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Samsung NX Mini – The Coolest Camera Of The Year So Far?

Tech Blog
Wednesday, 9th April, 2014


What do you want from your camera? Small and stylish, great picture quality and a load of features? Well you’re in luck, because the Samsung NX Mini is now available in the UK, and has all of that and then some.

I have wanted a camera small enough to fit into my pocket but have amazing quality. There has been a few contenders such as the Canon S120 and it’s predecessors, but I have never bought one, talking myself out of it for one reason or another. Samsung recently unveiled this, the NX Mini, which is an amazing looking piece of kit.

Down to the essentials – It has a large 1″ sensor, far larger than most compact cameras and up there with cameras such as the Nikon 1 which will give you 20.5MP. At the moment, it’s the slimmest and lightest interchangeable lens camera on the market. Speaking of the lenses it will have 3; a 9mm F3.5 (24.3mm equivalent) prime, 9-27mm F3.5-5.6 (24.3-72.9mm equivalent) zoom both available in April with the camera, and a 17mm F1.8 (45.9mm equivalent) coming in July. For the enthusiast you can shoot in RAW, and has manual control options too.

It has the modern features you would want in a smart camera; You get WIFI and NFC connectivity, 3″ screen and 1080p video capabilities. If you own Samsung smartphones or other Sammy products you’ll enjoy things such as using your phone as a remote for the shutter, tap to share via NFC,

The Ultimate Selfie Camera

If you are a selfie kind of person then this camera is for you. If you aren’t satisfied with the camera on your phone in terms of image quality, then your prayers have been answered. As you can see from the pictures above, the LCD screen flips upwards, making selfies a breeze (cue the moans and groans from the old boring camera nerds). Then connect via WIFI and upload, so simple! 😀

Wink Shot

Flip up the screen, wink at the camera and you have 2 seconds to strike your pose and it will shoot. Pretty clever and convenient stuff!

A new girls best friend?

This camera may be slightly marketed at the ladies, with it’s selfies being one of it’s top selling points. It will certainly fit nicely in a handbag even with it’s zoom lens. You will love the style and colour options, which includes pink for the girly of girls.

Stylish Camera

The thing I love about this camera is the style. It’s really stylish, with the magnesium body and wrap-around leather-like material, and I am confidant it will fit in a pocket with the 9mm prime lens. It has an un-obtrusive flash (an external is available) which is something I like in a compact camera, and it’s available in a range of colours. Small, quality and a load of features, what more could you want?

Final Thoughts

This camera will set you back £400, which is a lot, but you are getting a top quality camera for that; Amazing images, interchangeable lenses, a huge number of features and style. If you are looking for a top end micro four-thirds or “system camera” as many will call them, this would be top of my list; There is nothing slimmer at the moment. Did I mention the camera comes with Adobe Lightroom 5, which is worth £100 on it’s own!

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