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Samsung announces NX200 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

By dpreview staff on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:01 GMT

Samsung has announced the NX200 rangefinder-style 20.3MP mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. The latest in the NX series features a sleek new metal body wrapped around the latest APS-C CMOS sensor from the Korean manufacturer. It can shoot at 7 frames per second and capture 1080p30 HD video.

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Press Release:

Premium Style Meets Professional Performance with the Samsung NX200 Compact System Camera


Capture memorable images in the best picture quality, with the Samsung NX200

IFA - BERLIN, Germany - September 1, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the NX200 compact system camera. The NX200 delivers professional image quality with ease of use that lets users unleash their creativity. The NX200 includes a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and other premium features such as high-speed continuous shooting (7fps (max) with 100ms Advanced Auto Focus), wide range ISO (100-12,800), Full HD movie recording, and Samsung’s unique i-Function lens. With exceptional performance and functionality built into a compact metallic form factor in the NX200, users no longer have to trade off camera style for image quality.

The NX200 is the perfect combination of design and professional performance, delivering DSLR image quality in a camera that is compact and easy to use. The camera incorporates a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor developed in-house by Samsung, ensuring image quality that highlights even the smallest detail and puts performance at the fingertips of all photographers. To allow for high-speed continuous shooting, the NX200 features 100ms Advanced AF. Thanks to the fast start-up time and seven fps continuous shooting, it’s the perfect way to capture that split-second action in an instant. Additionally, users will never miss a moment, with the ability to move from shot to shot in only 400ms.

The camera’s wide range ISO (100-12800, covering seven stops) gives life-like color and sharp details, even in dark environments or when capturing still images of moving objects.

To capture movement on video, the NX200 also features 1920x1080/30p (H.264) HD movie recording for exciting and vivid video with Stereo Sound. All this is incorporated into a compact and sleek body with a premium metal design, light enough to be carried in a jacket pocket and stylish enough that anyone will be proud to be seen with this camera.

The NX200 also enables state-of-the-art usability through Samsung’s i-Function 2.0 lenses, which allow users to control a range of parameters from the lens without having to take their eye off the shot. The NX200 is fully compatible with the wide range of nine different i-Function lenses which enable toggling between shutter speed, aperture, exposure value (EV), white balance (WB), and ISO quickly and easily through the button and ring on the lens. With the upgraded i-Function 2.0 on the NX200, users can also control six different Smart Filters and the intelli-Zoom function from the lens while in Lens Priority Mode. New lenses for the i-Function system include 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths.

“With the NX line, we have pioneered the compact system camera to allow any user to get the results that they’ve always wanted from their pictures without complicated controls or the need to carry heavy, clunky equipment,” said Mr. Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “The NX200 is the next step in providing the ambitious photographer with first-class picture quality through the combination of professional-standard features such as a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, high speed capture, wide-range ISO and HD movie capabilities. With technology like this built into a stylish and compact body, the NX200 is the ultimate tool for achieving professional quality in a compact camera. The NX200 represents Samsung’s continued commitment to lead the way in producing cutting-edge technology that fits the needs and knowledge of the consumer, proving photography does not need to be complicated in order to deliver great results every time.”   

Effortless creativity
One of the key ways in which Samsung’s NX200 stands out is by making it easy for users to realize their own creativity through a range of fun and easy-to-use features and settings. The camera features ten different Smart Filter effects, six of which can be easily accessed through the i-Function lens, allowing the user to capture a uniquely creative image of their subject without having to take their eye off it to change the filter. The new NX200 also includes Magic Frame technology, which enables the user to encapsulate their pictures with thirteen different stylized frames, from magazine covers to holiday themes for fun photos to share with family and friends.

Professional standards made simple
With its Smart Panel user interface, the NX200 makes taking pictures simple and fuss-free, even for first-time users. The high-quality images captured can be viewed in brilliant quality on the 3.0” VGA AMOLED display. The camera’s Smart Panel also offers intuitive control thanks to hot keys that enable users to switch to key functions without the need to scroll through confusing menus to get to the desired shot.

Expanding horizons
The NX200 enables users to capture even more from their experiences by using exciting new features and cutting-edge Samsung technology. The new Panorama function means that users can take lengthened shots of large objects or turn the image into a 3D scene, bringing the object to life. To capture even more of the moment for posterity, Samsung has also added the Sound Picture function to the NX200, so that a snippet of sound can be recorded to accompany a still image to add even more memories to a photograph.

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Total comments: 51
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 14, 2012)

I just put up for sale my NX1000 and purchased the NX200, because I take lots of pics outdoors in bright sunlight. I have a samsung 30mm f2 lens, a legacy lens (with adapter) minolta 50mm f1.4 which works amazingly! and the 50-200mm zoom that I'm kind of lukewarm about.

