Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera - Handling, Construction and More

Article Index
Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera
NX200 Specifications
Design and Size Comparison
Handling, Construction and More
Menu Options and Settings
Physical and Software Controls
Focus, White Balance, Burst and More
Image Quality and Noise - JPEG
Image Quality and Noise - RAW
Dynamic Range and Image Stabilization
Movie Mode and Final Thoughts
 

Handling:

While one of the goals of mirror-less cameras is to make them smaller, this is not always a good thing when it comes to handling and comfort.  There is something to be said about a nice DSLR with some bulk.  It fits your hand and has room for contours, thumb and finger rests that make it comfortable and easy to control, hold steady and bring up to your eye for quick shooting.  The NX200 is small.  As you noticed on the previous page, it isn't a lot larger than a compact camera.  This makes it a bit more difficult to control, but the good news is that all of the buttons and the finger wheel are all within reach.

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Construction:

While the NX10 felt cheap due to its plastic construction, the NX200 feels a lot more solid thanks largely to the metal body used in construction.  The camera is a bit more boxy and not as ergonomic (in a rounded way) as some previous NX cameras from Samsung, but the overall design and build make it feel like a little tank.  The soft-feel painted outer layer give it a good grip and it doesn't feel like you'll drop it easily.

Display:

Just like other cameras in its class, Samsung chose to equip the NX200 with a 3" LCD with approximately 640K dots. This translates into a real world resolution of 640x480 which may sound low until you remember that it's only a 3" screen - on an ILC camera. The key difference between Samsung and some of its competitors is that the NX200 uses a nice AMOLED screen. The AMOLED should give this display an edge in terms of picture quality and power consumption with the downside of being a bit harder to see in direct sunlight.  Unfortunately, there is not a viewfinder available as a hot-shoe add-on so you're on your own with the rear screen.

On Screen Options

Ports Input/Outputs:

On the side of the camera there is a sturdy flap covering the camera's input/outputs.  For convenient viewing on a television there is a mini-HDMI output as well as a micro-USB port. There really aren't a lot of options behind door number one and if you want things like a remote trigger release or an external microphone input you'll be looking for a different camera.

 

Storage:

The NX200 uses a proprietary 1030mah battery which - according to the manual - should be good for 320 photos or 160 minutes of video.  Of course this is heavily dependent the amount of flash and focusing required.  From my experience the battery does run out fairly quickly especially compared to a regular DSLR.  Unfortunately, there is not additional battery included with the camera and because it is proprietary, you'll either need to purchase another one or stop shooting and recharge your battery when it runs out.

Battery & SD

Battery:

Also located alongside the battery is the slot for the SD-Card.  The NX200 can handle SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB.  This means that you won't have to worry about getting enough storage for your images for a while.  We tested the camera with a couple of 16GB cards and had no issues.  If shooting RAW+SuperFine JPEG, you get about 220 images on a card and at this point the battery is about empty so it matches up quite nicely.