Samsung NX20 Review

4.5
June 21, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Image Sensor

Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7mm
Effective Pixel Approx. 20.3 Mega-pixels
Total Pixel Approx. 21.6 Mega-pixels
Color Filter RGB Primary Colour Filter

Lens

Mount Samsung NX
Usable Lens Samsung Lenses for Samsung NX Mount

i-Function

i-Scene (depends on Lens) Smart Filter (Vignetting, Minature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, Defog, Halftone Dot) i-Zoom (x1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0)

Image Stabilization

Type Lens Shift (Depends on Lens)
Mode OIS Mode1 / Mode2 / OFF

Distortion Correct

Mode LDC On / Off (Depends on Lens)

Dust Reduction

Type Super Sonic Drive

Display

Type Swivel Type AMOLED
Size 3"
Resolution VGA (640 x 480) 614k dots (PenTile) OCR
Filed of View Approx. 100%
User Display Grid (4types), Histgram, Icons : On / Off, Distance Scale : ft / m / Off, Electronic Level

ViewFinder

Type EVF w / Eye Contact Sensor
Resolution SVGA Class (800 x 600) 1440000 dots Equiv.
Filed of View Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.68x (Equivalent to a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera)
Eyepoint Approx. 18mm
Diopter Adjustment Approx. -4 ~ +4m -1

Focusing

Type Contrast AF
Mode Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
Focusing point Selection: 1point (Free selection)
Multi: Normal 15points, Closeup 35points
Face Detection: Max. 10 faces
AF-Assist Lamp Yes

Shutter Speed

Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed Auto: 1 / 8000sec. ~ 30sec. (w / E-Shutter)
Manual: 1 / 8000sec. ~ 30sec. (w / E-Shutter, 1/3EV step)
Bulb (Limit time : 4min.)

Exposure

Metering System TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block segment
Metering : Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot
Metering range : EV 0 - 18 (ISO 100 · 30mm, F2)
Compensation ±3 EV (1 / 3EV step)
AE Lock AEL Button
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (1 or 1 / 3EV step)(1)

Drive Mode

Mode Single, Continuous, Burst (5M size only), Self-timer, Bracket (AE / WB / PW)
Continuous JPEG : High (8fps) up to 11 shots, Low (3fps) up to 15 shots selectable
Burst : 10, 15, 30fps selectable, 30 shots by 1 release
RAW : High (8fps), Low (3fps) selectable up to 8 shots
Bracket Auto Exposure Bracket (±3EV), WB, PW
Self-Timer 2 - 30sec (1sec Step)
Remote Controller SR2NX02 (via Micro USB port)

Flash

Type TTL Auto Pop-up flash
Mode Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, OFF
Guide Number 11 (at ISO 100)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm Wide-Angle (Equivalent to 35mm)
Sync. Speed Less than 1/180sec
Flash Compensation -2 - +2EV (0.5EV step)
Internal Flash Yes
External Flash Samsung External Flash available (SEF-42A, SEF220A : Optional)
Synchro (Flash attachment) Hot Shoe

White Balance

Mode Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K(Manual)
Micro Adjustment Each 7 Steps in Amber / Blue / Green / Magenta Axis

Dynamic Range Expansion

Smart Range On / Off

Picture Wizard

Mode Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1~3)
Parameter Contrast / Colour / Saturation / Sharpness

Shooting

Mode SmartAuto (2.0), Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Custom, Lens Priority,Scene, Movie, Wi-Fi
Scene Mode Live Panorama (2d, 3D), Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach&Snow, Sound Picture, 3D Photo
Sound Picture JPEG Only, Sound Recording Time (Before and after Shooting each 5 sec or 10 sec)
Image Size JPEG (3:2): 20M (5472 x 3648), 10.1M (3888 x 2592), 5.9M (2976 x 1984), 2M (1728 x 1152), 5M (2736 x 1824): Burst mode only
JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472 x 3080), 7.8M (3712 x 2088), 4.9M (2944 x 1656), 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
JPEG (1:1): 13.3M (3648 x 3648), 7M (2640 x 2640), 4M (2000 x 2000), 1.1M (1024 x 1024)
RAW: 20M (5472 x 3648)
Quality Super fine, Fine, Normal
RAW Format SRW (Compressed)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Smart Filter Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, De-fog, Halftone Dots, Soft Focus

Image Play

Type Single image, Thumbnails (3 / 15 / 40 images), Slide show, Movie
Smart Filter Miniature, Soft Focus, Old Film1, Old Film2, Halftone Dots, Sketch, Fish-Eye, De-fog Negative
JPEG (3:2): 5.9M (2976 x 1984), 5M (2736 x 1824), 2M (1728 x 1152)
JPEG (16:9): 6.2M (3328 x 1872), 4.9M (2944 x 1656), 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
JPEG (1:1): 6M (2448 x 2448), 4M (2000 x 2000), 1.1M (1024 x 1024)
Editing Smart Filter, Red-eye fix, Backlight., Resize, Rotate, Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Vignetting

