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Samsung Galaxy NX Hands-on

June 2013 | By Lars Rehm
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Preview based on a pre-production Samsung Galaxy NX Camera

Samsung has had broad success with the Android operating system in the smartphone and tablet space, and last year introduced a long-zoom camera with Android and cellular wireless capability. Samsung now brings Android to its NX mirrorless system with the Galaxy NX. The new camera uses most of the same essential elements as the NX300, including the NX lens mount, the 20.3-megapixel sensor, and DRIMe IV imaging processor, but it also includes a large 4.8-inch 921K capactive touchscreen, the largest display on any interchangeable lens camera so far, and several forms of wireless communication.

Samsung was the second company to announce an Android-based camera in 2012, but it was more ambitious than the Nikon S800c, which ran Android 2.3, while the Galaxy Camera ran 4.1. The Galaxy Camera also had a 4.8-inch LCD, and a wider and longer zoom, ranging from 23-481mm equivalent. What the Galaxy NX offers over the Galaxy Camera is interchangeable lenses, an APS-C sensor, dedicated processors, and a larger battery, among other things.

Samsung Galaxy Camera NX key features

  • 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor (same as NX300)
  • 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 4.8-inch 921K LCD with capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass
  • SVGA electronic viewfinder with diopter control
  • JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG capture
  • Movies 1920x1080@30fps, 1280x720@60fps
  • Built-in GPS +GLONASS (A-GPS supported)
  • 16GB Memory, 2GB RAM
  • MicroSD card slot supports up to 64GB
  • 1.6GHz Quad-core processor
  • DRIMe IV imaging processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4360mAh battery
  • Enhanced voice commands
  • Advanced Hybrid Autofocus: 105 points on-chip phase-detect; 247-point contrast-detect
  • Focus peaking
  • WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE/3G HSPA+42Mbps cellular data
  • Bundled with Adobe Lightroom
  • 1/6000 second top shutter speed
  • 8.6 fps

While it looks like an ordinary SLR or mirrorless EVF camera from the front, from the back the Galaxy NX looks more like a big smartphone. Samsung decided to rely primarily on the touchscreen for most settings, leaving only one dial on the back, which also serves as a button, the shutter release, movie record button, plus power and flash pop-up button, and the i-Function button on more recent NX lenses.

Though there is no telephone application, the Galaxy NX can run essentially any Android app, according to company representatives, including Skype, so there's potential to use the phone as a communication device. Of course, the primary form of communication intended with the Galaxy NX is uploading images and videos to servers and social media sites via its WiFi and 3G/4G cellular radio. The Galaxy NX can also transfer images to smartphones and tablets for storage, editing, and upload.

The advantages to a camera that is also an Android device are wide-reaching, potentially omitting the need for a computer, at least for the initial phases of a photoshoot. Application of filters and edits are limited only by the programs available on Android. Our initial impression is that the camera doesn't need a SIM card or contract to work.

The Samsung Galaxy NX Camera will come either body-only or kitted with an 18-55mm O.I.S lens. The new camera will work with all NX lenses, including the company's 45mm 2D/3D lens.

Dedicated processors

Unlike the original Galaxy Camera, the Galaxy NX Camera has two separate processors: one for Android (the 1.6GHz Quad-core processor) and one for images (the DRIMe IV), which promises to make both Android and image processing faster.

Size compared

The Galaxy NX camera is noticeably larger than the NX20, which also has an electronic viewfinder. The size increase is likely due to the considerably larger LCD, which literally dominates the back of the Galaxy NX, leaving no room for buttons and just enough for a slight thumb grip.

