a result, the NX200 is a lot easier to hold, as it features a textured and protruding grip that juts out from the side. The body is coated in a sturdy plastic, which is perhaps a little more utilitarian than it should be given the asking price, although the inside chassis is made of magnesium alloy.

It also sports a 3-inch OLED screen at the rear, which, like the versions found on other NX cameras, is a pleasure to use and review photos. The top panel is uncluttered, with just a mode dial, shutter button, hotshoe and control dial present. The back panel continues the unfussy design with a four-way directional dial, exposure compensation, record button and thumb rest. The hotshoe unfortunately does away with the accessory port that the NX100 had, which means that you cannot use an electronic viewfinder — a big disappointment.

The NX200 can use i-Function lenses, which let you adjust shooting settings like ISO, aperture, zoom, white balance and shutter speed by pressing the dedicated button on the lens and rotating the focus ring to change parameters. It's an intuitive way to change exposure information without needing to move too many dials.

Shooting modes include full PASM control from the top dial, along with i-Function shooting; magic mode, which adds a frame or a filter to the picture; panorama; scene; smart auto; and movie modes. Filter effects include vignetting, miniature, fish eye, sketch, defog, halftone dots, soft focus, old film and negative.

Connectivity is provided via HDMI and a proprietary USB-out port.

Compared to

Panasonic GF3 Sony NEX-C3 Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3 Samsung NX200
12.1-megapixel Live MOS (Four Thirds type) 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS 12.3-megapixel Live MOS (Four Thirds type) 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS
3-inch, 460,000-dot touchscreen 3-inch, flip-down 921,600-dot screen 3-inch, flip-down 460,000-dot screen 3-inch, 610,000-dot AMOLED screen
Pop-up flash Optional flash attachment Optional flash attachment Optional hotshoe flash
Full HD video (1080i, AVCHD) HD video (720p, H.264) Full HD video (1080i, AVCHD) Full HD video (1080p, H.264)
AU$899 AU$849 AU$799 AU$899

Performance

General shooting metrics

  • Time to first shot
  • JPEG shot-to-shot time
  • RAW shot-to-shot time
  • Shutter lag
  • 0.90.91.50.2
    Panasonic Lumix GF3
  • 1.20.91.10.5
    Sony NEX-C3
  • 2.31.21.20.4
    Samsung NX200
  • 30.60.80.2
    Olympus E-PL3

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Continuous shooting speed

  • 7
    Samsung NX200
  • 4.2
    Olympus Pen E-PL3
  • 3.8
    Panasonic Lumix GF3
  • 2.5
    Sony NEX-C3
  • (Longer bars indicate better performance)

The NX200 can take four consecutive RAW shots before stopping to process them. In continuous mode, shooting full-resolution JPEG images, it can capture seven frames per second up to a maximum of 11 frames when it stops to process them.

The shutter lag of the NX200 is particularly noticeable when shooting in dim situations. Autofocus (with the 20-50mm lens) also struggles when there's not ample light, taking almost a second at times in order to lock onto a target.

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