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Samsung Galaxy NX hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy NX hands-on
Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy Camera was the first step in combining the best functions of a smartphone and camera together, but as usual, the company known to be one of the premier forces in the Android world is unleashing its latest iteration. Sure, we’ve already heard about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which truly brings all of the comforts of a point and shoot to the smartphone form factor, but the Samsung Galaxy NX is targeted to those who have a special taste for taking stunning photos. Whereas as the other models aimed to make snapping photos simple, the Galaxy NX brings the full arsenal of your traditional interchangeable lens camera – with the vast sharing and deep functionality of the Android experience.

Display:

When its purpose is to take stunning and crisp photos, it’s nice to find that Samsung didn't skimp out with the Galaxy NX’s display. Just like the Galaxy Camera from last year, this is blessed with a sizable one that enables us to visualize our taken photos in full fidelity. Specifically, it’s sporting one that’s almost as gigantic as Sammy’s flagship – a 4.8-inch HD (720 x 1280) TFT LCD display. Certainly its resolution isn’t as imposing, but regardless of that, it gets the job done when it comes to snapping photos, outdoors even. Unlike its AMOLED panels, the TFT LCD one in the Galaxy NX delivers colors that are more realistic, while at the same time, its viewing angles are effective enough to allow us to preview shots outdoors as soon as they’re taken.

Design:

Glancing at the Galaxy NX, it’s evident that it’s styled like many popular DSLR cameras – as opposed to having a smartphone body first, with camera elements smacked on. We have to say, its build quality feels excellent with its frame, as there’s a subtle rugged aspect to its finish. Looking at the by itself, it’s rather skinny in frame for a DSLR camera, but it’s broken up by the grip handle, which provides plenty of comfort when it’s being held because of its ergonomic design. Naturally, the lens barrel is the centerpiece of the Galaxy NX – thus, providing the instant distinction of it being a camera first and foremost. Overall, Sammy has done a wonderful job with the Galaxy NX, as its frame is solidly built. Sure, there’s a tiny bit of weight associated with it, but heck, it’ll vary depending on what lens you put on there.

Switching gears over to the camera portion, the Galaxy NX is packing along a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which is undoubtedly beefy in the smartphone world, but it’s a relatively common size for DSLRs. Naturally, it’s all about taking photos with this one, so if you’re concerned about those low lighting scenes coming out dark, you won’t have to worry seeing that its ISO can go up to as much as 25,600. Better yet for those who currently have an existing Samsung NX series camera, they can simply pop their existing lens to this one – so that’s the beauty in being able to swap out lens depending on the occasion. In the video front, it has all the expected video recording formats we’d find on dedicated cameras – like 1920 x 1080 videos in 25 fps. However, we would’ve liked to see a front-facing camera put on this thing as well, to take advantage of all the new shooting modes that Samsung developed for the Galaxy S4.

Interface:

Well, since this is powered by the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, it proves to be a versatile thing with all fronts. However, Sammy has focused the attention with the camera interface, which mainly relies on the same UI scheme we’ve seen already with the Galaxy Camera. This time around, though, they’ve thrown in a plethora of ‘smart modes’ with the camera experience – the figure is actually 30. For example, it features ‘multi exposure’ that merges two different shots together to produce one distinctive image, ‘animated photo’ connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file, and ‘sound & shot’ stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken. As for the performance from our quick look, we’re happy to see that things are fairly snappy, which is thanks in part to its quad-core 1.6GHz processor.

Expectations:

No doubt, hardcore shutterbugs are going to be drooling over this latest gadget from Samsung’s camp. Unfortunately, Sammy has yet to provide specific information related to release dates and pricing for the unit. In the end, pricing will play a crucial role in its success – as well as being widely available amongst wireless carriers. Offering a considerable amount of flexibility, especially with all the various interchangeable lenses that Sammy currently offers, the Galaxy NX is sure to appease a certain demographic, but there’s something in the back of our minds that some would probably opt to choose the GalaxyS4 zoom for its portability. Yes, it’s nice that 4G LTE is offered with this, but it makes us wonder if the cost would’ve been reduced if they opted to omit it – and instead, strictly rely on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.





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posted on 20 Jun 2013, 15:55 4

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


WOW just WOW!

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 21:00 5

14. james004 (Posts: 477; Member since: 15 May 2013)


so its 20mp APS sensor, alright i give it props for that. its legitmiate dslr. BUT i dont like android ONLY on it, there should basic old java based os that give photogropher alot more option than camera app in android. or atleast give option to shoot RAW so we can fix it on computer.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:36

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


right.....still it's not DSLR camera it's a digital camera.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 04:14 1

21. zippolite28 (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


I would never buy this when i have a proper Dslr to click and Proper PC to Edit them

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 15:57 3

2. jdoee100 (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I wonder what canon and nikon gonna do next? Will they follow suit and combine android with their camera, or stay the course and possibly get left behind?

