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Samsung NX Mini Hands-on: Tiny Mirrorless Camera

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We go hands-on with the diminutive NX Mini!

Just when we thought mirrorless cameras couldn’t get any smaller, Samsung goes and releases the NX Mini. This mirrorless camera is possibly one of the smallest of its kind out there, and is touted by the electronics giant as the smallest of its kind. Even though it’s part of Samsung’s NX lineup (obviously), the NX Mini uses a smaller, 1-inch sensor and a smaller lens compared to its bigger brothers. Today we managed to get a review device, so let’s check out what’s inside it.

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Initial Impressions: really tiny, but full featured mirrorless camera

We knew that the NX Mini was small, but we weren’t really prepared for just how tiny it was. At just 22.5mm thin (without the pancake lens), the NX Mini is small enough to fit in your jacket pocket without it being uncomfortable to carry, which is a testament of just how ridiculously tiny it is. Even with the 9mm (24.3mm equivalent) f/3.5 pancake lens, the NX Mini was still pretty small and portable, making it logical choice for people who want a camera that offers them more control over their shots compared to a regular point and shoot.

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The NX Mini has this retro look that we’re really digging. The leather-like pattern on the body combined with the aluminum accent on the top make it look like a camera that could have been released back in the 70’s, albeit with none of the bells and whistles that we’ll get into detail later.

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While the NX Mini is small, it still sports a 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor in its tiny body. Other features include a 1/16,000 max shutter speed, 25,600 top ISO, 6 fps burst mode, 1080/30p video and enough juice in its battery to take 650 photos before needing to be charged. The camera also sports NFC and Wi-Fi, which allows it to connect to your smartphone or Wi-Fi network, making sharing images quick and easy.

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The HVGA touchscreen can also flip 180 degrees up, which makes it a great camera if you’re really into selfies (no selfie pole needed!). We’ll be using this for event coverages in the next few days, so watch out for the full review later on.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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