Samsung NX mini

Samsung NX mini front
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Revealed March 2014
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung NX mini summary

Samsung NX mini is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on March of 2014. The camera features a 20.5MP, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

The NX mini is placed #69 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over-all #337 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Samsung NX mini Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung NX mini based on things that are generally considered crucial in a digital camera.

better than average battery pack (650 CIPA)
change lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
comes with face detect focus
decent sensor resolution (20.5MP)
focusing manually
good sensor size (1")
has built in flash
has HDMI out
has mic support
has touch to focus
high shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
lighter than competition (196g)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
screen tilts up and down
supports RAW formats
touch screen
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
no headphone support
no Time Lapse mode
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
pixelated screen (461 thousand dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Samsung NX mini Sensor info

The sensor specification in the Samsung NX mini is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

Photography Glossary

The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20.5MP and includes a standard ISO range of 160 - 12800. This ISO can be increased digitally to 100 - 25600. RAW files are saved so the user has wider margin for error.

The image below shows the NX mini's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The NX mini sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX mini dimensions

Samsung NX mini weighs in at 0.43 lb (196 grams / 6.91 ounces) & has outer proportions of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams so the Samsung NX mini is less heavy when compared with other competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Samsung NX mini beside a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Samsung NX mini dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button arrangement on the NX mini.

Samsung NX mini topview buttons dials

Samsung NX mini Lens info

The NX mini works with the Samsung NX-M mount and has 2 lenses on sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the NX mini.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samsung-NX-M-9-27mm-F3.5-5.6-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX-M 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS9-27mmf/3.5-5.6 73g
Samsung-NX-M-9mm-F3.5-ED lensSamsung NX-M 9mm F3.5 ED9mmf/3.5 31g
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Samsung NX mini Connectivity

The NX mini has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send images and at times change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung NX mini Video info

The max video quality in the Samsung NX mini is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for video quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you any room to crop. Although the camera offers a mic socket, it is sadly missing a headphone socket so you will not be able to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Samsung NX mini Weather Sealing

Samsung NX mini does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might damage the camera.

Samsung NX mini Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX mini features a 3 inch tilting screen boasting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can shift focus point plus change settings using your fingers.

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The ViewFinder details for Samsung NX mini are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are particularly helpful.

Samsung NX mini Shutter info

Samsung NX mini can shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/16000s.

Photography Glossary

Samsung NX mini Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung NX mini features both built in flash along with external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Samsung NX mini Autofocus info

Samsung NX mini features just Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it valuable for portraits.

The Sensor features 21 focus points to select from. Samsung NX mini has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change focus points. Samsung NX mini features manual focusing if needed for low light or you want more exact focusing control.

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Samsung NX mini Battery life

The battery pack (B740) for the Samsung NX mini is built to last for 650 photos as per the CIPA standards which is above the usual when compared to its category. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has got the maximum (750) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Samsung-NX-mini front thumbnailSamsung NX mini650 yesnono
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Samsung NX mini for different kinds of photography

The following graph shows a outline of the Samsung NX mini for different kinds of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Samsung NX mini

The Samsung NX mini gets a score of 71 which is very good, meaning that it is a very decent choice for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the flexibility to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20.5 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW files

Samsung NX mini Street photography features

Coming in at a wonderful rating of 81, the Samsung NX mini is a fantastic option for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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tilting screen
sensor size is nice (1")
exports RAW formats
supports focus by touch
lighter than average in class (196 grams)
does not have image stabilization

Sports photography with Samsung NX mini

A moderate sports photography score of 54 means the Samsung NX mini is fairly adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have great autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/16,000s)
MP count decent (20.5MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
better than average battery (650 shots)
low frames per second (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Samsung NX mini

Weight is very important when selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung NX mini gets a impressive 76 as a travel camera which is a fantastic choice to purchase for your holidays.

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better than average battery (650 per charge)
lighter than competition in class (196g)
offers focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (20.5 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Samsung NX mini

For anyone who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung NX mini with it's above average rating of 68 for a landscape camera is a very decent choice within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
screen size is decent (3")
MP count decent (20.5 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports RAW files
great battery pack (650 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
no Timelapse recording

Samsung NX mini Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Samsung NX mini is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful score of 38.

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touchscreen enabled
features face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic jack
lighter than competition (196g)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization

Samsung NX mini Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the NX mini, here is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall under the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram just below provides you a bird's eye view of the NX mini compared to it's highest rated competitors shown earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might consider as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Samsung NX mini
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20.5 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens support
Samsung NX-M
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen size
3 inch
Screen resolution
461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen technology
TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt)
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings
Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
196 gr (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions
110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Battery life
650 shots
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Launch pricing