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Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220

Portability
93
Imaging
52
Features
68
Overall
58
Samsung NX mini front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Key Specs

Samsung NX mini
(Full Review)
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Announced March 2014
Sony W220
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-7.1) lens
  • 147g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
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Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Overview

Here is a extensive comparison of the Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Samsung and Sony. There exists a big gap between the image resolutions of the NX mini (20.5MP) and W220 (12MP) and the NX mini (1") and W220 (1/2.3") feature different sensor measurements.

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The NX mini was revealed 5 years later than the W220 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Samsung NX mini being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W220 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the NX mini scores vs the W220 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX mini over the Sony W220

 NX mini W220 
ReleasedMarch 2014January 2009Fresher by 64 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Samsung NX mini

 W220 NX mini 

Common features in the Samsung NX mini and Sony W220

 NX mini W220 
Manual focus More precise focus
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Samsung NX mini provides outside dimensions of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 196 grams (0.43 lbs) while the Sony W220 has dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the NX mini against the W220.

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NX mini and W220 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to picture the difference between sensor sizing just by checking specifications. The visual below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the NX mini and W220.

To sum up, each of the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The NX mini having a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Samsung NX mini will give you extra detail because of its extra 8.5 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a little more aggressively. The fresher NX mini should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX mini Portrait photography highlights
Sony W220 Portrait photography highlights
71
has manual focus
decent MP (20.5 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detect focus
exports RAW formats
27
manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX mini Street photography factors
Sony W220 Street photography factors
81
screen tilts
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
has focus via touch
lighter than others (196g)
no image stabilization
57
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX mini Sports photography details
Sony W220 Sports photography details
54
high shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
decent MP (20.5 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
good battery power (650 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX mini Travel photography information
Sony W220 Travel photography information
76
good battery power (650 shots)
lighter than others (196 grams)
has focus via touch
decent MP (20.5MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
51
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung NX mini
Landscape photography with Sony W220
68
has manual focus
change lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
decent MP (20.5MP)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
good battery power (650 per charge)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse function
32
manual focus
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX mini as a Vlogging camera
Sony W220 as a Vlogging camera
38
touchscreen
offers face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone support
lighter than others (196g)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic socket
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Samsung NX mini vs Sony W220 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX mini and Sony W220
 Samsung NX miniSony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
General Information
Company Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung NX mini Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-03-19 2009-01-08
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20.5 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 160 80
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 21 9
Lens
Lens mount type Samsung NX-M fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 30-120mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.8-7.1
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Total lenses 2 -
Crop factor 2.7 5.8
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 461 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt) -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 1s
Max shutter speed 1/16000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 7.10 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/200s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 196g (0.43 pounds) 147g (0.32 pounds)
Dimensions 110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 650 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID B740 -
Self timer Yes (2-30 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $530 $160