Samsung NX20 Brief Review

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  • 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch 642,000 dot OLED screen
  • 1.44 million dot EVF
  • 8 fps burst shooting
  • 1080p@30fps HD video with stereo sound
  • Built-in wireless
  • RAW capture, Manual modes, Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-06-01
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

4.4 Star Rating: Recommended
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Samsung NX20
20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; 3-inch 642,000 dot OLED screen; 1.44 million dot EVF; 8 fps burst shooting; 1080p@30fps HD video with stereo sound; Built-in wireless; RAW capture, Manual modes, Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Announced alongside the NX1000 and NX210, the NX20 replaces the NX10 as Samsung's top-of-the-line mirrorless camera. Within its SLR-inspired form factor lies the new 20.3 megapixel sensor found in the other NX models, which is quite competitive and provides fantastic image quality. The NX20 provides a 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder as well as a fancy new tilting OLED screen that eliminates the air between screen and glass, resulting in a more contrasty display. The technology, while vibrant indoors, does still leaves users struggling in bright sunlight. The NX lens lineup is also slowly growing and, while not as extensive as micro 4/3, is right in line with Sony's E-mount. What sets the NX20, as well as the NX1000 and NX210, apart is the inclusion of built-in wireless. They are the first high-end, non compact cameras to have this feature and make Nikon's D3200, with its optional $60 wireless accessory, look a bit silly. While the NX20 is a prosumer, feature-packed camera competing with the likes of Sony's NEX-7 and Olympus' OM-D E-M5, performance isn't quite at these other two cameras' level. The 8fps burst mode is a nice touch, but the small buffer fills quickly and clears slowly, making sports shooting a potential chore. It is a little cheaper than these other top tier models, but not so much that it represents a really great alternative.

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Samsung Reviews

Known more for their smartphones than their cameras, Samsung offers the most connected line of imaging products for those who love the instant uploads from their cell phone but want to step up in quality.

Samsung has lead the way in the camera industry when it comes to sharing digital images—and even taking them. The Samsung NX3000 has a feature that allows you to wink at the camera to snap the photo, designed for selfie lovers. Some of their latest models can share images with a phone just by tapping the two devices together.

For those looking for the best image quality with the most connectivity, Samsung's mirrorless models are the way to go. While they feature the connectivity of a Samsung, they have large sensors and decent processors too. You'll likely pay a bit more over a camera without wi-fi or any connectivity, but for many the difference is well worth it.

Samsung's Galaxy cameras go beyond just connecting with wi-fi and add 3G so users can upload without sending it to a smartphone via wi-fi. Samsung offers a few budget models too, and while you get what you pay for applies to the image quality, not very many budget cameras include wi-fi.

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If you are looking for a connected camera, Samsung is the manufacturer to consider.

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