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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy NX: Android Goes Mirrorless for Way Too Much Money
27 November 2013
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.
Conclusion: We had a sense of déjà vu while testing out the Galaxy NX. It brought to mind some of the things we encountered with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, mainly the difficulty of making a camera/smartphone hybrid experience work as well as it should. But the difference here is that the Galaxy NX is a far stronger camera. The Galaxy NX is a legit product, but, still, it demonstrates that simply slapping an Android device into a camera doesn’t completely solve the connected camera issue.
Pros: Great image quality, Fast hybrid autofocusing, Full-featured Android OS, LTE cellular option
Cons: Outrageously expensive, No physical camera controls, Simplicity could be frustrating, Not all apps support the full camera features
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: We've seen some weird and wonderful cameras this year, but the Samsung Galaxy NX might just top the lot. From the front, it's recognisably a Samsung NX camera, which means interchangeable lenses and an APS-C sensor for SLR-level image quality. View it from behind, though, and it could almost be mistaken for a smartphone. Only the viewfinder hump gives the game away.
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