Samsung NX Mini Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.5 megapixel 1” BSI CMOS sensor
  • 6 fps burst shooting
  • 21-area contrast autofocus
  • Shutter speed 30-16000(electronic)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 1080/30p HD video MPEG-4
  • 3 inch tilting LCD
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • Uses micro SD cards
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 645 shots
  • Weighs 6.9 ounces
  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended

4.45 Star Rating: Recommended
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Samsung NX Mini
Small and stylish on the outside, there's a few nice features on the inside of the Samsung NX Mini too.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Small and sleek is what Samsung was going for in their NX Mini, and they've certainly achieved those two aspects. The camera measures 4.3x2.4x.9 inches--which is certainly mini for an interchangeable lens camera. The small camera is wrapped in faux leather in your choice of five colors. The sturdy magnesium alloy body also helps attract the style conscious consumer.

While this camera looks quite excellent on the outside, there's a few nice perks on the inside too. The NX Mini uses a 1" sensor, smaller than most mirrorless cameras but larger than most point-and-shoots and likely necessary to keep the Mini actually mini. The Sony RX100 II  and Nikon 1 line also uses 1" sensors. The 6 fps burst shooting certainly isn't slow, but it's not the 1 J3's 15 fps either. The top shutter speed however is still quite fast at 1/16,000. Optical image stabilization is included, along with a high ISO range up to 25600.

Of course, since it's a Samsung, it has wi-fi and NFC with cell-phone-like operation allowing the user to download imaging apps and immediately upload images. There's no 4G or even 3G though, so sharing and downloaded is limited to wherever wi-fi is available.

The Samsung NX Mini will ship with either a 9mm f3.5 fixed pancake lens or a 9-27mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens. While the lenses are tiny, they don't have much zoom and currently only offer a wide angle. Including the f1.8 17mm expected out this summer, there isn't very many flexible options when it comes to lenses yet, since all of them could be considered wide angle and only one of them is really fast, the f1.8 that isn't offered in the kit. You can pick up an adapter and use it with other NX lenses, but that's pricey. Not having an assortment of lenses like telephoto and macro really hurt this camera, since that's one of the perks of using an interchangeable lens shooter.

To keep the body tiny, a micro SD card slot is used. Surprisingly for the size and category, the Samsung NX Mini has an excellent 645 shot battery life.

While the Samsung NX Mini certainly has it's place with the sleek, tiny design and Samsung connectivity (wi-fi and NFC only), buyers should be aware of the limited lens selection (as of April 2014) and smaller sensor compared to most mirror less models.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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