Samsung NX20


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    Samsung NX20

      In summary

      Buy this camera if:
       - You're looking for a lightweight compact system camera with built-in WiFi capabilities (particularly if you have a Samsung smart-phone).
      - You want raw file capture and Full HD video recording.
      - You want a camera with a straightforward user interface plus easy-to-use shooting modes and plenty of user-adjustable controls.
      - You could make use of the extended sensitivity range for still photography and video capture.

       Don’t buy this camera if:
       - You need a wide range of compatible lenses (there are only nine so far).
      - You shoot wildlife. (No really long telephoto lenses are available.)
      - You require a weatherproof camera.

      Full review

      Samsung's new NX20, which was announced in April, replaces the NX10 in the company's interchangeable-lens compact camera range. Equipped with a 20.3-megapixel sensor, adjustable AMOLED monitor and SVGA electronic viewfinder, it's one of a trio of recently-released cameras that introduce built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity.  This is an important feature – and one that's likely to appear in an increasing number of cameras in future.

      The Samsung NX20 with 18-55mm kit lens. (Source: Samsung.)
      Many of the NX10's features have been ported across to the NX20 and the new camera has a familiar and comfortable look and feel. Although there's been some shuffling of the control buttons on the new model, the user interface in the new camera isn't substantially different from its predecessor's.

      Build and Ergonomics
      Like the NX10, the NX20's body is made mainly from black polycarbonate. Build quality is pretty good and, although it's not weatherproof, there are few exposed seams to collect dust and moisture.

      The grip is generous and comfortable to hold, thanks to a finely-textured rubber coating. There's a similarly-clad thumb pad on the rear panel. The shutter button sits well forward and is surrounded by a power on/off lever. An AF-assist/self-timer LED is inset to its left and there's a depth-of-field preview button to the lower right hand side of the lens mount.
       

      Front view of the Samsung NX20 without a lens, showing the relative  of the APS-C CMOS sensor. (Source: Samsung.)

      Two dials are located on the top panel: a large mode dial and a smaller jog dial wheel, which is used for changing settings. Behind the jog dial are two buttons, one for setting the metering mode and the other a 'Green' button for re-setting the value of functions like Program Shift, Picture Wizard, White Balance, Colour Temperature, Display Brightness, Display Colour, Timer, Flash EV and Selection AF.

       Top view of the Samsung NX20 without a lens. (Source: Samsung.)
       An elevated section in the top panel rises about 20 mm to accommodate the  EVF and pop-up flash. Three-hole stereo microphones sit on either side of the EVF housing and a knurled knob on the left hand side provides a fairly generous dioptre adjustment. There's a button to its left for popping up the flash.

      The EVF has a resolution of 1,440,000 dots and a sensor that detects when your eye is near and switches between monitor and finder. While it's bright, sharp and easy to use in sunlight, its surrounding is hard plastic and fixed in place and, hence, not particularly glasses-friendly.

      Rear view of the Samsung NX20 with the adjustable monitor reversed in playback mode. (Source: Samsung.)

      The most interesting new feature on the rear panel is the adjustable 3-inch AMOLED monitor, which has a resolution of 614,000 dots. Although this doesn't appear high, Samsung's PenTile technology, which adds a white sub-pixel to the  traditional red, green and blue subpixels in the screen array, makes the screen appear brighter than standard TFT screens (although it can be difficult to 'read' in bright sunlight).

      The NX20's monitor swings out through 180 degrees and rotates to face forward or point directly downwards. This provides a wealth of positions for shooting with the camera held high or low or at an angle to the photographer or viewer.
       

      The adjustable monitor screen on the NX20. (Source: Samsung.)

      Button shuffling on the rear panel sees the Display button move to the arrow pad, displacing the AF/MF control around to the right. The Drive and Metering buttons swap between the top panel and the arrow pad and the Menu button moves from the top left hand corner to just above the arrow pad, displacing the Fn button to the right. These changes are easy to adjust to.

