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3

Samsung Galaxy NX


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,200.00

Could the 20.3-million-pixel Samsung Galaxy NX with Android operating system change the way enthusiast photographers use and think about their cameras? Read the Samsung Galaxy NX review...

Samsung Galaxy NX review – Our verdict

Essentially, the image performance of the Galaxy NX is on a par with the NX300, with the added advantage of a bigger screen that improves the usability of the touchscreen AF, previewing photos and spot metering. The big selling point is the Android operating system, and I think having the ability to edit in-camera, create time-lapse videos and share across social media, among a wealth of other things, is fantastic.

The images the camera produces are good, but the AF is slow in low light and high ISO sensitivity makes JPEGs soft. It is not the best image quality we have seen from a compact system camera, but the Galaxy NX is mostly about functionality and it is not aimed at professionals. Rather, it is aimed at people who either want all the functionality of Android or people who want to advance their photography from a smartphone or the Samsung Galaxy compact camera.

Samsung Galaxy NX – Key features

Dioptre adjustment
With many cameras, the dioptre is adjusted using a small dial that is very fiddly and easy to knock, but on the Galaxy NX it is well designed, large and easy to use.

Pop-up flash
The built-in pop-up flash has a guide number of 11m @ ISO 100 and wideangle coverage of 28mm (equivalent).

Charging via Micro USB
The battery is charged via a Micro USB, which is supported by many mobile devices. Portable chargers are inexpensive and great for some extra power on the go.

HDMI port
This will allow the user to connect the camera to a TV or projector to display images.

  • Video: 1920x1080 pixels (30fps), 1920x810 pixels (24fps)
  • White Balance: Auto, 4 presets, custom and manual
  • Built-in Flash: TTL auto pop-up
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Electronic (800x600)
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • Weight: 410g (without battery or card)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, user, my mode, auto, smart
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/180sec
  • Sensor: 20.3-million-effective-pixel CMOS
  • AF Points: 105 phase-detection pixels and 247 contrast-detection AF points. Single-point, 21 multi-point, 35 close-up, face detection
  • LCD: 4.77in, 1280x720-pixel resolution
  • Power: Rechargeable B735EE Li-Ion (4360mAh with 440-shot life)
  • File Format: JPEG, SRW (raw)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/6000sec + bulb (max 4mins)
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous, burst (5M size only).JPEG: high (8.6fps), normal (up to 5fps) selectable burst, 10fps, 15fps, 30fps selectable, 30 shots by 1 release. Raw: high (8.6fps), normal (up to 5fps) selectable
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: Samsung NX
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual, touch AF
  • ISO: 100-25,600
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Metering System: 221-block segment TTL metering, with multi, centreweighted and spot
  • Dimensions: 136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, mini HDMI
  • Compression: Normal, Fine, SuperFine
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £1,299 body only
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC

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