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Samsung Gives NX Series Complete Overhaul With NX20, NX210 And NX1000

by Felix L. Esser on 04/19/2012

Samsung has just announced three new NX-series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, of which two are upgrades to existing models and one is a completely new model. The NX20 succeeds the NX11, which itself was only a minor upgrade from the NX10. The NX210 is a refinement of the only half-year-old NX200, and the NX1000 is an all-new entry-level NX model aimed at point-and-shoot upgraders. All three cameras share the same 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that was first introduced in the NX200, and all three new models come with WiFi capabilities for remote control and photo sharing. Additionally, all the new NX models support 1080p HD video as well as 8 fps continous shooting. To learn what else has changed, and how the three models differ from each other, read on after the jump.

Samsung NX20 — The Top-Level NX Camera

The NX20 is Samsung’s flagship NX model and continues what started with the first NX camera, the NX10. It shares roughly the same shape and dimensions as its predecessor, although in a slightly refined body with a more rounded shape and an improved grip. The resolution of the new 3″ tilt-and-swivel AMOLED rear display as well as of the integrated EVF stays the same, at 614k pixels and 1.44m pixels respectively. However, since the main display uses the PenTile technology with only two subpixels per pixel, its resolution is the same as that of a common 921k LCD display. The minimum shutter speed of the NX20 is now 1/8000 second, as compared to the 1/4000 second in the NX10 and NX11, and ISO now goes as high as 12,800 (3,200 in the NX11). The NX20 is also much lighter than its predecessors, at only 341 g (12 oz) as compared to the almost 500 g (17.6 oz) of its predecessors. Judging by its design and specifications, it’s a direct competitor to the Sony NEX-7, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Panasonic GH3 and G3 models.

Samsung NX210 — The Mid-Level NX Camera

The NX210 is merely a refinement of the NX200, sharing the same body and overall specifications. Other than the addition of WiFi capabilities and a slightly faster continuous shooting rate, nothing seems to have changed. The core features remain: 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, fixed 3″ 614k dot AMOLED display, 1080p HD video recording and a gross weight of roughly 22o g (17.8 oz). The NX210 competes with the Sony NEX-5n, the Olympus E-P3 and E-PL3 models as well as Panasonic’s GX1.

Samsung NX1000 — The Entry-Level NX Camera

The NX1000 is the new kid on the block, and appears to be aimed at point-and-shoot upgraders looking for an easy-to-use, compact camera with DSLR-like image quality. In this regard, it plays in the same ballpark as the Sony NEX-C3, the Olympus E-PM1 and the Panasonic GF5, which are all aimed at exactly the same target group. The NX1000 shares most of the hard specs with its NX brethren, but comes in an even smaller “dumbed down” body with less manual options. Its 3″ rear display is based on the more power-consuming TFT technology and resolves 921k pixels, which gives the same effective 640×480 pixel resolution as the NX20 and NX210′s AMOLED displays.

The Samsung NX20 will be available from early May, at a retail price of approx. US-$ 1,100. Next comes the NX210, which will be available from mid-May at a retail price of US-$ 900. The last of the bunch to become available is the NX1000, which will come in June in black and white and in July in pink, at a retail price of US-$ 700.

You can preorder the three new NX cameras from B&H Photo following the links below.

Preorder the Samsung NX20 from B&H Photo

Preorder the Samsung NX210 from B&H Photo

Preorder the Samsung NX1000 (white) from B&H Photo

Preorder the Samsung NX1000 (black) from B&H Photo

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