The NX200 takes a working formula and ups the ante
They've taken their time, but Samsung is
certainly fine-tuning their compact system cameras into something that stands
on its own. The NX100 was, quite rightly so, THAT camera; the one that had our
attention. The NX200 is that successor with big shoes to fill -- and it's fills
it up very nicely.
The camera's design is slightly compacter
than the NX100, and it eschews from its predecessor's more fashionable approach
by being simpler and more straight-forward. The effect is much more straight-cut
and rigid, perhaps a little boring, but aesthetics is less of your concern
We find it to have a comfortable, firmer
grip, with better weight balance. We consider the overall design to be pretty
good. You get the function wheel, settings dial and shutter release placed in a
holy trinity at the top, while the back houses the very nice 3-inch AMOLED
display and the remaining buttons. Everything can be reached easily, and made
perfectly for single-handed usage.
You'll also find the i-Function system on
the lens, first introduced on NX100. This neat feature essentially made the
NX100 as such a memorable camera, and the NX200's upgraded version only makes
it much more welcoming.
We took the NX200 on a hike around town and
came back suitably impressed. The picture quality here is great, aided greatly
by its very impressive 20.3-megapixels CMOS sensor. The images are sharp,
crisp, and has some very good colour reproduction. We're also impressed with
its ISO performance, which manages to keeps the noise level suitably low. Throw
in a snappy auto-AF and you get a camera that performs well on every level.
A few notable flaws, though; the white
balance on the camera gets a little inaccurate sometimes. There's also no EVF
option here, meaning that you'll be stuck with the back-panel screen. That
aside, you can be glad to know that the camera takes 1080p video, and supports
the whole range of art filters and fun settings that you can enjoy.
Contact Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn. Bhd.
Phone 1 800 88 9999
Display: 3-inch AMOLED, 614k dots
Lens: Samsung NX mount
Recording: 1080p HD
Connectivity: AV Out, HDMI, USB2.0
Dimensions: 116.5 x 62.5 x 36.6mm
Performance 4 stars
Features 5 stars
Design 4 stars
Value 4 stars