This review is devoted to NX mini that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Mar 19, 2014. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.5 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #75 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #135 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX mini review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung NX mini. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Samsung NX mini has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 23 mm (43.31 x 24.41 x 9.06″) with the weight of 196 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung NX mini, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX mini is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 23mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX mini with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX mini is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung NX mini compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Samsung NX mini comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Samsung NX mini comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Samsung NX mini boasts of a resolution of 20.5 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Samsung NX mini has the following ISO range 160 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 100 - 25600.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Samsung NX mini features a 20.5 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Samsung NX mini is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Samsung NX mini with other standard sensor sizes.
Samsung NX mini is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX mini are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
NX mini features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, NX mini has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung NX mini, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX mini allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Samsung NX mini provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Samsung NX mini is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
One more advantage of Samsung NX mini is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, NX mini is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect NX mini with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX mini provides a shooting life of 650, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung NX mini offers the highest battery life that reaches 650 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX mini’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX mini’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX mini to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX mini performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX mini can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX mini performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX mini can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX mini performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX mini can be called a 37 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX mini performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX mini can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX mini performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX mini can be called a 69 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Mar 19, 2014|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX-M|
|Number of Lenses||2|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2.7x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.5 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||160|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||21|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||110 x 62 x 23 mm|
|Battery Life||650 shots|
|Battery Type||650 shots|