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:14 6

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2992; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I don't know what they're going to do but one thing is sure> they wont fall behind.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:45 4

7. FireBlast (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


It's an interesting concept. The sensor is good and coupled with a good lens can produce great images. But I don't think Nikon and Canon will follow up, or anytime soon, because of 2 reasons:

1. It's a niche market, aimed at people that like gadgets more than cameras. It will appeal to people who wish to upgrade from a phone camera, but still want to retain some of advantages of a smartphone (sharing, facebook, apps, etc.). However a photograph enthusiast will look at it with suspicion. The ergonomics are flawed. No sane person will trade physical dials/buttons on a camera for a touch interface.
2. Nikon and Canon can't care less about mirrorless cameras. They've chosen their allegiance to reside with slr designs. While it might change in the future, the big players in mirrorless at the moment are Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic.

It's probably a stepping stone from which they can build an entire ecosystem.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 23:18

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The one Canon make from CES earlier this year was kinda crappy n a tiny screen.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:31

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


ok they nothing gonna do, they will stay in same thing that they are doing right now. they don't need this kind of stuff in their camera. it doesn't mean everyone will buy this instead of canon and nikon.
nikon and canon are the best in camera. i can see you are pure sammy fan.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:03

3. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


Good camera for what it is... If it were me I would rather spend $1299 on a full framed body, but everyone has their preferences. Also the time it takes to turn on, I could have taken multiple shots with any other DSLR. You would also be limited to 13 lenses, but considering that this camera is primarily geared toward Android Fans and Beginner's experimenting with Photography, the slow 18-55 kit lens will most likely be good enough for the average user. If I am going to buy a "Phamera" for uploading to "Instagram" or "Facebook" I will get the Galaxy S4 Zoom. If I am going to buy a DSLR then it will be from a Camera Company... Needless to say this will probably sell well, but I'd rather just keep android on my phone.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:48 1

8. FireBlast (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


The problem is a FF body is like you've said $1299 (the cheapest) and the lens are also very expensive. On a similar context people can say they would rather spend $60000 on MF camera

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 18:02

11. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


Lenses vary in price from $100- $100,000 (if not more) so it depends what kind of quality you want. Like I said everyone has their preferences, But if we are comparing similar specs, my money would be on Canon or Nikon for the price. I'm not saying that this isn't a good camera, because it has very impressive specs. I just prefer Camera companies with years of experience in the field.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:12 7

4. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Boot up time? Because it powered by Android.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:34 11

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


wow you clearly never have used an iPhone before.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 04:13 2

20. zippolite28 (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


Where did IPhone come from .... its about Boot up time compared to DSLR ...

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:25 1

25. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


iPhones are slow.
We are talking about android here, where did iPhone come from?
Its about the boot time of a DSLR powered by Android.

You re going off the topic

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 17:19

9. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Ugh... Why are the TFT lcd's praised so much now? "Realistic colors" my butt. Honestly, it just feels like we are regressing in tech. They can calibrate an amoled if they actually wanted to.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 17:56

10. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


They can calibrate amoleds but they can't change the price! Amoled price!

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 18:50 2

12. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Lot of these "tech" writers automatically write LCD, more realistic color.

I remember reading an actual display comparison between iphone4, SGS1, and Droid X(not sure) and iphone's retina display was off color as much as the SGS1 in the opposite direction of the color gamut. I think Droid X's faded looking color was rated closer in color reproduction than either devices

Edit: Found it
http://www.displaymate.com/Smartphone_ShootOut_1.htm

Color Gamut

SGS1
Gamut Too Large
138 percent

iPhone4
Gamut Too Small
64 percent

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:00 2

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I remember back in the SGS1, Nexus One days, a AMOLED display was in high demand, they loved the bright punchy colors and amazing viewing angles. But ever since this new PPI craze that has been rained down upon us, AMOLED is always bashed now because mainly it's pentile matrix. I personally don't see a problem with it, I never had issues with the SGS1 or SGS3 and I don't see anybody complaining about the SGS4 even tho it is pentile as well. But now everybody wants NATURAL COLORS, times have changed so much.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 00:14 2

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Couldn't agree more!
Although it's pentile, the AMOLED panel of the GSIV has no problem whatsoever with natural colour reproduction, in-depth tests show that it's on par with the best LCD out there.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 23:17 1

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This is a bad a$$ android camera. It's good Samsung giving consumers options built in Android cam with interchangeable lenses WiFi w/lte connectivity.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 23:44 1

17. Taters (Posts: 3273; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The NX lenses are actually really good and cheap. Should buy now and sell on craigslist. If this doesn't take off, just return the NX lenses.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 23:44

18. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


How long will this camera boot from a fresh battery pull?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:48

22. exxxius (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


WiFi & ANDROID system rocks! but let's see its other features & a full review of Samsung Galaxy NX @ here I found the most complete review of this nice camera :

t.co/cC75eZ01pc

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