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Samsung NX210 review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • Nice images
  • Stylish
  • Screen good in bright sunlight
  • Digital level

Against

  • Remote viewfinder lacks functionality
  • Screen only 614k dots
  • No in-built flash
  • Limited lens range

Although it was one of the first camera manufacturers to go mirrorless, Samsung hasn't quite seen the same success as its rivals in the compact system camera field.

Keen to offer something more unusual, the latest batch of Samsung NX cameras - including the Samsung NX210 and brothers the Samsung NX20 and Samsung NX1000 - come equipped with integrated Wi-Fi, enabling a number of different options, including the ability to email or share images and use a mobile phone or tablet as a remote viewfinder.

Other than the addition of Wi-Fi, little has changed on the Samsung NX210 from its predecessor, the Samsung NX200.

Samsung NX210 review

It features the same body and control layout, while also housing the same 20.3 million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor.

Another minor change to the CSC is the increase in frame rate, with the Samsung NX210 capable of 8fps, compared with the Samsung NX200's 7fps.

Additional features that have been brought over from the NX200 include a fixed 3-inch, 614k dot screen, which offers a 100% field of view. Auto sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-ISO 3200, which is expandable up to ISO 12800.

Samsung NX210 review

A flash is not included on the camera, though an external device does come bundled in the box. Offering a Guide Number of 9, this slots into the hotshoe on the top of the camera.

For those looking for more creative options, these are supplied via the camera's Magic mode. A number of digital filters and quirky frames can be found under this option.

The Samsung NX210 has a full price of £750 in the UK and $900 in the US, and sits in the middle of Samsung's latest lineup of compact system cameras, in between the more advanced Samsung NX20 and above the Samsung NX1000.

Samsung NX210 review

Featuring a more robust metal body than the NX1000, the NX210 is designed to be a more stylish option than the NX20, which is styled more akin to a traditional DSLR.

Samsung cameras don't quite have the lens range available that Panasonic or Olympus cameras do, but with nine currently on the market it is starting to make inroads.

Announced at the same time as the latest NX range, the standard 18-55mm OIS lens that comes bundled with the Samsung NX210 in the kit package has been redesigned to include a metal mount. The previous version used plastic.

Samsung NX210 review

Other lenses currently available in the Sony NX mount include a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, an 85mm portrait lens and a 20mm pancake lens.

Six out of the nine lenses are also i-Function optics. This technology, which is unique to Samsung cameras, enables direct access to key controls (such as aperture and sensitivity), and is something the company is keen to push.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilySmart NX
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
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBP1030
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
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