Samsung NX Mini 20.5MP CMOS Smart WiFi & NFC Mirrorless Digital Camera with 9mm Lens and 3" Flip Up LCD Touch Screen (Black)
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- 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor for high-quality images and life like colors with crystal clear resolution
- Stylishly slim (22.5mm), & impressively light (158g)
- Share your best photos instantly with Family and Friends with Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
- SMART features - Social Media Upload, E-mail, Photo beam, DirectLink, MobileLink, PC Auto-backup, Remote Viewfinder PRO, AllShare, Baby Monitoring
- 1080p HD Video
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||650 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Samsung NX-M|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460800|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.5 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif v2.3), Raw (SRW v3.0)|
|Flash Memory Type||microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC|
|Flash Modes Description|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||via proprietary hotshoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast detect|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|ISO Range||Auto, 160 - 12800 (extends to 100-25600)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 0.91 x 4.33 inches|
|Item Weight||0.43 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.85 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.8 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||38.5 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Limited Warranty|
|Maximum Focal Length||9|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/16000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,472|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||9|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||wired|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Yes|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Style Name||9mm Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||B740 lithium-ion battery and USB charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive touchscreen|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
NX Mini is the World's Slimmest & Lightest interchangeable lens camera, giving you great quality images with rich color. The large 1-inch 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor delivers shots which are bursting with sharp detail even in low light. The Ultra Slim & Light Design with a solid premium metal body, make the NX mini is exquisitely modern with just the perfect touch of analogue. The Smart Wi-Fi features let you share a just a quick touch.
From the Manufacturer
Wherever you are, the Samsung NX mini makes it easy to capture those fleeting moments using just the right lens. This slim, ultra-portable digital camera measures just 22.5 millimeters wide, comes with an interchangeable 9mm lens, and can be used with any lens in Samsung's NX series with the included adapter. A 3-inch flip-up LCD touch screen is perfect for selfies, while Wi-Fi capability lets you back up photos and videos, post them to social networks, or send them to friends and family.
With the NX mini's 9mm lens, you can take great selfies while taking in more of the scene around you (shown in white). View larger.
Select and send photos or albums directly to a smart device with Samsung MobileLink (shown in white). View larger.
The NFC-enabled Remote Viewfinder Pro turns your smartphone into a remote control (shown in white). View larger.
Includes 9mm ultra-slim pancake lens. View larger.
Keep an eye on your sleeping baby from another room on your smartphone (shown in white). View larger.
With just a quick flip of the 3.0-inch touch display, your NX mini is on and ready to take the perfect selfie (shown in white). View larger.
Stylishly Slim and Lightweight
Measuring a mere 22.5 millimeters wide, and weighing just 158 grams, the Samsung NX mini is an ultra-slim, lightweight camera with an interchangeable lens, so it's easy to carry with you. The camera has a solid metal body bound by a natural, leather-like material for a modern yet elegant look.
Flip-Up Touch Screen for Selfies and More
Despite its small size, the NX mini contains a full 3-inch flip-up LCD touch screen that makes it easy to take photos of yourself.
Fast Shutter Speeds to Capture the Moment
Featuring a top shutter speed of 1/16000 second, the NX mini enables you to capture objects in motion, like a race car going around a track or a bird taking flight. You can shoot continuously at 6 frames per second (FPS) for brilliant, clear stills of fast-moving action.
Photo Beam to Share Photos with One Touch
Like other Samsung devices, the NX mini features Photo Beam technology, which makes it a snap to share photos. Simply tap the camera on any NFC-compatible smartphone to automatically share whichever image you're currently viewing.
Send Files Using Mobile Link, Even Without Wi-Fi
Based on NFC technology, Samsung's Mobile Link app lets you select and send photos or albums to a designated smartphone or tablet, even when you're away from a Wi-Fi hotspot, and without having to send the photos as a text message or an email. The app also lets you manage photos on your smartphone and save the changes automatically to the camera.
Save Photos in Real Time with AutoShare
Using Samsung's AutoShare feature, you can send photos instantly to an NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet--just as you're shooting them--over a Wi-Fi connection. This makes it easy to back up photos and share them wherever you are.
