Samsung NX mini Review

Overall 49
Imaging 14
Features 59
Size 88
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.5 MP 1" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Expands to 100 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 110 x 62 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 196 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Samsung NX mini Summary

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.

Samsung NX mini Compared to other MirrorLess 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.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 650 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 21
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Samsung NX mini With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung NX mini

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Samsung NX mini — 650 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Samsung NX mini — 23 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Samsung NX mini — 196 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung NX mini

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Samsung NX mini for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Samsung NX mini for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • High resolution sensor (20.5 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX mini for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Small size (110 x 62 x 23 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Samsung NX mini for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (21)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (650 shots)
  • Small size (110 x 62 x 23 mm)

Samsung NX mini for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (196 g)
  • Small size (110 x 62 x 23 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung NX mini for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20.5 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Samsung NX mini Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model NX mini
Announced Mar 19, 2014
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Samsung NX-M
Number of Lenses 2
Focal Length Multiplier 2.7x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 21
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
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
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 196 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 62 x 23 mm
Battery Life 650 shots
Battery Type 650 shots
Battery Model B740
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage Slots 1

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