Studio scene image comparison tool

We experimented with a few lenses when putting the Samsung Galaxy NX through its paces in our studio testing. We found the best results when using a Pentax 50mm F2.8 macro lens we had in house. Using a proven lens for these tests allowed us to focus more on sensor image quality when measuring results.

The Galaxy NX's photo quality is excellent by smartphone standards, and holds up well against DSLR and mirrorless cameras. In good light, you'll be able to comfortably shoot at ISOs as high as 6400 — though they won't be great when viewed at 100% at that sensitivity.

When shooting in Raw mode, the Galaxy has very little luminance noise until around ISO 800. Color noise becomes an issue at ISO 1600, at which point details start to disappear. As you'd expect, there's more chroma (color) noise at ISO 3200 and 6400, though it's comparable to other APS-C cameras.

In low light the Galaxy NX doesn't have an unusual color cast, and its low ISO noise levels are similar to those taken in bright light. Details get smudged at higher sensitivities — such as ISO 3200 — though the Galaxy NX remains competitive.