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Samsung NX200

by Samsung
16 customer reviews
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From the experts at DPReview
Overall score: 77%
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  • Included Accessories - SEF-8A Flash Unit, 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS Lens, BP1030 Battery, BC1030 Battery Charger, Battery Charger Power Cable, Camera Strap, User Manual, Software CDFeatures
  • The 20.3 Megapixels APS-C CMOS Sensor complements NX200's mirrorless lens system perfectly
  • Get the full picture with the thin and light 3.0 VGA AMOLED display
  • An interchangeable lens system packed into a light-weight, compact body
  • Captures fast-moving subjects with the 7 fps Continuous Shot/100ms AF speed
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DPReview Silver Award February 2012
The NX200 is an obvious choice for anyone who wants lots of pixels in a small package and cannot or does not want to shell out the big bucks. As long as you can live with the longer than usual buffering times you should be very happy with the NX200.
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77%

Conclusion

The Samsung NX200 is an obvious choice for anyone who wants lots of pixels in a small package. The camera is slightly let down by long buffering times in raw mode and the JPEG engine's noise treatment at high sensitivities, but overall the NX200 is a powerful photographic tool with a good feature set for its class, and it's enjoyable to use.

Reasons to buy

  • Good image quality with very high resolution and good detail at base ISO
  • Good customizability including the useful iFn button
  • 7fps continuous shooting at full resolution (but limited and slow buffering)
  • Good quality video capture
  • Good feature set with 30fps burst mode (at 5MP), panorama mode and image filters/frames

Things to consider

  • Longer than usual processing times after taking raw shots
  • Fairly aggressive noise reduction blurs detail
  • No live-view feed in continuous shooting
  • No access to battery and memory card when mounted on a tripod
  • No connector for external microphone

Suggested for

Photographers who want to capture a lot of low ISO detail in a compact package

Not suggested for

High-ISO photography in JPEG mode, action photography
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Product Description

See the world in 20.3 Megapixels Until now, photographers had to choose between the highest performance levels and ease of use. Samsung's long anticipated NX200 renders that decision obsolete, unleashing the professional photographer inside us all. Thanks to a 20.3 Megapixels APS-C CMOS Sensor, the NX200 delivers images that will satisfy even the most discerning eye. Just as importantly, the camera's innovative features and design make those images easier than ever to capture. Expert Image Quality Capture every moment in true-to-life quality. With the best-in-class resolution of the extra large 20.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, shots are rich, deep and exquisitely detailed. For active subjects, stills can be captured beautifully with 7fps Continuous Shot/100ms AF Speed. Then review your shot on the large 3.0" AMOLED display-made for sharper images and glare reduction. Expert Image Quality Capture every moment in true-to-life quality. With the best-in-class resolution of the extra large 20.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, shots are rich, deep and exquisitely detailed. For active subjects, stills can be captured beautifully with 7fps Continuous Shot/100ms AF Speed. Then review your shot on the large 3.0" AMOLED display-made for sharper images and glare reduction. Beat the Action Capture the perfect picture, no matter the speed of the subject. High Speed Capture can take sequential pictures at 7fps, so keeping up with the action also means unparalleled images. And the all-new autofocus algorithm makes it simple to get those rich, high-quality shots in an instant. Perfect In Any Light Take photos in any light at any speed-and get the shot. The NX200 can shoot high as 12800 ISO at normal settings, so even in low light, high-speed photos minimal noise and blurring. Or expand the range to maximize the potential of available light, for natural-looking images indoors or at night.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.4 x 2.5 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005IQGUIM
  • Item model number: EV-NX200ZBSBUS
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,574 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 23, 2011

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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee on November 26, 2011
EVIL for electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens. Anyway, I pre-ordered this from B&H last September. Have had it for a couple of weeks.

First off, the Samsung NX 200 takes great photos. Low ISO shots are good, not quite as noise free as my Pentax K-5, but at least equal to Canon's current APS sensor images. I process photos from several theater photographers and get to see the files from many current cameras. The NX 200 has nothing to apologize for when it comes to low light performance.

