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What is a CSC? featuring Samsung NX200


by Stuart Davidson - 8th June 2012
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What is a CSC? featuring the Samsung NX 200 and WB 750

What is a CSC?


Recently we took a look at whether the latest smartphones with their 8-12MP cameras are suitable for all our needs, for example taking on holiday to grab some shots for looking back on and sharing. The overall opinion was that for the average shot they do reasonably well but try to do anything more advanced than point and shoot, for example using zoom, and the quality just isn't there allowing "proper" cameras with more advanced features to offer better results.

Buying a solid entry level camera or one with some unique features such as the Samsung MV-800 we used in our last comparison could be worthwhile but what about a step up from that? This is where DSLR's start to come into play, those are the bulky often professional looking cameras we see everywhere nowadays. Those look to be a bit of a dying breed though; at least in the consumer space and their replacement are Compact System Cameras.

Today we will be taking a look at one of Samsung's high end CSC's to see how it differs from a point and shoot style device and the more traditional DSLR it looks to replace.

Samsung NX200 CSC vs WB750 Point and Shoot Samsung NX200 CSC vs Canon 450D DSLR

Samsung NX200 CSC vs Canon 450D DSLR

So what is a Compact System Camera? Essentially it is a product which looks to offer image quality and features to rival DSLR's but in a package much closer to the size of a traditional point and shoot style device. This means we get interchangeable lenses like the DSLR, offering us loads of potential for artistic shooting without the bulk associated with it. In addition to this CSC's often have image quality and power to exceed many DSLR's.

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How do the manufacturers achieve the smaller form factor, in basic terms these new designs have been developed to remove the reflex mirror system used in DSLRs. This means less hardware within the camera, reducing the size while retaining the larger sensor size (APS-C) for maximum image quality.

As a comparison we have shown three different models above. In the first image is the Samsung NX200 CSC (left) and Samsung's WB-750 point and shoot (right). In terms of the main body the NX is a little larger but not too much, only the lens really adds to the bulk, though that is replaceable/removable. In the second and third images we have the Samsung CSC side by side with a Canon DSLR. The difference in size between the two is clearly evident, though surprisingly the Samsung model on the left has more features and more megapixels than the Canon.

Let's take a look at the NX200 in a little more detail.
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