Remote ViewFinder to Control Camera at a Distance
When you connect the camera to select smartphones, you can use the Remote ViewFinder app to turn your phone into a viewfinder. You can control your camera from up to 30 feet away and preview images, adjust camera settings, frame scenes, and tag shot locations. When you need to take a group shot with yourself in it, Remote ViewFinder makes it easy.
Full HD Video Recording
With the NX mini, you can shoot 1080p Full HD video at 30 frames per second with lifelike color and sharp details. The camera shoots video in the H.264 format, which allows you to record for longer than cameras using MJPEG.
Wide ISO Range for Clear Low-Light Shots
The NX mini shoots up to ISO 25600, making it very sensitive to light. This means you can snap natural-looking photos with minimal noise and blurring, even in low-light conditions.
Included 9mm Lens Provides Great Portability
Included is a highly portable thin, sharp lens with a 9mm focal length (24mm equivalent in 35mm) that provides a great wide-angle field of view for shooting everything from landscapes to street photography.
The NX M Mount and included adapter allow you to use any Samsung NX lens with this camera (NX lenses sold separately).
Long Battery Life, So You Can Shoot More
Great for long trips or extended outings, the NX mini enables you to take up to 650 photos or up to 325 minutes of video on a single battery charge.
Baby Monitor for Peace of Mind
Install Samsung's Home Monitor app on your smartphone, and you can use the NX mini as a baby monitor. If you child wakes up and cries, the camera immediately sends a notification to your phone.
Edit Files with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
An ideal companion for the NX mini, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 allows you to bring out all the details in photos, resulting in crisp, professional-looking shots. This software lets you organize photos by location with GPS tagging. You can also view and make adjustments to video clips, turn them into still images, or trim and edit them.
What's in the Box
Samsung NX mini, 9mm lens, B740AU battery, micro-USB cable, adapter, hand strap, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Samsung software CD, quick start guide, and warranty card.
- Slim, lightweight design for portability
- 3-inch flip-up LCD touch screen for selfies and more
- Top shutter speed of 1/16000 second
- Wi-Fi capability to post to online networks
- Full HD (1080p) video recording
- Includes 9mm lens and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Top customer reviews
I give it only 4 stars because as an "advanced hobbyist" I can see that any professional photographer will dismiss this as a toy and it is a bit gimmicky. But the photo quality is amazing.
I did order the 9-27 mm lens kit with external flash accessory included. I did not ever need to use the external flash. I found the low light capabilities of this camera exceptional. I'm not sure that an external flash is really needed at all, especially if you use a tripod.
This kit did come with a lens cover. I see that the 9mm only version does not come with a lens cover. But I have seen other reviews that indicate that you can buy one, perhaps at an excessive cost, from Samsung. I did appreciate the lens cover, The 9-27 mm lens does make the tiny camera a bit "front heavy" and the cover kept the lens protected.
This camera is so small, even with the 9-27 mm lens, that it fit in a jacket pocket easily. (It probably won't fit well in a pants pocket.) I had a couple of jackets with me, one denim jacket with an inside pocket and this slipped in perfectly. I also had a linen "safari" jacket with front patch pockets and again, this fit fine.
My camera arrived literally the day before a planned vacation to Paris. I didn't have much time to fiddle around with it before getting into it which made me somewhat nervous to even take it. But it is SO small, there really is no deterrent to packing it. What I learned very quickly is that this camera is VERY intuitive. Although there are no dials or even very many buttons, everything is there.
The battery life is unbelievable. I was in Paris for about 10 days and took anywhere from 100 to 300 pictures per day, with a lot of "practicing" and manipulating the settings and the battery never once got even close to empty. I have never had this benefit in any camera before. It was most welcome.
The camera does not come with a micro SD card (although I have seen some packages that include one). But for the price, I don't find this a deal breaker by any means.
The "Mode" button brings up Auto, Smart (beauty, best face, continuous shooting, kids, landscape, macro, food, etc.), Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, manual, and the Wifi setting (email, group share, remote viewfinder, etc.).
The touchscreen is wonderful, although small and perhaps a bit low in resolution. But for the tiny size of this camera, you have to sacrifice something.
I use a Samsung smartphone (Note 3) and found the linkup to be easy and without issue. I did not get the chance to use the remote viewfinder on my trip or since. But given how easy it was to set up the link between my phone and camera, I can believe it is probably easy to set up and use.
