Shahidur Rahman: I really don't get the point of 'Android-powered' cameras!
And I don't see the point of an iPad. A pad of paper and a pencil does the same thing. And who needs email when you have stamps and an envelope.
zoranT: In a few years time this whole touchscreen business will turn out to be perceived as one giant mistake and misunderstanding.
@zorant, yes you are correct... and shortly after touchscreens go away, all cameras will go back to film, Kodak will emerge from bankruptcy, and the horse and buggy will replace the automobile, or as you might say the motorcar.
Michael Ma: Oh it's APS-C? Don't knock it just yet. I checked out their latest flagship NX300, and they've really come a long way. Looking forward to the review.
@HowaboutRaw, you only take pictures once a week?? I thought by your posts you were a serious photographer. I take pictures daily and rarely leave home without a camera.
whtchocla7e: Can I post instant status updates to Facebook from this thing?I update my status hourly. Imagine if we could send photo status updates. I could see myself updating the world about my latest move every couple minutes.. I see a lot of potential in this device.
A billion Facebook users agree with you.
justmeMN: According to camerasizecom it's 17% wider, 12% taller, and 22% heavier than the Canon SL1 / 100D DSLR.
I thought the point of mirrorless cameras was to be light and compact.
nope. the point of mirrorless is to do away with a 70-year old antiquated technology (the flip up mirror). There are many benefits to this, not just the ability to make a smaller camera.
reginalddwight: Thank you to Shawn and Lars for their initial impressions on this interesting product.
I am uncertain if the Galaxy NX will gain sufficient traction among serious photographers, however I am grateful to Samsung for pushing the other camera manufacturers out of their comfort zone and years of stagnant innovation.
You can bet that Nikon and Canon executives will be following this product closely.
I view DSLRs with flip up mirrors as quaint, historical throwbacks to the 1950s. They should all be in a museum.
photofan1986: This thing is BUTT ugly. It reminds me of the Fiat Multipla.
What's ugly about it? It looks like the Panasonic GH3.
Jacques Cornell: First thing I did in setting up my Panasonic M43s was to disable the touch screens and program the buttons so I could make all important adjustments with my eye to the viewfinder. Touch screens just slow me down. GPS geotagging would be nice to have, though.
Unfortunately for you, this is fast becoming a touchscreen world.
Dave Oddie: I think the concept of being able to control a camera via an operating system as Android is fantastic. Third party apps could make the camera a flexible as high-end DLSR's.
From a marketing point of view that might actually limit peoples desire to upgrade. If they can just buy an app to add functionality why buy a new camera?
The biggest drawback I can see in this camera is the fact the EVF is a bit of an afterthought.
I use a Sony A77 and the fact the EVF displays the same as the LCD means I can change settings without moving the camera from my eye and it also allows me to do so in bright sunlight when the LCD is hard to see.
I virtually only ever use the LCD for reviewing and for taking shots at odd angles with it articulated (another omission from the NX).
Ergonomically the A77 is bang on. I don't think the Samsung is as regard the EVF. Maybe they could not replicate the LCD view in the EVF sensibly but if so then the UI design is wrong.
Proper VF's are not outmoded!
Therein lies the beauty of open source Android OS... programmers can develop apps that make the VF display anything you want. You could watch "True Blood" on HBO through the VF if you want to program it that way. No limits.
LFLee: It would be awesome if I can use it as a phone as well. Imagine someone calling you when you are taking long exposure shot and you forgot to turn off vibration... :D
How come nobody complains that iPads can't make calls? You people are silly.
sportyaccordy: A somewhat novel idea kind of nullified by the lack of portability.
I think the ultimate compromise would be to utilize their NX mirrorless APS-C platform with either a new pancake lens or a fixed retractable wide angle lens (~20mm). The challenge there is still balancing packaging with optics though. That would be really incredible though. APS-C performance in your pocket!
there are already two Galaxy cameras. Soon there will be a whole line, probably including the design you just mentioned.
Stacey_K: LOL it has all this connectivity, hooks up to FB etc etc, does everything you can do on a cell phone except..... Make a phone call! So you still have to carry a cell phone. Skip the EVF for this type interface, come up with some sort of pancake lens, allow it to also make phone calls and maybe this would be interesting. Then it might make it where you don't have to carry a cell phone & a camera.
Have you heard of the iPad? Does exactly what my iPhone does. It is 100% redundant. But remarkably it has sold 100MM units. Why? Because it does a couple of things better - larger screen, easier to type, etc. iPad is nothing more than a big iPhone that can't make calls. Same logic applies to Samsung Galaxy NX. I for one will be buying one.
By the negative comments about this new camera I am going to assume that most of the people who read this forum still use five year old flip phones. There's a whole new world out there, don't be scared.
thx1138: So I literally can play Angry birds on my camera. Thank god for technology, it's a wonderful thing!
thx1138, yes Angry Birds is the only ap available for Galaxy. You're still using your old flip phone aren't you? (Rehtorical question. I know you are.)
Boerseuntjie: Samsung leads the industry in cameras nobody wants to buy, good job
Boerseuntjie, you bring up a good point... buying a Samsung Galaxy NX is like GETTING A FULL-FEATURED TABLET FOR FREE. I am buying a Galaxy NX 33% to take great photos, 33% to share them instantly, and 33% to surf the web and use all the aps that turn my camera into a tablet computer.
monkeybrain: The unique selling point of this camera is obviously that it is connected. However, I see a large problem with this situation: people who care most about connected photography already have an iphone or other smartphone and will likely have their favourite apps on there for editing and uploading and of course have a data contract, so this Samsung is replicating that functionality, especially if they need another data contract, which can be seen as redundant. A camera with NFC is probably a better bet so people can quickly send their photos to their phone, of course Samsung have also announced such a camera, the NX2000. Conclusion? Samsung are hedging their bets on the connected camera concept by releasing both these cameras.
Monkeybrain, by your logic an iPad is also redundant if you have an iPhone. But at last check I think iPads have sold moderately well (100,000,000+)
Kuturgan: NO, Samsung, NO!!!!IT is not the right way for development! Do like Sony! Give us a range-finder with EVF!This ugly galaxy camera is a total disaster! Ergonomics is a total sh*t. And it is too big for mirrorless system.
Anepo, it seems you don't know much about photography. I think you may be confusing "mirrorless" with m4/3. The goal of all mirrorless is definitely not just to be small, the goal is to do away with the ancient, archaic flip-up mirror that was designed back in the stone ages. The benefits of this are many - especially for video shooters.
Barney, are the specs above correct? The specs posted above say there is no viewfinder and no built in flash.
Wow so much negativity any time a new concept shows up that isn't a flip-up mirror in a box. All these negative comments probably come from the same change-averse luddites who rejected digital imaging when it came out - I still remember the chorus of "I will never give up my film camera!" LOL! What will all you haters do when Canikon launches a "connected camera?" It is the wave of the future. Why you would not want a direct link from your bulky DSLR to the rest of the world I cannot understand.
This is the camera I have been waiting for.
This is the camera I have been waiting for. Placing my order as soon as it becomes available.