      Solid metal loops protrude from either side of the top panel for attaching the neck strap.  There's a seven-hole speaker grille half way down the left side panel, while on the right hand side a hard plastic flap lifts to reveal the USB/AV and HDMI ports. The battery and card slot share a rather small compartment in the base of the camera. A metal-lined tripod socket is located in line with the optical axis of the lens.

      The camera is bundled with Samsung's standard 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS III kit lens and comes packed in a handsome box containing battery pack, charger, cables and a software disc. The latter contains a detailed user manual in PDF format to complement the printed basic user guide.

      Accessories for the NX20 include the GPS10 module, USB remote shutter release, two flashguns (SEF42A and SEF220A) and seven additional lenses. A camera case and gadget bag are also available, along with filters and replacement battery packs, cables and chargers.

      Controls
      The mode dial is similar to the previous model's, although some settings have been changed. The Night, Portrait and Landscape modes has been shuffled into the Scene pre-sets and their positions are replaced with WiFi, Custom and Lens Priority settings. 

      Being new, the WiFi mode merits a section of its own, below.  The Custom mode allows users to store up to three combinations of frequently-used settings. 

      The Lens Priority mode lets you select an appropriate scene (i-Scene) or filter effect for the lens in use. Available scene modes and filter effects for the 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

      OIS III lens supplied with the camera include Beauty Shot, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach & Snow, Night, Vignetting, Miniature, Fish Eye, Sketch, Defog and Halftone Dots.

      The menu system organised into tabbed pages with no scrolling required. There are three pages devoted to  Camera functions, one for Movies and three Custom pages for selectively adjusting functions like ISO limits, noise reduction, key mapping and display settings. Three Settings pages cover language, date/time, file management and connectivity settings and a single page is devoted to the built-in GPS system.

      Some camera functions can be programmed to work via the i-Function (iFn) button on a suitably-equipped lens, such as the 18-55mm kit lens supplied with the review camera. In the P, A, S and M shooting modes, this button can be used to select and adjust certain camera functions.

      The NX20 supports i-Function 2.0, which adds adjustments for Smart Filters and intelli-Zoom to the  shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB and ISO functions supported by the original iFunction system. The range of functions available varies, depending on the shooting mode selected.  

      The iZoom control, which provides up to 2x magnification by cropping the frame, is also accessed via the iFn. This setting is not available for raw file capture, nor in movie and continuous shooting modes.

      It takes a while to become accustomed to using the iFn button and, in many cases, we found it quicker and easier to adjust camera settings in the conventional way and ignore this button. (Pressing it accidentally can cause you to change settings inadvertently so you need to check the icons in the viewfinder or on the monitor to ensure the right settings are selected.)  Display, drive, ISO  and AF mode adjustments can be made with the Smart dial surrounding the arrow pad.

      WiFi Capabilities & Performance
      The NX20's WiFi capabilities are only available when the WiFi is selected, which means you can't transmit shots as they are recorded; only AFTER the event. You must first configure the camera to connect via an  access point (AP) when you are in a range of a wireless local area network (WLAN).

      In most cases these networks will be in the user's home or work or via public services. If there's no WLAN  available and you have a Samsung-branded Galaxy smart-phone or tablet running the Android 2.2 OS (or higher), you can send images and video clips to it via the Samsung MobileLink application.

      Galaxy series smart-phones and tablets can also trigger the shutter of the NX20 remotely using the Remote Viewfinder feature in WiFi mode. The system only works if the camera and receiving device are within seven metres of each other and the resulting images are downsized to a maximum of 1616 x 1080 pixels for fast transmission.

      In the WiFi mode, users can upload JPEG images and video clips from the camera to social networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter – provided you have an account. You can select up to 20 files with a maximum resolution of 2M (1728 x 1152 pixels) or clip length of 30 seconds. The total size per upload is limited to 10MB. Uploading of raw files is not supported.

