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Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5

Portability
83
Imaging
63
Features
73
Overall
67
Samsung NX20 front
 
Samsung NX5 front
Portability
80
Imaging
56
Features
50
Overall
53

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

Samsung NX20
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 341g - 122 x 90 x 40mm
  • Announced April 2012
  • Old Model is Samsung NX11
  • Successor is Samsung NX30
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 NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are created by Samsung. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the NX20 (20MP) and NX5 (15MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The NX20 was announced 23 months later than the NX5 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple overview of how the NX20 matches up vs the NX5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX20 over the Samsung NX5

 NX20 NX5 
LaunchedApril 2012June 2010More recent by 23 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution614k230kClearer screen (+384k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung NX5 over the Samsung NX20

 NX5 NX20 

Common features in the Samsung NX20 and Samsung NX5

 NX20 NX5 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Samsung NX20 enjoys external measurements of 122mm x 90mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.6") and a weight of 341 grams (0.75 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX5 has dimensions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") along with a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

Check out the Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have at the time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the NX20 against the NX5.

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NX20 and NX5 is 83 and 80 respectively.

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to envision the gap in sensor measurements simply by checking out specs. The visual underneath will help provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the NX20 and NX5.

All in all, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Samsung NX20 to show more detail with its extra 5MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The newer NX20 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX20 Portrait photography info
Samsung NX5 Portrait photography info
77
has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
73
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX20 Street photography information
Samsung NX5 Street photography information
77
fully articulated screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competitors (341g)
does not have image stabilization
60
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (499g)
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX20 Sports photography information
Samsung NX5 Sports photography information
61
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
53
megapixel count decent (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery (400 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX20 Travel photography highlights
Samsung NX5 Travel photography highlights
77
lighter than competitors (341g)
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
does not have Time Lapse mode
63
better than average battery (400 per charge)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (499 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX20 Landscape photography information
Samsung NX5 Landscape photography information
71
has manual focus
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse mode
69
focusing manually
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (400 shots)
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX20 Vlogging highlights
Samsung NX5 Vlogging highlights
79
selfie friendly display
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic port
lighter than competitors (341 grams)
does not have image stabilization
24
features face detect focus
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competitors in class (499g)
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Samsung NX20 vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX20 and Samsung NX5
 Samsung NX20Samsung NX5
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung NX20 Samsung NX5
Category Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-04-20 2010-06-01
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - DRIM Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5472 x 3648 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 15 15
Lens
Lens mounting type Samsung NX Samsung NX
Total lenses 32 32
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 614 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech Active Matrix OLED screen Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 11.00 m 11.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1920 x 810 (24 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 341 gr (0.75 pounds) 499 gr (1.10 pounds)
Physical dimensions 122 x 90 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.6") 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 75 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 785 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 pictures 400 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BP1130 BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $1,100 $499