Excerpt: It's long been rumored, and it's finally happened: the interchangeable-lens camera has just stepped into the modern, connected world and become a smart device! With the Samsung Galaxy NX, Korean consumer electronics powerhouse Samsung has taken the smarts of a smartphone and the expandability of a mirrorless camera to create a single, coherent product.
Samsung Galaxy NX: Android Goes Mirrorless for Way Too Much Money
14 April 2014
Excerpt: Android was originally developed as a smartphone operating system. Since its humble version 1.5 "Cupcake" beginnings, Android has been modified for use in tablets, TV set-top boxes, micro-gaming consoles and more. In the last year, Samsung's been busy adapting Android for a different purpose: cameras.
Android makes the move to mirrorless, but hits some snags along the way.
25 February 2014
Conclusion: Above all the other issues that we have brought up about the Galaxy NX, there's one practical consideration that's paramount: its $1,599.95 price tag. Any way you approach it, it's hard to try to recommend the NX when it costs that much, especially because in terms of pure performance this isn't any better than your average $700 smartphone and a $700 NX300. Of course, the key is that this is those two devices in one.
Summary: What to make of the Galaxy NX? As a digital camera it certainly offers up image and video quality superior to that of a smart phone camera, with the ability to customize camera performance with a variety of interchangeable lenses. Overall performance is pretty good, still image quality and video are pretty good as well, and the camera impresses me as performing at or near the level of a competent entry-level DSLR.
Summary: There you go, as someone who owns a few types of cameras (DSLR, mirror-less…) I found that adding Android and 4G to a product like this can dramatically improve the workflow for very specific tasks. And that’s really the thing that you should come away with: I consider this camera to be a formidable tool for taking pictures that need to be processed and sent as quickly as possible. If anything, its pricing makes it a hard sell for non-professionals in my opinion.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy NX is the company's second attempt at putting Android on a camera, building on the point-and-shoot Galaxy Camera. This time the company went with a mirrorless design, but it's as much held back by its Android operating system as it is helped by it.
Pros: Impressive image quality. AT&T/T-Mobile LTE connectivity. Minimal shutter lag. 7.4fps continuous shooting. 16GB internal storage. Integrated EVF. Fast Android performance. Includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software and 50GB Dropbox storage.
Cons: Expensive. Minimal physical controls. Some compatibility issues with popular apps. Slow to take a photo from standby. Convoluted file names. Raw and JPG images always displayed separately. Does not apply in-camera lens distortion control. External battery charger not included.
Excerpt: Samsung first unveiled its Galaxy NX camera earlier this year during a press event the company held on June 20 in London. Since then, we’ve been hearing more and more in regards to the Galaxy NX, but today, we were able to finally get our hands on the camera for ourselves.
Excerpt: , with a quad core processor, a large 4.8inch touch-screen, electronic viewfinder, and the latest version of Android to provide a fully internet ready compact system camera, making it the World's first Android powered compact system camera. The Samsung Galaxy NX is available for £1299 with 18-55mm OIS kit lens.
Pros: Excellent 4.8inch screen, Very good image quality, Wi-Fi / Network connectivity (MicroSIM), Good rubber grip, 50GB Dropbox space provided, Latest version of Android, Lightroom 5 included in box, Horizontal level (not dual axis), Focus peaking
Cons: Very few physical controls or buttons, Randomly decides not to save raw files to microSD, Can be very slow trying to save raw files, Edited files are saved as PNG at 1280x853, Strong noise reduction reduces detail above ISO800, Low resolution panoramic photos, Macro focus difficult, High price
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy NX represents a merger between 2012's Galaxy Camera and the NX interchangeable lens system. Is this the shape of things to come? The Samsung Galaxy NX is the world's first 4G Android-toting interchangable lens camera, but will it prove to be a success? T3 went hands-on...
Pros: Easy uploading via Wi-Fi or 4G, DSLR-sized sensor, Range of lenses to choose from, Easy uploading via Wi-Fi or 4G, DSLR-sized sensor, Range of lenses to choose from