Samsung NX Series Gets SMART
Samsung has just announced an update to three of its mirrorless NX cameras, and has leveled out their features to bring them more in line with the current line of SMART Cameras. These cameras all feature built-in Wi-Fi for sharing your images instantly, 20.3-megapixel resolution, full HD 1080p movie recording with stereo sound, Smart Auto 2.0 for easily improving the quality of your images, and all support the i-Function 2.0 lenses for intuitive control of your camera settings directly through the lens. This melding of professional-quality performance and simple-to-use functionality make these cameras appealing options no matter what your skill level.
At the heart of these new cameras, and Samsung’s SMART cameras, is the ability to share your images and movies easily with the world without needing a computer. Each of these cameras has built-in wireless functions that allow you to upload your images seamlessly to social and media-related websites as well, and to sync your camera to other SMART devices such as televisions, phones and tablets. You can transfer your images easily between devices and watch, manipulate and send your work how and where you please. In addition to the ability to share your photos from your camera, you can even control the process from your smart phone. Samsung’s Remote Viewfinder app (available for Android and iOS devices) allows you to remotely control your camera and even view what your camera is pointed at, wirelessly. This will come in handy when placing your camera at a distance, or for taking group portraits with yourself in them.
Smart Auto 2.0 and i-Function 2.0
Both Smart Auto 2.0 settings and i-Function 2.0 lenses dramatically help to make photographing a more intuitive and enjoyable experience. Smart Auto 2.0 provides a range of features that are automatically employed to improve your imagery, based on an analysis of key elements of each image or movie. These automatic enhancements take into account your exposure settings and surroundings and suit one of 16 photo modes or one of four movie modes to help you achieve the best result. i-Function 2.0 utilizes a system of lenses for intuitive control of your camera settings without having to readjust your grip or viewing position. Buttons and controls on the lens, intelligently located, work directly with your camera, allowing you to alter the exposure settings without removing your hand from the lens.
These cameras also provide the option to seamlessly record in-camera panoramic images. By pressing the shutter button and panning your camera across a scene, the panoramic function will automatically stitch together your images into a fluid, singular panoramic file. For further image manipulation, a number of Smart Filters can be applied to your images, ranging from a Miniature effect to Halftone Dots. Selective Colors can also be applied to images, providing a variety of tint and coloration options for you to work with.
20.3MP CMOS Sensor and 1080p Full HD Movie Recording
The 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor lends itself to recording images and video at high resolution with outstanding detail and well-rendered gradients within the resulting images and video. This sensor also aids in providing tremendous low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800 with low noise. In addition to still-image performance, all three of these cameras support full HD video recording in 1080 resolution at 30 or 24 frames per second. Additionally, they all support stereo sound recording for vivid playback and recording of your environment.
The largest of the new lineup is the NX20; its form mimics a DSLR but is still decidedly compact in size. It features both an electronic viewfinder for eye-level viewing as well as a 3.0-inch articulating AMOLED monitor for use at a wide array of viewing angles. It is also the only camera of the three to feature a built-in, pop-up flash. Among other small differences, the NX20 also has a slightly faster top shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second.
More compact in size when compared to the NX20, the NX210 also features a 3.0-inch AMOLED screen for monitoring your images; however, it drops the articulating function and EVF in favor of a slimmer profile. The NX210 also loses the built-in flash, but does provide a hot shoe for use with external flashes. This camera also incorporates a range of Magic Frames for saving your images with interesting backgrounds such as Old Album, Wall Art and Newspaper.
The most compact by a slight margin, the NX1000 (available in black or white) is very similar to the NX210 in terms of features. It, too, incorporates the Magic Frame options and keeps its bulk at a minimum by excluding the articulating screen, EVF and built-in flash. Instead of an AMOLED monitor, the NX1000 has a 3.0-inch 921,000-dot TFT LCD.
These cameras strive to blur the line between professional and consumer-grade cameras. Their sharp focus on maintaining high-quality standards that are still approachable for a beginner is paramount in terms of their functionality. The ability to photograph at a 20.3MP resolution and the convenience of being able to automatically upload your images to websites directly from your camera should prove to be a great innovation and convenience in terms of straddling the gap between performance and simplicity.