Samsung Galaxy NX review

26 Aug 2013

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

Price when reviewed: 
1,162(£1,299 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £968
Price inc VAT £1,162
Overall rating 5
Performance 6
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 20.3mp
Camera screen size 4.8in
Camera optical zoom range 3x
Camera maximum resolution 5472 x 3648

Weight and dimensions

Weight 495.000kg
Dimensions 136.5 x 101 x 37.6mm (WDH)

Battery

Charger included? no

Other specifications

Built-in flash? yes
Aperture range f3.5 - f5.6
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/6,000
Maximum (slowest) shutter speed 30s
Bulb exposure mode? yes
RAW recording mode? yes
Exposure compensation range +/- 3EV
ISO range 100 - 25600
Memory-card type SD
LCD resolution 921,600k
Video/TV output? yes
Tripod mounting thread? yes
Data connector type USB

Manual, software and accessories

Software supplied Adobe Lightroom 5

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