      Images can also be emailed directly from the camera, using the email setting in the Menu in WiFi mode. This function is protected by a 4-digit password and has the same size restrictions as uploading to social networks.

      Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud server can also be used to store images and videos from the NX20. Alternatively, you can back them up to a networked PC using WLAN connections. In the latter case, the camera stores information about the computer and will search for available access points. Only new files in the camera are transferred but you can send up to 1000 files.

      We found the integrated WiFi more like an interesting gimmick than a genuinely useful feature. It didn't save us any time when uploading images to a computer or Android tablet and it was quite fiddly to configure (although the instructions in Samsung's electronic user manual are quite easy to follow).

      In fact, it took roughly double the time to upload JPEGs (and about three times for raw files) to a laptop via a home network, compared with using a normal card reader. In addition, we couldn't make the Auto Backup, MobileLink and Remote Viewfinder functions work with raw files (probably because they were too large).

      That said, it could be useful for JPEG-only shooters with compatible smartphones or tablets if they enjoy uploading shots to social networks while they're on location.  It could also appeal to those who would like to simply 'beam' their shots to a TV set for viewing, directly from the camera.

      Sensor and Image Processing
       The sensor in the NX20 is essentially the same 21.6-megapixel chip as in the NX200 that was released last year (which we didn't review).  Developed by Samsung, it includes on-chip A/D conversion. Some tweaking of the circuitry makes it more competitive with recently-released chips from Sony and Canon but it can't match the top chips from either.

      It supports ISO sensitivity from 100 to 12800 (available in one or 1/3EV steps) and a maximum burst capture speed of eight frames/second at full resolution or up to 30 fps with reduced image sizes. The buffer memory can hold up to eight SRW.RAW frames of 11 Large/ Super Fine JPEGs. Reducing the capture rate to three frames/second provides a buffer depth of 15 frames.

      As with the NX10, the new camera provides three levels of JPEG compression and supports RAW+JPEG capture with selectable levels of JPEG compression, although only the largest image size. Typical file sizes are shown in the table below.

      Aspect ratio

      Image size

      File format

      File size

      Super Fine

      Fine

      Normal

      3:2

      5472 x 3648

      SRW.RAW

      54MB

      5472 x 3648

      JPEG

      10.75MB

      5.48MB

      3.72MB

      3888 x 2592

      5.04MB

      2.75MB

      1.91MB

      2976 x 1984

      3.18MB

      1.71MB

      1.21MB

      1728 x 1152

      1.22MB

      0.73MB

      0.56MB

      16:9

      5472 x 3080

      JPEG

      8.70MB

      4.44MB

      3.04MB

      3712 x 2088

      4.11MB

      2.17MB

      1.52MB

      2944 x 1656

      2.67MB

      1.45MB

      1.04MB

      1920 x 1080

      1.27MB

      0.75MB

      0.57MB

      1:1

      3648 x 3648

      JPEG

      6.90MB

      3.56MB

      2.45MB

      2640 x 2640

      3.72MB

      1.97MB

      1.39MB

      2000 x 2000

      2.23MB

      1.23MB

      0.90MB

      1024 x 1024

      0.75MB

      0.49MB

      0.40MB

      The NX20 can record Full HD video clips at a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 30 frames/second using the MP4 format with H.264 video compression and AAC audio. Two quality levels are available: HQ and Normal. The table below shows approximate capacities with a 2GB memory card.

      Size (pixels)

      Frame rate

      Quality

      HQ

      Normal

      1920 x 1080

      30 fps

      17 mins. 35 sec.

      21 mins. 56 sec.

      24 fps

      19 mins.

      23 mins. 43 sec.

      1280 x 720

      30 fps

      29 mins. 10 sec.

      36 mins. 20 sec.

      640 x 480

      73 mins. 26 sec.

      91 mins.

      240 x 120

      236 mins. 16 sec.

      287 mins. 12 sec.

