Samsung NX210

Samsung NX210 front

Samsung NX210 summary

Samsung NX210 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first introduced on August of 2012. The camera comes with a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Samsung introduced this camera to update the previous Samsung NX200 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently released the newer Samsung NX300 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this model.

The NX210 is placed #63 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and over all #316 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung NX210 family

The Samsung NX210 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX210 vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX3000
NX210 vs NX3000
20MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX210 vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX300
NX210 vs NX300
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX1100
NX210 vs NX1100
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M
NX210 vs NX300M
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX21020MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012

Samsung NX210 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Samsung NX210 based on features which are oftentimes considered useful in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
good minimum ISO (100)
has manual focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes face detect focus
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
lighter than competitors in class (222 grams)
megapixel count good (20MP)
OLED technology
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse function
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (614 k dot)
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Samsung NX210 Sensor specs

The dimension of the sensor on the Samsung NX210 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the NX210's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The NX210 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX210 dimensions

Samsung NX210 weighs about 0.49 lb (222 gr or 7.83 oz) and features outer proportions of 117mm x 63mm x 37mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Samsung NX210 is less heavy compared to other competitors.

Photography Glossary

Underneath is a image of the Samsung NX210 beside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Samsung NX210 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the NX210.

Samsung NX210 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX210 Lens details

The NX210 uses the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses to pick from. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the NX210.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-8mm-F2.8-UMC-Fisheye-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye8mmf/2.8 265g
Rokinon-24mm-f1.4-Aspherical-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 24mm f1.4 Aspherical24mmf/1.4 580g
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Samsung-NX-10mm-F3.5-Fisheye lensSamsung NX 10mm F3.5 Fisheye10mmf/3.5 71g
Samyang-100mm-F2.8-Macro-NX-Mount lensSamyang 100mm F2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8720g
Samsung-NX-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 549g
Samsung-NX-20-50mm-F3.5-5.6-ED lensSamsung NX 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED20-50mmf/3.5-5.6 119g
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Samyang-85mm-F1.4-Aspherical-IF-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF85mmf/1.4 539g
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Samsung NX210 Connectivity

The NX210 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Samsung NX210 Video details

The max video quality on the Samsung NX210 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance between quality and file size but 1080p is not going to give you much room to crop. The body does not have a mic or headphone socket which means that you get zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to find another model in case you need good audio in your video clips.

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Samsung NX210 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Samsung NX210 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Samsung NX210 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX210 comes with a 3" fixed screen with a resolution of 614k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung NX210 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Samsung NX210 Shutter details

Samsung NX210 continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Samsung NX210 Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung NX210 boasts external flash support but is lacking built in flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/180 seconds.

Samsung NX210 Autofocus details

Samsung NX210 boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it useful for people photography.

The AF system comes with 15 focus points to pick from. Samsung NX210 has got manual focus when required during low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focus.

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Samsung NX210 Battery life

The battery pack (BC1030) in the Samsung NX210 is built to last for 330 shutters based on the CIPA standards which is similar to its competitors. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the maximum (750) battery life within this type of cameras.

Here is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the highest battery life:

Samsung NX210 for specific types of photography

The following diagram gives a summary of the Samsung NX210 for specific types of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Samsung NX210 Portrait photography factors

The Samsung NX210 gets a points total of 77 which is fantastic, meaning that it is a wonderful option for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support & ability to work with off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect autofocus
saves RAW files

Street photography with Samsung NX210

With a nice points total of 73, the Samsung NX210 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (222g)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Samsung NX210 Sports photography information

A moderate sports photography points total of 56 suggests the Samsung NX210 is somewhat adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Samsung NX210 Travel photography details

Weight is extremely important when selecting a travel camera. All round, the Samsung NX210 gets a above average 68 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to purchase for your journeys.

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lighter than average in class (222 grams)
good megapixels (20MP)
missing Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly

Samsung NX210 Landscape photography features

In case you're planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung NX210 and it's nice score of 71 as a landscape camera is a respectable fit amongst its competition.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording

Samsung NX210 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Samsung NX210 is not really good for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 34.

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provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (222g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
no mic socket

Samsung NX210 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the NX210, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line chart down below provides you a summary of the NX210 versus it's highest scored competitors mentioned above.

These are various other cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Samsung NX210
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Samsung NX
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
Display resolution
614k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display technology
Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
8.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
AF area
Center weighted
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)
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
222 grams (0.49 pounds)
117 x 63 x 37mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.5")
Battery life
330 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail cost