- 3-inch AMOLED, 614k dots display
- Samsung NX mount lems
- 1080p HD
- SD, SDHC, SDXC support
- AV Out, HDMI, USB2.0, Wi-Fi connectivity
- Great picture performance
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Neat features
- No EVF and built-in flash
- Wi-Fi software a little glitchy
By almost every aspect, the Samsung NX210 is exactly like its predecessor (the NX200, which was a great compact system camera, if you remember). And, to a certain extent, that’s pretty much true. The NX210 holds, feels and snaps like the NX200; even the specifications tally up similarly. But don’t dismiss it just yet: the NX210 has a few surprises worth noting.
Aesthetically, only slight changes allow you to differentiate the NX210 from the NX200. The grip is better shaped and there are pads that allow you to hold it firmer. It still looks classy, however, which is good.
Button placements aren’t all too different as well. A good thing, as you can reach the buttons and dials quite easily. Like the NX200, the NX210 doesn’t sport an electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, which would’ve always be nice to have. But the 3-inch AMOLED display is back, and it provides sharp picture playback.
Performance wise, the NX210 doesn’t falter behind as a successor. The 20.3-megapixels sensor does a great job at both bright and low-light pictures, and we’re glad that the fast AF and the useful i-Function feature are retained. Picture quality here is great; the images are sharp, and the noise doesn’t settle even at relatively high ISO counts. The quality doesn’t just end at the still pictures bit: the Full HD video recording is also appropriately good.
So how does the NX210 really differ? Wi-Fi connectivity. The NX210’s allows you to connect to any wireless network, letting you to share images online. Sure, Wi-Fi on cameras isn’t a new thing, but the NX210 executes it much better. There are apps that will allow you to easily upload your pictures on popular social networking sites like Facebook and Picasa, and you can also email them out. It doesn’t just end there; using Wi-Fi, you can transfer images wirelessly into your phone or tablet, or even use your smartphone as a remote viewfinder.
Its Wi-Fi features works well, too, and easy to use (unfortunately, without a touchscreen interface, typing had to be done with the navigational keys). It’s not a full hit, however, as the apps may appear glitchy sometimes, failing to upload our images unless we cancelled and retried.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The Samsung NX210 feels similar to the NX200, which is both a good and bad thing. Good, because it retains the great photo performance of its predecessor; bad, because it doesn’t really set itself apart. But if there’s one reason to pick the NX210 up, it would be its Wi-Fi capability, which adds useful sharing and connectivity features to an otherwise excellent camera.
(previously published in issue August 2012)