Our testing team takes a look at the Samsung Galaxy NX features and what it offers photographers in their preview video of this new Samsung Android camera.
The Samsung Galaxy NX has finally been unveiled in all its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-powered glory, and our testing team has had a first look at the new Samsung camera.
Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to launch a compact system camera, unveiling the first device fitted with an APS-C sized sensor back in 2010 with the original Samsung NX10.
Since then, several iterations of the NX brand have been unveiled, while the rest of the manufacturers now have at least one CSC in their arsenal.
The Samsung Galaxy NX combines a number of the advanced features found in Samsung’s NX camera range – in particular, a 20.3-megapixel APS-C size sensor and the Android Jelly Bean OS.
The Samsung Galaxy NX is the world’s first interchangeable lens camera to feature Android… but for how long?
In this exclusive preview video, Ali Jennings of our testing team takes a look at some of the Samsung NX key features and what they offer photographers.
Samsung Galaxy NX Preview Transcript
Of course the key feature that everybody’s talking about with the Galaxy NX is its connectivity options.
It’s the world’s first interchangeable lens camera to be 4G LTE enabled, and it’s also got built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. It runs the Android Jelly Bean operating system which means that you can install a huge amount of different apps to use directly from the camera, including email, social networking and photo editing, such as Instagram.
We’ve seen a few cameras equipped with Android now, but this is the first time a camera with a large APS-C sized sensor and interchangeable lenses has come with the operating system.
The Galaxy NX features a 20.3 million-pixel APS-C sized sensor, which is also joined by a DRIMe IV image processor, which Samsung says should deliver speed and accuracy.
Samsung has incorporated the same hybrid autofocusing system as we’ve seen previously on other NX system cameras, while it’s also capable of a maximum shutter speed of an impressive 1/6000 second.
Probably the biggest thing anybody will notice about the Galaxy NX is its huge 4.8 inch touchscreen. This takes up the entire back of the camera, and as such there are no physical buttons on the back, with just a few on top of the camera.
This screen is very responsive and easy to use, and while touchscreens aren’t to everybody’s tastes, it doesn’t take long before the lack of physical buttons becomes less of a problem than you might imagine.
A scrolling dial on top of the camera can be used to change the shooting mode, while you can also use it in conjunction with the touchscreen to make changes to settings such as aperture or shutter speed, depending on the mode you’re in.
Designed for both enthusiast and beginner photographers, the Galaxy NX has a range of fun features on board, including Multi Exposure mode, Animated Photo and Sound & Shot mode.
There’s a fair few lenses now available for the NX range, with many of them featuring the innovative iFunction capability, allowing you to make changes to key settings, such as aperture, directly from the lens itself.
For more on this camera, see our Hands-on Samsung Galaxy NX Review over on our sister site TechRadar.