Samsung NX20 Review

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2012 - Interchangeable Lens Camera
Photoxels Editor’s Choice 2012 – Interchangeable Lens Camera


The Samsung NX20 is an impressive Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC, aka “mirrorless DSLR”) that competes very well against entry-level DSLRs. It is well built, handles very well and provides exceptional image quality and performance beginner and serious amateur photographers have come to expect from a DSLR.

The NX20 is more compact and lightweight than a traditional DSLR. Image quality is excellent with good detail and low noise up to ISO 800, and ISO 1600 is very usable. Exposure metering is accurate and dependable. CA is non existent using the 18-55mm kit lens. We found the NX20’s autofocus to be precise and fast, even in low light conditions.

The AMOLED screen display is beautifully clear and bright with a very wide angle of view. The NX20 has also one of the nicest user interface we’ve used: the menu structure is well designed and we love the attractive information display which can be easily read on the EVF without having to squint at tiny numbers. Consistent controls operation also makes the NX20 a very intuitive and user-friendly camera.

The NX20 is packed with the regular functionality of a DSLR and is perfect for those thinking of upgrading from a compact point-and-shoot to a DSLR. It is easy to use in Auto mode and more serious photographers can progress using the manual modes.

The Samsung NX20 is a compact and lightweight mirrorless DSLR that beginner and serious amateur photographers will like from the moment they pick it up. It is user-friendly with DSLR-level features, performance and image quality. Overall, it is a well thought-out and fun camera to use. Highly Recommended.