What camera do you choose when it comes to Mirrorless Compact Camera? Well, the brands that come to my mind will definitely be Sony NEX or Panasonic Lumix G series. But as for recently, I will take one more brand into consideration which is Samsung NX series. I didn’t really take a look at Samsung Camera until I get a chance to cast a review on this NX2000. I was quite amazed with the features of this camera.
The plastic-bodied NX2000 features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3.7-inch WVGA Full Touch Screen, ISO range of 100-25,600, 1080p HD movie recording, built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity, 8.6fps continuous shooting, 1/4000th second top shutter speed, Sweep Panoramas and Samsung’s unique i-Function lens.
The body design of NX2000 looks very similar to the Sony NEX series. But overall, it just fit your finger positioning i.e. the camera shutter button and the thumb resting area.
The turn on function is very convenient as it is just located at the shutter button. Thus, you don’t have to run your fingers all the way to the top of the camera (where power on button usually placed on other cameras) before you can shoot your very first picture. As you can see from the picture above, it also provide users a spinning ring to switch between the Smart Modes as well as to view the Gallery in thumbnails.
The NX2000 also comes with a 20-50mm kit lens which is quite normal for a Mirrorless Compact Camera.
The NX2000 also comes with an external flash and the design looks exactly the same as Sony NEX series. The flash is removable by unlocking the spinning wheels beneath.
As for the side on the left, I really like the iFN button on the lens. It allows user to change the Shutter Speed, Aperature, ISO, White Ballance as well as the Digital Zoom. I was quite surprised with the Digital zoom on a Mirrorless Compact Camera and I think it is great to include Digital Zoom! Because sometimes you just want to take that shot so eagerly and your lens just can’t zoom in that much? Digital Zoom will comes in handy!
The rear side of the camera features a 3.7” wide Touch Screen. It also provide Touch to Focus option as well as Pinch to Zoom(only viewing pictures) function. 3.7” display is good enough for viewing/previewing your pictures. In addition, it also includes theVideo Recording button at the back which really ease the users. It really save up some time where the user doesn’t have to switch to Video mode before they can record a video. Sometimes, moment just doesn’t wait you aight?
Users can also output the gallery/video to the big screen TV via mini HDMI port. The USB port allows users to transfer pictures to the PC as well as it actually the Camera Charging Port. I feel that this really comes in handy as most of the smartphones nowadays get charged via micro-USB.
Sorry for the weird angle, basically the picture above is the top view of the camera. The only thing I can talk is the Direct WiFi Link. It allows the user to Auto-Transfer the pictures taken into any Samsung Smartphones wirelessly. Yes you heard me, AUTO TRANSFER WIRELESSLY! Good for Insta lovers right? You can post the picture straight to Instagram after you have taken the picture on the NX2000. Bear in mind, before you can transfer your photos into your Smartphones, you must first download theSamsung Smart Camera App.
The NX2000 also comes with Near Field Communication (NFC) function. Unfortunately, this function only allows the camera to be connected to Samsung Smartphones which I think the feature is quite limited.
The WiFI function also allows the users to post the Pictures directly from the camera itself. It offers features like Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, SkyDrive, Samsung Link and Email. It is almost as similar as the Samsung Galaxy Camera, just that the NX2000 is not powered by Android.
At last but not least, the NX2000 can also shoot 1080p Full HD video. The video quality is quite good even under ambient lights.
I would like to highlight some features that I really like and I think is the key of NX2000. The features that I really like are the Rich Tones Smart Mode and the Sweep Panorama. The Rich Tones Mode is actually the HDR mode. It takes 3 pictures at different exposure and merge them together in order to get a better lighting. It really brings more contrast to the picture, I almost use the Rich Tones feature 24/7. Below are the sample pictures for Rich Tones:-
As for the Panorama feature, I really like it because this is the first camera that I have ever used before that provides Vertical Sweep Panorama. This really ease me a lot when I wanna shoot some tall buildings.
At last but not least I will furnish this post with the rest of the sample pictures:
Below are the summary specifications of the Samsung NX2000.