Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera - Design and Size Comparison

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



No so long ago if you wanted good quality images from a digital camera you were pretty much limited to a digital SLR (DSLR). The point and shoot cameras while being compact and cheap, produced poor images due to their small sensors, especially at higher ISOs. DSLRs used a much larger sensor, accompanied by a mirror and pentaprism as a view finder. Many people including myself felt caught between two worlds, wanting good image quality, but in a more pocketable format.

Then in August of 2008 Olympus and Panasonic introduced the micro four thirds format. This new standard attempted to marry aspects from both the DSLR and the compact segments. The new cameras employed a larger DSLR-like four thirds sensor but removed the mirror and pentaprism assembly allowing the body to conform to a much slimmer profile.




Since 2008, Olympus and Panasonic have release several cameras based off of this new format with a good deal of success. While the new format did lose the gorgeous optical viewfinder this sacrifice allowed it to be smaller, have a better live view and it paved the way for good quality video.

Players like Samsung and Sony, not wanting to be left out have each devised their own similar approaches.  I do applaud Samsung's move to the NX standard format as it allows a larger-than-four-thirds sensor to be built into a very small camera body.  The APS-C sensor in this camera is the same size as in Canon's Txi series of cameras as well as Nikon Dx000 series cameras.  There is hope that the larger sensor will provide better low light and noise control, but with the increased pixel count on this sensor, I don't expect it to perform on par with a D300s.

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APS-C Sensor


Like the micro four thirds system, Samsung's NX series drops the mirror and pentaprism in favor a thinner body. However instead of using a four thirds sized sensor, it is equipped with the larger APS-C size usually only found in DSLRs.

This should give Samsung a leg up on the competition when it comes to high ISO sensitivities, but at the cost of a slightly larger body size. The larger sensor also necessitates larger lenses.  One of the notable differences between the NX200 camera we're looking at today and the NX10 that Daniel looked at a while back is that the NX 200 drops all sort of viewfinder.  The live view is only through the camera back and while this can pose some problems in very bright sunlight, it does allow the body to be a bit thinner.



Front View

From a front view, my D300S is noticeably larger than the NX200 and this is no surprise.  The top view is much slimmer as well and it's really amazing how much thinner a camera can be once you drop the mirror, pentaprism and a viewfinder.  Without a lens, the NX200 can easily fit into a pocket or a purse, but if you add a zoom lens you lose this slim format.  If you use a nice pancake lens, you will still get a great slim camera with a lot of crop power thanks to the 20.3 Mega Pixel sensor.

Top View

As you can see below, the NX 200 is not a lot bigger than a small compact camera - such as the HP SB360 that I won a few years ago in Las Vegas.

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