Samsung NX20 pictures and hands-on

The Samsung NX20 is the new NX11, replacing the 2011 camera with a new sensor, new tricks and new features, Pocket-lint got an early look at a pre-production model before the camera hits the shops in May.

Designed to look like a DSLR to complete with cameras such as the Canon 550D and entry-level Nikon cameras, the Samsung NX20 is aimed at the enthusiast photographer looking for a DSLR experience without the negative elements of the DSLR experience.

With that in mind you get a considerably lighter and smaller device, although one that is still unlikely to fit in your pocket - that's more likely to be the NX1000, also due in May.

Aside from the interchangeable lens offering on the front, the big selling point here is the new swivel 3.0-inch clear AMOLED display with an improved screen over the NX11.

To reduce glare (something we weren't able to test because we saw the camera in a windowless room) Samsung has inserted a UV resin between the glass and the actual AMOLED screen. Called Clear AMOLED, the results in the flesh give you a bright vivid screen as good as the company's mobile phone range, although at 3-inches, it is still considerably smaller than its Galaxy Nexus phone screen technology.

If you aren't fussed about the AMOLED screen there is the Electronic Viewfinder, and here you get a SVGA (800 x 600) resolution display.

Surprisingly there is still plenty of room on the rear of the camera for a plethora of buttons to control the cameras settings, including a dedicated video recording button. The top of the camera features a mode dial, similar to the Samsung NX11, with the added Wi-Fi mode on the dial.

That Wi-Fi mode button is one of the big new features on the camera. Previous available on the company's compact range announced at CES in January this year, the technology now comes to the Compact System Camera range, and ergo the NX20.

As with the compact camera range from Samsung, the new mode allows you to do a number of things with your images once you've taken them - as long as you have Wi-Fi connectivity either from your phone (tethered) or standard network.

Once you've got connected with your camera, you can either share it to your Android smartphone, share it to your TV, share it via email, share it to the social networks, or save it to Microsoft's Sky Drive cloud storage - you get 25GB free, by the way.

We weren't able to test the feature on the NX20 we had, but having played with Samsung's system at CES, and more recently on the Samsung WB150F it's a feature that works, but has limitations.

Get past the outside technical features and the inside of the camera has been updated above and beyond the 2011 NX11.

Instead of a 14-megapixel sensor you get a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a wide-range ISO (100-12800) to let you shoot in those funky low-light clubs and restaurants you no doubt frequent.

In our quick play the camera seemed responsive to focus, and the pictures on screen looked good. We weren't able to take photos away with us or see them on a larger screen other than the cameras.

The NX20 boasts a shutter speed of 1/8000 sec to enable clear shots of action-filled settings, as well as, offering 1080p Full HD Stereo Movie Recording (H.264). As standard across the range, the NX20 is also compatible with Samsung’s i-Function 2.0 lens system.

You'll also get 8 frames per second burst shooting mode, although the prototype we had took a long time to save the images afterwards. Worryingly long, but Samsung informed us that that delay is likely to be fixed. We will make sure when we do our Samsung NX20 review on a final retail version of the camera to check to see if this is the case. Let's hope the delay disappears.

With an improved control interface that in our quick play seemed easy to use, comfortable controls and plenty in the box to keep you happy - you get an 18-55mm lens and a bolt of flash - the NX20 like the NX11, looks like it will impress many when it hits the stores in May.

The catch? It will cost £899.