Overall Rating:

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 – Dynamic range

Image: More detail can be resolved by processing the raw files with the supplied copy of Adobe Lightroom

Previewing the histograms of images I took in Lightroom showed that detail in shadow areas was rarely blown out and plenty of detail remained in both the shadow and highlight areas. In a variety of situations I found the Galaxy NX to strike a great balance between highlights and shadows, even in high-contrast scenes. Using the supplied Lightroom 5, I was able to lighten shadow areas in raw files and pull back a lot of detail.

Samsung provides two different dynamic range settings in the Galaxy NX. The Smart Range+ is an in-camera dynamic range optimiser that lightens shadow areas while preserving the highlights to allow a boost in tonal detail. The HDR mode, on the other hand, takes three images of varying exposure and stitches them together in-camera. This is an automatic setting so unfortunately it cannot be adjusted. Thankfully, both of these options give a nice subtle boost to the images and complement the scene.

  • 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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