Sam­sung NX Mini

Australian T3 - - RATED -

$499, sam­sung.com/au

Swap­pable lenses in a per­fect day trip­per-sized snap­per

This pas­tel-coloured cam is the only one on test with swap­pable lenses, which gives it a de­gree of ex­pand­abil­ity and adapt­abil­ity com­peti­tors here can­not match. Lack­ing an APS-C chip, it may be a bit of a weed when put head to head with more chal­leng­ing com­pact-sys­tem ri­vals, but its weeny di­men­sions – at just 158g it’s the light­est in­ter­change­able lens cam ever – make it a great hol­i­day op­tion.

In present com­pany, the 20.5-megapixel res­o­lu­tion and big­ger one-inch CMOS sen­sor pro­vide crisper than av­er­age re­sults, which you can choose to cap­ture in high­qual­ity, un­com­pressed Raw for­mat as well as Jpegs. The su­per-fast aut­o­fo­cus is also a bonus, speed­ing up shoot­ing times, while a bat­tery life of ap­prox­i­mately 650 shots from a full charge is also fan­tas­tic for a cam­era this small.

It’s af­ford­able, too – get it bun­dled with the fixed fo­cal length 9mm (wide an­gle 24mm equiv­a­lent) f/3.5 pan­cake lens for the best deal. You will need more than those few saved dol­lars if you want to in­vest in a sep­a­rate zoom lens.

The leather-ef­fect front and rear pad­ding are pro­vided in lieu of any ac­tual hand­grip and you get the some­what faddy ad­di­tion of a flip-up touch­screen built for bet­ter fram­ing your self­ies. The “wink shot” op­tion means you don’t even have to press the shut­ter but­ton, just flirt out­ra­geously with the NX Mini and it fires au­to­mat­i­cally. For shar­ing said self­ies you have the op­tion of NFC or built-in Wi-Fi that’s easy to navigate via that touch­screen.

This is nei­ther Sam­sung’s flashiest, nor best, com­pact sys­tem cam­era. But for those want­ing a com­fort­able mid­dle ground be­tween pricey in­ter­change­able­lens cams and more af­ford­able fixed-lens com­pacts, it of­fers a lot of very ver­sa­tile bang for your buck. Love Point and shoot size but with the added bonus of in­ter­change­able lenses Hate Bun­dled with a fixed lens. CMOS not APS-C T3 Says Af­ford­able and com­pact, with plenty of po­ten­tial – and NX-mount lenses to ful­fill it

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