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Samsung NX210 review

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

The main chassis of the Samsung NX210 is stylish, with its sleek, black metal body giving an overall impression of a quality CSC.

A problem with many large sensor compact system cameras is that large lenses tend to look slightly incongruous. This can definitely be said of the Samsung NX210 paired with the 18-55mm kit lens. Pancake lenses, such as the 20mm f/2.8 are much better suited to the small body – so it's worth thinking about investing in additional lenses.

The grip feels well made, and the camera sits pretty comfortably in the hand. A thumb rest on the back of the camera also adds additional purchase, making shooting one-handed easy to do.

Samsung NX210 review

Buttons on the back of the camera are reasonably laid out, with a dedicated movie record button falling naturally where a thumb might rest.

A function (Fn) button is a useful way to quickly access all of the most commonly used settings, bringing up a display that can be scrolled through using the arrow keys or scroll dial.

There's also the ability to customise the Delete button at the back of the Samsung NX210. A number of one-touch options can be set via this button, such as switching between raw and JPEG shooting, or Auto Exposure Lock (AEL).

Samsung NX210 review

One bugbear here is via the exposure compensation button. In order to make changes, this needs to be held down at the same time as moving the scroll wheel - something that is pretty much impossible to do one-handed. Luckily, you can also use a small dial at the top of the camera, or iFunction, when using one of the compatible lenses.

At the top of the camera is a dial for changing the mode of the camera. The usual P,A,S, M modes can be selected here, as well as Smart Auto, Magic Mode and Wi-Fi. The dial is useful for quickly switching between modes, but it can be a little stiff, requiring a firm push on occasion.

The Samsung NX210's main menu, which is accessed by pressing the Menu button, is well arranged, with it split into different sections, such as Photo and Movie. You may not find yourself using this menu too often, though, since most of the controls can be accessed via the Fn button.

Samsung NX210 review

There are four different types of autofocus functionality – Selection AF, Multi AF, Face Detection AF and Self-Portrait AF. If you're happy to enable the camera to choose autofocus points for you, then use Multi AF. However, if you want a little more control, then Selection AF is the better option.

When using this option, to change AF point, the central button on the Samsung NX210's navigation pad needs to be pressed, and then the arrows/scroll wheel used to change the point. This isn't the quickest of options, and here a touchscreen would have been welcome. You can also alter the size of the AF point here, by using the scroll dial at the top of the camera.

To use manual focus, this can switched on via the lens. Turning the manual focus ring on the lens causes central portion of the image to be magnified to assist with focusing. This is fine if whatever you're photographing happens to be in the centre of the frame, but is of little use if it's not. There's currently no way to change the magnified area, which seems a bit of an oversight.

A couple of taps of the Display/Up button on the back of the camera brings up a digital level. This is useful when shooting landscape images, because it helps to ensure straight horizons. It's also good for using with a tripod that doesn't have a built-in spirit level.

Samsung NX210 review

Of the nine currently available proprietary lenses for the Samsung NX mount, six are iFunction lenses. This includes the standard 18-55mm kit lens. Key functions (such as aperture or ISO) can be accessed by pressing the iFunction button and twisting the manual focus ring on the lens.

In theory, this is a great idea, but in practice on larger lenses such as the 60mm f/2.8 macro, or even the 18-55mm lens, it can be a little awkward to use, especially one-handed. On smaller lenses, such as the pancake 16mm and 20mm optics, this is a lot easier.

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
Flash ModesSmart Flash, Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Front Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
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