- 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
- Introduced April 2012
- Older Model is Samsung NX11
- Refreshed by Samsung NX30
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Samsung NX20 overview
Samsung NX20 is Samsung's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first announced on April of 2012. The camera has got a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.
Samsung released this model in order to improve the earlier Samsung NX11 (Read Full Comparison) & then launched the fresher Samsung NX30 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this camera.
The NX20 ranks at #37 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & all around #204 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your personal factors.
Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Samsung NX20 history
The Samsung NX20 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full list below.
NX20 vs NX128MPAPS-C15.0 fps2014
NX20 vs NX3020MPAPS-C9.0 fps2014
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NX20 vs NX1015MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung NX20 Gallery
You can look at the NX20 from various angles in the gallery below.
Samsung NX20 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Samsung NX20 based on criterias that are often viewed as useful in a digital camera.
Samsung NX20 Sensor information
The specification of the sensor in the Samsung NX20 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor has 20MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW photos are supported so you have more margin for error.
The graphic below illustrates the NX20's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The NX20 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Samsung NX20 dimensions
Samsung NX20 weighs in at 0.75 lb (341 gr or 12.03 ounces) & has exterior dimensions of 122mm x 90mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.6"). The weight of normal Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453 gr so the Samsung NX20 is lighter as compared with its competitors.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Below is a pic of the Samsung NX20 besides a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view below will provide the button layout on the NX20.
Samsung NX20 Lens information
The NX20 works with the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses that you can buy. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the NX20.
Samsung NX20 Connectivity
The NX20 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy images and in some cases alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Several apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Samsung NX20 Video information
The maximum video quality in the Samsung NX20 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance in video quality and file size but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. Although the body offers a mic jack, it is sadly lacking a headphone jack so you will not have the option to check your sound levels.
Samsung NX20 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Samsung NX20 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.
Samsung NX20 Screen and Viewfinder
The Samsung NX20 has got a 3" fully articulated screen having a resolution of 614k dots.
It has a selfie friendly screen for self portraits and group shots when required. Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specifications for Samsung NX20 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.7x
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be quite helpful.
Samsung NX20 Shutter information
Samsung NX20 has the capability to shoot continuously at 8.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.
Samsung NX20 Flash and Hot shoe information
Samsung NX20 features both built-in flash as well as external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.
Samsung NX20 Autofocusing information
Samsung NX20 features only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and accurate as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which makes it valuable for taking portraits of people.
It has got 15 focus points to select from. Samsung NX20 has manual focusing in case it is needed in low light occasions or you require more accurate focusing control.
Samsung NX20 Battery life
The battery (BP1130) for the Samsung NX20 is designed to last for 360 photos based on the CIPA measurements making it similar to it's rivals. The general Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 has the highest possible (810) battery life in this group of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Advanced Mirrorless cameras which have the best battery life:
NX20 vs A6600810 yesyesyes
NX20 vs A7c740 yesyesyes
NX20 vs Fujifilm X-H2680 yesnoyes
NX20 vs R7660 yesnoyes
NX20 vs Fujifilm X-H2S580 yesnoyes
Samsung NX20 for varying forms of photography
The following bar chart indicates a analysis of the Samsung NX20 for varying forms of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Samsung NX20 as a Portrait photography camera
The Samsung NX20 gets a points total of 77 which is awesome, and means the camera is a terrific option for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos and potential to utilize external lighting.
Samsung NX20 as a Street photography camera
Having a great rating of 77, the Samsung NX20 is a great fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Samsung NX20
A above average sports photography points tally of 61 means the Samsung NX20 is a respectable option for taking photos of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Samsung NX20 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is pretty crucial in selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Samsung NX20 gets a very high 77 for a travelling camera which makes it a outstanding pick to take with you on your travels.
Samsung NX20 Landscape photography details
If you're planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung NX20 with it's above average grade of 71 for a landscape camera is a fine option compared to its competition.
Samsung NX20 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung NX20 is a excellent fit as a vlog camera as it delivers a very high score of 79.
Samsung NX20 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the NX20, below is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall within the category of Advanced Mirrorless.
The line graph down below offers you a summary of the NX20 compared to it's top scoring competitors suggested earlier.
Following are additional cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.