web analytics

Hands On Review: Samsung NX200 and 85mm f1.4

by Chris Gampat on 09/01/2011

With today’s announcement of the Samsung NX200 digital camera, I can now officially say that I had some personal fondling time with the camera. While they’re not a name that you hear as often as those of Olympus, Panasonic Sony and Sony does Samsung seem to have a winner with the NX200? Especially with new lenses just announced too?

Tech Specs

Samsung NX200

Image sensor Type CMOS

Sensor size 23.5 x 15.7mm

Effective Pixel Approx. 20.3 Megapixels

Total Pixel Approx. 21.6 Megapixels

Color Filter RGB primary color filter

Lens Mount Mount Samsung NX Mount

Useable lens Samsung Lenses

Image Stabilization Type Lens Shift (depends on Lens)

Mode OIS Mode1 / Mode2 / OFF

Distortion Correct LDC On / Off (depends on lens)

i-Function   i-Scene (depends on Lens)

Smart Filter (Vignetting, Minature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, Defog, Halftone Dot)

Intelli-Zoom (x1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0)

Dust Reduction Type Supersonic drive

Display

Type AMOLED

Size 3.0″

Resolution VGA ( 640X480 ) 614k dots ( PenTile )

Field of View Approx. 100%

Display Grid (4types), Histogram, Icons: On/Off, Distance Scale: ft / m / Off

Focusing Type Contrast AF

Focusing point Selection: 1point (Free selection)

Multi: Normal 15 points, Closeup 35points

Face Detection: Max. 10 faces

Modes Single AF, Continuous AF, MF

AF-assist Lamp Yes

Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter

Speed Auto: 1/4000sec. ~ 30sec.

Manual: 1/4000sec. ~ 30sec. (1/3EV step)

Bulb (Limit time: 4min.)

Exposure Metering

System TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block segment

Metering: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot

Metering range: EV 0-18 (ISO 100 · 30mm, F2)

Compensation ±3 EV (1/3EV step)

AE Lock Shutter Button half press

ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (1 or 1/3EV step)

* AUTO ISO upper level is selectable. (Less than ISO3200)

Drive Mode Modes Single, Continuous, Burst (5M size only), Self-timer, Bracket (AE/WB/PW)

Continuous JPEG: High (7fps) up to 11 shots, Low (3fps) up to 15 shots selectable

Burst: 10, 15, 30fps selectable, 30 shots by 1 release

RAW: High (7fps), Low (3fps) selectable up to 8 shots

Bracket Auto Exposure Bracket (±3EV), WB, PW

Self-timer 2 – 30sec. (1sec. step)

Remote control N/A

Flash Type External Flash only (Bundle with SEF8A)

Modes Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Off

Guide Number 8 (at ISO 100) (SEF8A)

Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (Equivalent to 35mm) (SEF8A)

Sync. Speed Less than 1/180sec.

Flash Compensation -2 – +2EV (1/2EV step)

External Flash Samsung External Flash available (SEF42A, SEF20A, SEF15A: Optional)

Synchro (Flash attachment) Hot Shoe

White Balance   Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K (Manual)

Micro adjustment each 7 steps in Amber / Blue / Green / Magenta axis

Dynamic Range Expansion Smart Range On/Off

Picture Wizard Modes Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1~3)

Parameter Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color

Shooting Modes SmartAuto 2.0, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Lens Priority, Magic, Panorama, Scene, Movie

Scene Mode Beauty shot, Night, Landscape, Portrait, Children, Sports, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Sound Picture, 3D Photo

Sound Picture JPEG Only

Sound Recording Time (Before and after shooting each 5 sec or 10 sec)

Smart Filter (10) Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, De-fog, Halftone Dots, Soft Focus, Old Film1, Old Film2, Negative

Magic Frame (13) Holiday, Old Film, Ripple, Full Moon, Old Record, Magazine, Sunny Day, Classic TV, Yesterday, Wall Art, Billboard 1, Billboard 2, Newspaper

Image Size JPEG (3:2): 20.0M (5472×3648), 10.1M (3888×2592), 5.9M (2976×1984), 2.0M (1728×1152), 5.0M (2736×1824): Burst mode only

JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472×3080), 7.8M (3712×2088), 4.9M (2944×1656), 2.1M (1920×1080)

JPEG (1:1): 13.3M (3648×3648), 7.0M (2640×2640), 4.0M (2000×2000), 1.1M (1024×1024)

RAW: 20.0M (5472×3648)

Quality Super fine , Fine, Normal

RAW Format SRW

Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB

Movie Format MP4 (H.264)

Compression Movie: H.264 , Sound: AAC

Modes Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual

Movie Clip With Audio or without Audio

(user selectable, recording time: 25 minutes)

Smart Filter (10) Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-Eye, Sketch, De-fog, Halftone Dots, Soft Focus, Old Film1, Old Film2, Negative

Image size 1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×480, 320×240 (Default : 1920×1080)

Frame rate 60fps (1280×720 Only), 30fps

Multi-Motion Recording x0.25 (640, 320 only), x0.5 (1280, 640, 320 only), x5, x10, x20