The greatest disappointment with Samsung, for me, has been the cheap-like feel to their mostly plastic lens bodies on the kit lenses - namely the 20-50mm (that disappointingly doesn't even have OIS) and the 18-55mm, both of which have a disconcerting PLASTIC lens mount interface (although it can be replaced, if the camera drops and it breaks rather than the camera).

My impressions using this camera, are that the write times are not at all prohibitive as the review on here suggests. The feel of having a 7fps camera in my hands is so totally different from anything I've used before. For me, with the lens changes I've made, it's definitely a keeper!

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Digiman69
By Digiman69 (Oct 22, 2011)

Just a question from a non Samsung NX user. Are the NX mirrorless Samsung camera adopting a standard Pentax mount? Can I use in manual focus an actual Pentax lineup lens without adapters? Thanks all

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 14, 2012)

No, it is a samsung NX mount. You need to purchase a pentax K to NX adapter. They are about $20 on ebay. if you search on wikipedia, you can find a table with all the backfocus distances (from lens to sensor), and you'll see that the samsung one is more on the short end, as compared to most other cameras. this is good news, because the adapter will bring the lens to a distance that it was more designed for, allowing for focus to infinity. but that depends on the adapter, and you'd have to check with the seller if that is the case.

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Neoasphalt
By Neoasphalt (Oct 16, 2011)

Where is the built-in flash Samsung???

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 14, 2012)

it is a compact unit that attached to the top shoe mount. it's pretty nice.

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 14, 2011)

Good try from Samsung .... APS-C Sensor in a small body . It will compete well with the Sony NEX Lineup......

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kwojdyna
By kwojdyna (Sep 24, 2011)

I cannot believe that!

They were on a trail to improve a great camera as NX100 really is. Probably better sensor, ergonomic body shape with nice feel of materials used and what most important - compact, camera-powered flash unit instead of the total flap what NEF15 really was.

I bought NX100 as it had the best colours on the market besides Nikon D90, D700 and D3... Other than colours, JPG processing of NEX or PEN was slightly better, but overall - images from NX100 were best choice. And you could still use RAW's to avoid it's image processing weaknesses, though in most almost all situations they did not show up at all.

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kwojdyna
By kwojdyna (Sep 24, 2011)

So I got excited when saw NX200 announcement and... disappointed a lot.

WHERE A HELL IS A DIRECT WHITE BALANCE BUTTON FROM NX100???

WHERE IS THE AUTO EXPOSURE LOCK FROM IT?

Can't they understand that ISO, WB, EXP. are the most important and most used functions? It is THEM what made NX100 a camera with such big percentage of good shots more than anything else. Even my mom did not afraid to use them whilst she did not have to bother with menus, setups etc.

They also moved locations of Disp. and AF buttons - what for - to make NX100 users make mistakes all the time?

Why would I buy it now?

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 14, 2012)

perhaps if you download the user manual, you might find that with a half press of the shutter, just like in the good old days, you might get that.

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RobBobW
By RobBobW (Sep 2, 2011)

I love the idea and design of the body, but hanging an enormous lens on it undoes the whole compact camera concept! Yikes!

Great to see the APS-C sensor.

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RobBobW
By RobBobW (Sep 2, 2011)

I love the idea and design of the body, but hanging an enormous lens on it undoes the whole compact camera concept! Yikes!

Great to see the APS-C sensor.

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 2, 2011)

Samsung is an true upcoming company, i wish the company would put more into their R&D and fix the JPEG engine but many photographer shot RAW anyway the design of the NX line has been impressive, once Samsung finds a company to help support lens development that might succeed only time will tell

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Sep 2, 2011)

I like the design (Although I am a DSLR person) looks good. Laugh at Samsung products at your own peril. Samsung and LG are the 2 companies I dof my hat to as they have during these difficult economic ties reinvented themselves and their products and expanding the business where as others are pulling in on themselves and will wake up one day and wonder where the hell have all their customers gone. If Samsung want to make a product work they will as they have enough resources and knowhow to do it. Watch the Samsung space.

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pipspeak
By pipspeak (Sep 1, 2011)

why oh why do people keep calling cams like this "rangefinder style"? Surely the key to a rangefinder camera is... um... the *optical* rangefinder?

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snackwells
By snackwells (Sep 1, 2011)

It's in the general body style so "rangefinder style" as opposed to actually calling it a rangefinder perhaps.

Evokes a familiar description in your mind if you are familiar with rangefinders, even if you aren't seeing an actual picture of the camera.

