Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DxOMark Tests: Samsung NX200, NX210, NX20

DxOMark.com finally got around to testing the Samsung 20 megapixel sensor found on many of their cameras, including the NX200, NX210 and NX20. The results are pretty much what I would have guessed.
Samsung NX210
With these cameras it is difficult to pay attention to the "overall score" since the sensor's performance is heavily slanted. There is a steep drop off in performance as one goes from low ISO to high ISO. At low ISO, the sensor does really well and gives good results. At high ISO, the sensor does very poor and gives less-than-stellar results.

That's what I've been saying about this sensor for about a year now. These Samsung cameras are "daylight" cameras. In normal light, you can expect image quality that's every bit as good as older full-frame DSLRs. In low light, these cameras are more comparable to point-and-shoot pocket cameras. If you expect to do a lot of low-light photography, you'll want to pass on these cameras. If you mostly photograph in daylight, these Samsung cameras are excellent.

If you are considering one of these Samsung cameras, you must understand how you will be using it and decide from there if you should still buy it.

One interesting note is that Samsung squeezed a little more out of the sensor on the NX20 than the NX200 or NX210. I'm not sure exactly what accounts for this, but my guess is that the software installed on that camera is slightly different, and interprets the RAW data slightly better. In any event, the differences are small and unnoticeable.

DxOMark concludes this way: "...A very good camera; it is good value for money well specified and produces larger image files than anything directly comparable. If you are not worried about shooting in low light, then the color depth and dynamic range will see it produce very high quality images whether you're shooting portraits or landscapes."


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