Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera - Focus, White Balance, Burst 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

 

Performance:

Like Daniel Guenter, who reviewed the Samsung NX10, I am merely a photography enthusiast not an expert.  I don't have a lot of fancy color calibrated equipment.  I can give you my impressions and a few test shots for comparison.  I hope this will suffice many readers.

 

Focus:

Focus in all modes is fairly fast.  It is fast enough to be adequate, but not blistering fast - such as in a large DSLR.  The focus appeared to be quite accurate as well and there were only a few times where it didn't focus properly - and this could have been user error.

The ability to get a focus lock in low light or poor contrast situations was also not a problem. This is probably due in part to the green LED AF lamp that the NX200 uses.  I prefer an AF lamp such as on Nikon systems and these Samsung NX series to the strobe flash approach taken by some other DSLR manufacturers.

 

Just as with the NX10, face detection on this camera is somewhat of a mixed bag. Straight on it had no problems discerning that a face was present, and once a face lock was gained it was able to hold it even when the head turned slightly.  Trying to acquire an initial face lock from even a slight angle resulted in failure.  Both eyes and the mouth need to be clearly visible and somewhat symmetrical in order to acquire the lock.  If the camera fails to get a face lock it will fall back to standard multi-point AF.

When AF fails, and it will, you will need use manual AF.  Here is where the NX200 employs a nifty feature that automatically enlarges the image when you move the focus ring. This helps to get a much finer focus than is possible by just looking at the original image.  You can choose the level of enlargement from 5x to 8x as desired.

For a contrast detect focus system the NX200 performs surprisingly well.

 

Startup time:

One of the most annoying things about compact cameras is how long the take to start up. When you have small children, that could mean a missed shot. The NX200 is quite quick. It takes just around 2 seconds from when you switch the camera on to taking a picture. A DSLR will come in under a second but the difference is small.

 

Burst Speed:

Samsung's manual says... JPEG : 7 fps up to 11 shots - RAW : 7 fps up to 8 shots - which I did confirm to be true. How fast you shoot after that depends partly on the speed of your card, and partly on how fast the camera can process the images. This is a significant step up from most compacts and is a dramatic improvement over the NX10.  However, if you are shooting RAW+JPEG you will only get about 3-4 shots and the camera will buffer.  Also, the RAW processing time on the NX200 is quite slow.  I mean, really slow.

Rear Screen  

Flash:

Samsung doesn't incorporate a flash in the body of the NX200.  Instead, they have a small pop-up hotshoe flash that will work just as well.  This flash has a pretty low guide number so you'll have to be pretty close to your subject for it to be effective.  It meters well so as not to overexpose your subject.