      The P, A, S and M shooting modes are available in Movie mode and there are also a number of 'Multi Motion' settings that let you vary frame rates to achieve different playback speeds. The table below shows the options available. Soundtracks are only recorded with the x1 setting.

      Setting

      Description

      x0.25

      Record a video and play it at 1/4 normal speed.

      x0.5

      Record a video and play it at 1/2 normal speed.

      x1

      Record a video and play it at normal speed.

      x5

      Record a video and play it at 5x normal speed.

      x10

      Record a video and play it at 10x normal speed.

      x20

      Record a video and play it at 20x normal speed.

      You can fade in or fade out a scene using the fader function on the camera or select Voice to mute voice recordings or cancel previously-set muting. Only the Multi AF focusing mode is available for movie recordings (Face Detection is not supported).

      Still image capture is available while shooting movies, Most of the Picture Wizard functions are available in movie mode and you can engage the Selective Colour effects. The following Smart Filters are supported: Vignetting, Miniature, Fish Eye, Sketch, Defog, Halftone Dots, Soft Focus, Old Film 1, Old Film 2 and Negative.

      Playback and Software
       Playback settings are similar to the NX10 and include single-frame and index (3, 15 or 40 frames) and between 2.1x  to 14.2x playback zoom. You can view files in the Smart Album by type, date, week or location.

      The normal delete, protect and rotate functions are supported. Slideshows can be displayed with or without background music and transition effects. You can select images to display by date or via sound tags and set the interval between displayed images.

      Video clips can be displayed and you can rewind, pause or fast-forward through clips (at 2x, 4x or 8x speeds). Volume control is available for playback of soundtracks. You can trim clips and save the cut section as a separate file and also save single frames as still photos with the video capture resolution.

      Still image files can be edited in playback and you can choose from a number of Smart Filter effects, red-eye fix, backlight correction, resizing, rotating, face retouching, brightness and contrast correction or apply vignetting to replicate the Lomo look.

      The camera is supplied with a brief, 84-page printed basic manual, a leaflet showing the system map, and registration and warranty documents. The software CD is Windows-only and contains Samsung's Intelli-studio, raw converter and PC Auto Backup applications as well as Adobe Reader.

      A 187-page User Manual is provided in PDF format. It's easy to read and nicely illustrated but doesn't contain all the information you need to fully understand the minutiae of the camera.

      The Kit Lens
       The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens appears to be a third-generation model with built-in stabilisation and iFunction support. Build quality is a cut above previous models, thanks to a solid metal mounting plate, although the lens barrel is made mainly of plastic.

      An inner barrel extends approximately 33 mm when the lens is zoomed from the 18mm to the 55mm position. But the front element doesn't rotate, enabling angle-critical attachments to be used.

      Samsung doesn't publish detailed specifications for this lens so we can only provide basic information. It covers angles of view between 75.9 and 28.7 degrees, which is roughly equivalent to 27-82.5mm in 35mm format.  The minimum aperture is f/22 and the closest focusing distance is 28 cm. The lens is approximately 70 mm long with a diameter of roughly 63 mm and an overall weight of around 195 grams (without end caps and hood).

      The AF motor is both fast and almost silent and focus accuracy is pretty good. Manual focusing works in the same way as other NX lenses, engaging the focus motor when you turn the focus ring.  Samsung's OIS stabiliser claims roughly three f-stops of shutter speed advantage, which is typical of most stabilised kit lenses.

      Imatest showed the best performance to be between three and four f-stops down from maximum aperture (between f/5 and f/9, depending on focal length). Although some edge softening was detected, it was comparatively minor for a kit lens and would have minimal effect on everyday photography. The graph below shows the results of our tests.

       
       Lateral chromatic aberration was almost totally within the 'negligible' band and we found no obvious coloured fringing in any test shots. In the graph below, the red line marks the boundary between 'negligible' and 'low' CA, while the green line separates the 'low' and 'moderate' bands.

       
       Rectilinear distortion was obvious at both ends of the focal length range, with barrel distortion at 18mm and pincushioning at 55mm. Vignetting was negligible at the widest apertures with all focal length settings.

