Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS lens review: Pick of the range?

By Kevin Carter - Thursday March 27 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS: Varied imaging performance | Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS versus competition | Conclusion
Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS lens review: Pick of the range?

As one of the earlier adopters of the mirrorless design for compact camera bodies, Samsung has amassed a wide range lenses. The stabilized 18-200mm is one of their earlier models but does it have what it takes to compete with rivals? Read on to find out.

Samsung makes a range of eight zoom lenses for the NX range of mirrorless with this one now being one of their earlier models. Although introduced during 2011 it has a number of current features including the firm’s innovative i-Function technology allowing the user to select a number of camera settings such as aperture values, shutter-speed, even ISO sensitivity, scene modes or exposure compensation via the lens’ manual focus collar using the dedicated button.

The lens is also well equipped for video capture. In addition to optical stabilization, which can be used for both stills and movie clips, it has a linear type voice coil motor for smooth, near silent operation. 

Although not one of the firm’s premium S line models this lens has a high-grade optical system comprising of 18 elements in 13 groups including three aspherical lenses and two ED glass elements and focuses to a close 0.5m.

At its longest focal length it has a useful 0.28x maximum magnification. With a 67mm filter thread, the Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS measures approximately 2.83 x 4.15" (7.2 x 10.55 cm), weighs 1.27 lb (578 g) and is available for around $679.

Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS: Varied imaging performance

Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS vs Canon EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS vs Sony E 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 LE: Surpassed by rivals at longer focal lengths

Conclusion