Samsung NX20 

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This is a small DSLR unit ideal for the amateur who enjoys their photography or for someone coming on from a Digital Camera wanting to improve. The most ‘different’ thing for the latter group is that there is a viewfinder available.

Samsung NX20 Digital Wi Fi Compact System Camera
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It is 12x8.5x12.5cm the last figure with the 18 to 55lens fitted and fully in, fully out it extends another 3cm. It weights 618grams without the supplied neck strap.

The right side has a flip door behind which are micro USB and micro HDMI connections. Both sides have anchor points for the supplied neck strap.

Moving to the base the flap door has the solid battery and any SD card you might use behind it.

The top has 50% of the available space taken by the viewfinder which cuts out the TFT as soon as your eye moves to it. This means the area to its right is a little cramped for the ten position wheel, three well marked buttons, the size view control rotor and the shutter release with the on/off button around it. Not finished yet as the light sensor is to the right of the viewfinder and the viewfinder also holds the automatically rising inbuilt flash. This is always at least 8cm away from the lens. On top of this is a shoe if you prefer to use an external flash unit.

The lens of course dominates the front with the units auto/manual focus slider on its left side.

This leaves the back dominated by the large 7.5x5.5cm edgeless TFT which can move out 90 degrees hinged from the left and is then capable of moving through 270 degrees so you should be able to capture images above your head and away from your body when the situation requires it. To the right of this the rubberised thumb grip with a column of two buttons to its right and below this the ubiquitous five position joystick control with an extra button in the four corners.

The only printed User Manual provided is a small 84 page offering but even for a novice user it should get you started to understanding your camera.

This is a 20.3MP offering that can take some stunning photographs with the 18-55lens supplied. It can of course also take video in five sizes 1920x1080 at 30FPS, 1920x810 at 24FPS, 1280x720 at 30FPS, 640x480 at 30FPS and 240 ‘for sharing’ mode.

There are 12 modes depending on the image shape 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1. These are laid out in a grid for easy image size selection on the camera. In 3:2 mode they are 20MP, 10.1MP, 5.9MP and 2MP. In 16.9 mode 16.9MP, 7.8MP, 4.9MP and 2.1MP. In 1:1 mode 13.3MP, 7.8MP, 4MP and 1.1MP.

As always I suggest a novice turns the wheel to ‘Smart’ which lets the camera make most decisions for you and the images it takes will not disappoint. Once you know more move on to see if you can consistently equal or even improve with you making the settings.

I was happy with all the images I took over a two week test period, I managed with UK weather being what it is to get a range of types of weather. I was especially happy with the flash images I took which for a small 2x.7cm unit were excellent without flooding the image with light.

When in low light I forced it not to use the flash it compensated well. The one situation I was somewhat short of was bright sunlight – well it is the UK summer – but when it was around I took satisfactory images without over exposure.

Having a viewfinder is always a plus when you know how to use it as the image will always be slightly different to that viewed on the TFT. The TFT being rotatable means images taken over peoples heads can still be acceptable.

This is the world’s first Wi-Fi enabled compact system camera. 

As always I enjoy being pushed by the added features of a DSLR unit and this did not disappoint.

The Samsung NX20 is available from the link below for £499 with free delivery.

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