Key features • Wi-Fi and NFC • Three-inch flip up touch screen • Free Adobe Lightroom 5
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Price: £400/$450 (with 9mm lens)
Interchangeable lens cameras don’t get much more compact than Samsung’s NX mini. It certainly lives up to its name with a super slim body, even with the 9mm lens we tested it with attached, and will easily slip into your pocket. It also has an attractive textured finish and feels solid and durable. You can quickly turn the camera on by simply flipping up the touchscreen, which is not only great for controlling the camera, but also for taking self-portraits.
Sharing your ‘selfie’ is easy too, as the NX mini is an incredibly well-connected camera with built-in Wi-Fi that opens up a wide range of shooting and sharing options. Better still, if you have an NFC- enabled device, you can connect it to the camera by simply tapping the two together. Once connected, you can even use the camera as a baby monitor, as it can transmit a live video and alerts to your phone.
When you’re actually taking photos, the camera is very easy to use, and has both auto and manual modes as well as a useful range of scene modes. There is no mode dial for quickly switching modes and no control dial for quickly adjusting settings either, but the on-screen Fn option does bring
up your most commonly used settings in one place so you don’t have to access them by scrolling menus. Focusing is very quick and accurate, and you can shoot a burst of images at an impressive six frames per second. Image quality is also excellent, thanks to the large sensor inside, with accurate colours and lots of detail, even when shooting in low light.
Once you have taken your shots, there are lots of editing options in-camera, but if they’re not enough then you can use your free copy of Adobe Lightroom 5 to perfect them. The inclusion of this free software, usually worth £100/$150, makes this a very reasonably priced camera. However, you’ll need to spend a little more if you want the kit with the more versatile 9-27mm lens, which also adds a bit more bulk. You may also be put off by the fact that these are currently the only two compatible lenses, although you can buy an adapter.