Samsung NX Mini Review

 
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Model Name: Samsung NX Mini 
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Successor:  
General
Model Number: NX Mini
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $549.00
Street Price: $355.54
Date Available: 2014-04-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 9.5 oz (269 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in.
(110 x 62 x 23 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 20.5
Sensor Format: 1 inch
Sensor size: 116.16mm2 (13.20mm x 8.80mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 2.41 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.7x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5472 x 3648 (20.0 MP, 3:2),
5472 x 3080 (16.9 MP, 16:9),
3648 x 3648 (13.3 MP, 1:1),
3888 x 2592 (10.1 MP, 3:2),
3712 x 2088 (7.8 MP, 16:9),
2640 x 2640 (7.0 MP, 1:1),
2976 x 1984 (5.9 MP, 3:2),
2944 x 1656 (4.9 MP, 16:9),
2000 x 2000 (4.0 MP, 1:1),
1728 x 1152 (2.0 MP, 3:2),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1024 x 1024 (1.0 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), .SRW 12-bit RAW, RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 6.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30p)
1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
320x240 (30p)
Movie File Format: MP4 (H.264) with AAC monaural audio
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Samsung NX
Lens: Samsung 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6 ED OIS NX-M; 9 elements in 8 groups including 1 Extra-low Dispersion and 2 aspherical elements
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24.0 - 73.0 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/11; 7-blade circular aperture
Normal Focus Range: 14 cm to Infinity
5.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 39.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 2x i-Zoom
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: 21 points (normal), has single-point and 35-point closeup modes; Face Detection: Max. 10 faces; Object Tracking AF; Single AF, Continuous AF, MF, Touch AF & Shutter
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,800 dots (153,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom:  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 160
ISO Settings: Auto (up to 3200), 160-12800 in 1 or 1/3 EV steps; extendable to 100 and 25600
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, White Fluorescent, Neutral Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Flash, Custom, Kelvin Color Temp., 7-step A/B + G/M adjust
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/16000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 221-segment Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Smart Mode: Beauty Face, Best Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Firework, Light Trace, Continuous Shot, Kids Shot, Food, Parties and Indoors; Smart Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Sketch, Fish Eye; Smart Range+; HDR
Self Timer: 2-30 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Off
Flash Guide Number: 4.0 m / 13.1 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependant; GN=4.9m (at ISO 160, 24mm), 4m (at ISO 100, 24mm)
Max Flash Sync: 1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.5EV steps
External Flash Connection: Proprietary Flash Port
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: .SRW 12-bit RAW, RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: MP4 (H.264) with AAC monaural audio
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
NFC: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Yes, via USB or Wi-Fi
Connections (extended): Micro (Type-D) HDMI 1.3a, Micro USB
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.96
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 1.76
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 1.70
Camera penalizes early shutter press? Yes
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 6.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 11
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 6.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 5
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 5.6
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 5
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.35
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.168
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.48
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.164
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 2.0
Play -> Record Time: 1.0
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 4.3
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary B740A
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary B740A lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: No
Internal Charging Supported: Yes
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 530
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Adobe Lightroom 5, iLauncher
OS Compatibility: Windows 7 / 8, Mac OS 10.5+
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: World's slimmest and lightest ILC features 1-inch 20MP BSI sensor, new NX-M lens mount, tilting 3-inch touchscreen, 6fps full-res burst mode, built-in WiFi with NFC. Available in white, pink, mint green, brown or black, in two kits (with 9mm f/3.5 lens or with 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens plus external SEF7A flash).


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