From the front, the Galaxy NX looks like a larger version of the NX20, though it's not immediately obvious why it's bigger (that becomes more clear below). There is no depth-of-field preview button on the Galaxy NX.
The top view reveals a larger grip - which helps pull your hand forward so your thumb isn't as prone to encroach onto the large rear LCD. The Galaxy NX also uses a power button instead of the power switch that rings the NX20's shutter release, and there's no Mode dial (by default the rear dial functions as a Mode dial on the Galaxy NX). Note the large diopter adjustment knob left of the EVF.
The LCD on the back leaves no room for other control types, save for the dial upper right, which also serves as a button to confirm selections. Naturally the LCD is also a capacitive touchscreen, which cell phone users will find quite familiar.

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

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Scott Stanford
By Scott Stanford (4 months ago)

My biggest concern is the battery life. I wish they would develop a battery grip like other DSLR's that could accommodate another battery or 2. Unfortunately I don't think this camera will be popular enough for Samsung or an aftermarket company to develop such a grip.

By mariobenites (5 months ago)

Can anyone confirm if this camera has mic input?

By mgaiani (4 months ago)

Yes it has a stereo mic input

By GrantBFoto (8 months ago)

In the hope that Samsung or some Android developer is listening.....there is one thing that would make a networked camera like this very, very powerful that unless I am mistaken is missing from the Android universe. What a photojournalist needs for a camera like this to truly obviate lugging a laptop or even a tablet around on some shoots is a top to bottom editing, captioning and transmitting app. The iPhone has one in the Photogene app. Images can be well edited, captioned using IPTC fields and transmitted via FTP to "Your Publication" 's front end system. From first sight to layout, all from one machine. Without an Android version of the same, this camera is of no more use to a photojournalist than a wifi enabled SLR.

By mgaiani (4 months ago)

well the fact that you can use 4G sim put this camera to a higher level of connectivity than a wifi dslr
and in android there are some good editing tools too like "snapseed" from Nik software
I use it a lot and consider the easier and faster that produce good results

By thygocanberra (9 months ago)

looks like an ugly duckling but I suppose it might take pictures like a swan.

kai liu
By kai liu (10 months ago)

I saw they demonstrate it at photoplus expo. There is some kind of app I do not know which one. Once the photographer took a pic, it will appear immediately on the big HDTV. very cool. Also can do live view shooting using that big HDTV. They do not use cable. so must be some kind of app using wifi.

By ThaQuest (11 months ago)

i tired it in store the other day - felt great in my hands, and the touch interface seemed to work well.

By Buttons252 (Sep 26, 2013)

I am all for having a custom android OS drive a camera, but not at the expensive of ergonomics and quick access buttons. I still want my viewfinder! Give me a traditional DSLR button layout, with a 4" lcd. mirrorless so i can use any lens adapters for a wide access of glass. EVF to save space, wifi so i can upload photos/videos instantly to smugmug, google, flickr, facebook, email etc.

By Shamael (Aug 30, 2013)

this is how to combine a nice camera and a huge phone to end in an ugly cameraphone.

Philip Corlis
By Philip Corlis (Aug 29, 2013)

As cameras go I think this will make an excellent doorstop.

By Create (Aug 29, 2013)

How long is it going to take to upload 100 20 megapixel images back to my computer with any wireless camera system, let alone this one?

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By Dimit (Aug 29, 2013)

To DPR editors:
Kindly,whenever there is not a data available in the specifications page,please say so!
In this case,next to the evf as well as lcd screen resolution line,would be better writing "Not available''.
It's definately a best info than just stating nothing at all?? Nobody's going to blame you afterall!

Clyde Thomas
By Clyde Thomas (Aug 29, 2013)

Admin... Why don't these cameras list their flash sync speed? That's a pretty fundamental piece of knowledge to omit from the specs.

Have we strayed so far from traditional photography that flash sync speed is no longer notable? Noticed this trend for a few cameras now...

External Flash is listed as "YES Hotshoe". Can we get a little more photo centric info on this please?


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By 57even (Aug 29, 2013)

I can plug my smartphone into my car and use it as an MP3 player, navigator and hands-free phone.

Would I want to remove the steering wheel and controls and drive using the phone? Er..... no.

