Samsung NX2000 Mirror-Less Camera Review (Part 1)

9/14/2013 11:47:00 AM

Samsung NX2000 is a Samsung mirror-less amateur camera which has changeable NX mount lens, 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, as well as one of the largest screens in line of mirror-less cameras with high-resolution 3.7-inch touchscreen. NX2000 costs $749 and is included Adobe Lightroom in box.


Samsung NX2000 has 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Samsung NX mount lens, with some available lenses including 20-50mm kit lenses coming with. At the back of camera, there is a high-resolution touchscreen with 3.7-inch width, it is the largest screen in the number of mirror-less cameras until Samsung declared that Samsung Galaxy NX had 4.3-inch touchscreen.

Mirror-less Samsung NX2000

Mirror-less Samsung NX2000

Videos are made in Full HD mode with stereo sound, and camera can take photo up to 8fps at maximum resolution. It has command dial button on the top which allows changing settings quickly, as well as i-function button on the lens lets you use front lens ring to change normal settings.

Included the 20-50mm kit lens

Included the 20-50mm kit lens

Wi-Fi feature is shared with other Wi-Fi compact cameras of Samsung, consisting of wireless connection, remote viewfinder, social sharing (Facebook, YouTube, etc.), email, Skydrive, auto backup, and TV connection. We will find out in detail as following.

Samsung NX2000 has 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Samsung NX2000 has 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Main features

·         20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

·         Samsung NX Mount lens

·         3.7-inch WVGA (800x400) 1152k dot touchscreen

·         Full HD video, stereo sound

·         3D Still and Movie Recording (with 2D/3D 45mm lens)

·         ISO100 – ISO25600

·         Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC

·         Wi-Fi/NFC

·         8fps continuous shooting

·         1/4000s shutter speed

·         Super Sonic Drive Dust Reduction

·         Available in black, white, and pink


Designs on the body

Designs on the body

The camera has plastic body, with large-textured holder in front side, as well as a thumb grip in the backside. On the top of body, it is to put flash light, and because there are no flash lights inside, a small pop-up one that is the same color with camera is equipped.

The command wheel on the top is used to choose shooting mode, there are four modes: auto, smart, advance, and Wi-Fi option. When in the mode, command dial wheel can be pushed to select supplement settings; for example, push it in the aperture priority mode, you can set up aperture according to your opinions.

3.7-inch 1152k dot touchscreen

3.7-inch 1152k dot touchscreen

There are a minimum number of buttons on camera, with On/Off, shooting button, and direct link also command dial wheel as showing above; and in the back there are only three buttons including video recording button, Home, and playback. The menu is arranged closely, and can be rolled and chosen by using touchscreen with large-sized and easy-to-read options.

Battery, memory slot and tripod socket

Battery, memory slot, and tripod socket

Under the camera is a normal tripod socket and batter/ Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot, and battery life is rated at 340 shots according to Samsung/CIPA standard, with charging feature through provided MicroUSB cable/ AC/ USB adaptor. Using Wi-Fi wastes battery noticeably and we recommend you should keep your camera charged fully or have available battery if you are supposed to use Wi-Fi a lot.

Wi-Fi Feature

·         MobileLink (App Smart Camera for Android and iOS) – be used for sending pictures

·         Remote viewfinder (App Smart Camera for Android and iOS) – can be used to shoot, has noticeable lateness for updating, and may be quite slow

·         Auto backup

·         Email

·         Send through SNS and Cloud: Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, SkyDrive

·         Allshare Play (storage on Web, DLNA devices)

NFC can be used with a compatible smartphone to set up link, Samsung NX2000 has sharing mode via Wi-Fi that is very easy to use. You can log on public Wi-Fi connections, and use integrated web-logon browsers.

We have taken some photos to test responsiveness of camera, from warm-up to the first shot, shot-to-shot, focusing speed, etc. We took some shots and then used average level to ensure the accurateness and consistency of tests, which helps compare to other cameras more easily.

·         Shutter response: 0.05 second

·         Shutter response/ wide-corner focus: 0.4 second

·         Shutter response/ maximum-zoom focus: 0.4 second

·         Shooting timer: 1.4 second

·         Shot by shot without Flash: 1.4 second

·         Shot to shot with Flash: 0.9 second

·         Continuous shooting – JPEG (some shots before slow down): 7.2 fps (12 shots)

·         Continuous shooting – Flash: 2.6 fps (13 shots)

Shutter response is very fast, although focusing sometimes maybe slow, especially in condition of weak light. Time for shot to shot and continuous shooting is good in JPEG that allows you to take 12 shots before slow down; however, when using Raw mode, this speed reduces of 5 shots before stopping.

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