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Samsung Galaxy NX review – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

At 4.77in, the screen on the Galaxy NX is the biggest found on any compact system camera to date. It has the same 720p resolution as the Samsung Galaxy compact camera, which makes it class-leading in terms of resolution. While fingerprints on the touchscreen were impossible to avoid due to its size, they thankfully presented no problems when shooting.

In use, the Super Clear HD LCD is great in both bright sunny conditions and in low-light situations. I was very impressed with the viewing angles offered by this screen and how well it prevented reflections.

On occasions where I found myself shooting in really challenging situations, such as harsh sunlight, I opted to use the built-in electronic viewfinder. This viewfinder is clear, responsive and offers an approximately 100% field of view. However, the proximity sensor that shuts off the main LCD and activates the EVF has a frustrating delay. I found myself putting the camera to my eye and waiting nearly 1sec before anything were visible through the EVF. If a shot needs to be taken quickly, I found it best to stick with the LCD.

The Galaxy NX outputs video in full HD at 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 25fps, and is also capable of shooting 50fps, which is good for slow-motion, although the resolution is cut to 1280×720 pixels. The ability to use touch AF in video is brilliant, although the sounds of the lens motors are unfortunately picked up by the in-built microphone.

  • 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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