Samsung NX 20

Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (with 18-55mm zoom)


Samsung’s mirrorless cameras all feature big APS-C image sensors and are available in “mini-DSLR” and “flat” form factors. The flagship NX20 is the mini-DSLR type, featuring a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder to complement the bright, tilting/rotating 3-inch AMOLED monitor.

The new-generation NX cameras—the NX20, NX210 and NX1000—share the same Samsung 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, most shooting features and built-in Wi-Fi capability. You don’t need a Wi-Fi card or other device to upload your images to a social-networking site or compatible smartphone, or to email them; all you need is a Wi-Fi access point.

The NX20’s video features include full 1080 HD, plus a widescreen 1920×810 format. There’s also a Multi Motion feature that lets you produce clips at one-quarter to 20 times normal speed. Sound is stereo via a built-in microphone, and there’s a jack for an external mic.

A top shutter speed of 1?8000 sec. with a very brief lag, along with 8 fps shooting at full resolution, puts the NX20 right in there with the top DSLRs in terms of shooting speed. It can shoot up to 30 fps at reduced 5-megapixel resolution.

The NX20 user manual lists nine lenses for the NX cameras, providing focal lengths from 16mm to 200mm (with the sensor’s 1.5x focal-length factor, this is a range equivalent to 24-300mm on a 35mm camera or full-frame DSLR). There are also two flash units and a GPS accessory.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Built-in Wi-Fi in a DSLR-like package.

1. In iFunction 2 mode, you can make many camera settings using the lens’ focusing ring.

2. Simply press this button to start recording video.TThe accessory shoe can hold an external flash, a GPS unit or an external stereo microphone.

3. The depth-of-field preview button can be programmed for other functions, including activating/deactivating the RAW + JPEG feature.

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