Quality High Quality , Normal

Sound Stereo Sound

Movie Editing Still Image Capture, Time Trimming

Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails (3/15/40 images), Slide show, Movie

Editing Smart Filter, Red-eye fix, Backlight comp., Resize, Rotate, Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Vignetting

Smart Filter (8) Miniature, Soft Focus, Old Film1, Old Film2, Halftone Dots, Sketch, Fish-Eye, De-fog Negative

<Size>

JPEG (3:2): 5.9M (2976×1984), 5.0M (2736×1824), 2.0M (1728×1152)

JPEG (16:9): 6.2M (3328×1872), 4.9M (2944×1656), 2.1M (1920×1080)

JPEG (1:1): 6.0M (2448×2448), 4.0M (2000×2000), 1.1M (1024×1024)

Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC (guarantee up to 128GB)

File format RAW (SRW), JPEG (EXIF 2.21), DCF, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0

Capacity (1GB) 20.0M : RAW 17

20.0M (3:2): Super Fine 94, Fine 185, Normal 272

10.1M (3:2): Super Fine 192, Fine 369, Normal 531

5.9M (3:2): Super Fine 319, Fine 595, Normal 837

2.0M (3:2): Super Fine 829, Fine 1397, Normal 1811

Burst (5.0): Super Fine 372, Fine 687, Normal 957

16.9M (16:9): Super Fine 117, Fine 228, Normal 334

7.8M (16:9): Super Fine 247, Fine 468, Normal 667

4.9M (16:9): Super Fine 380, Fine 701, Normal 974

2.1M (16:9): Super Fine 802, Fine 1358, Normal 1767

13.3M (1:1): Super Fine 147, Fine 285, Normal 414

7.0M (1:1): Super Fine 173, Fine 515, Normal 730

4.0M (1:1): Super Fine 455, Fine 826, Normal 1133

1.1M (1:1): Super Fine 1348, Fine 2068, Normal 2516

Movie: 1920×1080 30p : High Quality 8m 54s, Normal 10m 16s

1280×720 60p : High Quality 8m 21s, Normal 9m 32s

1280×720 30p : High Quality 14m 47s, Normal 16m 37s

640×480 30p : High Quality 37m 16s, Normal 43m 14s

320×240 30p : High Quality 119m 57s, Normal 145m 49s

※ These figures are measure under the Samsung standard.

Languages 17 Languages (Korean, English, Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, French, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Norsk, Simplified/Traditional Chinese)

Direct Printing PictBridge

GPS Type ( Specification ) Geo-tagging w/ Optional GPS Module (WGS84)

Function -Location Name(OSD) (English and Korean only)

-Google Map Link (with intelli-Studio)

Interface Digital

Output Connector USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) (micro USB Jack)

Video output NTSC, PAL (user selectable)

HDMI 1.3 : (1080i, 720P, 576P / 480P)

External Release No

DC power input connector DC 9.0V, 1.5A (100 ~ 240V) via Dummy Battery

Power

Source Type Rechargeable battery: BP1030 (1030mAh)

Charger: BC1030

Battery life 165min / 330shots (CIPA Standard)

Physical

Specification Dimensions (WxHxD) 116.5 x 62.5 x 36.2mm (excluding the projection part)

Weight 220.4g (without battery and memory card)

Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40 °C

Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%

Software Application intelli-studio 3.0, Samsung RAW Converter 4

Adobe Reader

System requirement

Windows PC with processor better than Intel Pentium III 500MHz

(Intel Pentium 800MHz or higher recommended)

Windows XP / Vista / 7

Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)

250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)

USB port

CD-ROM drive

1024×768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor

(24-bit color display recommended)

Microsoft Direct X 9.0c or later

intelli-studio 3.0 Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7

Intel Core 2 DuoTM 1.66GHz or higher / AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.2GHz or higher

Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)

250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)

1024×768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor

(32-bit color display recommended)

USB 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later

nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher / ATI X1600 series or higher

# 64-bit editions of Windows XP / Vista / and 7 are not supported

Samsung RAW converter 4

Windows XP / Vista / 7

Intel Pentium, AMD Athlon Processor

(Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP or later recommended)

* Multi-core processor ready (Intel Core i7, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, AMD Phenom II X4, Phenom X4, etc.)

1GB or more RAM recommended

Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space

1024×768 pixels, Full Color (24-bit or higher) color display compatible monitor

Macintosh Power Mac G3 or later

Mac OS 10.4 or later

Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)

Minimum 110MB of available hard-disk space

USB port

CD-ROM drive

Samsung RAW converter 4

Mac OS X v10.6 / v10.5 / v10.4

Power PC / Intel Processor-based or compatible computer

(Core 2 Quad or later recommended)

1GB or more RAM recommended

Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space

1024×768 pixels, 24-bit color display compatible monitor

 

Lenses

Category 18-200mm

Lens Name SAMSUNG 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS

Focal Length 18 – 200mm (equivalent to 27.7-308mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups 18 elements in 13 groups (3 Aspherical lens, 2 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View 75.9°- 8.0°

Aperture F3.5 – 6.3 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Mount Type Samsung NX Mount

