Samsung Galaxy NX Review

Samsung picked the Android OS because it was their only real choice. They could not pick the iOS because it is exclusive to Apple products. The Windows operating system is also more closely associated with Microsoft funded devices, and has fewer apps. So, Samsung chose the Android operating system that was created by Google. Luckily, it worked out very well with their Galaxy range, and so they have now introduced the Android OS to their new Galaxy NX system. Here are a few of the Samsung Galaxy NX Android Camera.

This is a device that resembles a small tablet device, but is actually a camera. It is what is known as a long-zoom camera, but it also has cellular wireless capability. The camera itself is not that different from their NX300 camera, and even has the NX lens mount. Unlike tablets and phones, it is a 20.3-megapixel camera that has an integrated DRIMe IV imaging processor. The screen is on the back of the device, and is 4.8-inch with a 921K capacitive touch screen. Here are some of its vital statistics.

The key features of the Samsung Galaxy NX camera

It is a 20.3MP camera with APS-C CMOS. It has an 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens and ISO 100-25600. The screen on the back is an LCD screen that is 4.8-inch inches (921K). The screen is a capacitive touch screen that has Gorilla Glass.

The camera has a SVGA electronic viewfinder and diopter control. You can take JPEG images, RAW images and capture RAW+JPEG images. The device is capable of taking movies at 1920×1080@30fps and 1280×720@60fps.

The GPS and memory that comes with the camera

The device has a built-in GPS +GLONASS (which is A-GPS supported). You get 16GB of memory on the device, and 2GB of RAM. You can increase the memory capacity of the device up to 64GB with a MicroSD card.

The processor inside the Samsung Galaxy NX

The device itself has a 1.6GHz Quad-core processor and processes the images with a DRIMe IV processor. The Operating System is the Android Jelly Bean (4.2). It has a massive 4360mAh battery, which means that it can handle the extra strain that the flash and high MP places upon it.

The device comes with enhanced voice command software so that you can take pictures or movies without touching it. It also has Advanced Hybrid Auto focus, which is a 105 points on-chip phase-detect and a 247-point contrast-detection system.

Connectivity and Adobe Lightroom

The Samsung Galaxy NX also has focus peaking and you can connect to a 5GHz or 2GHz WiFi a/b/g/n. The camera has NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE). You may connect to the mobile Internet via 4G LTE/3G HSPA+42Mbps. Along with the device you will get Adobe Lightroom, and it has a 16000 second top shutter speed and 8.6 fps.

Its main competitors in the camera world

The Nikon S800c was the first camera to have an Android OS, and it had Android 2.3. The Samsung Galaxy NX camera has the more updated Android 4.1. The Samsung Galaxy camera has a bigger display at 4.8 inches, as well as a longer and wider zoom which goes from 23 to 481mm. The good thing about the Galaxy NX is also the fact that you can install interchangeable lenses and an APS-C sensor. It has dedicated processors and a large battery.

Does it stack up against DSLR cameras?

Sadly, no it does not. The 20.3MP does not add an awful lot, and if you are in low light conditions you are going to have trouble focusing and it is very easy to take noisy pictures. As far as being better than many compact cameras, it is, but better than a DSLR it is not.

The appearance of the Galaxy NX

From the front it looks like a mirrorless EVF or SLR camera, and from the back it could be mistaken for a small tablet device. It is bulky to hold, which may be due to the fact that the back of it is one big flat screen, which does not make for easy holding. Most of the settings must be set via the touch screen, which may delight some people but is going to annoy many photographers. The redeeming feature however is the voice control function, which means that a photographer need not set the device manually for each session.


Kate Funk is passionate about different technology topics. She coaches individuals in writing and networking skills at Rushtutor.


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