This does not replace a phone, and a phone does not replace it. So a far better answer is improved interoperability not integration IMO. I can really see the benefits of connecting a camera to my phone and using it for geo-tagging, backup and RC, even firmware updating and customisation, but not to replace the control dials on my camera.

Especially at this price....!

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By JEROME NOLAS (Aug 29, 2013)

The ugliest camera on earth, who needs it? I want NX30!

By jtan163 (10 months ago)

You haven't seen the Nikon Dƒ yet then?

By iamjason (Aug 28, 2013)

I'd be curious what the battery life on this looks like when it comes out. Seems like every other Android device I've owned goes dead halfway through the day.

Probably not a camera that is going to win over a lot of converts. After all, Canon and Nikon are optics companies first - Camera companies second. Even the underdogs like Sony and Pentax have a good footing in optics. If I were a first time camera buyer I'd feel wiser choosing a company that offered me more options, so if I decide to go pro, I don't have to sell all my hardware and start from scratch.

All that being said, this is still a pretty cool concept and while it will never come close to replacing a professional camera, it would be a fun toy to have.

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By xoio (Aug 19, 2013)

You can probably play angry birds on it too. LOL

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By NewForce (Aug 18, 2013)

"Overall the Galaxy NX looks like an interesting concept that doesn't appear to be without its flaws, but Samsung diserves some kudos for the bold move of implementing Google's Android OS in a mirrorless system camera and we are looking forward to receiving a production unit for testing."

What if Samsung didn't gave DPR 1st hand review, or maybe DPR landed in 3rd line review queue, or it didn't pay up the require Ads/PR fees? Will DPR still reviewing Galxy NX camera?

By Timmbits (Aug 11, 2013)

Why would I want to sacrifice all the nice controls of the NX20 for an Android OS?

I already have my smartphone in my pocket if I want to play chess or RushHour.

Also, I could think of some nice Nikon or Canon FF cameras if I wanted to lug around something this large.

By bthilton (Aug 6, 2013)

Maybe this will be different given the higher resolution and generally larger screen, but ultimately it's just difficult (and in low light situations impossible) to focus using a screen, especially when your autofocus stops working. EVFs and LCDs just fall short of being usable, don't make the mistakes I have in the past, please.

Lots of wasted money I could have spent earlier on a real SLR.

By taketime (Aug 3, 2013)

Is it same with NX300 body?

I think NX300 is start to compete with other mirrorless.

just soft OS is different?

By BeaniePic (Aug 2, 2013)

Wrong Direction I think...

mehran langari
By mehran langari (Aug 1, 2013)

its a complet nice & full app insterument

By SomebodyFamous (Jul 17, 2013)

Great but like all these touchscreen phones - utter garbage in high humidity.

By husada16 (Jul 16, 2013)

1st i agree there are pts where it is much easier in touch screen there are in mechanical. 2nd should have been dslr type android.3rd the screen should ve been 1080 p(449ppi) superamoled screen to portrayed the good picture.4rd i find 4.8 inch is a bit small for photo or video editting.(galaxy camera is used in this case as it has the same screen size as nx) 5th does it have sleeping mode n front camera. Other than that this is true innovation.

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By Minolta4Life (Jul 12, 2013)

I'm still waiting on the digital camera that can be surgically implanted in my eye, and the cell phone that is an implanted chip in my tongue. Anything else is archaic.

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Les Kamens
By Les Kamens (Jul 19, 2013)

Google Glass is well on its way... not sure if that is good or bad

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By Gesture (Jul 12, 2013)

There's a new tyranny. We must work without wheels, dials and buttons, waving our fingers in front of our field of vision constantly. There is a place and use for touch screens, but far, far greater proprioceptive and information processing power in the simple computer mouse, even given the new touchscreen "gestures." Or as we advance in voice commands, do folks really want to talk their way through everything.

