Samsung NX20

Released May, 2012
New: NX30 (Jan, 2014)
  • 20 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" OLED
The Samsung NX20 has 3 different JPEG image quality settings available, with SuperFine being the highest quality option, and you can also shoot in RAW format.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung NX20

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Samsung NX20
8.8
NX300
9.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Samsung NX20
6.7
NX300
9.4
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Samsung NX20
8.0
NX300
9.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Samsung NX20
9.1
NX300
9.2
Reviews from mirrorlessrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com and 4 more

8.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Samsung NX20
8.6
NX300
9.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung NX20

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Samsung NX20
785 ISO
NX500
1,379 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Samsung NX20
350 ms
NX300
116 ms
Samsung NX30
125 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Samsung NX20
44 ms
Galaxy NX
146 ms
D5200
88 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Samsung NX20
3,000 ms
D5200
500 ms
EOS 700D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Samsung NX20
8 fps
Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
D5200
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Samsung NX20
360 photos
EOS 700D
550 photos
D5200
500 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung NX20


9.0
The NX20 has a wide range of manual controls plus a Smart Auto function which automatically selects the best shooting mode, while the Smart Range feature captures detail in both the bright and dark areas of the picture.

8.0
The NX20 offers a good range of semi- and fully manual exposure modes including the standard quartet of Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and Manual (PASM) exposure modes seen on DSLRs.

8.0
The camera is ruggedly built with some great features, including the articulated AMOLED screen, Wi-Fi connectivity features, GPS, built-in EVF and Full HD video recording.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Plus, when you consider that Samsung's kit lens really isn't very good, you're going to quickly increase your outlay as you buy more optics for the camera.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)
Better still, the i-Function button can be customised to your own preferences, so you can use it for anything from cycling through the camera's built in Smart Filters to activating the intelligent zoom (i-Zoom).
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
Advanced users may find the lack of ultra-wide angle, super-telephoto and lenses with a maximum aperture faster than f/2.8 a little limiting.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

Sensor

The 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS megapixel sensor used in the NX20 produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-800, with ISO 1600 also looking very good.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
At 20.3 million effective pixels, the CMOS sensor found in the Samsung NX20 isn't the highest resolution APS-C sensor currently available, so it will be interesting to see if this compromise results in a gain in quality when shooting at high ISOs.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Note that the RAW files are massive, weighing in at 37Mb each, which is almost as large as those from the 36 megapixel Nikon D800.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)

Screen

It's filled with 614,000 dots, which isn't as sharp as the 921,000-dot displays on some other cameras, but it's still a very good display, with great contrast and color reproduction.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)
It has a 0.68x magnification and offers 100% field of view and the resolution is an impressive 1.44K dots, resulting in a detailed and bright display that should persuade most non-believers to use it.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
The NX20's 3-inch, 614,000-dot rear LCD screen is very impressive, incorporating AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology that provides a number of key advantages over traditional LCD screens.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)

Viewfinder

There's a remote viewfinder app for iOS and Android that connects via an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network to your camera and lets you use your phone as a viewfinder for your camera and even take pictures, control the flash, or set a timer.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)
This is a particularly good model, but many of the same advantages apply to all EVFs: you can see a lot of information on the display, and even review your photos without taking your eye away from the viewfinder.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)
Its EVF is a vast improvement over Samsung's previous efforts, the vari-angle LCD monitor is immensely useful, and overall image quality is excellent.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)

Image quality

Default settings can result in quite muted colours, so it's well worth playing with colour settings in-camera to improve saturation and contrast.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Low light AF performance is pretty good for a compact system camera, only hunting in very dark conditions.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Colors looked great, as do details in the shot — though as with still images, you might run into trouble with dynamic range.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 20 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 15

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.04x
Viewfinder size 0.68x

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 8 fps
  2. 3 fps
Focus lag 350 ms
Shutter lag 44 ms
Startup delay 3,000 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack Proprietary
Autofocus while shooting video
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type OLED
Size 3"
Resolution 614 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 122 x 90 x 40 mm
Thickness 40 mm
Weight 341 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi 802.11
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None
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