Samsung NX2000: Performance

by Laura Hicks Reads (3,091)
Editor's Rating
7.60

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

 

Performance
The NX2000 handles a lot like the NX300 in terms of autofocus speed except in low-lighting, but I tended to like the images from the NX300 slightly better. They seemed just a tad bit sharper, but the color saturation was about the same. 

Shooting performance
Startup for the NX2000 is fast, taking about a second to start shooting. Shutter lag is imperceptible. Like the NX300 the autofocus on the NX2000 was pretty speedy in good lighting conditions. In low light, the camera hunts a bit to find focus. Unlike the NX300, the NX2000 does not offer hybrid autofocus. That’s unfortunate because I was a big fan of it. 

The NX2000 offers focus peaking for those wanting to try their hand at manual AF. This feature comes in handy and I just love it when they include this in the camera’s specs. 

The NX2000 comes with a hot shoe flash. It flips up for use or flips down when you want to store it on your camera, but not use it. 

The battery in the NX2000 is the same rechargeable BP 1130 as the NX300. It is rated for 170 minutes of video or 340 shots for the NX2000. If you like to delete your images in camera, be forewarned that you will have less battery available for capturing your images. Also, the more you use the Wi-Fi, the less shots you will be able to capture. Wi-Fi can eat up a lot of power. The battery is charged in camera via the included micro USB charging cord. It does not have an additional external charger. Although Samsung cameras are completely moving this direction, it does pose a problem if you intend to shoot more than 300 (or so) images at one setting. The only way around this is to purchase an additional battery and charge both of them before you head out to your shoot. Once one of the batteries is depleted you can swap it out and then recharge them both later. 

Lens Performance
The NX2000 comes paired with the 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens when purchased in the kit. This lens has an equivalent focal length of 30-75mm–perfect for portraits or a variety of shooting situations. The kit lens handles itself well with little distortion, decent color saturation and good image quality. 

Feel like spreading your wings? The Samsung NX2000 has 12 interchangeable lenses at it’s disposal. Shown below is the 18-55mm lens sold in a kit with the NX300.

 

Wi-Fi/NFC
As with the NX300 the Wi-Fi connectivity for the NX2000 is easy and seamless. I was able to quickly access the direct link through the button at the top of the camera. Or, after a picture is taken, you can quickly upload each image to Facebook, Picasa or several other options. Each image took about 7 seconds to upload to Facebook. 

The Samsung NX2000 is equipped with NFC (near field communication). Set up the link, tap the camera to a device that has NFC and the image will be transferred wirelessly. 

Video Quality
The camera records 1920×1080 at 30fps and can also record smaller file sizes. Sound is captured with an in-camera stereo mic. If you like better sound quality than you can get in-camera, the EM 10 microphone is available as an accessory for $130. 

The Samsung NX2000 produces just as good video results as it does still images. The colors are represented accurately and the subjects are sharp. 

Image Quality
We were very happy with the testing of the NX2000. Colors were well represented and came out with about the same amount of saturation as the NX300. Images are slightly less sharp than the NX300 with very little noise throughout ISO 1600. ISO 3200 started to show noticeable noise. By the time you reached ISO 6400 the noise was becoming considerable and the pixel smudging increased. If at all possible I would recommend keeping the ISO below 1600 as much as possible.

The camera offers 8 while balance settings: auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten flash, custom and K (Kelvin Scale).  

The camera has a mulitiude of creative shooting modes including: Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, and Best Face. It also has a bunch of effects pallets including: Vignetting, Minature, Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, and 4 Selective Color options.  

Check out these real world samples of the NX2000. I especially love the image of the dragonfly.

Additional Sample Images 



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