Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy NX / EK-GN120
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Samsung Galaxy NX
24 June 2014
Conclusion: In this day and age, the popularity of the smartphone being used as the camera-of-choice for many people continues to skyrocket. As a result, many camera manufacturers are feeling the squeeze as sales decline in favor of these multi-purpose, pocketable devices.
Pros: Very good image quality and resolution from 20-megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor, Excellent hue accuracy with manual white balance, Comfy handgrip, Very good kit lens performance, Fast burst modes (but see Cons regarding burst depth and buffer clearing), Great battery life, Excellent print quality res...
Cons: Extremely slow startup time (25-30 seconds) due to Android OS boot process, Has a "sleep mode" like a smartphone, but still takes 2-3 seconds to wake before it's ready to shoot, Mode switching and settings adjustments are also slow, Slower than average autofocus speeds and shutter lag for a mirro...
Summary: Cell phones have had a camera component incorporated into their platforms for years now–even my ancient Motorola RAZR flip phone has a primitive 2 or 3GB photo capability. Smart phones have raised the image capture bar even higher as camera resolution, sophistication and overall performance have...
Pros: Unique combination of camera performance and Android connectability in a single package, Very good still image and video quality, Good continuous shooting rate, Feature-rich platform due in part to Android system, Good high ISO noise performance
Cons: Cost, Use of touchscreen and extensive menus for camera settings can slow operations, In-camera battery charging
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.
Summary: In their bid for total domination, Samsung has made their mark in almost every IT division with some very innovative devices. So to solidify their place as a contender in the digital imaging market, they have released their latest GALAXY NX Connected Compact System Camera.
Pros: 4G LTE support, Android 4.2, Large display, Filled with features
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: 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
Pros: Android OS, Large screen, APS-C size sensor
Cons: Slow processing, Few physical buttons, AF point change impossible when using EVF