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Samsung NX210 review

Is integrated Wi-Fi enough to boost interest in Samsung CSCs?

As one of the early innovators of compact system cameras, Samsung is really trying hard to be noticed in what is now a very crowded marketplace.

Unfortunately, the company still doesn't seem to have quite got there. Although the Samsung NX210 is capable of producing some very pleasing images, it's nothing that can't be equalled, or bettered, by other cameras currently on the market.

The odd quirk aside, handling is reasonable, especially if you're already using a Samsung compact camera or perhaps a mobile phone.

The addition of Wi-Fi could have been a real selling point here. While it's true that the ability to quickly upload photos to Facebook and the like without having to connect a cable is reasonably fun, the novelty soon wears off if you want to include a caption longer than three words.

A remote viewfinder could have really made this camera stand out from the crowd, but with almost zero functionality, we struggle to see the point.

We liked

Images have lots of detail, while colours are represented accurately and vibrantly. The camera looks stylish, especially when paired with a smaller, pancake-style lens.

We disliked

The only major difference between this and its predecessor is the addition of Wi-Fi. This could have been great, but unfortunately it falls well short of the mark.

Final verdict

The Samsung NX210 is stuck in the middle of Samsung's range. With only Wi-Fi separating it and its now retired predecessor, the Samsung NX200, this is an expensive proposition for what it is.

Perhaps if Samsung can offer a firmware upgrade to improve the Wi-Fi functionality, it might fare better.

Those looking for something cheaper in the Samsung range may like to take a look at the Samsung NX1000, while those after something more akin to a DSLR should take a look up to the Samsung NX20.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilySmart NX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Noise Reduction, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)222.2 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance280 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeAMOLED
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution21.6 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Battery Model SupportedBP1030
Height62.5 mm
Width116.5 mm
Depth36.6 mm
Autofocus Points35
Product SeriesNX
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNX210
Product NameNX210 20.3MP NX Smart Digital Camera
Product LineSmart
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX210ZBSBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationShare life in stunning detail with the Samsung NX210 Smart Camera. You can unleash the professional photographer within, thanks to the detail delivered by its 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Meanwhile, the NX210's High Speed Capture capabilities give the precision you need to capture split-second shots in superb focus. Premium metal design not only looks great but makes the camera more practical, with its compact shape and light weight adding to portability. And, with built-in Wi-Fi, you'll be able to share images wirelessly on social networks, save them to computers or cloud services and even print or email them.
Battery Life320 Shot
Package Contents
  • NX210 20.3MP NX Smart Digital Camera
  • 18-55mm NX Standard Zoom Lens
  • Body Cap
  • Hot-Shoe Cover
  • External Flash
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Cradle
  • AC Power Cable
  • Software CD-ROM (User Manual Included)
  • User Manual Basic Operation
  • Strap
Display Resolution614000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker