- Very good image quality
- Very good Wi-Fi connectivity
- Speedy AF in most lighting
- Almost completely controlled by touchscreen
- Battery life is okay, but not great
- No external battery charger
The Samsung NX2000 is a good camera, but compared to its big brother, the NX300, it will have a tough time gaining the top position.
Sitting snugly between the NX300 and the NX1100, the NX2000 was designed for entry to mid level photographers and those wanting to step up to a mirrorless camera system. The NX2000 has some pretty good specs–it offers users a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-25600, and a continuous shutter speed of 8 frames per second. With a price point so close to its siblings, does the NX2000 have what it takes to stand out or will it succumb to middle child syndrome and fall between the cracks?
Sometimes the biggest challenge to a camera’s success has less to do with the camera and more to do with the product’s placement in the market. Although I will not go so far as to say the NX2000 is doomed, I will say that having such a close price point between the NX cameras will likely result in slumped sales of one of them–or maybe even two of them. The NX300 is Samsung’s flagship mirrorless camera–and with good reason. It is well constructed and solidly built. It has a new hybrid sensor, great Wi-Fi connectivity and speedy autofocus. It reviewed very well. I was happy with both the image quality and usability of the camera. Selling for about $750, the NX300 is a very good option when compared with similar mirrorless cameras.
The Samsung NX1100 sells for $150 less than the NX300, but it’s specs sheet is much less admirable than it’s big brother. It has a 20.3-megapixel sensor (just like the NX2000), a smaller 3-inch non-touch LCD screen and an ISO range of 100-12800. The construction of the body is lightweight at 222 grams (a minute 4 grams less than the NX2000). This is where you see a big difference between the NX300 and the other two cameras, the NX2000 and the NX1100. The build of the camera contains much less metal alloy. However, there are more physical buttons including a mode dial on the NX1100. The NX2000 were given very few.
The NX2000 sells for $650. That sits at $100 less than the NX300 and $50 more than the NX1100 and is the subject of this review. The NX2000 is a satisfactory blend of Samsung’s offspring. The NX2000 boasts a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor (not hybrid AF like the NX300), a 3.7-inch touchscreen (largest mirrorless touchscreen available at time of review, but not tiltable like the NX300) and a speedy autofocus (generally on par with the NX300). It’s build quality is less robust than the NX300–weighing less due to lack of metal alloy when compared to the NX300. The NX2000 can shoot RAW and JPG. It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second. It accepts MicroSD, MicroSDHC, Micro SDXC and has UHS-1
Build and Design
Like the NX300, the NX2000 has the same shape and design as many other NX cameras. The NX2000 comes in black, white and pink. The camera has similar measurements as the NX300 at 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches (WxHxD) and weighs about 0.5 pounds without the battery or card. The camera offers a nice size hand grip for its overall dimensions. I spent a whole day carrying around the NX2000 all over NYC. It was easy to carry with no hand or neck strain.
Ergonomics and Controls
The NX2000 offers users an almost entirely touchscreen experience. The only physical buttons that exist are the on/off switch with a shutter release, a direct link button for easy access to uploading the images wirelessly, a soft click dial to navigate the menu and change mode settings, a direct video recording button, a home screen button, and a playback button.
The side of the camera has a flap that hides the HDMI and micro USB charging ports. The top of the camera has a hot shoe that snugly supports the included, yet detachable flash. The bottom of the camera has a tripod mount and access flap for the battery and MicroSD card.
Menus and Modes
As I previously stated, the camera can be controlled almost exclusively by touchscreen navigation. Touchscreen navigation is not my preferred method of changing the shooting mode, autofocusing or tapping the shutter. That being said, the user interface is well designed and very easy to navigate. The screen has a handy “fn” icon that takes you to a “Smart Panel” that allows you to adjust your shooting to whatever your heart desires. The NX2000 has a similar 4 page to with the NX300.
Like the NX300 and the NX1100, the NX2000 lacks a viewfinder. But the large 3.7-inch screen is very crisp. It has 1,152k dots of resolution which makes composing and reviewing images very easy. In direct sunlight, the glossy screen does pose a slight problem with glare. However, it is no different than most other modern digital cameras.