There is one camera manufacturer that we’ve not paid much attention to here at Photography Life. For some reason, Samsung, despite its efforts to gain traction for its NX interchangeable lens camera system, failed to make enough impact to be mentioned as a worthy contender next to Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and other mirrorless cameras. Whatever the reason for lack of popularity is, Samsung has only one option to make an impact – differentiate itself from the rest. And, judging by recent product launches, it would seem their differentiating strategy might be… Android OS.
A number of our readers have been asking our team about our recommendations on different mirrorless cameras. With so many different options on the market today, choosing a mirrorless camera can get very confusing. In the new series of articles, we will compare all the options on the market today starting from entry-level, mid-level to high-end. In this particular article, I would like to start off by comparing mirrorless camera systems that are available today from different manufacturers. This below charts will be updated periodically with new / updated information. Please note that the below comparisons are only for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Discontinued systems such as Pentax K-01 and Ricoh GXR are not included. The list is sorted alphabetically and had to be split into two parts to fit. Also, please keep in mind that some of the benchmarks presented in this article are very subjective, based on our prior experience using the cameras.
|Mirrorless Systems #1||Canon EOS M||Fujifilm XF||Leica M||Nikon 1||Olympus M43|
|* Denotes PL Subjective Rating|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M||Fuji X||Leica M||Nikon 1||Micro 4/3|
|Announcement Date||Oct 2012||Jan 2012||Mar 2004||Oct 2011||Jun 2009|
|Sensor Size (Diagonal)||26.8mm||28.3mm||43.0mm||15.9mm||21.7mm|
|Autofocus Speed *||3||4||N/A||5||5|
|Native Lenses Available||3||10||26||11||16|
|Third Party Lenses||3||7||39||0||33|
|Total Lenses Available||6||17||65||11||49|
|System Compactness *||3||3||3||4||5|
|Image Quality *||4||5||5||3||4|
|Top Model (Manuf. Link)||Canon EOS M||Fuji X-Pro1||Leica M||Nikon 1 V2||OM-D E-M1|
|Top Model Price (B&H)||$339||$1,199||$6,950||$796||$1,399|
Today, Samsung announced three new cameras of its popular NX mirrorless system, in essence replacing every camera in the lineup with a new one. The NX20, NX210 and NX1000 all feature company’s great 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor with 100-12800 ISO range and are capable of up to 8 frames per second and Full HD movie recording, which sounds very good, although that is to be expected from international South Korean electronics giant. The flagship NX20 features Samsung’s renown 3.0″ Clear AMOLED screen, while the NX210 retains the AMOLED screen of its predecessor. The NX1000 features a more simple, yet still perfectly good VGA screen.
The likely most important feature, however, is the inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity on all three cameras – it seems to be a very popular feature among camera manufacturers lately. Samsung promises easy connection to Facebook, email account or your smartphone.
You can pre-order the flagship NX20 with the kit 18-55mm lens through B&H here for $1,099.00
You can also get the mid-spec NX210 with the kit 18-55 lens here for $899.00, or the entry-level NX1000 here (black with kit 20-50mm lens) or here (white with kit 20-50 lens) for $699.00.