Samsung NX20 review

Samsung's top-end CSC gets Wi-Fi

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Styled like a miniature DSLR, with the EVF protruding from the top of the body, the plastics used throughout the construction of the Samsung NX20's body have a rigid, high quality feel to them, while helping to keep the weight of the camera down to 341g (0.75lbs) without a battery and memory card installed.

A sculpted finger grip provides an excellent hold over the camera, thanks to the rubberised areas on the front and rear.

At 122mm (4.8 inches) wide and 40mm (1.56 inches) deep without a lens attached, the Samsung NX20 is a little large to be classed as pocketable, unless your pockets are really large, although it is almost there when paired with one of Samsung's pancake-type lenses.

Samsung NX20 review

Controls are all laid out within easy reach of finger or thumb, and a dedicated video recording button sits just above the thumb grip. Although this button is recessed slightly, it can be easily activated accidentally, resulting in recording of unwanted video clips of the floor, or the inside of a bag or pocket.

A knurled dial on the top provides access to various exposure programs and a dedicated video recording mode. Each turn of this dial is accompanied with an animated sequence on the screen, or in the viewfinder. Although this looks nice, it can struggle to keep up with the turning of the dial, adding a little lag between changing modes.

Samsung NX20 review

A small thumb-wheel on top of the camera and one on the rear provide great, quick access for exposure adjustments.

The screen is reversible, so it can be stowed away for protection when using the viewfinder. The eyepiece on the EVF is made from hard plastic, rather than rubber. This has the advantage of not smearing the surface of spectacles when brought to the eye.

Samsung NX20 review

A clear piece of plastic covers the viewfinder area, and is angled up slightly. In bright conditions, reflections can be seen on this plastic cover if the camera isn't completely shaded by one's eye socket, which can be an issue for glasses wearers using the EVF.

The 1300mAh Li-Ion battery provides plenty of power for a typical day's shooting. During testing it was still showing a full charge after taking 450 shots using the raw+JPEG quality setting.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesOrientation Sensor, Live View, Face Detection, Smart Capture, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)340.2 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeAMOLED
Height89.7 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth39.6 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelNX20
Product NameNew! NX20 20.3 Megapixel Compact System Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX20ZZBSBUS
Manufacturer Website Address
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No Speed Limit. No Boundaries.

Introducing the 20.3 megapixels Samsung Smart Camera NX20 with 1/8000 fast shutter and Built-in WiFi.

20.3MP APS-C Sensor

Customized for the NX System, the brand-new, professional-grade, 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor produces images that rival those of any premium DSLR. Each individual pixel has a large sensor area and receives more light, guaranteeing low noise levels, high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. The higher sensitivity allows you to shoot during low-light situations without graininess or other noise. The new sensor also provides Full HD video output capabilities.