Easier than calling it a 'flat metallic pocketable rectangularish body".

Less demeaning than calling it a "point and shootish" body

As opposed to calling it an "SLR style" body

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Sep 6, 2011)

sorry, but dont you understand the word "style" ? if it has an optical rangefinder its not rangefinder "style" it IS a rangefinder if it looks like leica even a modern version its rangefinder style.

what you mean is people that call the x100 a digital rangefinder but even those people know that its no rangefinder in a way that it has a mechanical coupled optical rangefinder, but just looks like one

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Thomas Kachadurian
By Thomas Kachadurian (Sep 1, 2011)

Rangefinder-Styled? Because it's flat? It doesn't have any sort of viewfinder at all?

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RandomMarius
By RandomMarius (Sep 1, 2011)

Does it also limit the video length to 30 minutes?

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goloby
By goloby (Sep 1, 2011)

yeah, exactly what we needed......

when, oh when would somebody just put a full frame sensor in one of this small things, just 10mpx, just good iso 1600, that's all I need, no fancy useless, pointless marketing gimmicks.
just a small full frame camera with 3 legacy primes, a 28, a 50 and a 100mm. full frame for the DOF and the wide angle.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Sep 1, 2011)

Nature photography needs the zoom lenses, 400, 500, 600, 800 mm, ...
I agree on the rest of what you said.
I wish that these companies would reach out to real world pro photographers, who would be the potential buyers for this line of cameras, and take their input before they rely on surveys that might be filled by people who never buy this line of cameras.
We have been wishing for a very long time, but they are still plugging their ears, and thinking that the megapixel race game is the way to go!
Also, a view-finder for a camera like this is a must.
I am not buying it without the view-finder.

Take note Mr. Marketing manager!

Competition is good for us, however.

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thinkfat
By thinkfat (Sep 2, 2011)

I still have a Canonet QL17 around, full frame sensor, a 40mm f/1.7 lens and an optical viewfinder. And it's small. And I hear the new Kodak Portra 400 can be pushed to ISO 1600 with good results ;)

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the Photomaker
By the Photomaker (Dec 16, 2011)

As a professional photographer, I agree! don't want fancy sales crap. just Hi qualit images in JPG and RAW, and fine glass. But my 3 primes (being an old Leica user) would be a 21, 35, and 90.
(I would like built in HDR with + or - 2 stops appart)

I shoot very wide so 28 is not wide enough. Full frame is the ticket, and it will be here soon.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 1, 2011)

Is everyone copying SONY now?

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sensibill
By sensibill (Sep 1, 2011)

How is this copying Sony?

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Sep 1, 2011)

'How is this copying Sony'...seriously, you need to ask?? Sony basically created this market segment with the NEX line.

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James A Rinner
By James A Rinner (Sep 1, 2011)

Huhhh? Sony started this? Everyone but you knows that this was all started with the Olympus EP1!

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Sep 1, 2011)

In fairness, Sony reached the market after the PEN and the GF1. Samsung already had its NX10 on the market too.

The protruding lens mount and clip-on flash, however...

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Sep 2, 2011)

Huh....James/R Butler in case you didn't know the Ep1/PEN/GF1 are all micro 4/3 camera...NOT APS-C...so not even a relevant comparison. So, like we said, this is basically a complete rip off off the Sony NEX line, even looks the same! Not a bad thing....just sayin is all:)

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starwolfy
By starwolfy (Sep 2, 2011)

Yes and you know what...Toyota copied the arabians because arabians created the wheel in 1500 before J.C

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Sep 1, 2011)

Small bodies + quality lenses + EVF's = paradox

Get it through your heads people - you want small, you'll have to accept the compromises that come with it. And there's a whole lot of them.

This Samsung design is another example of trying to satisfy gadget freaks rather than photographers. I don't blame Samsung, I blame you!!!!

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Corros
By Corros (Sep 1, 2011)

explain? Okay it's a joke to think it fits into your pocket, but the size is smaller than a dSLR.

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jeffharris
By jeffharris (Sep 1, 2011)

What is this, the NEX-6?

Apple is suing Samsung for copying both the iPhone and iPad, now they're copying Sony. Maybe their lawyers needed something to do.

This is "innovation" in the Microsoft tradition.

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michaelkh
By michaelkh (Sep 1, 2011)

That's a rather under-researched assertion.

Actually what they are doing is responding to a design trend, based on their previous designs.

This camera shares quite a few design cues with the (2006 model) NV7, for example:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/samsungnv7/

Yes, they've used some of the Nex's form factor, but I'm guessing you remember 1970s compact rangefinders; everyone made a nearly identical camera.

