Features & Controls

Here is NX-mount for the Samsung NX series of cameras. It is a smaller mounting system for the mirror-less interchangeable lenses, similar to the micro 4/3 system. Capturing the images for the NX20 is a 20.3-Megapixel, APS-C sized CMOS image sensor. This larger sensor, compared to most other interchangeable lens cameras, handles low light and dynamic range with more accuracy. This also allows for the capture of full 1080p HD video capabilities. For fast action shots, the camera has a shutter speed of up to 1/8000 of a second and can capture images at a rate of 8fps.

Included with the NX20 is a stabilized 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens. Featuring lens shift optical image stabilization and Samsung's i-Function controls, this is a little more than a standard lens. The i-Function control gives you the ability to change certain camera settings (i-Zoom and i-Effect) using the lens instead of the camera body. Finally the lens features a Fast Contrast AF, allowing the NX20 to achieve focus in just 0.17 seconds.

Here you can see the i-Fn button and the AF/MF switch. The i-Fn button allows you to acces the i-Zoom and i-Effect features without having to take the camera away from your face. To the right you can also see the lens release.

For low-light shooting, Samsung has included a small, pop-up flash unit. This wide-angle flash (28mm) has a sync speed less than 1/180 second. It can be used in Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain and off.

Keeping the feel of a standard dSLR, the eye-level EVF (electronic view finder) allows you to hold and operate the camera as you would a dSLR. This feature is not found on all compact interchangeable lens cameras. The EVF also features an eye contact sensor that activates the EVF and turns off the LCD when the camera is put up to your eye.

For viewing your images or capturing them if the EVF is not for you, the 3.0-inch, 614,000 dot rotating AMOLED LCD screen works very well. The screen can be rotated to just about any angle, helping to compose images in tough situations or to remove glare from the screen. With 5 levels of brightness, the screen is easy to see in all levels of lighting.

On top of the camera you will find the camera's hot shoe on the left. Next is the mode dial, power switch, shutter release, control dial, metering button and the programmable green button. These put a great deal of control at your fingertips, while still keeping the camera as compact as possible.


Controls on Back: Starting at the top left you see the dedicated video recording button. Next you can see the EV adjust and AEL button s that will lock in either the exposure or focus settings; or both. This can also be used to lock any photo from being deleted accidentally in playback mode, while the EV button allows you to press and change the exposure values of your photo. Below the EV button you will see the Menu button. This is used to enter the main menu system to change the camera settings and customize functions. To its right is the Fn button, used for changing certain settings like image size and quality. Next is the 4-way pad with an OK button in the middle, which also has the rear control wheel mounted around it. The 4-way pad is used for navigating through the menu and function screens as well as quick access to: DISP. (up), AF (right), ISO (down), and the Timer/Drive mode (left). All options may not be available depending on what mode the camera is in. Looking below the 4-way pad, at the left you can see the playback button that takes you into play mode, and to the right is the Custom/Delete button. This button is used to delete files during playback, and can also serve a variety of functions.


On the right side of the camera you can see the camera's two input/output ports. On top of the USB 2.0/AV Out port. Underneath is the HDMI output for connecting you any HDTV for viewing your images and HD videos.

With no internal storage, all of your images will be stored on removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Samsung guarantees that the camera will accept all cards up to 128GB. The camera is shown here with a SanDIsk Extreme Pro UHS-1, 8GB SDHC card.

Powering the NX20 is a 7.4V, 1300 mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Samsung claims that this battery provides enough power on a single charge to capture up to 360 images or 140 minutes of 1080p HD video. The camera's quick and portable charger is also shown here. This charger makes it easy to have a spare battery charged and ready all the time.

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