Samsung NX20 Review

Overall 48
Imaging 20
Features 50
Size 79
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 8.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1920 x 810 (24 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 122 x 90 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 341 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Samsung NX11. Compare
  • Replaced by Samsung NX30. Compare

Samsung NX20 Summary

This review is devoted to NX20 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Apr 20, 2012. This model is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Samsung developed this model to replace their older product NX11 and, after some time, Samsung has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one NX11. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Samsung NX20 vs. NX30
Samsung NX20 vs. NX11

In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #79 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #144 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung NX20 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX20 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

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 8.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 12.9
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 785
  • Number Of Focus Points: 15
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Af Tracking: No

Complete Comparison of Samsung NX20 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro 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 NX20. 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 Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20 has the following external dimensions 122 x 122 x 40 mm (48.03 x 35.43 x 15.75″) with the weight of 341 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 437g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung NX20, 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 NX20 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX20 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 NX20 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 NX20 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung NX20 — 360 shots
Min: 250 shots
Average: 348 shots
Max: 540 shots

Thickness

Samsung NX20 — 40 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 93 mm

Weight

Samsung NX20 — 341 g
Min: 140 g
Average: 437 g
Max: 625 g

Unfortunately, Samsung NX20 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 NX20 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 NX20 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung NX20 boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung NX20 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

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 NX20 features a 20.0 MP APS-C 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.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Samsung NX20, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 75 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Samsung NX20’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung NX20 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 APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX20 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung NX20

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung NX20 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 614k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Samsung NX20’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX20 are its 8.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, NX20 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

NX20 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, NX20 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 NX20, 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 NX20 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Samsung NX20 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Samsung NX20 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 NX20 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, NX20 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect NX20 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX20 provides a shooting life of 360, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 348 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, Samsung NX20 offers the highest battery life that reaches 360 shots.

How Good is Samsung NX20 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX20’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX20’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX20 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung NX20 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX20 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX20 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:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX20 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX20 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX20 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 90 x 40 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX20 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX20 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX20 can be called a 74 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (8.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (15)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (785)
  • Small battery life (360 shots)

Samsung NX20 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX20 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX20 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 90 x 40 mm)

Samsung NX20 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX20 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX20 can be called a 90 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:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.9)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (785)

Samsung NX20 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model NX20
Announced Apr 20, 2012
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Samsung NX
Number of Lenses 32
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 614k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 8.0 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 11
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
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
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 75
DxO Color Depth 23.4
DxO Dynamic Range 12.9
DxO Low Light ISO 785
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 15
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1920 x 810 (24 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (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 341 g
Physical Dimensions 122 x 90 x 40 mm
Battery Life 360 shots
Battery Type 360 shots
Battery Model BP1130
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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