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By husada16 (Jul 11, 2013)

Samsung make a wrong decision. The camera should be dslr not mirrorless android. This mirrorless camera is too bulky but cannot performs as good as dslr. 2nd the screen should be at least 5inch full hd 449ppi to portray the good captured picture. The lcd makes the good picture looks ordinary n pale than samoled. Pity wrong decision

By ethern1ty (Jul 16, 2013)

Do you know the difference between Mirrorless and DSLR. Didn't know that a mirror help so much on performing better....

By Shamael (Aug 30, 2013)

you might be right, that is probably why i left dslr systems at home and use mirrorless only. You write here without knowing what's on, as it seems.

By husada16 (Jul 11, 2013)

Samsung should consider having 5inch superamoled screen 1080p at least not lcd.why?good picture capture will look awful in lcd but look great in samoled full hd. Your picture looks pale compare to olympus.

By Spectro (Jul 6, 2013)

I just bought a new smartphone yesterday, didn't even see this article. Should of waited and got this bad boy. I don't care if people see me making a phone call with a ilc camera to my face. I carry my nex or dslr with me all the time as well as my phone, this can kill 2 birds with one shot.

so what is the price

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By mosc (Jul 16, 2013)

it offers no data plan or cell phone hookup. It's just a more integrated camera. If you used your phone for more than angry birds, you're still going to need a phone.

By kcccc (Jul 5, 2013)

The android OS looks interesting and attracive to me first, until I looked at another review which says that it needs quite some time to load the OS when you switch on the camera. That's quite unacceptable for a camera in my opinion. Of course you can go to sleep mode (instead of switching it off) and this allows the camera to wake up instantly, but then it would drain up your battery...

By Gesture (Jul 2, 2013)

Would have shaved 1/2 inch or more off rear dimensions width ,but that would probably have necessitated rewriting/reworking the adapted tablet.

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Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (Jun 28, 2013)

I like the idea, I'd like to see this actualized in a more serious camera though. I don't care that much about upload connectivity, I don't see batch upload of 500-1000 or so photos from, say, shooting a wedding being fast or cost effective, (or not battery draining!) but I'd love to be able to use my phone or tablet as a remote control/tethering device for the camera, maybe with the ability to control focus, zoom, and exposure from said phone or tablet.

How about a remote control motorized tripod as well? I'm not talking about wheels to move the tripod, but the ability to pan or tilt, or change the axis. That would be very useful in many situations.

RC lighting umbrellas and boxes anyone? Possibly RC gel spots, etc.

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By Gesture (Jul 2, 2013)

With something as simple as the NX1000, a smartphone can control some operations and preview images.

By Juhaz (Jun 26, 2013)

CHDK and Magic Lantern already showed us how enormously useful third party apps on a camera can be, and those are just ugly kludges - with the manufacturer actually supporting and encouraging that kind of thing, the possibilities are truly endless. AND it lets the camera people focus on what they (should) do best - kick-ass hardware and optics instead of worrying about getting every last corner of the firmware perfect.

Sony had a chance to get this ball rolling with the PlayMemories apps on last NEXes, but they blew it by trying for Apple-like walled garden approach. This is the future.

By disasterpiece (Jun 26, 2013)

What is this, a camera or a space ship?

By Skipper494 (Jun 28, 2013)

Jeez! I LOVE spaceships!

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By Jake64 (Jun 26, 2013)

I don't understand. Can I play Fruit Ninja on this camera? Then put it up to my ear and talk to my friend?

By Joseph (Aug 30, 2013)

I think they should not call it a "phone" - if you read the spec. the 3G/4G connection is for data only.

I guess you can do VOIP on some apps, but do you really want to hold up the to your ears?? (Don't think there is Bluetooth on board so no Blutooth headset).

By Zamac (Jun 25, 2013) - it's trivial but the 5472 x 3080 is duplicated.

By andix (Jun 23, 2013)

And just when you were about to press the shutter and take the photo of the century....

...Your mom rings and ruins the shot.


