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Samsung Galaxy NX review

Up close and personal with the world's first Android CSC

Our Verdict

For

  • Android OS
  • Large screen
  • APS-C size sensor

Against

  • Slow processing
  • Few physical buttons
  • AF point change impossible when using EVF

Update: After taking on board the negative feedback mentioned in our original Samsung Galaxy NX review, the company has updated the firmware, which will be available to download for free in the near future. We have retested a new sample of the Galaxy NX with the updated firmware installed and changed our review accordingly. You can still read the original problems in this review, with the text highlighting where improvements have been made.

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Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung Galaxy NX

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The Samsung Galaxy NX was finally unveiled in all its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-powered glory in June 2013, and we've now had a chance to test the camera fully.

Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to launch a compact system camera, unveiling the first device fitted with an APS-C sized sensor back in 2010 with the original Samsung NX10. Since then, several iterations of the NX brand have been unveiled, while the rest of the manufacturers now have at least one CSC in their arsenal.

There were a fair number of rumours that the company would introduce a version of the NX loaded with the Android operating system ever since the compact Samsung Galaxy Camera was announced last year. The Samsung Galaxy NX was launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, a hybrid phone/compact camera.

Samsung Galaxy NX review

The Samsung Galaxy NX combines the high quality features of the NX range, most notably the large (APS-C format), 20.3 million-pixel APS-C sized sensor, with the operability and fun of the Android Jelly Bean OS.

Like Sony and Panasonic, Samsung is an electronics giant and not a dedicated camera manufacturer. As such, it tends to do things a little differently, just because it can. The Samsung Galaxy NX is the world's first interchangeable lens camera to feature Android and 4G connectivity - but how long before the other manufacturers follow suit?

Samsung Galaxy NX review

Inevitably, people will be questioning the merits of a camera fitted with Android, or wonder if it will also be capable of making telephone calls. What the Samsung Galaxy NX camera does, in theory at least, is combine high quality image making with the current desire to instantly edit and share your photographs as soon as is humanly possible.

By making a camera with Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity and fitting it with the Android OS - for which there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ready-made apps - this kind of camera should meet a new kind of desire for the best of both worlds. Apps such as the ubiquitous Instagram, along with the dozens of Instagram-a-likes out there, make it easy to give your images a vintage or retro feel and upload them for sharing with your networks.

Samsung Galaxy NX review

Along with the standout features of the sensor and Android OS, the Samsung Galaxy NX also has a number of other interesting specs.

It's fitted with a Drime IV Image Signal Processor, which Samsung says gives it speed and accuracy.

Samsung Galaxy NX review

The number of NX range lenses is growing, and although Samsung doesn't yet match the breadth of options available from the Micro Four-Thirds cohorts of Panasonic and Olympus, there are still a decent number.

At launch, it seemed likely that the Galaxy NX would occupy the same kind of territory as mid-range CSCs such as the Panasonic G6, but with the official price at a whopping £1300/US$1700, it seems that Samsung is aiming higher, making this a competitor for the likes of the Sony NEX-7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic GH3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Product FamilyGalaxy NX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size12.1 cm (4.8")
Video FormatsMP4, H.264, 3GP, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, WebM
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)410 g
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution21.6 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
Height101.2 mm
Width136.5 mm
Depth25.7 mm
Autofocus Points247
Product SeriesNX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC, MP3
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelEK-GN120
Product NameGalaxy NX 20.3MP Digital Camera
Product LineGalaxy
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEK-GN120ZKZBTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationTurn any moment into an experience-and every picture into a story worth telling. The Galaxy NX is the versatile, easy-to-operate, always-connected camera that lets you share your stories with anyone, anywhere. Powered by Android OS, the NX is also a personal communications powerhouse. Ultra-fast Hybrid Autofocus, best-in-class optics, and an array of interchangeable lenses bring amazing colour and detail to images in any light, or nearly no light at all. Choose from the biggest library of mobile apps available and use the NX's 4.8" scLCD touchscreen to edit photos and video like a pro.
Battery Life440 Shot/3.17 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Galaxy NX 20.3MP Digital Camera
  • Body Cap
  • Hot-Shoe Cover
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • USB Power Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • Quick start guide / Handbook
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone