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Review: Samsung NX11

Take sensational photos with Samsung's most advanced lens

Unlike a few years ago, you no longer need to buy a DSLR camera to ensure professional-standard shots.
Between point-and-shoot cameras and large DSLRs with huge lenses there is now a new type of camera that bridges the gap. Step forward, the Samsung NX11 – a new generation hybrid model.

The lens system in the camera is based on that of a DSLR, but it removes the mirror system required for an optical viewfinder. Instead, the NX11 opts for a digital viewfinder and three-inch AMOLED screen to view your snaps. The

quality of both viewing options is fantastic, with a wide-viewing angle for the screen, and some brilliant colours. A proximity sensor will switch the screen off when you bring the camera up to your face. The sensor will become confused by a finger or errant strap, but this is only a minor annoyance.

Behind the scenes the NX11 is a real powerhouse – a large, 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor is the same as those found in most DSLRs, which means larger pixels on the sensor for better light distribution.

The NX11 also manages an ISO range of 100-3200, and while it is unlikely that many users of the NX11 will ever need the highest settings, it’s nice to have options. Our test images were fantastic on all ISO settings, but the clearest were those at ISO 100-400.

However, the NX11’s prominent feature is the i-Function lens. It gives you a fair amount of zoom, but also the ability to use the lens to adjust the camera’s functionality. Switching between manual and automatic focus is done on the lens, and you can flick between shooting modes without ever needing to move your hands. It works well enough, but we didn’t often find ourselves using the feature due to its fiddly nature. Still, the lens itself is great, as is the camera’s autofocus mode that quickly picks out the most important details of an image.

We were incredibly impressed with the NX11’s features, and the quality of images. It far outstrips most of its competition thanks to its DSLR-style lens and incredible screen. If you want a near-professional camera, without a DSLR’s baggage, the NX11 is a brilliant choice.

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