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Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5

Portability
58
Imaging
53
Features
52
Overall
52
Samsung GX-20 front
 
Samsung NX5 front
Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
50
Overall
53

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

Samsung GX-20
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 72mm
  • Announced January 2008
  • Replaced the Samsung GX-10
Samsung NX5
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Launched June 2010
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Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Samsung GX-20 and Samsung NX5, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both are designed by Samsung. The sensor resolution of the GX-20 (15MP) and the NX5 (15MP) is relatively similar and both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The GX-20 was unveiled 3 years earlier than the NX5 and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Samsung GX-20 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Samsung NX5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a in depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the GX-20 scores vs the NX5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung GX-20 over the Samsung NX5

 GX-20 NX5 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX5 over the Samsung GX-20

 NX5 GX-20 
LaunchedJune 2010January 2008More recent by 28 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Samsung GX-20 and Samsung NX5

 GX-20 NX5 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Samsung GX-20 enjoys external dimensions of 142mm x 101mm x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") along with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX5 has sizing of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") and a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at that moment. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the GX-20 against the NX5.

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the GX-20 and NX5 is 58 and 80 respectively.

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 top view buttons comparison

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to visualise the gap between sensor measurements merely by reading technical specs. The visual here might give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the GX-20 and NX5.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same exact MP therefore you can expect similar quality of photos although you should consider the age of the products into consideration. The older GX-20 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung GX-20
Portrait photography with Samsung NX5
71
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
73
focusing manually
good resolution (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung GX-20 Street photography factors
Samsung NX5 Street photography factors
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
fixed screen
60
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
more heavy than average (499g)
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Sports Comparison

Samsung GX-20 Sports photography info
Samsung NX5 Sports photography info
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
52
good resolution (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
better than average battery power (400 CIPA)
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung GX-20 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung NX5 as a Travel photography camera
63
environment sealing
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen isn't selfie friendly
63
better than average battery power (400 CIPA)
good resolution (15 megapixels)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (499g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung GX-20 Landscape photography advice
Samsung NX5 Landscape photography advice
70
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
screen is small (2.7 inches)
68
focusing manually
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is good (3")
good resolution (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (400 per charge)
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung GX-20 Vlogging features
Samsung NX5 Vlogging features
9
can't record video
24
includes face detection focusing
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone support
more heavy than average (499g)
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Samsung GX-20 vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung GX-20 and Samsung NX5
 Samsung GX-20Samsung NX5
General Information
Company Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung GX-20 Samsung NX5
Category Advanced DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2008-01-24 2010-06-01
Physical type Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - DRIM Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 15 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4688 x 3120 4592 x 3056
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 15
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax KAF2 Samsung NX
Number of lenses 151 32
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.57x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 11.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1280x720
Video file format - H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 800 grams (1.76 lbs) 499 grams (1.10 lbs)
Physical dimensions 142 x 101 x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 68 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 714 not tested
Other
Battery life - 400 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model - BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card SD/SDHC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $850 $499