      The lens showed excellent flare resistance, thanks to an effective lens hood (which is supplied with the kit lens). The built-in stabiliser was also able to meet the claimed three-stop shutter speed advantage, when used in very low light levels.

      Performance
      Like the Sony RX100 we reviewed recently, which also sports a 20-megapixel sensor, the NX20 camera we reviewed produced bright and colourful images with plenty of detail. The  dynamic range in outdoor shots was as wide as the APS-C sensors from recent Sony and Canon cameras we've tested.

      Autofocusing performance was competent, although not as fast as the systems in the Olympus and Panasonic cameras (which also rely on EVFs). Low light levels slowed focusing noticeably but the sensor covered a wide enough area to deliver sharp images in most conditions.

      Colour accuracy was very good in our Imatest results, which delivered similar patterns for both JPEG and SRW.RAW files. Unfortunately, resolution failed to meet expectations for the sensor's specifications for both JPEGs and raw files – and there wasn't much difference between them, as shown in the graph of our Imatest results, below.
       
       

       

      We are unable to blame the software for the relatively low resolution of the raw files because file conversion was carried out with Adobe Camera Raw, the converter we prefer using. We suspect at least some of the problem can be sheeted home to Samsung's image processor, which simply isn't as capable as the processors from rival manufacturers.

      As shown in our Imatest results, resolution held up very well across the camera's ISO range, with only the highest settings (ISO 6400  and above) showing noticeable noise in snapshot-sized prints. Even shots taken at ISO 12800 were usable at small output sizes because although noise was evident, sharpness was less compromised by default noise-reduction processing than we've seen in many cameras.

      Flash exposures were almost noise-free throughout most of the camera's sensitivity range, with a slight loss of contrast and a little softening by ISO 12800. Flash exposures were evenly balanced across most of the ISO  range, with slight over-exposure occurring at ISO 12800.

      Auto white balance performance was significantly better than most cameras we’ve reviewed with shots taken under incandescent lighting requiring only minor correction. Shots taken with fluorescent lighting were essentially cast-free. For both lighting types, the pre-sets slightly over-corrected but manual measurement delivered a neutral colour balance. Plenty of in-camera adjustments are provided for tweaking images as you shoot and white balance bracketing of +/- three levels in one-step increments is available.

      Video quality was good, although not outstanding. The autofocusing system often took a second or two to re-focus while zooming and panning, which meant editing was required to produce watchable movies.

      Contrast, sharpness and saturation appeared to be boosted in movie mode. We obtained the best image quality with subjects that had muted colours and quality was better in low light than in bright, contrasty lighting.

      Differences between the 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, and 1280 x 720 video clips were minimal, while VGA and QVGA clips  were well resolved for their frame resolutions. Audio quality from the built-in microphone was about average. Pick-up of camera sounds during zooming was minimal.

      Our timing tests were carried out with a 16GB Panasonic SDHC U1 Class 10 card, which is currently the fastest card in our collection.  The review camera took just under two seconds to power-up ready for shooting, which is slow for its class.

      We measured an average capture lag of 0.1 seconds, which was eliminated by pre-focusing. Shot-to shot times averaged 1.6 seconds without flash and 3.3 seconds with. It took 2.5 seconds on average to process each JPEG file, 5.3 seconds for a SRW.RAW and 7.4 seconds for a RAW+JPEG pair.

      Continuous shooting was slower than specified with the High-speed setting, which recorded seven JPEG frames in 6.6 seconds, after which capture stalled. When the low-speed continuous setting was selected, only four frames were recorded in 3.4 seconds before capture stalled. Processing was completed within two seconds of the last frame captured, indicating it is done on-the-fly. It took more than 30 seconds to process a burst of six raw frames and roughly a minute for a burst of five RAW+JPEG pairs.

