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Samsung unveils the NX2000, a 20.3MP compact system camera that connects with Android and iOS devices


Samsung has added the NX2000 to its range of compact interchangeable lens cameras today, boasting an impressive 20.3 megapixel sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity using the company’s SMART CAMERA app.

The NX2000 continues Samsung’s trend of offering modern, bold designs in a small camera body. It’s miles away from what Olympus is doing with the PEN series and Fujifilm with the X100 and X10, but it’s carved out a significant following all the same.

Professional photographers and hobbyists alike will be pleased to know that the NX2000 can be pushed to a staggering 1/4000 shutter speed for capturing sports and action shots, as well as up to 8 frames per second for continuous burst mode shooting.


Coupled with a wide ISO range – 100 to 25600 – and the aforementioned 20.3 megapixel ASP-C CMOS sensor, it’s fair to say that the NX2000 can capture some seriously sharp and detailed images.

The latest addition to the NX family is aimed at entry-level or mid-level photographers who prefer to keep the camera locked on auto, however. There’s a mode dial on top, but the back of the device has just three buttons for recording video, reviewing shots and going back to the home screen. DSLR-enthusiasts will be left disappointed.

Instead, most of the body is taken up by a large 3.7-inch WVGA touch screen. It’s bright and easy to use, with a SMART mode that offers various aids and scene modes for “taking the perfect shot”.


There’s a whole load of other PR-branded features and gimmicks here too, such as ‘Best Face’, which takes five consecutive photos and lets the user choose the best facial expression and ‘Action Freeze’ for fast-moving subjects.

The NX2000 also offers Wi-Fi connectivity, which is a huge advantage over other compact and micro four thirds cameras currently on the market. The body houses Samsung’s SMART CAMERA 2.0 software, which enables a whole host of options for sharing and storing images directly rom the camera.


It also links up with the Samsung SMART CAMERA app on iOS and Android, which lets photographers instantly access and upload their images using a smartphone. The NX2000 also comes with Near Field Communicaiton (NFC) for pairing the device with other compatible hardware over Wi-Fi.

It’s a clever idea and combats the need from consumers to be constantly uploading photos to services such as Instagram, Flickr or Twitter. Users can also sync their favorite services to a ‘Direct Link’ hot key for one-touch sharing.

Available for $649.99 in white, black and pink, the NX2000 will support 12 interchangeable lenses including Samsung’s 45mm 3D lens, for viewing on compatible 3D TVs.

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Published May 1, 2013 — 11:03 UTC