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...
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
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: 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.