Samsung NX20 review

Samsung's top-end CSC gets Wi-Fi

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The Samsung NX20 is quite an interesting proposition, since it delivers very good quality images, especially at high ISOs. The combination of Wi-Fi connectivity with the ability to share images direct from the camera is currently unique to Samsung. Since extra value is added to these features by owning compatible Android mobile devices, the true value of this connectivity may not be realised without the appropriate additional hardware.

We liked

The large APS-C CMOS sensor delivers excellent quality images, even at high ISO sensitivities. The camera is ruggedly built with some great features, including the articulated AMOLED screen, Wi-Fi connectivity features, GPS, built-in EVF and Full HD video recording.

We disliked

Reflective materials used to protect the articulated screen and EVF can cause issues composing images in bright conditions. Care may need to be taken to ensure your Android device will work with the Wi-Fi features, especially if this is a major selling point for you, since compatibility isn't guaranteed.

Final verdict

The price is in line with premium cameras from other manufacturers, and the specification is in line with most competitors, even without the addition of Wi-Fi and GPS. Although the features on offer may be enough to tempt advanced photographers away from the current crop of high-end consumer DSLRs, the NX lens range is quite limited, with no lenses wider than 16mm or more telephoto than 200mm currently available.

Overall the Samsung NX20 is a great camera to use, and it is more than capable of delivering great quality images. Although the Wi-Fi connectivity features may grab headlines, the underlying camera is a quality piece of kit that should win over many fans.

The Samsung NX20 offers an exciting feature set, excellent quality at high sensitivities, good ergonomics and features to satisfy the needs of both experienced and novice photographers alike in a compact body.

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
Marketing Information

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.