Movie Clip

Format MP4 (H.264)
Compression Movie: H.264 / Sound: AAC
Mode Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Recording With Audio or without Audio (user selectable, recording time : 25 minutes)
Frame Rate 30fps, 24fps (1920 x 810 Only)
Image Size 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, 1280 x 720 , 640 x 480, 320 x 240 for Sharing (Default : 1920 x 1080)
Movie Editing Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Sound Stereo Sound
Smart Filter Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, De-fog, Halftone Dots, Soft Focus, Old Film1, Old Film2, Negative"
Multi-Motion Recording x0.25 (640, 320 only), x0.5 (1280, 640, 320 only), x5, x10, x20
Quality High Quality , Normal

Storage

Media SD, SDHC, SDXC (guarantee up to 128GB)
File Format RAW (SRW), JPEG (EXIF 2.21), DCF, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Capacity (2GB) 20M RAW: Super Fine 37, Fine 47, Normal 51
20M (3:2): Super Fine 186, Fine 365, Normal 537
10.1M (3:2): Super Fine 397, Fine 727, Normal 1047
5.9M (3:2): Super Fine 628, Fine 1172, Normal 1648
2M (3:2): Super Fine 1633, Fine 2752, Normal 3566
Burst (5M): Super Fine 733, Fine 1354, Normal 1885
16.9M (16:9): Super Fine 230, Fine 450, Normal 658
7.8M (16:9): Super Fine 487, Fine 922, Normal 1314
4.9M (16:9): Super Fine 749, Fine 1381, Normal 1920
2.1M (16:9): Super Fine 1579, Fine 2675, Normal 3481
13.3M (1:1): Super Fine 290, Fine 562, Normal 817
7M (1:1): Super Fine 538, Fine 1014, Normal 1437
4M (1:1): Super Fine 897, Fine 1627, Normal 2232
1.1M (1:1): Super Fine 2654, Fine 4072, Normal 4954
Movie: 1920 x 1080 30p: High Quality 17m 35s, Normal 21m 56s
1920 x 810 24p: High Quality 19m 0s, Normal 23m 43s
1280 x 720 60p: High Quality 20m 16s, Normal 25m 17s
1280 x 720 30p: High Quality 29m 10s, Normal 36m 20s
640 x 480 30p: High Quality 73m 26s, Normal 91m 0s
320 x 240 30p: High Quality 236m 16s, Normal 287m 12s(2)

Languages

Korean, English, Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, French, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Norsk, Simplified / Traditional Chinese

Direct Print System

PictBridge Yes

GPS

Type Geo-Tagging with Option GPS Module (WGS84)
Function Location Name (OSD) (English and Korean only), Google Map Link (with Intelli-Studio)

Interface

Digital Output Connector USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) (micro USB Jack)
Video Output NTSC, PAL (user selectable) HDMI 1.4a : (1080i, 720p, 576p / 480p)
External Release Yes

Power

Power Source Type Rechargeable battery : BP1310 (1300mAh)
Charger: BC1310
Battery 180min / 360 shots (CIPA Standard)

Physical Specification

Dimension Dimension (WxHxD) 122 x 89.6 x 39.5mm (excluding the projection part)
Weight 341g (without batteries and Memory card)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40°C
Operating Humidity 5 - 85%

S/W and PC OS

Bundle PC S/W intelli-studio 3.0, Samsung RAW Converter 4, PC Auto Backup, Adobe Reader
Compatible OS Windows XP SP2 / Vista / Windows 7

Wireless

Wireless IEEE 802.11n support . Cloud . Email . Auto Backup . Remote Viewfinder . Mobile Link . Wi-Fi Direct . TV Link . Social Sharing

System Requirement

Windows General PC with processor better than Intel Pentium III 500MHz (Intel Pentium 800MHz or higher recommended) Windows XP / Vista / 7Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)
250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)
USB port
CD-ROM drive
1024 x 768 pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor (24-bit colour display recommended)
Microsoft Direct X 9.0c or later
  Intelli-Studio 3.0 Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz or higher / AMD AthlonTMFX, 2.6GHz or higher
Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)
1024 x 768 pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor (1280 x 1024 pixels, 32-bit colour display recommended)
USB 2.0,
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher / ATI X1600 series or higher
# 64-bit editions of Windows XP / Vista / and 7 are not supported
  Samsung RAW Converter 4 Windows XP / Vista / 7"
Intel Pentium, AMD Athlon Processor (Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP or later recommended)"
1GB or more RAM recommended Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space
1024 x 768 pixels, Full Colour (24-bit or higher) colour display compatible monitor
Macintosh General Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 10.4 or later
Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)
Minimum 110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive
  Samsung RAW Converter 4 Mac OS X v10.6 / v10.5 / v10.4"
Power PC / Intel Processor-based or compatible computer (Core 2 Quad or later recommended)"
1GB or more RAM recommended Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space
1024 x 768 pixels, 24-bit colour display compatible monitor

Usage note

  • (1) AUTO ISO upper level is selectable. (Up to ISO3200)
  • (2) These figures are measure under the Samsung standard.

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