|1. The NX200 features a simple lens mount and a big APS-C sensor. 2. i-Function lenses let you make a number of camera settings via the focusing ring. 3. The supplied clip-on flash unit doesn't add much to the camera's size.
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $899 (with 18-55mm zoom)
Samsung's new NX200 features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch VGA AMOLED monitor, full HD video and the ability to shoot full-resolution still images at 7 fps. It's also compatible with Samsung's i-Function lenses, which let you control a number of functions (shutter speed, aperture, white balance, exposure value, ISO and more) with the camera at your eye.
Along with the nearly 50% jump in pixel count, the NX200 provides a considerably wider ISO range than the NX100, with settings from 100 to 12,800 in 1/3-stop increments. The 221-segment metering complements center-weighted and spot, providing users from beginner to pro with good flexibility. The NX200 also is quite quick, with 100 ms contrast-based AF.
Ten built-in Smart Filters let you add such effects as vignetting, soft focus and fish-eye to both still images and video, while 13 Magic Frames provide unique ways to "finish" your images. Picture Wizard lets you choose such renditions as standard, vivid, forest, retro, cool, calm and classic, as well as portrait, landscape and three custom settings. For each, you can adjust the contrast, sharpness, saturation and color. Both 3D and stitched panoramic capability are available at the touch of a button.
Video capabilities include 1920x1080/30p full HD, 1280x720/60p HD, 640x480/30p SD and 320x240/30p, all with stereo sound when desired. You also can add 10 seconds of audio to still images. HDMI 1.4a output lets you show videos and still images on compatible HDTVs directly from the camera.
The NX200 takes Samsung NX-mount lenses, of which there should be nine by the time you read this. There are four accessory flash units and a shoe-mount GPS, as well.