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Corros
By Corros (Sep 1, 2011)

Also have a look here: http://www.google.nl/search?q=samsung+nv+series&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=nl&tab=wi&biw=1920&bih=979

In this case, in your way of explaining, Sony has copied Samsung.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 1, 2011)

My god, look at SLR cameras and they essentially look all alike! Even go back to manual film SLRs and they all look like the Pentax K1000. And by your logical Canon should sue both Nikon and now Fuji over the appearance of the P7100 and x10 compared to their G12.

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Tormenborba
By Tormenborba (Sep 1, 2011)

just remember that if in 1997 bill Gates wouldnt have saved Apple, today the bitten apple woudnt exist...

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sensibill
By sensibill (Sep 1, 2011)

Nothing about this camera shows a copying of Sony. The body looks more like a cross between an EX1 and an NX100. Sony didn't invent the small camera.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Sep 1, 2011)

useless..... no EVF so no way i would buy it.

but im sure girls and moms will like it.

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Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Sep 1, 2011)

I like it, but I'm not a girl nor a mom.

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Photato
By Photato (Sep 1, 2011)

If it has no Viewfinder, please Samsung, give me at least an adjustable screen.
Why the MV800 has one but this one doesn't. It defies logic.

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Sep 1, 2011)

"Professional standards made simple..."

Is that so? There's no EVF! I can't see any serious photographer, let alone a professional, keen to use a camera waved at arms length all the time.

Sony have shown the way to go, what their users clearly want, with an incredible super hi-ires EVF in the NEX-7. The NX200 is virtually a complete waste of time without one; a white elephant!

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ageha
By ageha (Sep 1, 2011)

Of course there is no EVF! What are you smoking? The NX20 will have one. Tsss...

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 1, 2011)

^ Still it's pretty poor showing not to add a hot-shoe EVF like other manufacturers are doing

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Vibrio
By Vibrio (Sep 1, 2011)

yes because holding a camera to the eye makes all the difference when taking a picture.

"professional standards made simple" does not imply anything to do with the type pf photographer rather than the quality and function of the camera.

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Sep 1, 2011)

If you're happy using the camera at arms length (or permanently stuck on a tripod), fine.

Personally, I like the stability gained by using an eye level finder; it helps me get sharper pictures and, IMHO, allows me to concentrate on the composition with less distractions.

Samsung use the word professional in their blurb. I'm a professional and former Samsung user (NX100 - with EVF!) and there's no way I'd consider the NX200.

And I doubt I'm alone in my views, either...

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washcoll2004
By washcoll2004 (Sep 1, 2011)

I think the Sony NEX series has by far the ugliest design of all the ILC style cameras (NEX-7 design is better than past models.) Unfortunately for me I feel like this new Samsung looks a little too much the same.

People demand smaller camera bodies yet apparently (above) complain when there is no EVF (BTW Chris, NEX-7 may have the EVF but also has a much higher price.) Personally, I will take the SLR design of the NX10/11 over either of these. Oh well, at least the Samsung lenses are pretty decent (size & quality.)

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Sep 1, 2011)

Reasonable comment about the price but I can't see the point of being cheaper with such a serious omission.

I agree about the lenses, although it's a pity there's nothing wider than '24mm'.

I sold my NX100 and lenses and got an Olympus PEN, with the superb VF-2 and a 9-18 zoom. I was slightly worried the recent NX200 rumours would end up with me kicking myself but the arrival of the real thing proves, at least to me, I made the right move...

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washcoll2004
By washcoll2004 (Sep 1, 2011)

Yeah, and your comments in return are fair. And I'm certainly not going to defend the NX200 (both because it wouldn't be my type of camera anyway and I think it's hard to fully judge any camera before it's released.) Because an EVF is actually important to me as well (to each their own) I'm more curious to see what the NX20 brings when it comes out.

Always wanted to check out the Oly system. I'm sure Panasonic does things fine as well buy I am always a sucker for the Classic camera companies.

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Sep 1, 2011)

I like the retro/rangefinder looks of the NX100 and, to be fair, the NX200. The NX100s EVF10 may not be hi-res but, at least, it's an option.

Know what you mean about the 'classic' brands but they got there by producing cameras (most) professionals were happy with.

I really doubt most professionals will take to only being able to use a camera at arms length. So, IMHO, Samsung are not exactly heading for classic status...

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bernieraffe
By bernieraffe (Sep 1, 2011)

I'm a pro, and I've been eagerly awaiting this camera to use on family portrait sessions on location, so I could travel a bit lighter.

But I need to look like a pro, and there's no way I'd use a camera at arms length! Shame really.

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Johnnie
By Johnnie (Sep 1, 2011)

24, 25, 50, 60p?

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