Mirror-less pocket cameras are sort of the new craze. They pack a similar punch to their bigger DSLRs cousins while staying small in form. These aren’t new, just kind of hitting their stride. While companies like Canon, Nikon and Sony have similar devices, Samsung seems to get it right and it’s all about knowing your customer.
If you’re unfamiliar, mirrorless cameras are just that — they don’t have mirrors. The sensor sitting behind the lens is what grabs the photo. There’s no “click” of a shutter, the chip just grabs the photo in the same way your smartphone does. The difference is the chip sitting behind the lens is much bigger than your typical smartphone and probably closer to a bulky DSLR.
Samsung hits their stride by knowing who this camera might work for. The average person doesn’t know what a shutter speed is or how big their aperture is. They just want to take a photo. On the other hand, maybe they do and want a great small camera to easily carry. The NX Mini appeases both of those crowds by including a ton of features that make it easy for anyone, no matter what your skill level.
Settings are easy to navigate and Samsung gives you the choice of a touchscreen or physical keys to navigate, depending on which you’re more comfortable with. That seems to be an overall design with this camera, it seems fitting no matter who you are.
The NX Mini is heavily outfitted with options to get your photos online. Built-in features allow you to upload directly to Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa, Flickr and other services right from the screen. If you prefer, Samsung has an app to deliver your photos to your smartphone so you can manipulate and share as you’d please.
This is all just scratching the surface. There’s even a Baby Monitor mode to have the camera act as a wireless camera to your smartphone. Samsung really crams as much as the camera can potentially do inside.
With that, there’s some bugs in places. Some features simply don’t work as they should (GMail, for instance, wouldn’t connect and Google recognized this as an attempted login from Thailand) but they offer so many option it doesn’t bother. The features that really need to work (sharing with your phone, camera modes) do so perfectly.
There does feel like you need to learn how to pair your phone with the camera and make the device work well with others. It comes off sort of like learning how to dance. You pick up which steps go first, what to tap and so on. When you get these moves down, you’re golden and getting shots from camera to web should be quick.
Samsung truly makes this a camera for everyone, if that’s what there goal was. More importantly, the camera works well and the picture quality is great. The experience is what makes this unique.
- Compact design
- Wide angle lens
- Stupid-proof interface
- No lens protection
- Build Quality9
- Picture Quality9
- Video Quality8