Optical Image Stabilizer Yes

Minimum Focus Distance 0.50m

i Scene Portrait, Children, Sport, Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Night

Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.28X

Lens Hood Included

Filter Size 67mm

Max. Diameter x Length 72 x 105.5mm

Weight Approx. 549g (without hood)

Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C

Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%

Availability End of Aug

 

Category 16mm

Lens Name SAMSUNG 16mm F2.4

Focal Length 16mm (equivalent to 24.6mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups 7 elements in 6 groups (2 Aspherical lens)

Angle of View 82.6°

Aperture F2.4 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Mount Type Samsung NX Mount

Optical Image Stabilizer No

Minimum Focus Distance 0.18m

i-Scene Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach&Snow, Night

Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.12X

Lens Hood No

Filter Size 43mm

Max. Diameter x Length 61 x 24mm

Weight Approx. 90g

Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C

Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%

Availability September

 

Category 60mm

Lens Name SAMSUNG 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA

Focal Length 60mm (equivalent to 92.4mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups 12 elements in 9 groups (1 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View 26.4°

Aperture F2.8 (Min. F32), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Mount Type Samsung NX Mount

Optical Image Stabilizer Yes

Minimum Focus Distance 0.187m

Maximum Magnification Approx. 1X

i Scene Portrait, Children, Backlight, CloseUp, Text

Lens Hood Included

Filter Size 52mm

Max. Diameter x Length 73.5 x 84mm

Weight Approx. 389g (without hood)

Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C

Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%

Availability September

 

Category 85mm

Lens Name SAMSUNG 85mm F1.4 ED SSA

Focal Length 85mm (equivalent to 130.9mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups 10 elements in 8 groups (1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View 18.8°

Aperture F1.4 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 9 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Mount Type Samsung NX Mount

Optical Image Stabilizer No

Minimum Focus Distance 0.82m

i-Scene Beauty, Portrait, Children, Sport, Backlight, Night

Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.13X

Lens Hood Included

Filter Size 67mm

Max. Diameter x Length 79 x 92.2mm

Weight Approx. 714g (without hood)

Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C

Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%

Availability October

Ergonomics

The new Samsung NX200 isn’t a big camera. In fact, it’s fairly small but still feels very good in the hand. For clarity, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. Instead, it feels like a point and shoot.

Here’s the camera next to my Olympus EP2. As you can see, it has a sleeker and more modern styling with a more pronounced grip. It isn’t as tall nor as wide either. With the 16mm lens, it feels like something that you’d keep in your jacket pocket with no problem or sling around your torso with a leather case covering it.

The top of the camera is characterized by stereo microphones, a shutter control dial (that also zooms in and out when viewing images), the on/off switch, shutter release button, and mode dial. But looking at the dial, one can see that this camera isn’t totally targeted towards the professional but instead toward the enthusiasts.

Oh right, there’s also a hot shoe. It could be that this was a pre-production model, but that hot shoe was extremely tight. It was hard to get a flash out of it and into it.

You can let your mind wander with that one as much as you want.

The back of the camera is characterized by a dial similar in styling to the new Canon DSLR cameras. This also controls the aperture when in manual mode. There is an Fn button that activates the ifunctionalities, menu button, exposure compensation, play and delete. Oh, and there is a record video button.

For the record, this is not a touchscreen.

The Samsung reps emphasized that the 85mm f1.4 lens is very light. While it did indeed seem light compared to other 85mm f1.4 lenses, on the NX200 it seemed extremely front heavy. It was designed from an APS-C sensor, which lies at the heart of this camera. In fact, I hope that Samsung releases another camera that balances out the weight at least. With that said though, the image quality from the lens was absolutely fantastic. The high level of detail wide open and the colors were amazing.

Menus

The Samsung reps were quick to show us that there are three different types of menus on the Samsung NX200. First off, there are the normal menus that I didn’t play with too much.

Then there is this overlay, which would have been amazing with a touchscreen. However, it allows you to quickly access certain settings and change them accordingly.

And then there is the iFuncionality, which gives you loads of different effects or other options depending on which menu you’re set to. In the photo above, we’ve set it to render a fisheye style art filter.

Autofocus

The autofocus on the camera wasn’t the fastest, but it wasn’t slow either. In fact, it seemed a bit standard and only a tiny bit slower than the Sony NEX C3 and 5N. However, you probably wouldn’t even notice it.

Image Quality

Though we were not able to put a card in the camera, I was able to take a photo of the back of the camera after I shot this photo. I used the shutter dial on top of the camera to see the level of detail that I captured, and it was really quite amazing.

With that said, I hope that this new high resolution sensor doesn’t disappoint in the dynamic range, color depth and high ISOs. A full review will be coming when we get the review units.

We’d like to hear your thoughts though, let us know in the comments below.

Please Support The Phoblographer

We love to bring you guys the latest and greatest news and gear related stuff. However, we can’t keep doing that unless we have your continued support. If you would like to purchase any of the items mentioned, please do so by clicking our links first and then purchasing the items as we then get a small portion of the sale to help run the website.

Like what you read? Share

Follow us on

Previous post:

Next post: