Inheriting the NX lens mount, the Samsung NX200 is built around an entirely new 20.3Mp APS-C sized sensor and no longer uses the chip from the Samsung’s NX11 series. One gripe with the NX200’s predecessor - the NX100 - was its plastic build quality and the NX200 improves on this with a new metal body that gives it a rugged and durable feel. With the 1.5x NX format crop factor to consider, the supplied 18-55mm lens is equal to 27-82.5mm in film terms, but with only five NX-lenses currently available, the opportunity to expand the system is limited compared to the Olympus and Panasonic stable of FourThirds optics.
With a large APS-C sensor at its heart, the NX200 has an impressive 100-12,800 ISO range and shoots natively in the 3:2 aspect ratio. As with the Nikon V1, a key feature the body is lacking is a pop-up flash, but Samsung produces three optional flashguns that can be mounted via the hotshoe. The least expensive model (GN-15) costs £80.
Unfortunately, there’s no optional viewfinder so composition is restricted to the NX200’s 3in, 640k-dot AMOLED screen. The handgrip is superbly profiled though, making it a great CSC to hold, and the On/Off switch and Mode dial are well positioned for ease of operation with the thumb and index finger.
The 18-55mm kit lens we tested it with supports Samsung’s i-Function technology and its purpose is to speed up changes to common imaging variables such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO and White Balance. Tapping the iFn button lets you toggle through these settings with ease. The focus ring is used to control values, with settings clearly displayed at the bottom of the screen and it certainly speeds up operation. At the rear, AF mode (Single, Continuous, MF), Continuous shooting (7fps) and Exposure Compensation have their own dedicated buttons and the central OK button is used to reposition the AF point, but regrettably the AF target doesn’t reach into the far corners of the frame. The contrast-detect AF system performed well without fault in bright lighting conditions but as lighting conditions darkened, it became less responsive with occasional signs of hunting, despite the bright green AF assist beam kicking in automatically, helping to focus on subjects close to the camera.
- Street price: Discontinued (Correct as of July 2016)
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This review was first published in the February 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.