The NX20 provides DSLR-like image quality, creative flexibility, and lens interchangeability without giving up any of the popular point and shoot features and ease of use of smaller cameras. The NX20 was designed for entry level ILC users, but novices and experts alike can achieve exceptional results with this camera. Image quality is first rate and the Samsung 18-55 kit zoom is noticeably better than most similar kit zooms from other manufacturers. Colors are dependably accurate and saturation is more neutral than most of the NX20’s competition, so while this camera offers many popular P&S camera features, images generated by the NX20 are very good and can achieve a professional look.
One downside to this camera system is not even the camera itself. The NX20 enters a genre that is packed with some amazing contenders. Olympus dominates the mirrorless market with the OM-D E-M5. Sony recently released the popular NEX-6. And Panasonic has the impressive GH3. All of these cameras lead the market. The Samsung NX20 offers great image quality and an impressive feature set, but is a bit pricey for its entry-level position. Overall, we are afraid this well-rounded camera it’s going to get lost in the crowd.
The NX20 will do a great job for advanced amateur shooters, photography enthusiasts, and semi-pro users. Beginners or those looking for a less expensive option in the Samsung lineup will probably find the smaller, cheaper, less complex, and similarly featured NX210 or NX1000 models more appealing.
- Excellent image quality
- Better than average kit zoom
- DSLR flexibility with P&S ease of use
- Impressive maximum shutter speed
- The battery/SD card compartment door is hinged on the wrong side
- Video start-stop button could have been less awkwardly placed