Once again I was very impressed with the results from the camera, which is why I go through all this (expensive!) nonsense in trying to make it something that its not. Why bother? you might ask. Well, to me using a viewfinder concentrates the mind. When I take a picture I like to eliminate everything else from my vision. Take out all the distractions and just see the image. I also check all the corners to see that I'm not getting anything in shot that detracts from the overall impact. A viewfinder allows me to do that, whereas live view doesn't. In addition to this, a viewfinder eliminates the problem of sunlight shining on the live view screen and also helps stabilise the camera when its braced against my face.
Some manufacturers try to make out that live view screens are preferred by younger (therefore more modern) photographers and that viewfinders are preferred by "traditional" or "older" (and therefore old-fashioned) photographers. This is of course a con. No viewfinder means the camera is cheaper and easier to produce. It comes from point and shoot compacts. Its nothing to do with age or style or fashion, its just cost cutting. When live view first appeared, I thought this is great, now there are ways to deal with all shooting situations, since using a viewfinder is very difficult for low angle shots and tricky angles. However I imagined that on serious cameras both alternatives would be present. It seems I was wrong!
The Samsung NX200 is most definitely a serious picture taking machine. The images it produces are stunning. At this current moment in time you can only buy one APS-C sensor camera that has a higher pixel count, the Sony a77. Its only 1MP short of what the top of the range Canon full-frame cameras produce, and at lower ISO's it surpasses the quality of those cameras as far as I'm concerned. Personally I'd much rather have the output from the NX200 than the 5D MkII I used to own. The Samsung produces sharper images with better colour for the majority of images that I take, and though cameras like the 5D MKII are terrific at high ISO shooting, I do that so rarely that the NX200 suits me much better.
So yet again I'm moaning about the lack of a viewfinder on this camera, and I make no apologies for it. For me its fundamental for a serious, high quality camera to offer alternatives to photographers. I am really at a loss to understand why Samsung have chosen to handicap their best camera in terms of options for picture taking. Why on earth they didn't allow the option of an add-on viewfinder is something I have difficulty in understanding. And yes I've said this before several times, and I'll be saying it again and again!!