SAM­SUNG NX MINI

User friendly in­ter­face makes it easy for users of all lev­els to pick up. Smaller sen­sor means high ISO per­for­mance is poor.

HWM (Singapore) - - Test -

With its range of col­ors and un­abashed hip­ster de­sign, the NX Mini seems to be tar­geted at younger gen­er­a­tion, and is the only cam­era of the three to specif­i­cally cater for self­ies – it has a flip-up LCD that sweeps through 180 de­grees to face the front, au­to­mat­i­cally en­ter­ing Self Shot mode. This works even if the cam­era is off – flip­ping the screen up turns on the NX Mini and places it in Self Shot mode – though the cam­era will still prompt you to un­lock the lens by ro­tat­ing the zoom bar­rel if you haven’t done so al­ready.

Per­haps tak­ing into ac­count that hit­ting the shut­ter but­ton while try­ing to frame the per­fect selfie isn’t the eas­i­est thing to do, Sam­sung has thrown in three aut­o­fo­cus modes to help with fo­cus. You have Nor­mal, which just picks up your face and fo­cuses on it, Smile Shot which fo­cuses on your face and trig­gers the shut­ter when you smile, and Wink Shot which well, takes a shot when you wink.

We’ll ad­mit that it’s a lit­tle gim­micky, but they do work, and are prime ex­am­ples of how Sam­sung is ap­ply­ing what they’ve learnt from smart­phones to­wards their cam­eras. The NX Mini han­dles like a smart de­vice, and takes full ad­van­tage of the touch­screen LCD. Set­tings like shut­ter speed, aper­ture and ISO can all be set by touch, and Touch AF can be con­fig­ured so you set the aut­o­fo­cus point by tap­ping the LCD.

Con­nect­ing to the NX Mini via Wi-Fi is a rel­a­tively sim­ple af­fair, and once you’re in there you can set your shoot­ing modes, shut­ter and aper­ture. How­ever, there is no me­ter­ing dis­played on your smart­phone with the app; the screen merely changes to re­flect the ex­po­sure. While there are a num­ber of Wi-Fi func­tions of­fered by Wi-Fi mode (The NX Mini can be set up to work as a baby mon­i­tor or to share im­ages with a group for ex­am­ple), the spe­cific func­tion has to be set be­fore you es­tab­lish a con­nec­tion, mean­ing you have to go through the process of dis­con­nect­ing and re­con­nect­ing ev­ery time you want to change modes.

Fi­nally, we must note that an additional screw-in flash is pro­vided in the kit. This adds height to help min­i­mize the chances of red-eye, but we do wish they had made it so it could tilt, as that would have given much bet­ter con­trol.

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