Samsung NX2000 review

New entry-level ‘NX’ interchangeable lens camera from Korean electronics giant Samsung

The minimalist shape of the NX2000 with its NFC, Wi-Fi connectivity, app-like screen icons yet large enthusiast pleasing image sensor

More than any other manufacturer Samsung is going in hard when it comes to cameras that have wireless connectivity. The company famously also makes Android smartphones and tablets, with which its NX range of cameras can share images more widely than just via the camera’s screen. 

The NX2000 with its large 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor is the new entry-level option, subtly tweaking rather than completely overhauling last year’s NX1000. We get a larger LCD with touchscreen operation this time, expanded to 3.7 inches from 3.0, while NFC connectivity is added to its predecessor’s Wi-Fi option. 

We still get a flat-fronted design that won’t be to everyone’s tastes, with a minimalist look complemented better by the white body option than the black. Pink is a further choice on the NX2000. 

There are certainly more stylish and more serious compact system cameras in the Fuji X series and the Olympus Pen range, but again ease of use plus a menu system that, in being mainly icon-led will be familiar to any smartphone user, is what the Samsung has in its favour. Read more Camera reviews.

Image quality is also great even when using the jack-of-all-trades 20-50mm kit zoom supplied, with eye-popping colours delivered as standard straight from the camera. Like its rivals it includes the option to shoot in highest-quality unprocessed Raw format, alongside more easily manageable JPEG files. 

Sensor sized hasn't changed so image wise we get what we saw on the NX1000; even with a maximum f/3.5 aperture we were able to achieve shallow focus shots; at maximum wide angle setting, sharpness is maintained into the corners of frame. We’re still reliant on the fixed (non-tilting) backplate screen for composing and reviewing the results as there is no eye-level viewfinder, nor is there built-in flash. That might seem more of an omission given its consumer-targeted market. 

We are however given a small tilting flashgun that clips onto the vacant hotshoe; but it isn’t as convenient as the pop-up option of its Panasonic GF6 rival, and you will have to remember to pack it. 

Similarly, corners are cut in battery chargin. The Samsung’s battery – specified for up to 340 shots – is recharged in camera only, rather than with a separate mains adaptor provided for the purpose.

An added plus is image processing/management software Adobe Lightroom 4 comes bundled in the box, making for good value all-round package.

OUR VERDICT

More evolution than revolution, the Samsung NX2000 should prove popular with photographers on a budget who want a better quality of camera for those special occasions, but not the added bulk of a DSLR and larger lenses. For those who already own Galaxy phones and tablets, navigating its menus and icons will be familiar.

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