The kit lens is sharp, though no faster than other kit lenses. With Samsung's 30 mm pancake lens it becomes a great street photography camera. The 30 is actually a great addition. It's super sharp, very fast, (F2) has no distortion or fringing in most conditions. The bonus is that the camera becomes very compact with this lens and will fit in a jacket pocket.

Second, the camera is well made. The magnesium body feels solid. Finish is excellent, and it looks classy. The camera is light but solid. There are enough external controls for an enthusiast like me. One extra is the i-Function lens, which allows for quick setting changes by turning a ring on the lens. It's sort of similar to the adjustment ring on the front of the Canon S95/100. That's on the body instead of the lens, but the lens ring makes changing settings surprisingly easy and fast. I'm becoming a fan.

The AMOLED screen is brilliant: bright, crisp and has good color. It will work in bright sunlight, though it does wash out.

Third, taking photos is quick. I don't know exactly how the burst rate compares to the competition. It's more than quick enough for my needs. The camera starts up quickly and shot-to-shot times are fast enough that I don't have to wait. It handles well.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert Williams on November 25, 2011
I have had this camera for about 2 weeks now and have had a chance to try it out. I could not be happier with its performance. The controls are well laid out and the 3 inch screen is absolutely beautiful. The camera feels nice in my hands. It has the 18-55 samsung lens which is wider than the one supplied with the nx100. The photos are well exposed and the colors are bright and rich. I am thinking about getting the 50-200 lens. The 20.3 mp make it especially good if you need to crop any photo and provides good digital zoom ability. Although it doesn't have a built in flash, Samsung provides one in this kit that works well atop the unit. And further, I don't often need to use a flash due to its high (12,500) iso ability. The only thing I miss is an optical view finder which is needed in bright sunlight. Sony has one in the NEX-7 camera (actually an OLED electronic viewfinder) which would be greatly appreciated. My one and only disappointment with this camera is with its digital filters which I use a lot. I thought this camera had the smart filter 3.0 which it does not as in the Samsung WB750 camera but instead has the smart filter 2.0. The smart filter 3.0 has water paint and oil paint and I was interested in using those. However, All in all, it's a terrific little camera that even a pro would love and use. I am glad I bought it. Also, of further mention, is the instruction manual. Many camera makers are getting away from the paper manual. This, I find, is unacceptable. I don't always go around carrying my computer on photo shoots. Samsung does provide a basic manual in the kit which covers most camera functions. I am happy for that but wish, in the future, to have the complete paper manual.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wayne M. Wilkinson on May 13, 2012
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I purchased the Samsung NX100 a year ago and was very impressed with its performance. When the NX200 was announced, I knew that I wanted it but at $900 the camera was too much at the time. Thankfully, the price dropped so I could afford it. And, let me tell you, at less than $600.00 - the NX200 will compete against all comers.

The APS-C size sensor gathers more light than its micro 4/3rds competition and the autofocus proved more than sufficient for me. Image quality is excellent OOC (out of camera) in Jpeg superfine. Everyone has their favorite photo editing software but there is not much need to use it if you don't want to when shooting Jpegs with the NX200. Raw shooters will likely be disappointed with the uncompressed files and write times. The latest Samsung firmware has helped me with Raw files but using a class 10 SD card a single image took 10-12 seconds to transfer from the buffer. Superfine - full resolution - Jpegs were done within two seconds!

I liked the EVF on my NX100 but while shooting with the NX200, I didn't miss it. The AMOLED screen is bright enough for most outdoor photos, and indoors it is more than adequate; there is a brightness level in the menu options that you can set to bump up the clarity of the view screen.

The NX200 has a magnesium alloy top and bottom plate but the wrapping is polycarbonite plastic. It feels lighter but more substantial than the NX100. It also has a slimmer profile which makes it all the more "stealthy" for street-shooters. Using the 16mm, 20mm or 30mm prime lenses makes the camera all the more portable than the included 18-55mm kit lens. This is not to mean that the kit lens is not portable, only that it is much longer than any of the Samsung NX primes.
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