      In the Burst mode, the camera was able to record 36 frames in 6.6 seconds at the highest capture speed. Each frame's resolution was 2736 x 1824 pixels. It took just over 30 seconds to process this burst.

      Conclusion
       There's a lot to like about the NX20 aside from its WiFi compatibility notwithstanding. The straightforward user interface (with adequate button controls) should please photographers at all levels, although we have never found the iFunction lens control particularly endearing. We enjoyed using the adjustable AMOLED monitor and, although it's not the best available,  the EVF frames accurately and is really useful when shooting in bright outdoor lighting.

      Low light performance was very good for both available light and flash shots. It's a pity the camera's resolution wasn't quite up to expectations for the 20-megapixel sensor. The stabilisation in the kit lens enabled hand-held shooting at much slower shutter speeds than we expected.

      Finally, the compact size and light weight of the camera-plus-lens was a real delight. It would be welcomed by anyone who finds a regular DSLR too big and heavy for everyday photography. More lenses will undoubtedly be added to the system in future, to expand its capabilities, making the NX20 worthy of consideration.

      Buy this camera if:
       - You're looking for a lightweight compact system camera with built-in WiFi capabilities (particularly if you have a Samsung smart-phone).
      - You want raw file capture and Full HD video recording.
      - You want a camera with a straightforward user interface plus easy-to-use shooting modes and plenty of user-adjustable controls.
      - You could make use of the extended sensitivity range for still photography and video capture.

       Don’t buy this camera if:
       - You need a wide range of compatible lenses (there are only nine so far).
      - You shoot wildlife. (No really long telephoto lenses are available.)
      - You require a weatherproof camera.

      SPECS

      Image sensor: 23.5 x 15.7mm CMOS sensor with approx. 21.6 million photosites (20.3 megapixels effective)
      Image processor: Not specified
      A/D processing: Not specified
      Lens mount: Samsung NX
      Focal length crop factor: 1.5x
      Image formats: Stills – SRW.RAW (compressed), JPEG (Exif 2.21), RAW+JPEG; Movies – MP4 (H.264); Sound: AAC (stereo)
      Image Sizes: Stills – 3:2 aspect: 5472 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 2976 x 1984, 1728 x 1152; 16:9 aspect: 5472 x 3080, 3712 x 2088, 2944 x 1656, 1920 x 1080; 1:1 aspect: 3648 x 3648, 2640 x 2640, 2000 x 2000, 1024 x 1024; Movies: 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 for Sharing (Default: 1920 x 1080) at 30fps, 24fps (1920 x 810 only)
      Image Stabilisation: Lens-based 
      Dust removal: Super Sonic Drive
      Shutter speed range: 30 to 1/8000 second plus Bulb (Max. 4 minutes)
      Exposure Compensation: +/- 3EV in 1/3 EV steps
      Exposure bracketing: +/- 3EV in 1/3 EV steps
      Self-timer: Customisable between 2 and 30 seconds in one second steps
      Focus system: Contrast AF with single-point free selection, multi  (normal 15 points, Close-up 35 points) and Face Detection (Max. 10 faces)
      Focus modes: Single AF, Continuous AF, MF
      Exposure metering: TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block segment  with Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot modes; metering range: EV 0-18 (ISO 100, 30mm, f/2)
      Shooting modes: SmartAuto (2.0), Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Custom, Lens Priority, Scene, Movie, Wi-Fi
      Scene presets: Live Panorama (2d, 3D), Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach&Snow, Sound Picture, 3D Photo
      Picture Style/Control settings: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1 ~ 3); Contrast, Colour, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable
      Filter effects: Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, De-fog, Halftone Dots, Soft Focus
      Colour space options: sRGB, Adobe RGB
      ISO range: Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12800 (1 or 1/3 EV steps)
      White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K (Manual); adjustable across 7 Steps in Amber/Blue, Green/Magenta axes
      Flash: TTL Auto Pop-up flash; GN 11 (at ISO 100); coverage to 28mm
      Flash exposure adjustment: +/- 2 EV in 1/2 EV steps
      Sequence shooting: Max. 8 fps at full resolution for 8 SRW.RAW or 11 JPEG frames
      Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC (guarantee up to 128GB)
      Viewfinder:  SVGA Class (800 x 600) 1,440,000 dots equiv.  EVF with Eye Contact Sensor, approx. 100% field of view, 18.0mm eyepoint, approx. 1.04x (APS-C. 50mm. -1m-1) magnification, dioptre adjustment +/- 4 dpt
      LCD monitor: Swivel Type 3-inch AMOLED display with VGA 614,000 dots ( PenTile ) OCR, approx. 100% field of view
      Data LCD: No
      Playback functions: Single image, Thumbnails (3, 15, 40 images), Slide show, Movie; post-capture editing includes  Smart Filter, Red-eye fix, Backlight, Resize, Rotate, Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Vignetting 
      Interface terminals: USO 2.0, HDMI (Type C Mini), video out (PAL/NTSC)
      Power supply: BP1310 (1300mAh)  rechargeable lithium-ion battery; CIPA rated for approx. 360 shots 
      Dimensions (wxhxd): 122.0 x 89.6 x 39.5 mm (excluding projections)
      Weight: 341 grams (body only without batteries and memory card)

