Samsung Galaxy NX sensor review: Smart choice?

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday May 06 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Samsung GALAXY NX: Competitive performance | Samsung GALAXY NX Versus Sony A6000: Serious contender | Conclusion
Samsung Galaxy NX sensor review: Smart choice?

Samsung’s Galaxy NX is the world’s first large sensor, mobile-camera hybrid with interchangeable lenses. Read on to find out if this innovative newcomer has what it takes to compete with rival mirrorless offerings.

Announced during the summer of 2013 several months, the Samsung Galaxy NX shares some of the familiar styling of the earlier NX20 yet with an elongated body to accommodate an enormous 4.8” 1280 x 720 (921k-dot) LCD. As a Galaxy model, the large touchscreen is of course aimed at replicating that found on a smartphone, as the Galaxy NX is the first camera with interchangeable lenses to feature the Android operating system. As a result the body has few controls with nearly all the functions accessed and controlled by the rear panel.

In addition to the 20.3-Mpix APS-C sensor with its Hybrid AF system comprising of 105 on-chip phase detection AF pixels and 247 contrast detection points, the camera has a rather impressive spec including, a 1/6000th sec shortest shutter speed with a 1/180th sec sync and 8.6 fps burst capability. In addition to the rear panel it has a 480k-dot resolution 0.46” EVF with focus peaking but the standout features have to be the camera’s cellular functions.

Running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) the NX has an extensive range of connectivity options including 3G/4G LTE, dual band 2.4+5 GHz Wi-Fi (with NFC), Bluetooth and built-in GPS.

Mirrorless cameras are of course well suited to video capture and the Galaxy NX has the usual 1080p at 30/25fps (NTSC/PAL) as well as 1920 x 810 24fps and a slow-motion 720/60/50fps options, though it doesn’t quite match the later NX30’s additional spec with uncompressed output via HDMI. Unusually this camera shuns the ubiquitous SD card form factor and adopts the tiny micro SD alongside a SIM card instead. 

Galaxy NX rear

The larger screen real-estate means the Galaxy NX is somewhat bulkier than others in the line up at 5.4 x 4.0 x 1.0" / 136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7 mm yet it remains relatively light in weight at 1.09 lb / 495 g with battery. The Galaxy NX is available now at $1,249 including the Samsung 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS (stabilized) zoom lens.

Key specifications

  • 20.3-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid AF
  • Android 4.2 ‘Jelly Bean’ Operating System
  • 480k-dot 0.46” EVF
  • 4.8” 921k-dot LCD touchscreen
  • Full HD (1080p) up to 30fps
  • 8.6 fps continuous burst
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G LTE mobile connectivity 

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