Samsung NX200 – 20-Megapixel Compact System Camera (Photography


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Samsung updated their NX mirrorless compact system camera line last week with the new NX200, their fourth NX-Series camera. With a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video, improved auto focus and shot-to-shot time and a metal body, Samsung is clearly targeting the NX200 at serious photographers and pros.

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Samsung NX200 – 20-Megapixel Compact System Camera (Photography

  1. 1. URL: NX200 – 20-Megapixel CompactSystem CameraFriday September 9th, 2011 at 7:99 PMPosted by: Photo-JohnSamsung updated their NX mirrorless compact system camera line last weekwith the new NX200, their fourth NX-Series camera. With a 20.3-megapixelAPS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video, improved auto focus and shot-to-shottime and a metal body, Samsung is clearly targeting the NX200 at seriousphotographers and pros. The camera has a full range of exposure controlsincluding full manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and SmartAuto withsensitivity up to ISO 12,800. The NX200 has a 3-inch 614k-dot AMOLEDdisplay as well as Samsung’s i-Function lens-mounted control – a button onselected lenses that allows the photographer to access and control shutterspeed, aperture, ISO, exposure compensation and white balance.Samsung has been the underdog in the compact system camera space so far. I don’t know what theirmarket share is but the NX cameras certainly don’t have the public profile that the Sony NEX,Panasonic Lumix-G and Olympus Pen cameras do. The NX200 deserves more attention, though. It’sa handsome camera, with a body design that falls somewhere between the retro styling of thePanasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras and sleek, ultra-modern Sony NEX cameras. The3-inch AMOLED display is a really nice feature. You don’t know how much difference an OLED(Organic Light Emitting Diode) display makes until you use one. Using an OLED-equipped camera isa much better experience than using one with a traditional LCD display – it makes it easier to seeyour photos in bright sunlight and the display quality is so much better that it makes your photos lookbetter.Samsung NX200 Key Features and Specs: New 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor 1920 x 1080 30p full HD video 7 FPS full-resolution burst 3-inch 614k-dot AMOLED LCD display Sensitivity to ISO 12,800 i-Function control Full range of exposure controls including full manual and SmartAuto Metal bodyThere’s been a theme with the recent round of compact system camera announcements – morespeed. The NX200 continues the trend with a 7 frames-per-second full-resolution burst rate, 100-millisecond auto focus and 400-millisecond shot-to-shot time. It’s not the fastest compact system
  2. 2. camera on the market but it’s more than fast enough for most subjects and photographers. To put theNX200′s speed in perspective, the Canon EOS 7D, a prosumer digital SLR designed for action sportsphotographers, also has a max burst rate of 7 frames-per-second.The most interesting thing about the new NX200 is the 20-megapixel sensor. Samsung says the newAPS-C CMOS sensor was, “developed in-house by Samsung, ensuring image quality that highlightseven the smallest detail and puts performance at the fingertips of all photographers.” The NX200sensor has 25% more resolution than the new Sony NEX-5N or the Panasonic Lumix G3. However,20 million pixels is a lot to cram into an APS-C sensor so we should be skeptical. Does it increasenoise and compromise image quality as is often the case with high pixel density imaging sensors?Lucky for us, dpreview has posted some high-res sample photos (dpreview’s Samsung NX200sample photos) from a pre-production camera, including a couple taken at ISO 3200. I think they arevery impressive – definitely better than I’d expect from a 20-megapixel APS-C camera. Of course,low ISO images are basically noise free. I would expect nothing less. More importantly, I think the ISO3200 samples look pretty damn good. Yes, there is visible noise at ISO 3200, but it’s not unpleasantand I rule them totally usable.I’m not sure if anyone else is asking this so I will – do we really need a 20-megapixel compact systemcamera? I brought this same issue up in my intro article for the 22-megapixel Sony NEX-7. I think it’sgreat that Sony and Samsung are able to make high-resolution APS-C sensors that produce imagequality of this caliber. But personally, I’d rather see lower-resolution cameras with even less noise. Idon’t have any need for 20-megapixel files. I can make huge prints and 2-page glossy magazinespreads with 12-megapixels. To me, more pixels looks like a marketing ploy and ultimately means Ineed to buy more memory cards and hard drives. I thought the megapixel race was starting winddown but I guess I was wrong. Maybe the hard drive companies are behind this.Although I question the value of the NX200′s 20-megapixel resolution, I’m still pleased with theannouncement. It looks like compact system cameras are driving the industry this year and theSamsung NX200 keeps things moving in the right direction. More competition means better camerasand I’m down with better cameras.Samsung NX200 Press Release >>