      RRP: AU$999 (body only); US$1099
       Distributor: Samsung Australia; 1300 362 603; www.samsung.com.au.

      TESTS

       JPEG images

        Raw images converted in Adobe Camera Raw.

        

      SAMPLES

      Auto white balance with incandescent lighting.

      Auto white balance with fluorescent lighting.

       

       Vignetting at 18mm.
       
       

      Distortion at 18mm.
       
       

      Distortion at 35mm.
       
       

      Distortion at 55mm.
       
       

      18mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/80 second at f/9.
       
       

      55mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/100 second at f/9.
       
       

      Close-up at 35mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/320 second at f/8.
       
       

      Portrait at 55mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/13 second at f/5.6.
       
       

      30-second exposure at ISO 100, 22mm focal length, f/4.
       
       

      15-second exposure at ISO 800, 22mm focal length, f/5.6.
       
       

      8-second exposure at ISO 3200, 22mm focal length, f/6.3.
       
       

      5-second exposure at ISO 12800, 22mm focal length, f/9.
       
       

       Flash exposure at ISO 100, 55mm focal length, 1/80 second at f/5.6.
       
       

       Flash exposure at ISO 800, 55mm focal length, 1/80 second at f/5.6.
       
       

      Flash exposure at ISO 3200, 55mm focal length, 1/80 second at f/5.6.
       
       

      Flash exposure at ISO 12800, 55mm focal length, 1/80 second at f/8.
       
       

      Flare resistance; 18mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/320 second at f/7.1.
       
       

      Stabilisation test; 55mm focal length, ISO 800, 1/5 second at f/9.
       
       

      Dynamic range; 18mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/200 second at f/9.
       
       

       55mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/160 second at f/5.6.
       
       

       29mm focal length, ISO 1600, 1/20 second at f/8.
       
       

      18mm focal length, ISO 400, 1/30 second at f/9.
       
       

      18mm focal length, ISO 6400, 1/60 second at f/11.
       
       

      42mm focal length, ISO 800, 1/30 second at f/8.
       
       

      Still frame from video clip recorded at 1920 x 1080 pixels.
       
       

      Still frame from video clip recorded at 1920 x 810 pixels.
       
       

      Still frame from video clip recorded at 1280 x 720 pixels.
       
       

      Still frame from video clip recorded at 640 x 480 pixels.
       
       

      Still frame from video clip recorded at 320 x 240 pixels.
       

      Rating

      RRP: AU$999 (body only); US$1099 

      • Build: 8.5
      • Ease of use: 8.5
      • Autofocusing: 8.3
      • Still image quality JPEG: 8.0
      • Still image quality RAW: 8.0
      • Video quality: 8.5

      BUY

        No