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dark goob
By dark goob (Jun 23, 2013)

Sadly it's Apple who should have done this awhile back. I have been saying for years that Canon or whoever should make a camera that takes an iPhone inserted in the back and uses it for the control interface.

But kudos to Samsung for innovating. The claim of DPreview that it somehow lacks "external controls" is the stupidest thing I've ever read. Hasn't DPreview ever heard of gestures? They could easily make certain gestures correspond with certain controls, completely obviating the need for dials and buttons. You know, swipe right while looking through the finder to see ISO. Swipe left to do exposure compensation. Double-tap for AE-lock. Etc. etc. ad infinitum.

People lack imagination and clarity of thought these days. It's just pathetic.

By Timmbits (Jun 26, 2013)


Apple didn't do this because it seems they are smart!

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By sublogic (Jun 23, 2013)

As an iPhone user, I hate Samsung with a passion, but admit, this is kind of cool and an idea I've thought of long ago.

I can already tell that there are some Professional Photographers out there that are scared of this cameras potential. I figure someone with a good set of lenses, SnapSeed and WiFi capabilities will trump all their hard Photoshop work in an instant.

Of course a camera like this wont trump portrait photographers that require studio equipment, etc. But it can sure make things easier for someone to get quick exposure on places like Instagram, DeviantArt, etc.

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Jun 23, 2013)

> I figure someone with a good set of lenses, SnapSeed and WiFi capabilities will trump all their hard Photoshop work in an instant.

You've made my day. I've not laughed that hard for a while.

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By Jackmon13 (Jun 25, 2013)

Why do you have to hate Samsung to be an iPhone user? Their making phones doesn't prevent you from enjoying your iPhone. Sorry for being totally off-topic... But it just bugs me, since I never understand the irrational hatred/fanaticism on either side of the divide.

By Scrollop (Aug 29, 2013)

"as an iphone user I hate samsung"

a clueless iphone user perpeuating iphone-user stereotypes.

Do you think he/she also subscribes to:

"as an american I hate Afghanistan"
"as a christian I hate muslims"

By Stacey_K (Jun 23, 2013)

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.

By CDBayy (Jun 23, 2013)

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.

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By sportyaccordy (Jun 21, 2013)

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!

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By CDBayy (Jun 23, 2013)

there are already two Galaxy cameras. Soon there will be a whole line, probably including the design you just mentioned.

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By Shamael (Aug 30, 2013)

maybe, I do not know how long Samsung continues building just anything around that 20 mpix sensor, but let's wait and see. If I where in their place, i would try to get something done on the sensor side. The way they do, it will end getting a permanently repolished antiquity

W Sanders
By W Sanders (Jun 21, 2013)

Is that just a fake EVF, or what?

Looks OK for a 1st gen attempt at this, though. Need to be able to use it as a phone!

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By HowaboutRAW (Jun 22, 2013)

I assume you're commenting on the looks of the thing not the EVF?

This isn't exactly a first gen Samsung Android camera, two+ already exist, the GC110 and the GC120 the first is wifi, and the second has the electronics for communication over cell phone networks.

By LFLee (Jun 21, 2013)

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

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By PeterPrism (Jun 21, 2013)

:-) +1

By anjin2 (Jun 22, 2013)

... and result a new technique :)

By CDBayy (Jun 23, 2013)

How come nobody complains that iPads can't make calls? You people are silly.

Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jun 21, 2013)

I was curious until I saw this:
•MicroSD card slot supports up to 64GB

I don't even like SD cards because of the small size. Sure hope this won't be the future of DSLRs.

By LFLee (Jun 21, 2013)

It will be the future because of it's small size. :D
or you are talking about micro SD card?

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By kayone (Jun 21, 2013)

You may not like SD cards but are you expecting a camera like this to use something as large as CF?

W Sanders
By W Sanders (Jun 21, 2013)

I doubt any new devices will be introduced that will not use SD or micro SD, or in the future whatever their even-smaller successors will be.

By sportyaccordy (Jun 21, 2013)

Any reason to reject it would have been good enough for you, apparently.

