Compact system camera is a minor refinement, but handles well
The 14.6 effective megapixel Samsung NX11 upgrades the original NX10 (read our review here), with some refining design tweaks and additional lens compatibility, a 20mm ‘pancake’ plus 20-50mm zoom,launched alongside it. But although it is a compact system camera (or CSC) like its predecessor it still takes its style cues from a conventional bridge camera or digital SLR, rather than a pocket compact.
The camera comes in two parts, the body and the lens. An image stabilised 18-55mm zoom came with our test kit, providing a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.7 to 84.7mm. Since like all CSC’s the NX11’s body is mirrorless, it occupies about half the physical depth of even an entry level DSLR, such as the Canon EOS 600D.
Samsung NX11: Build
Even with lens removed the NX11 body would struggle to fit into a jacket pocket however, as could be achieved with a rival CSC without optic, such as an Olympus E-PL2 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. The larger size is partly because, unlike them, the Samsung offers the advantage of a built-in viewfinder plus AMOLED (not LCD) screen directly beneath for framing up shots as well as reviewing them. Neither viewfinder nor monitor is angle adjustable however.