SAMSUNG NX MINI
A tiny gem
THE LOW-DOWN: This 21 megapixel 2.5cm sensor, interchangeable lens camera is one of the smallest of its type. With the kit lens fitted (24—73mm film equivalent) it is slightly too large for a pocket, but still petite. Most controls are accessible through the 7.5cm touch screen which is well designed for intuitive use. The LCD itself is of modest resolution and swivels into front-facing “selfie” position. The camera comes with two flashes – one built in and one external. Connectivity includes WiFi and NFC, at least for Android devices. RAW capture is provided and Adobe Lightroom 5 is included in the software. Construction quality is excellent with a couple of nice brushed metal touches on the top body plate and the lens barrel.
LIKE: Image quality is very good in JPEG and outstanding in RAW. Video is excellent. The general concept of a camera that bridges the point and shooter and the serious amateur is well executed. The touch screen control set, including one-touch focus, expose and fire, is responsive and easy to use.
DISLIKE: The absence of a proper viewfinder, even as an option, makes shooting in bright sunlight a hit and miss affair. The relatively low resolution and brightness of the LCD tends to blackout in sunlight.
VERDICT: This is a lovely little camera. And the inclusion of Adobe’s Lightroom 5 makes it an absolute bargain. In some ways it is a curious product – inexpensive, small, few buttons and no thumbwheels, front facing LCD, optimised for instant photo sharing on the one hand; and yet capturing RAW, using Lightroom for conversion and image editing, with P,A,S and M modes – for whom is it intended? Who cares? If you are in the market for a competent, small, inconspicuous camera you should definitely put this on the list.