Furthermore, while the AMOLED display is bright, with good contrast, and doesn't wash out in sunlight, it's very reflective. Occasionally, all I could see were the stripes of my shirt. At moments like that I wished it had an articulated, or at least tiltable, display. And I think people will really miss the option to add an EVF; dropping the connector is the one potentially big boo-boo the company made when updating from the NX100.
Design and features
Thankfully, there's more to the NX200 than just a lot of pixels. It's much better than the NX100; it's smaller, yet more comfortable to grip, and more solidly built. For those unfamiliar with Samsung's i-Function system, it consists of a button on the lens, which invokes shooting settings, such as ISO sensitivity or shutter speed, which you then change using the manual-focus ring. The system works well, and it feels much like shooting with the Canon PowerShot S100 or Olympus XZ-1. It distinguishes the NX cameras from the other ILCs in a way that adds to the shooting experience rather than detracts from it.
If you choose to go the traditional route, Samsung introduces a new (for it) Smart Panel interactive control panel interface that you pull up with the function button. It's easy to use, but I found myself missing the type of customization control that Panasonic's cameras offer over the interface, as well as the capability to save custom settings. You can program a raw override (as well as which options appear on the i-Function ring), but that's just not as much as I'd like.
The camera supports full manual exposure controls during movie recording, and has a Multi Motion mode that records and plays back both faster and slower than normal, though the slow-mo mode only works at reduced frame sizes and frame rates.
|Nikon 1 V1||Olympus E-P3||Samsung NX100||Samsung NX200||Sony Alpha NEX-5N|
|Sensor (effective resolution)||10-megapixel CMOS||12.3-megapixel Live MOS
|14.6-megapixel CMOS||20.3-megapixel CMOS||16.1-megapixel Exmor HD CMOS|
|13.2mm x 8.8mm||17.3mm x 13mm||23.4mm x 15.6mm||23.5mm x 15.7mm||23.5mm x 15.6mm|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 100 - ISO 3200/6400 (expanded)||ISO 200 - ISO 12800||ISO 100 - ISO 3200/6400 (expanded)||ISO 100 - ISO 12800||ISO 100 - ISO 25600|
(60fps with fixed AF and electronic shutter)
unlimited (LN) JPEG/17 raw
10 JPEG/ 3 raw
11 JPEG/9 raw
10 JPEG/6 raw
(10fps with fixed exposure)
magnification/ effective magnification
1.44 million dots
|Optional||Optional plug-in EVF
(98 percent coverage)
phase detection, 135-area contrast AF
|35-area contrast AF||15-point contrast AF||15-point contrast AF||25-area contrast AF|
|Shutter speed||30 - 1/16,000; bulb; 1/250 sec. x-sync||60-1/4,000 sec; bulb to 30 minutes; 1/4,000 FP sync||30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb to 8 minutes||30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb to 4 minutes||30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 sec. x-sync|
|Metering||n/a||324 area||247 segment||221 segment||1,200 zone|
|Flash||Included optional||Yes||No||Included optional||Included optional|
|Image stabilization||Optical||Sensor shift||Optical||Optical||Optical|
|Video||1080/60/ 30p; 720/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV||1080/60i AVCHD @ 20, 17Mbps; 720/60p @ 13Mbps||720/30p H.264 MPEG-4||1080/30p; 720/60p H.264 MPEG-4||AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28, 24Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24, 17Mbps, 1080/60i @ 17Mbps; H.264 MPEG-4 1,440x1,080/30p @ 12Mbps|
|Audio||Stereo; mic input||Stereo; mic input||Mono||Stereo||Stereo; mic input|
|LCD size||3-inch fixed
|3-inch fixed OLED
|3-inch fixed AMOLED
|3-inch fixed AMOLED
|Battery life (CIPA rating)||350 shots||330 shots||420 shots||330 shots||430 shots|
|Dimensions (inches, WHD)||4.4 x 3 x 1.7||4.8 x 2.7 x 1.4||4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4||4.6 x 2.5 x 1.4||4.4 x 2.4 x 1.6|
|Body operating weight (ounces)||12 (est.)||13||12.2||9.5||9.3 (without flash)|
|Mfr. price||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||$599.99 (body only)|
|$899.95 (with 10-30mm lens)||$899.99 (with 14-42mm lens)||$549.99 (est., with 20-50mm i-Function lens)||$899.99 (with 18-55mm i-Function lens)||$699.99 (with 18-55mm lens)|
|$1,149.95 (dual lens kit)||$899.99 (with 17mm f2.8 lens)||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Ship date||October 2011||August 2011||October 2010||September 2011||September 2011|
Aside from what I've already mentioned, there aren't many standout shooting features. I really miss a tilting or articulated LCD, there isn't even an option for a viewfinder, and there are no useful tools like an intervalometer. As I've mentioned, there are some novel effects, but you can't adjust the parameters. And if you use its Magic Frame, which overlays some huge preset designs over your shot, it reduces the photo's resolution to 2 megapixels.
With excellent photo quality, a nice shooting design and interface, and solid performance, the Samsung NX200 makes a nice package. But it also means buying into a lone-wolf lens system without much third-party support, and because the image stabilization is in the lens rather than the sensor, you're subject to Samsung's whims for OIS-capable lenses. (In contrast, all the other manufacturers have either some third-party lens makers or use sensor-shift stabilization.) That, combined with a ho-hum feature set, makes the NX200's price seem overly high.