One issue I did have in the linkup process was for my first camera to phone transfers, I had not set up the transfer size and the photos were of very small resolution. Fortunately, the default setting was to only copy the photos, not cut and paste. So the originals were still on my camera. At about day 3, I figured this out and changed the transfer size to "original."
The full 180 flip-up screen for selfies was nice. My expertise in selfies, however, is terrible so other than the convenience, I cannot comment.
I very much liked the "pop up" tips in the camera. (You can turn this off in the settings.) It does have a bit of a lag so give it a few seconds, but for every selection you make, if you wait 2-3 seconds, a pop-up will appear and tell you what it the setting will do.
This camera does shoot RAW. In fact, there are many options for the photo quality from normal to fine to superfine to RAW + fine, superfine, normal. The ISO ranges up to 25,600 with the extension on. You can also change the ISO step from 1/3 to full.
There is a Picture Wizard setting that has several pre-sets (filters) for landscape, vivid, portrait, forest, retro, etc. There is also the Smart Filter mode which has beauty face, best face, kids, landscape, macro, food, etc.
I have not used any video settings yet so I cannot comment.
There is a "drive" setting so you can select for single, continuous, burst, timer, AF bracket, White Balance bracket (which I have never seen before on any camera), Picture Wizard bracket, depth bracket, etc.
There are a few Dynamic Range settings as well.
I was hoping to post some photo samples but I don't see an option for that with this post. I did add some to the product page so take a look.
Overall, I really enjoy this camera and cannot wait to use it to its full potential.
Off bat, what interested me was the small minimal form with a 1 inch sensor, the tiny 24mm equivalent pancake lens and the rotating "selfie" screen.
The small form factor: It's very fashionable. I called it a novelty because it's unusual and kinda cute. Great for parties and events. The camera feels premium. I'm quite astounded how they managed to fit a huge battery (rated 600+ shots) in such a small body.
The sensor and lens. I haven't done a ton of pixel peeping but the sensor seems to be pretty darn good at lower ISOs. I don't plan on using this for any sort of low light photography but I wouldn't mind turning the flash on and taking some group photos (or group selfies) of friends. Also, the pancake lens is superbly sharp. A bit slow at f/3.5 but again, I don't plan on shooting in dim lighting with this (without flash).
The "selfie" screen. I'm not ashamed of the selfie. I don't mind taking a selfie here and there to document me in front of amazing views or worldly landmarks. I've often handed my camera to a stranger to come back to a blurry photo or odd composition. While the 24mm won't get a whole lot of the background, it gets enough without distorting my face too much.
Are there things that could be better? Of course. The lens for instances has no cap or cover. It's almost like mobile phones where the main glass is covered by another glass.
Wink face detection. When you wink, the photo is taken after a few beeps. It's a cool feature so that you're not pressing the shutter button down that may cause camera shake, but the winking is a little buggy. Hoping they can fine tune it with a firmware upgrade, otherwise they should have omitted it all together. I wouldn't put a feature that was more frustrating than useful on a product.
I'm not sure how much more the camera would retail for if they added a higher resolution LCD screen, but it would have definitely been welcome, especially at this day in age.
All in all, it's just a really fun camera that packs a punch when put in the right hands. I feel it's also priced rather competitively and you get a good deal for what you're paying for in my opinion. And while the flip screen may seem like a novelty or a one trick pony to some people, for me, it's actually a versatile camera with great image quality relative to its sensor size.
I should mention right off that I bought the bundle that included both the 9mm and 9-27mm zoom, at around $509. Without the 9-27 zoom, however, I would only give the camera 3 stars, because the 9mm lens has no image stabilization. In this era, in which image stabilization is almost standard, it makes no sense to pay $500 and be without image stabilization. So even though I have the 9mm lens, I never use it. I have found that with the IS on the zoom, the lightness of the camera, and the fact I use a 2 second timer on most shots, I can shoot at extremely low shutter speeds and still maintain sharpness.
I recently took the Mini to shoot at historic sites in West Virginia, along with two more "serious" cameras, the Canon G5X, and the Panasonic GX8. When I got home and viewed the stills on a 50 inch HD screen, the Canon and Panasonic surpassed the Mini in detail and dynamic range, but not by much. If you don't need a viewfinder, don't care about 4k, don't need a vast ecosystem of compatible lenses and just want a small, quality camera that's a reliable performer, this is one to consider.