Samsung NX2000 Compact Digital Camera

At around $550, what you get from Samsung today is a new model that you can safely tag in between the old NX1000 and NX300. The new title in the name of NX2000 sounded very millennial, and this can be interesting enough for you to know what really is in the package. Will the new NX2000 boldly put a line in between the said two predecessors? Will the new Samsung camera be a good replacement to the leading Galaxy machines of the same company? Let’s try to find out.

The design offered on the Samsung NX2000 gets no big difference with the aforementioned models, but at least it’s available in three color variations namely white, black, and a ‘powder’ pink (in contrast to powder blue because of the lighter tint). The said price is good for a package that comes with a separate flash module since there’s not a built-in one, a 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED kit lens, a body cap and camera strap, a bundled Adobe Lightroom software, and the rest which you expect like cables and documentations.

Being not so much different with the design, one plausible thing that you may immediately notice is the loss of physical controls from almost all surfaces. This is all done in exchange for a bigger screen at the back, which is now measuring 3.7 inches diagonally. The screen is a touch-enabled WVGA display with a very crisp resolution of 1,152,000 dots. The brightness is good enough, the responsiveness is decent enough, but all may not really suffice when you used the camera under direct sunlight. Since there’s not any option for an external viewfinder here, at least we hoped that the Samsung NX2000 comes with a tilting LCD that isn’t really that difficult to incorporate.

That said with the display, we should imply that the controls including the manual and the complex ones are all software-based. Looking at the buttons or the hardware from the outside, we can only see the AF lamp, the lens which usually comes with an iFn button for toggling extra quick controls, a hotshoe (for the external flash), the shutter button with the power lever around it, a control dial on the top with no labels, a direct link button, and on the main interface, a video record button, a home button, and a playback button. The control dial has two functions: the first is to be the main navigation wheel for virtually all items on the software, and the other is a confirm effect (clicking on the wheel itself) that works like an ‘okay’ button.

Though some of the major buttons are shown on the display for tap-access using the fingers, scrolling the control wheel first toggles the shooting modes from simple Auto mode to Smart Auto and to ‘Expert’ (Samsung’s way of calling it Manual). Going for the Expert mode gives you full PASM controls, and the wheel allows you to switch and adjust time and aperture values. You can also use your fingers to swipe values, and the same goes with other controls like white balance, ISO settings, and even burst shooting. Included in the software is the nicely working Wi-Fi app that allows you to directly backup or share photos to some cloud services, to e-mails, to social sites like YouTube and Facebook, and even sharing it directly to compatible smart devices.

Using the same APS-C CMOS sensor at 20.3MP, the Samsung NX2000 boasts of a better processing engine. The NX2000 also caters to ISO of up to 25600, shutter speed from 4minutes to 1/4000 of a second, up to 35 focus points, up to 7fps burst shooting, and even virtually faster focusing. Image quality is good as expected for the big sensor here, but Samsung seems to maintain that AMOLED-like effect, making colors look more vibrant or vivid which may not be very pleasing to the general audience. Shutter lag is also noticeable, and burst shooting takes a lot of time to process, more if you shoot using the RAW format.

The NX2000 also records Full HD videos, and luckily you get a port here for external microphones. Filter effects are also ample enough, and you would also love to discover great libraries of Picture Effects and Smart Filters, most of which are Samsung-specific. The NX2000 of Samsung may not be really a contender to battery life that is rated for about 340 shots, but if you used Wi-Fi too often, then this should really mark down to the minimum.

If you are an avid lover of touch-enabled surfaces, the good sensor and the rich features will surely make you love the Samsung NX2000 like no other from the same series. However, if you are fond of manual controls that rely on physical controls properly and ergonomically laid out on the body, then you should look for a better camera that has goodies like built-in flash and viewfinder, and even a tilting LCD display.

Samsung NX2000 Compact Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 24,500.00

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