Skip to navigation

Samsung Galaxy NX review

Verdict

Melding superb image quality with impressive versatility, Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy NX is a stunning – if expensive – enthusiast camera

Review Date: 26 Aug 2013

Reviewed By: Nik Rawlinson

Price when reviewed: £968 (£1,162 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £700
(see more store prices)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
6 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

The Samsung Galaxy NX isn’t your average premium-priced snapper. With a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor and a range of interchangeable lenses, this is the priciest, most high-end Android camera yet.

Out front, there’s an 18-55mm lens, with a barrel-mounted i-Function button for setting the aperture, shutter and sensitivity. Beyond that, the thumbwheel and shutter release are the only other controls: all the other features are accessed through the 4.8in touchscreen, where some nifty layouts let you quickly tailor your settings with a tap and a swipe, or a twist of the wheel.

Look to the rear, and the crisp 16:9 touchscreen sports a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It isn’t articulated like the one on Samsung’s NX300, though, so you’ll have to crouch and stretch if you want to be more creative. To view the sensor’s full 20.3-megapixel resolution onscreen, you’ll have to switch to a 3:2 screen ratio and ignore the black bars at the left and right. It’s supplemented by an electronic viewfinder, though, which is equally sharp and bright, and has a dioptre control.

Samsung Galaxy NX

Behind its professional-looking exterior, the Galaxy NX has the heart of a tablet – it runs Jelly Bean 4.2, so you can immediately install Twitter, Instagram and your choice of editing apps, and work on your photos without returning to base.

Just like its consumer-focused stablemates, there’s a SIM slot for taking advantage of 3G/4G data connectivity, and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Locally, it has 16GB of internal storage – which your shots share with apps, data and the OS – and a microSD slot for adding removable storage. Signing up for a Dropbox account during setup gives you 50GB of cloud storage or, if you already have one, upgrades your existing account by the same amount. It’s up to you to choose whether the Galaxy NX uses this to upload each picture as it’s taken, thus creating an immediate backup.

Samsung Galaxy NX

The overall tablet experience feels less comfortable than with the Samsung Galaxy Camera or the Galaxy S4 Zoom, though, since the NX is much chunkier in the hand. Unless you swap out the 18-55mm kit lens for, say, a shorter 20-50mm zoom or 30mm prime (on which you’ll lose the i-Function control), it still feels like a lightweight DSLR with a chunky grip, and its unwieldy body isn’t suited to everyday tablet use.

1 2

Best Prices

Price comparison powered by Reevoo

£700
£700
£700
£800
£879
Subscribe to PC Pro magazine. We'll give you 3 issues for £1 plus a free gift - click here
User comments

Sample image 2

The sample images look great but the link to the full sized version of image 2 (the door close up) leads to sample 3 (statute).

By Alfresco on 26 Aug 2013

Separate charger

I take it that this camera is not blighted by an external charger. As long as spare batteries are available and hold their charge, there really should be no downside.

My Powershot requires a large charger and a bulky main lead when we go on holiday, which seems utterly pointless given has a battery life of almost a week.

By tirons1 on 26 Aug 2013

Weight

When I was looking at a DSLR to replace my aging EOS 500, I tried several, but the biggest problem I found was many, especially the Nikons, were too small and too light to hold comfortably.

The base of the camera looks much too thin to sit comfortably in the hand and you say it is light, which is another handicap, especially if using a decent telephoto lens, the camera will be be overbalanced on the lens, making it difficult to hold stable.

By big_D on 27 Aug 2013

I Just Don't Get It

I can understand the potential for a more connected and instant camera experience, but why would anyone choose to spend over £1100 on this camera with a pretty average lens (f3.5- 5.6)when there are so many brilliant DSLR's out there from the likes of Canon and Nikon.

More money than sense.....

By smn1973 on 28 Aug 2013

what about the screen?

Is the screen bright enough that on a sunny day you can view the controls?
Have nx1000 viewing screen on sunny day through finger smudges impossible. Short sighted,long sighted? get a viewfinder. Which this has but nikon ds 3200 has 3in screen save 700 notes buy some lenses.

By ANONYMOUS1312 on 31 Aug 2013

what about the screen?

Is the screen bright enough that on a sunny day you can view the controls?
Have nx1000 viewing screen on sunny day through finger smudges impossible. Short sighted,long sighted? get a viewfinder. Which this has but nikon ds 3200 has 3in screen save 700 notes buy some lenses.

By ANONYMOUS1312 on 31 Aug 2013

Leave a comment

You need to Login or Register to comment.

(optional)

Latest Category Reviews
Samsung NX30 review

Samsung NX30

Category: Digital cameras
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £899
Canon PowerShot G16 review

Canon PowerShot G16

Category: Digital cameras
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £539
Sony Cybershot DSC-QX10 review

Sony Cybershot DSC-QX10

Category: Digital cameras
Rating: 2 out of 6
Price: £180
Pentax K-500 review

Pentax K-500

Category: Digital cameras
Rating: 4 out of 6
Price: £349
Canon EOS 70D review

Canon EOS 70D

Category: Digital cameras
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £1,079
Compare reviews: Digital cameras

advertisement

Latest News Stories Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Blog Posts Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Features

advertisement

Sponsored Links
 

 
SEARCH
Loading
WEB ID
SIGN UP

Your email:

Your password:

remember me

advertisement


Hitwise Top 10 Website 2010
 
 

PCPro-Computing in the Real World Printed from www.pcpro.co.uk

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at http://www.pcpro.co.uk/registration.

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.