Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy NX / EK-GN120
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Samsung Galaxy NX
24 June 2014
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: 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: No manufacturer has done more than Samsung in the quest for making cameras that allow the photographer to communicate with the outside world. With the GALAXY NX, Samsung is showing us once again the future world of ‘connected’ photography. This is the first time an advanced system camera has been combined with a modern interactive 4.8-inch touchscreen tablet.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy NX is an interesting concept. After using it over a prolonged period, you really get the sense this is the direction more interchangeable lens cameras will be taking in the future to appeal to the younger generation who regularly like to let others know where they’ve been and what they’ve photographed via social media.
Pros: 3G/4G compatible; Capable of shooting high speed sequences; Solid and robust build quality; Battery stamina for an Android camera; Exceptional touchscreen
Cons: On/Off button placement; Scroll dial adjustment control; Lens range is still developing; EVF resolution isn’t as impressive as the screen
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