Samsung Galaxy NX hands-on review

Samsung Galaxy NX camera

Samsung's latest camera is the Galaxy NX, a combination of its Galaxy Camera and the firm's NX compact systems camera (CSC).

The Galaxy NX is an interesting product for a number of reasons. Samsung has dubbed it the first interchangeable lens camera with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi. It's also the first CSC camera to come running Android (Android 4.2 Jelly Bean).

So, it has the same 20.3Mp APS-C CMOS sensor which is found on, for example, Samsung's NX300 and the same range of available lenses. But, the Galaxy NX comes with a SIM-card slot you have 3G or 4G LTE mobile data and the benefits of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

It's got a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. It's also got Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The only thing it doesn't really have when compared to a smartphone is the ability to make calls. For this, take a look at the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy NX camera Android

All this connectivity, combined with Android, means you can really easily share you photos with whatever apps you like. This is simple with the huge 4.8in touchscreen on the Galaxy NX. Samsung also pre-loads some handy software such as Smart Mode offering automatic settings for selected scenes, and Camera Studio which gives you the ability to customise settings for the most used apps and camera modes.

Samsung Galaxy NX camera studio

As well as the large screen, the Galaxy NX has a view finder even though the camera is mirrorless. However, we don't like how big the screen and viewfinder make the device overall. Compact systems cameras are supposed to be, well, compact but the Galaxy NX is much bulkier than others on the market. It is thinner and lighter than a typical DSLR though.

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OUR VERDICT

Due to the short amount of time we've spent with the Galaxy NX we can't really comment on image quality (we saw the camera in a small hotel conference room). So that will have to wait for a full review. Beyond its slightly chunky design, we like the amount of features that the Galaxy NX offers.

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