The 20.3-megapixel Samsung NX200 doesn't do things in half measures. Is the latest NX-series CSC as good as it promises, or does the NX200 have its share of issues? The What Digital Camera Samsung NX200 review...
Samsung NX200 review – Movie/Video Mode
Samsung NX200: Movie/Video Quality
The NX200’s maximum 1080p movie mode can capture files at 30 frames per second, output as MP4 files. This form of compression is higher (i.e. less desirable) than the likes of competitors’ AVCHD formats and the NX200’s compression averages at around 12Mbit/second. Although improved compared to its NX100 predecessor, the amount of data being channeled into files isn’t up there with the likes of the Sony NEX-5N and NEX-7’s 28Mbps AVCHD capture.
Specs are one thing but it’s the real-world results that matter the most. The NX200’s final video clips are of good enough quality, though just not the very best available on the market.
The NX200 also offers other fun features such as a 5x, 10x or 20x ‘Multi Motion’ option for sped-up capture, or 0.5x at 720p30 and 0.25x when recording 480p (640×480) files is also available.
Samsung NX200: Movie/Video Focusing modes
When not in manual focus (MF), movie mode offers either single or continuous autofocus. The continuous mode can over- and under-focus slightly which shows in playback and as the C-AF moves quicker than most competitor CSCs the focusing wasn’t always accurate in all situations.
Samsung NX200: Movie/Video Manual Control
An area where the NX200 amps things up over its predecessor: the NX200 offers full manual control with a selection of P/S/A/M movie modes. All of these can either be pre-set prior to capture or – and this is the interesting part – adjusted during capture. There aren’t too many other models out there to offer this level of control and that gives the camera a big plus point for movie fanatics.
Samsung NX200: Movie/Video Sound
Stereo sound is recorded at 32,000Hz from a microphone where the left and right channels are divided to the two sides of the NX200’s hotshoe. As much as we’d have liked a 3.5mm microphone input, in particular at this price point and in order to avoid the obvious lens autofocusing sounds, Samsung hasn’t provided one.
Internal menus offer a ‘Fader’ option to control sound fading in, out, or both during recording and a Wind Cut option is also available.