Large image sensors typically yield the best photographic quality from a digital camera, and Samsung has chosen to give the NX2000 one of the largest images sensors available for a digital mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The NX2000's image sensor measures 23.5 by 15.6 mm, making it an APS-C sized image sensor. This is sensor uses CMOS technology and offers 20.3-megapixels of resolution.
DSLR cameras often have a large image sensor like this, but ILC cameras sometimes use smaller sensors, such as Four Thirds sized sensors.
The Samsung NX2000 camera has an NX lens mount, which allows it to be used with any type of NX lens. Although the NX lens mount looks like almost any other type of lens mount, only lenses designed for the NX lens mount will work with the NX2000, unless you have an adapter.
The basic NX2000 kit setup -- including the model I tested -- has a 20-50mm lens in the box. As with most interchangeable lens cameras, attaching a lens to the NX2000 is pretty easy, once you have done it a time or two. You just line up the red dot on the lens with the red dot on the lens mount and then twist the lens clockwise. To remove the lens, hold down the release button, which is just visible along the lower right corner of the camera body in this photo, and twist the lens counter-clockwise.
The NX2000 offers five different focus modes -- Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus, Touch AF, and Shutter -- with up to 35 autofocus points.
The outer-most ridged ring on the lens is the manual focus ring. When you're shooting in manual focus mode and begin twisting the manual focus ring, the scene on which you're focusing will be magnified on the screen, making it easier for you to achieve a precisely sharp focus.
The zoom ring for the 20-50mm lens is the inner-most ridged ring. You will manually twist it to change between telephoto and wide angle shots.
The iFn button on the lens opens a popup menu on the screen, giving you quick access to a few control features, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and digital zoom setting. Some photographers may find it easier to press this button to open the popup menu because they likely will have a left hand near the button while using the lens.
There's also a lock button on the lens (with the angled arrow on it), which can be used to lock the lens' zoom ring in place while you aren't using it.
Samsung included a hot shoe on the camera body's top panel, allowing you to attach an external flash unit. Most NX2000 kits will have an external flash included in the box, but a few kits may require you to purchase a flash separately. There is no built-in flash option with the NX2000.
The SEF-8A external flash unit was included with my NX2000 kit, although other, more powerful flash units are available.
You'll have to tilt the SEF-8A flash upward at a 45 degree angle to allow it to be used. The ring toward the button of the flash is used to lock the flash onto the hot shoe.
Several different flash modes are available, depending on which shooting mode you're using. The entire range of flash modes with the NX2000 is: Smart Flash, Auto, Auto and Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in and Red-eye Reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, and Off.
There aren't a lot of buttons on the top panel of the Samsung NX2000. The power switch surrounds the shutter button at the far end of the right hand grip. Flip the switch to the right to turn on the camera and back to the left to turn off the camera. Both the power switch and shutter button are a good size to be used comfortably.
The Direct Link button opens a specific Wi-Fi function that you can set up yourself. When you press this button, the NX2000 will walk you through the steps required to set up this feature.
On the far right of the top panel is a command dial. When you spin this dial, you can move between selections in the on-screen menus, should you choose not to use the touch screen LCD. You can magnify images in Playback mode using this dial. You also can quickly scroll through stored images in Playback mode using this command dial.
As is common with Samsung cameras, the NX2000 has a very impressive LCD screen. It's a touch screen that's extremely bright and sharp. It measures 3.7 inches diagonally, and it has a 16:9 aspect ratio that's perfect for framing and shooting HD movies. It has a resolution of 1.15 million pixels, which few cameras currently on the market can match, creating very sharp views.
The biggest problem with this screen, as you can see from the photo above, is there's a bit of glare. This can be problematic especially when shooting photos in sunlight, as there's no built-in viewfinder with the NX2000.
Samsung's on-screen menus are designed with a touch screen format in mind, so they're extremely easy to use.
You'll end up using the touch screen LCD to make the most of the camera's setting selections, so it's no surprise that Samsung didn't include a lot of other buttons on the NX2000. On the far right of the back panel of this camera, you'll see three buttons.
The movie recording button at the top allows you to start and stop movies from any shooting mode. Just below it is a tiny light that alerts you to when the camera is powering up or writing to the memory card.
The home button gives you the ability to choose a shooting mode, including Auto, Smart, and Expert. Through Expert you can pick Manual, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Program, or Custom. You also can open the Wi-Fi menu after pressing the home button.
The lowest button is the Playback button, which opens the Playback menu.
Along the side of the right-hand grip is a compartment that houses the HDMI and USB ports. The compartment is protected by a hinged hard plastic door that has a very sturdy feel to it.
The NX2000's rechargeable battery fits inside the right hand grip. It's a pretty thick battery, which helps give the NX2000 a good battery lifespan. Samsung estimates that this camera can record up to 340 photos on a single charge. You may find that your battery lifespan is a little less than 340 if you use the touch screen or Wi-Fi capabilities quite a bit. Still, even at 250 or 300 photos per charge, you're going to receive good battery life with the NX2000.
Next to the battery slot is the memory card slot. The NX2000 only can use microSD memory card sizes, which may be a bit of a hassle for some photographers, who are used to using the larger SD size memory cards in their cameras.
Both the battery and memory card slots are behind a hinged door that has a lock switch to hold it in place.