Samsung NX210 pictures and hands-on

The Samsung NX210 is the 2012 version of the Samsung NX200 and Pocket-lint managed to grab a play with the new camera ahead of it hitting the shops in May. Should you be interested?

What's new? Not much, according to Samsung. The model features the same 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor as found in the NX200, the same 3-inch AMOLED screen, and the same hardware shell.

So why should you bother? The big addition here to the NX210 is the inclusion of Samsung's Wi-Fi technology that allows users to share images from the camera to other devices such as your Samsung Galaxy S II or your Samsung TV.

It's not just about sharing to other devices near you, but also allowing you to share pictures via email, social networks and Microsoft's SkyDrive - sign up and you get 25GB of free storage, but you will need a PC to do so.

In our play with Samsung in a behind-closed-doors meeting we weren't able to test the Wi-Fi tech on the new NX210, but we have played with the system on the company's compact camera range.

The results there were mixed, although we love that you can view and control your camera via your phone. It will no doubt come in handy if you are trying to take a group photo and want to control the shot from your phone.

Back to the camera, and its new additions: you now get an external mic and flash controls, as well as the new "creative" shooting modes.

If you're not aware of the NX200 you get a decent sized slightly larger than bulky compact camera with a lot more power - interchangeable lenses, manual control, etc. 

First up you get a proper mode dial, which we always like to see, so switching into manual shooting modes takes only a twist of the dial. There are also two other dials, one encircling the four-way controller on the back, the other nestled on the top.

Using these two dials you can easily balance aperture and shutter speed to get the exposure you want. Outside of these controls, the immediate buttons are close to the sort of layout you’d expect on a compact camera.

Although the camera is small, there is a surprising amount of grip. The raised handgrip on the right-hand side is not only large enough to feel you have control of the camera, but is also finished in a sort of hard foam, so rather than feeling slightly slippery like a metal finish, it is tactile and sits securely in the hand.

There are a range of “magic” options which have been expanded. You can dive into the menu settings and come out with something a little different to your shot such as a vignette or miniature effect. Each mode or setting pops-up with a little description on the screen to help guide you through the options.

From our first exploratory plays with the camera, we found these either lingered on the display a little too long or vanished before we’d had a chance to read them, but generally speaking we found it easy enough to dive in and find what we wanted.

Those wondering where the viewfinder is, don't, there isn't one. But you do get a bolt-on flash in the box. Those who are after a more "traditional" looking camera should opt for the newly announced Samsung NX20. It features the same sensor but in a more DSLR looking shell.

We haven’t had a chance to really get to grips with the camera’s features and we haven’t yet had the chance to gauge the quality of the images it produces, or the Full HD movies that it will capture, which we’ll have to judge when we do our Samsung NX210 full review.

The Samsung NX210 will be available from May and cost £749. It will come with an 18-55 OIS III lens.