Samsung unveiled the rest of its 2013 product lineup in London yesterday, unveiling its semi-successor to the Galaxy Camera in the process. That camera is called the Galaxy NX, and it’s being touted as the first completely connected interchangeable lens shooter to hit the market. TG sister site DigitalCameraReview went hands-on with the device to see if it’s really the game-changer Samsung is promising.
Samsung’s high on the Galaxy NX for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s just a decent shooter. It comes with a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor (just like past NX cameras), a hybrid autofocus system, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of upgradeable storage. Samsung says it can achieve a max shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second, and that it can shoot at 8.6 frames per second too. It’ll work with 13 separate interchangeable lenses to start, and DCR notes that it’s a pretty comfortable camera to hold as well.
But the other causes for excitement stem from the Galaxy NX’s more smartphone-like aspirations. The back of the camera houses a 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen through which users get a modified version of Android 4.2.2. Add to that the Galaxy NX’s Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and you have a shooter that clearly takes some inspiration from Samsung’s Galaxy line of handsets. With Android powering the device, the idea is that users can easily connect and send their photos to online services like Dropbox, Google Drive or anywhere else on the web.
DCR found the Galaxy NX to be a device with great potential for enthusiasts and professionals alike. The 13 compatible lenses here probably aren’t going to completely satisfy pros used to high-quality DSLR shooters, but DCR found them more than capable for what they are. The battery here is “huge,” in DCR‘s words, as it reports that barely any life was lost after an hour of use. It found the NX’s user interface to be intuitive, its color quality to be great, its shutter to be responsive, and its bonus features (like a watermarking option that lets users drop logos over their photos) to be nifty.
Samsung will have some work to do if it wants to make the Galaxy NX a true professional’s device, but for the everyday enthusiast to the semi-pro, this shooter looks plenty promising. As DCR puts it: “No matter who uses this camera, they are sure to find it fun and easy to use.” The Galaxy NX does not have an announced price point or release date just yet, but DCR says it is looking forward to the finished product.