Samsung NX200 Mirrorless Digital Camera


Samsung has announced a third-generation NX-series compact mirrorless camera, the Samsung NX200. Similar in size, shape and flat-top profile to its sleek and ergonomically designed predecessor, the Samsung MX100, the new NX200’s biggest draw might very well be its 20.1MP, APS-C format CMOS imaging sensor, which places NX200 in the sparsely populated category of consumer digital cameras packing 20-plus megapixel imaging sensors.

In addition to a new 18–55mm OIS II kit zoom (the NX100 came with a 20–50mm kit zoom) and 1080p @ 30 frame-per-second video capture with stereo sound (up from 720p in the NX100), other upgraded features on the Samsung NX200 include a 3.0-inch, 614,000-dot AMOLED screen; a graphically engaging Smart Panel user interface; seven frame-per-second burst rates (up from three frames per second in the NX100); 3D and in-camera panorama imaging; ISO rating up to 12,000 (up from an expanded ISO 6400 in the NX100); Supersonic Dust Reduction; an OSD manual focusing aid; and AF response times as short as 100 milliseconds. The new camera is also lighter and smaller than its predecessor.

The Samsung NX200, in black only, is compatible with a growing family of NX-mount optics, and will be available toward the end of September.

Camera Type Compact mirrorless digital camera
Resolution Total: 21.6 Mp
Effective: 20.3 Mp
Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7mm) CMOS
Bit Depth Not specified by manufacturer
File Formats Still photos: Not specified by manufacturer
Video files: MPEG-4 (H.264)
File Size Not specified by manufacturer
Image Stabilization Optical (OIS II)
Lens Samsung 18-55mm zoom lens
Zoom 3x
Lens Mount Samsung NX Mount
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount 40.5mm
Focus Type Manual or auto focus (100 ms AF speed)
Shooting Controls
Sensitivity ISO 100-12,800
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Connection Accessory hot shoe
Dedicated Flash System Included Samsung external flash: SEF-8A
Other optional NX flash models are fully compatible
Built-in Memory Not specified by manufacturer
Memory Card Type Not specified by manufacturer
A/V Recording
Recording Formats Video: MPEG-4 (H.264)
Audio: AAC
Video Recording 30 fps, stereo sound
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Display 3" AMOLED, VGA (640 x 480), 614,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Without lens: 4.6 x 2.5 x 1.4" (116.5 x 62.5 x 36.2mm)
Weight Without lens, battery or memory card: 0.5 lb (220 g)

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It is without doubt a very interesting piece of photographic equipment, combining a compact and light body with resolution on a pair with the big ones.

But, how about its focusing system? speed? precision?



One of the main differences between SLR's and mirror less cameras is the lack of TTL Phase Detection AF. Like Point and Shoot cameras, mirrorless cameras use contrast detection which under some situations can cause hunting.  I've used the Samsung NX-10  and found it to be very fast and accurate with regards to focusing.  I was able to handle the  new NX200  during a recent training and I found it to be very fast handling.

I recently saw the presentation of Nikon’s new 1 series cameras, and am impressed with their hybrid contrast and focal plane phase detect autofocus and a 73 point AF array. What it lacks heres is resolution an a very "weird" sensor size.

The NX200, on the other side, offers more in this respecte, jointly with a larger sensor that lets you control with more confidence "depth of field".

I'm thinking if Samsung is including a focusing system that seems more as a multi-pont AF sensor.