Having looked at the Sony NEX-6 camera yesterday, the Samsung NX210 seems to be very common ground. Stuck between the entry level Samsung NX1000 and digital SLR Samsung NX20 is another camera that is looking to serve the mid-range camera market. With build in Wi-Fi, APS-C sized sensor and image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels it ticks off all the needs for a modern day camera (this includes the full HD video recording of course).
This is a market that is quite busy at the moment, with the Sony cameras and Canon EOS M (which lacks Wi-Fi) but it does come with a very nice price. With nice incentives to purchase NX210 (in the UK it has been offered with a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 2) it does add a few very good reasons to go for the Samsung. The question as always though is the camera itself worth it, or are the free gifts a way to hide some of the weaknesses that Samsung want you to overlook.
The NX210 is very much like the NX1000, but instead of the plastic feel has opted for a metallic design and a smaller shooting mode dial, though there is no need to worry that it’s been made that much smaller, you probably won’t even notice. The physical controls on the camera make it easy to set zoom levels, select the mode you want the camera in (recording, taking images, Wi-Fi etc) and there are plenty of adjustments to the image that can be made. Filter effects can be selected using the dial and the interface itself is easy to learn, though there is a feel that this time around the camera is being aimed at the more experienced user rather than the beginner.
The AMOLED 3-inch 614k-dot resolution screen is excellent quality with the image being above average, the colours are bright and crisp leading to the user to be able to get the best preview of their image possible. It should be noted that the screen is not a touch interface (the emphasis here is on physical controls through the use of the dial on the top of the camera) and there is no electric viewfinder, which is a shame.
Unlike some of the other cameras such as the Sony NEX-6 the screen is also not tilted which is a surprise as a lot of newer cameras are featuring this ability. It’s the case though that the Samsung NX210 has a screen that is that good that the lack of other features can be overlooked.
With image quality at a resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels and the ability to switch to video recording in full HD this is a very good camera, especially with the quality of the images it can take. There is also auto focus to improve the video recording where necessary. The auto focus can be slightly slow at times so there is a slight blurring at times, but the image is brought back nice and clear. Zoom is controlled manually by the camera user so this will take some practice to get right.
When looking at the quality of the images taken the NX210 can easily be compared to the quality of the more superior NX1000. This means that although it’s not at full digital SLR level quality it is making a sharp improvement than the less advanced camera. This level of quality of course is the reason users will be looking at this camera as a step up from the lower range cameras and smartphones, and although not at the quality of the top range cameras (which really you would not expect) it will be a noticeable and welcome difference.
With a battery life that can take up to around 320 shots when fully charged this is a camera that will last you quite a time between recharges. This is actually quite a nice level of battery life and is comparable to the more expensive cameras. With a 20.3 megapixel resolution, APS-C sensor and all the nice to haves like built in Wi-Fi this is quite a nice package. It does of course lack the electric viewfinder and tilted screen, but the quality of the screen does make up for this. With a price of around £499/$575 this is a quality Samsung mid-range camera that offers good quality at a nice price. In a market that has plenty of options at the moment though you may find that this one could get lost in the crowd because of a lack of some of the nicer functions. If it catches your eye though it definitely can stand proud with the functionality it does provide