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Samsung’s serious smaller snapper

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Samsung has compressed its NX interchangeable lens system into a 196g, 22.5mm thin, 20.5MP, NX mini digital camera.

No, it is not for professionals – it is for the point and shoot, happy snaps brigade that wants a choice of different lenses to capture different moments – a major drawback with small digital cameras.

Craig Gillespie, Head of Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics Australia said, “The NX mini’s 3-inch Flip up Display and interchangeable wide angle lens allow for easy framing. It is an ideal size to fit in a pocket or handbag. It is perfect for active Australians.”

The mini is social media aware and Wi-Fi/NFC to upload pictures direct to your Dropbox and Flickr accounts and is fully Android compatible for remote control and sharing.

NX Lenses

Samsung has introduced three NX-M lenses optimised for use with the NX mini:

  • NX-M 9mm, F3.5 ED lens is an ultra-slim wide angle lens and is the best choice for capturing landscapes and flattering individual or group shots
  • NX-M 9-27mm, F3.5-5.6 ED Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) lens is a micro-compact zoom that fits well in a pocket or handbag.
  • NX-M 17mm, F1.8 OIS lens provides photographers with a large aperture to produce smooth bokeh effects which helps make the subject stand out from the background

An NX-M Mount Adapter allows the mini to use a further 15 Samsung NX lenses.

Samsung NX mini Product Specifications

Image Sensor

20.5 effective megapixel BSI CMOS sensor

Display

75.2mm (3.0-inch) Flip up and Touch LCD Screen
HVGA(320x480) 460.8k dots

View finder

N/A

Flash

Built-in Flash: Guide Number 4.9 (at ISO160, 24mm), Guide Number 4 (at ISO100, 24mm)

[Optional] External Flash / SEF7A: Guide Number 8 (at ISO160, 24mm), Guide Number 7 (at ISO100, 24mm)

ISO

Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800

Image

JPEG (3:2): 20.0M (5472x3648), 10.1M (3888x2592), 5.9M (2976x1984),

2.0M (1728x1152),

JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472x3080), 7.8M (3712x2088), 4.9M (2944x1656),

2.1M (1920x1080)

JPEG (1:113.3M (3648x3648), 7.0M (2640x2640), 4.0M (2000x2000),

1.1M (1024x1024)

5.0M Burst mode only

JPEG Burst mode: 5.0M (2736x1824)

RAW: 20.0M (5472x3648)

Video

MP4 (H.264, Audio AAC): Full HD 1920x1080/30p, 1280x720/30p, 640x480/30p, 320x240/30p

Video Output

HDMI 1.3a

Value-added Features

Tag & Go (NFC/Wi-Fi) 

SMART Mode: Beauty Face, Best Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Firework, Light Trace, Continuous Shot, Kids Shot, Food, Parties and Indoors

Image SMART Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic, Retro, Oil Paint, Cartoon, Ink Painting, Cross Filter, Zooming Shot

Video SMART Filter: Miniature, Vignetting, Sketch, Fish Eye

Wi-Fi Connectivity

IEEE 802.11b/g/n support (Smart Camera 3.0)

  • AutoShare
  • SNS & Cloud
  • Email
  • Auto Backup
  • Remote View finder Pro
  • Mobile Link
  • Samsung Link
  • Group Share
  • Photo Beam
  • Baby Monitor

NFC

Advanced Passive NFC (Wired NFC)

Bundle PC software

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, iLauncher

Storage

MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC, UHS-I MicroSD Support

Battery

B740AE (3.8V/ 2330mAh)

Dimension (WxHxD)

110.4 x 61.9 x 22.5mm (excluding the lens)

Weight

196g with battery

  • Samsung NX mini with 9mm F3.5 ED lens, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – RRP $499
  • Samsung NX mini with 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – RRP $599

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