Anybody who’s been following this little attempt at blogging of mine for the past months knows by now I’ve spent much time with, and given much love to, my Sony NEX cameras. I’ve had a bunch of them ever since they swayed me from my previous most loved mirrorless cam, the still fantastic Panasonic GX-1. Started with a 5N to test (taste ?) the system, moved up to 6, upper yet to 7, sold everything, grabbed a lowly (and darn good) cheap C3, then back all the way up the ladder to a second 7 unit. Well, that’s just me, don’t bother.
As I amusingly noted in (several ?) previous posts, the X has been all the rage with camera makers for the past two years. Panny GX-1, Canon G1X (no, I’m not kidding !), Sony NEX, Fuji “just” X, Samsung NX, and probably a few more, everybody seems to want their share of the magic letter these days. Can a letter do that much. Can just one change things ? Let’s take Sony NEX, for instance, and just remove, randomly, the “e”. What do we get ??
Samsung NX, is what you get. In this case, I’m assessing today the NX200 with 18-55 OIS kit lens attached. The NX200 has a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, technically the same size as that of the Sony NEX bodies. Unfortunately, the on chip processing and specifically handling of high ISO noise needs a lot to be desired on the Samsung cam.
The recently announced and soon to be released Samsung NX300 ticks every single box of what’s important, wanted and needed for me in a digital cam. APS-C sensor, solid build, tilt, touch screen, sensible User Interface, fast autofocus, bla bla bla. The catch is… IQ will have to be much improved for it to sway me from the NEX system. Specs lists are great. Real life results count more. Samsung mirrorless has a worthy and growing lens selection, that is, IMO, more attractive than NEX’s. But until the NX300 considerably ups the image quality, the missing “e” in the NEX still makes the difference 😉