Samsung NX200 Review
The NX200 comes with a panorama mode that works in a similar way to what we've seen previously on the Sony NEX and SLT models but the Samsung creates its panoramas from a video stream rather than indvidual frames like the Sonys. Another difference is the option to not only create horizontal but also vertical panoramas. The end result is a 1120 pixel high (horizontal) or 1600 pixel wide (vertical) panorama shot. You start shooting by pressing the shutter button at which point the exposure is locked. Then simply move the camera slowly left, right, up or down.
The quality of the end result is usable but far from perfect. Like similar systems on other cameras the NX200's panorama mode struggles with moving subjects which can result in ghosting effects. But there's also some blurring and ghosting in areas with low contrast detail such as foliage or the very fine patterns of distant brickwork. The image quality of the NX200's panoramas is inferior to the Sony NEX system but essentially this built-in feature produces panorama images that are good enough for online posting and sharing but if you want larger files that hold up to pixel-level scrutiny you'll have to shoot individual frames and stitch them together with Photoshop's panorama function or another dedicated panorama application.
|The NX200's panorama mode offers a quick and easy way of generating panoramic images but the end results do not stand up to pixel-level scrutiny, with ghosting effects around moving subjects and stitching problems in low contrast areas of the frame.|
In movie mode the NX200 offers a Multi-motion parameter that allows you to speed up or slow down the playback speed of the videos you capture. Multi Motion offers 0.25x (at 640X480 and 320X240 pixels resolution) or x0.5 (at 1280X720, 640X480 and 320X240 pixels resolution) slow motion recording and a fast playback mode (x5, x10 or x20) at all resolutions. Multi Motion essentially increases the capturing frame rate in slow motion (120 fps at 0.25x) and decreases the frame rate in the fast playback mode but then plays all movies back at the standard frame rate of 30 fps.
Multi Motion is accessed through the camera's main menu system. The option appears in the third tab of the main shooting menu when the mode dial is turned to the movie position. Once you've clicked on the Multi Motion option you'll be able to select your recording speed. Below you can see examples for the standard 1.0x, 0.25x and 20x speed, all recorded at a resolution of 640x480 pixels.
|1.0x speed, 640x480, .MP4, 10 sec, 962 KB Click here to download original file|
At a 0.25x speed the camera records 120 fps and plays the footage back at 30 fps which is results in a smooth slow motion video. The resolution shown here, 640 x 480 pixels, is the highest resolution this mode is available in. If you can live with a less pronounced slow-motion effect you can also record 720p footage at 0.5x speed.
|0.25x speed, 640x480, .MP4, 28 sec, 4.2 MB Click here to download original file|
The example below shows the other extreme of the speed scale. This video was recorded at 20x speed and compresses approximately 3.5 minutes of real-time recording into 10 seconds, essentially making it a time-lapse. If you'd prefer it a little bit slower you can also choose 5x aqnd 10x speed, all of which are available at full video resolution.
|20x speed, 640x480, .MP4, 10 sec, 838 KB Click here to download original file|
Distortion Correction is activated in the Custom Menu and, as you can see in the images below, does a very good job of keeping the image from showing the barrel distortion caused by the lens. This shot was taken with the 16-55mm kit lens at its widest focal length. The feature is turned off by default but as there's no noticeable detriment to overall image quality or burst speed there's no real reason to not switch it on.
|Distortion Correction On||Distortion Correction Off|
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