The NX20 is a recent addition to Samsung's NX range and features Wi-Fi functionality as well as other changes to set it apart from previous models. We gave it a thorough review to find out how it performs

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Samsung NX20

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Flip out screen, clear EVF, good levels of detail, I-function lens technology


  • Buffer performance, AF point positioning, high price


Samsung NX20 Review


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The NX20 has come a long way from the NX10 and NX11. When the NX11 was announced there wasn’t a huge amount to get excited about when comparing it to the NX10. The NX20 offers more innovative features to make it an attractive proposition. Slightly dubious as to how the Wi-Fi connectivity would perform, we experienced no troubles at all during our testing and shared images on social media websites without a hitch. It’s a feature that we predict will catch on with other manufacturers and if we were to speculate it may become a feature within entry-level D-SLR’s sooner than you might think.

It’s not only the Wi-Fi functionality that makes the NX20 stand out in the CSC market. i-Fn lens compatibility is unique to Samsung and as mentioned earlier it may not appeal to all users, but it does make for an intuitive way of changing the cameras most commonly used settings. As the old saying goes, you’ll either love it or hate it.

Detail and sharpness in our test images was very good and the handling can’t be criticised. Buttons including the menu button are much better located to the right of the screen rather than at the top left of the body. We’d say the AF performance is an improvement on its forerunner, however we’d still prefer to experience less hunting in low-light conditions. Adding to this, we’d also like the option of positioning the AF point right into the corners of the frame.

The real question mark with the NX20 lies with its price and performance – it’s very expensive and is a bit on the sluggish side when working quickly. Yes it’s well made and feels like it’ll last for a very long time but you could make a significant saving if you opt for an entry-level D-SLR or D-SLT instead. If a D-SLR really isn’t for you but you’d like a smaller CSC that looks much like one, the NX20 is worth taking a look at.


White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash,
Video:1920 x 1080 30p / 1920 x 810 24p / 1280 x 720 60p / 1280 x 720 30p / 640 x 480 30p / 320 x 240 30p
Lens Mount:Samsung NX
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC (guarantee up to 128GB)
Exposure Comp:±3 EV (1 / 3EV step)
Compression:Super fine, Fine, Normal
Cable Release:Yes
Viewfinder Type:EVF, 1.44 million dot
Output Size:5472 x 3648
Field of View:100%
LCD:3in, 614k dot Swivel Type AMOLED Display
AF Points:1point (Free selection) Multi: Normal 15points, Closeup 35points
White Balance Bracket:Micro Adjustment: Each 7 Steps in Amber / Blue / Green / Magenta Axis
Sensor:20.3Mp CMOS image sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/180
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
DoF Prview:No
Dust Reduction:No
Metering System:TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block segment
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens based
Movie Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:P, S, A, M
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) (micro USB Jack)
Power:Rechargeable BP1310 battery
File Format:JPEG, Raw, Raw + JPEG,
Dimensions:122 x 89.6 x 39.5mm
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Burst (5M size only), Self-timer, Bracket (AE / WB / PW) JPEG : High (8fps) up to 11 shots, Low (3fps) up to 15 shots selectable Burst : 10, 15, 30fps selectable, 30 shots by 1 releaseRAW : High (8fps), Low (3fps) selectable up to 8 shots
Focusing Modes:Single AF / Continuous AF / MFSelection: 1point (Free selection) Multi: Normal 15points, Closeup 35points Face Detection: Max. 10 faces
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000th second
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Samsung NX20 - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value
  6. 6. Verdict
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