|Two Saguaros And Moon - Goodyear, Arizona|
There are four great new cameras with APS-C sized sensors: the Sigma SD1 (not quite new, but newly priced), the Fuji X-Pro1, the Sony NEX-7, and the Samsung NX200. The SD1 has a unique sensor that has three layers of 15.4 megapixels and it doesn't require an anti-aliasing filter. The X-Pro1 also has a unique sensor (although different from Sigma's) that has 16.3 megapixels and it doesn't require an anti-aliasing filter, either. The NEX-7 has 24 megapixels and a weak anti-aliasing filter. And the NX200 has 20 megapixels and a weak anti-aliasing filter.
|Prickly Pear Cactus - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Three Ducks - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Butterfly On Flower #1 - Surprise, Arizona|
|Saguaro Skin - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Cactus Man - Surprise, Arizona|
|Typical Arizona Home - Surprise, Arizona|
|Saguaro Arms - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Bee On Orange Blossom - Surprise, Arizona|
|Kennedy - Surprise, Arizona|
|Sonoran Desert At Dawn - Goodyear, Arizona|
When Samsung designed the NX200, they balanced megapixels, anti-aliasing filter, noise reduction and sharpening perfectly in ISO 100 through 400. There is really no noise to speak of when ISO 100, 200 or 400 are selected, and it takes a close side-by-side study of 100% crops to detect the slight increase in noise from ISO 100 to 400. Samsung really got it right--the images are sharp, clean and loaded with fine details.
|Ice Cream Van - Surprise, Arizona|
|Interesting Desert Plant - Surprise, Arizona|
|One Cactus - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Three Leaves On Sidewalk - Surprise, Arizona|
|Boy And Toy Trains - Goodyear, Arizona|
This is an example of ISO 3200.
ISO 6400 and 12800 are available but are more-or-less unusable.
|Welc Mat - Surprise, Arizona|
To put all of this a different way, the NX200 is exceptional at ISO 400 and below, very good at ISO 800, above-average at ISO 1600, average at ISO 3200 and below average at ISOs higher than that. Samsung made the NX200 to be a daylight camera--maximizing the cameras capabilities in normal light conditions but sacrificing performance in low light situations.
|Cactus - Goodyear, Arizona|
Image quality is the second most important aspect of a camera, right behind the skill of the photographer, which is always the most important component. Things like build quality, design, size, weight, ergonomics, etc., come after that.
|Pinnacle - Goodyear, Arizona|
If a camera looks crappy and feels like junk, but captures images in an amazing way, I'll use that camera over a sleek and comfortable camera that takes ho-hum images. However, if design, weight, ergonomics, etc., are important to you, know that the NX200 scores high in those categories.
|Orange Blossom - Surprise, Arizona|
One common complaint about the NX200 is that Samsung left off an electronic viewfinder (or any viewfinder). They did include an AMOLED screen on the rear, which does a fine job.
|Makeshift Flag And Flagpole - Surprise, Arizona|
|Pink Flowers - Goodyear, Arizona|
The only time I wish the NX200 had a viewfinder is when I'm using a slow shutter and want to prevent camera shake. Holding a camera to your eye is more stable than out in front of you. However, I've been able to get exceptionally sharp images with the shutter as slow as 1/15, and reasonably sharp images with the shutter as slow as 1/6 while hand-held. I even had a somewhat sharp image perfectly fine for an 8" x 10" (or 8" x 12") print with the camera hand-held and the shutter at 1/4. That certainly meets my standards.
|Honeysuckle - Surprise, Arizona|
|Red Yucca And Cactus - Goodyear, Arizona|
One advantage of not using a viewfinder is that you can compose your images with the camera at a lower or higher level than your eye. Perhaps you don't want people to notice that you are actively photographing. Or perhaps you are not quite tall enough to get the angle you need. The AMOLED screen can really come in handy.
|House Shapes - Surprise, Arizona|
I really haven't found the lack of an electronic viewfinder to be a big deal, but for some it will be a deal breaker. For some, the only way to take a picture is through a little window near the top of the camera. If that's you, the NX200 is not your camera. Otherwise, don't worry about this non-issue.
|Parking Lot At Dusk - Scottsdale, Arizona|
Another complaint is that the camera struggles to autofocus in low-light situations. In daylight, autofocus is accurate and extremely quick. Turn down the lights, and it usually takes two seconds for the camera to figure out where it wants to focus, and it might not be where you'd like the camera to focus. Changing the camera to manual focus is quick and easy (and more accurate anyway), so as long as the subject is not a pet, child, car or other moving object, it's not a problem.
|Red Flower Beginning To Blossom|
|Asian Doll House - Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Cement Lines - Surprise, Arizona|
|Yellow Cactus Fruit - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Elephant Head - Surprise, Arizona|
Samsung made the NX200 a blast to use. All commonly used functions are found by pushing one button. Another button on the lens near where most photographers have their left hand (unless, perhaps, they're left handed) gives direct access to a few functions like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure correction. Once you learn where everything is, it's quick and easy to make adjustments.
|Carousel Pole - Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Edward - Quartzsite, Arizona|
The 18-55mm lens Samsung includes with the camera is pretty sharp for a kit lens. There are eight other lenses available, none of which I've tried. From what I've read and heard, they're all highly rated. Sharpness and color fringes are complete non-issues.
|Carousel Horses - Scottsdale, Arizona|
The NX200 does a great job of producing accurate skin tones, and it can also produce rich and vibrant images, as well. Whether you are a portrait or landscape photographer, you'll be pleased with the way this camera captures colors.
|Young Girl - Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Little Red Flowers - Surprise, Arizona|
|Snow Tree #2 - Tehachapi, California|
I said earlier that the second most important aspect of a camera is the quality of the images it produces (the only thing more important is the skill of the one using the camera). All of the photographs in this review were taken with the NX200 over five days, so you can judge for yourself if the quality meets your standards.
|Roofs And Palm Trees - Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Bougainvillea Shadow - Goodyear, Arizona|
|McDonalds' Snowy Drive-Thru|
The NX200 is for any and every photographer that wants a small and lightweight camera that packs a huge punch. It's very impressive, and anyone shopping for a digital camera with a budget of at least $750 should strongly consider the NX200.
|Canopies - Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Yellow Weed Flower - Goodyear, Arizona|
I've dragged this review on long enough, and I hate to repeat myself, but the NX200 is a smartly designed camera with one of the best APS-C sized sensors ever made. It also has a good set of quality lenses to choose from. It's not perfect, but for $900 (or as low as $750 if you shop around), it is as close to perfection as one will get.
|Stream In The Sonoran Desert - Goodyear, Arizona|