Samsung NX1000? NX200? or?

mnhoj

gee aahrr
Jan 27, 2012
Los Angeles
John
I ordered a refurb NX100 the other day and have to send it back. It arrived incomplete.
I also ordered a 30mm F2 without thinking that the NX100 might not work for me.

So, I thought I might open it up a bit and see if any of the other models might work.
I'm having a bit of trouble researching the nuances of the different models. Maybe you can point me toward a reference.
I do want to keep things as light($) as I can.

I already have a Fuji kit. This is for a back up and occasional use by my ten year old
so the kit lens and the 30mm may be all I need. Maybe even scratch the kit and add a 16mm.

Thanks for your time.
 

lenshoarder

Veteran
Mar 7, 2012
Personally I'd pony up for the NX20 kit for $325. It's $125 more than the NX200 but it's a much better camera. Still coming in an out of stock.
 

stratokaster

Top Veteran
Dec 27, 2010
Kiev, Ukraine
Pavel
There are 4 generations of Samsung NX cameras.

1st generation — NX10, NX5, NX11, NX100. Those cameras all use 14.6MP Samsung sensor (the same as Pentax K20 and K7). Screen — 3", AMOLED, VGA resolution. NX10 and NX11 have a VGA EVF, NX5 has a low-resolution EVF. NX11 is basically NX10, but with a slightly different handgrip and a panorama mode. NX100 is basically an NX11 in a slightly more compact form and without the EVF.

2nd generation — NX200. Uses a new 20MP sensor which is much better than the 14.6MP one. No EVF. The same 3" AMOLED screen.

Generation 2.5 — NX20, NX210, NX1000, NX1100. All cameras use the same 20MP sensor, all have Wi-Fi functionality. NX20 and NX210 use the same 3" AMOLED screen, NX1000 and NX1100 use a TFT 3" 920k dot screen. NX1000 and NX1100 are the same but NX1100 comes with Lightroom 3.

3rd generation — NX300 and NX2000. NX300 has an improved sensor with PDAF and 3.3" AMOLED touchscreen. NX2000 has no PDAF and uses a 3.7" TFT screen. NX2000 also has almost no external controls and relies on a touchscreen.

4th generation — Samsung Galaxy NX.

In my opinion, 1st gen Samsung NX cameras are really quirky and not worth buying today. But their battery life was truly great (comparable to low-end SLRs). NX20, despite using the same battery as NX10/NX11, has somewhat less stamina, and NX200/210/1000/1100/300/2000 all use a smaller battery.

All NX cameras have some problems with buffering and require very fast SD cards — I use SanDisk Extreme Pro (rated for 90 MB/s write speed) with my NX20, otherwise the camera becomes somewhat unresponsive.

As for kit lenses, the first two versions of 18-55mm lens were rather soft and prone to centering defects (I tried 3 copies and all 3 were defective). The 20-50mm is a much simpler lens optically and it's better than 18-55 I and II, but it doesn't have IS. The kit lens you want is 18-55mm OIS III which has a metal mount and is sharper than both earlier versions and than the 20-50mm lens.
 

RT Panther

All-Pro
Dec 25, 2012
I played around with the NX300 at BestBuy and well......Don't think I could go for any previous versions now...:redface:
 

Luckypenguin

Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
To handle and use the NX100 and NX200 back-to-back you quickly discover that Samsung was on a pretty steep improvement curve here, but even the NX200 still struggles to write and retrieve data in a short amount of time (IMO it's most annoying trait). Autofocus is not Micro 4/3 but then you could say that about a lot of cameras. The NX300 looks even nicer again but I'm not ready to go spending more money on cameras just yet.
 

RT Panther

All-Pro
Dec 25, 2012
I really like the NX300 (especially since it's on sale now and can be had for about $550), but I can't live without the EVF, that's why I opted for the NX20.
Understood completely!
I told myself that any new MILC body that I purchase must have some type of integrated viewfinder.
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
Not sure if you're looking at the NX20, but B&H has it for $549 with the 18-55, here. I don't know anything about Samsung pricing, but the B&H rep was pretty insistent that this is a very low price for this, with the 18-55. They're not open for online ordering at the moment, but if interested, perhaps store this away for a few days...

-Ray
 

mnhoj

gee aahrr
Jan 27, 2012
Los Angeles
John
Thanks for all of your help. Especially the helpful rundown Pavel.
I just ordered a new 1000 body only.

That and the 30mm should give me a competent, affordable start into the system
and provide a nice compact backup to my Fuji gear.
 

lenshoarder

Veteran
Mar 7, 2012
Not sure if you're looking at the NX20, but B&H has it for $549 with the 18-55, here. I don't know anything about Samsung pricing, but the B&H rep was pretty insistent that this is a very low price for this, with the 18-55. They're not open for online ordering at the moment, but if interested, perhaps store this away for a few days...

-Ray
TD has had the same kit as a manufacturer refurb for $323 off and on for the last couple of weeks.
 

stratokaster

Top Veteran
Dec 27, 2010
Kiev, Ukraine
Pavel
Thanks for all of your help. Especially the helpful rundown Pavel.
I just ordered a new 1000 body only.

That and the 30mm should give me a competent, affordable start into the system
and provide a nice compact backup to my Fuji gear.
John, congratulations! This is a very good camera and I think you will like the lens.
 

Lawrence A.

Hall of Famer
Nov 8, 2012
New Mexico
Larry
OH dear. I ordered that refurbished NX100 for $99 at Tiger Direct too. Hope it is complete. I got it for the price; at $99, there's not a whole lot to lose. If I don't like it I can probably sell it cheaply or give it away. Since I have the Olympus VF-2 I should really get another Olympus body, but things are tight, and it might be fun to play with something different for a bit.
 

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