Samsung Galaxy NX Review

Overall 48
Imaging 19
Features 44
Size 81
Price 100

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 4.8″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 9.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 137 x 101 x 26 mm
  • Weight: 495 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Samsung Galaxy NX Summary

This review is devoted to Galaxy NX that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Jun 20, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #77 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #137 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung Galaxy NX Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung Galaxy NX review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 4.8″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/6000
  • Continuous Shooting: 9.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 440 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Samsung Galaxy NX With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung Galaxy NX. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung Galaxy NX has the following external dimensions 137 x 137 x 26 mm (53.94 x 39.76 x 10.24″) with the weight of 495 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung Galaxy NX, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung Galaxy NX is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 26mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung Galaxy NX with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung Galaxy NX is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung Galaxy NX compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung Galaxy NX — 440 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Samsung Galaxy NX — 26 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Samsung Galaxy NX — 495 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy NX comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy NX comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Samsung Galaxy NX Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung Galaxy NX comes with DRIMe IV processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung Galaxy NX has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Samsung Galaxy NX features a 20.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung Galaxy NX is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung Galaxy NX with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung Galaxy NX

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung Galaxy NX is equipped with a Fixed Type 4.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung Galaxy NX are its 9.0 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Galaxy NX comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/6000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Galaxy NX features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Samsung Galaxy NX stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations.

In addition, Galaxy NX has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung Galaxy NX, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung Galaxy NX allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Samsung Galaxy NX provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Samsung Galaxy NX is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Samsung Galaxy NX is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Galaxy NX is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Galaxy NX with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung Galaxy NX provides a shooting life of 440, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung Galaxy NX offers the highest battery life that reaches 440 shots.

How Good is Samsung Galaxy NX for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung Galaxy NX’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung Galaxy NX’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Galaxy NX to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung Galaxy NX for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy NX performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy NX can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung Galaxy NX for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy NX performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy NX can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (137 x 101 x 26 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung Galaxy NX for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy NX performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy NX can be called a 82 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (9.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/6000s)
  • Small battery life (440 shots)

Samsung Galaxy NX for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy NX performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy NX can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (495 g)

Samsung Galaxy NX for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy NX performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy NX can be called a 84 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing

Samsung Galaxy NX Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model Galaxy NX
Announced Jun 20, 2013
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Samsung NX
Number of Lenses 32
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 4.8″
Screen Resolution 922k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000 s
Continuous Shooting 9.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 495 g
Physical Dimensions 137 x 101 x 26 mm
Battery Life 440 shots
Battery Type 440 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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