Geoffrey Kitt
By Geoffrey Kitt (Jun 21, 2013)

I'm been an enthusiastic owner of the original Galaxy camera since it was launched. The integration with Android is very well done and the huge touch screen is quite amazing. The only thing it doesn't do is produce great images due to the small sensor and compromised optics.

Although I've been a user of the Fuji X system cameras (with great sensors and optics) I'll be taking a good look at the new Samsung when it is released.

By chrisnfolsom (Jun 21, 2013)

I think that with wifi and such - many cameras will be used as devices controlled from their smart phones - why duplicate the phone. I think this would be better to be coupled with a smartphone as an outboard device - have an s4 smartphone clip to it, but be removed so you have all the smartphone versatility, but the great optics, CCD, exposure, flash and processing that ONLY a dedicated camera can really give you. I applaud Samsung for this, but I think integrating something smaller to work with their existing phones would be better for the future.

alexis j
By alexis j (Jun 29, 2013)

I think they already do with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, if that's what you meant

By tjobbe (Jun 21, 2013)

@Lars: did you ever use the FN mode on the UI as that normally gets you the complete setting that you have on any NX as today to change all params like AF, Drive mode, flash etc via the top plate menue push/rotate dial.

The same concept btw as on the NX2000 that as well shares the similar camera UI although Tizen based.

My understanding so far is different to your preview that the FN parameter (not the lens iFN) are on the EVF and allow to manipulate all DRIM setting.

The Android bits should not appear on the EVF but the LCD only while all CameraOS elements shall come up on the EVF.

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By Peiasdf (Jun 21, 2013)

Is HowaboutRAW a Samsung viral marketing person? Feel like half the comments are his “opinion”. Yesterday he went on a rant about how Samsung 20mp sensor have better DR than Nikon & Canon FF and if you shoot RAW, you will see NX lenses being sharper than pro lenses.

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By HowaboutRAW (Jun 22, 2013)

First I wasn't talking about the 20MP Samsung sensor, I was writing about the 14MP Samsung sensor, which with good lenses certainly produces sharp images.

Second, much more importantly and what you completely missed, I was writing about image quality. Nikon makes plenty sharp lenses, however the image quality is not good even from the Nikon's best lenses. Nikon can't come close to Leica or Zeiss image quality, but a couple Samsung NX lenses can. (I'm only skipping Canon lenses, because I'm not familiar with them, but no one says that Canon SLR lenses are astoundingly optically better than Nikon lenses., whereas Leica, Zeiss, Samsung+ some others are. )

Since you confused my previous post, I am not commenting on zoom or tele range (here's where the optically superior Olympus lenses beat Nikon).

Nor am I commenting on build quality, or speed of auto focus.

Repeating myself in different terms: Optically good Samsung lenses are easily better than the best Nikon can come up with.

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Jesse P
By Jesse P (Jul 9, 2013)

I'm sorry but no matter how many times you repeat it, Samsung lenses do not compare with any of the other brands you mentioned. Just mentioning them in the same group is itself misleading. According to DxO Mark the highest ranking Samsung lens of any type is number 417, yes 417. Virtually, all the lenses in the top 400 come from Nikon, Canon, Zeiss and some others that aren't even considered top tier brands. Sorry about that but that's the way it goes.

Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (Jun 21, 2013)

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!

By CDBayy (Jun 23, 2013)

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.

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By SulfurousBeast (Jun 21, 2013)

Can it run a full RAW converter and editing tools in-camera and even may be quick batch job processing functions? Sounds interesting, but that humongous screen may need more than just getting used to for a traditional photographer. Does it also prevent accidental setting changes as it looks like you will be gripping the screen for normal shooting purposes?

By Treeshade (Jun 22, 2013)

It is bundled with Adobe Lightroom. My guess is you could edit anything as if using a tablet. And talking about accidental touch, I guess my nose would make a mess on the touch screen when viewing the EVF.

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