Samsung Galaxy NX hands-on review

Michael Josh Villanueva
Samsung Galaxy NX - the world's first interchangeable lens camera that also runs on Android OS

LONDON, England – Samsung unveiled the world’s first interchangeable lens camera that runs on the Android operating system at its Premiere 2013 event at Earls Court in London on June 20 (June 21 Manila time).

The Galaxy NX joins Samsung’s line of compact system cameras as its flagship device. The new camera brings together the best features seen in two other Samsung products. The Samsung Galaxy Camera, which was the first device to bring a full Android experience to a digital camera and the Samsung NX300 which gave users the DSLR-like features and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses in a compact body.

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On the camera-side the device comes with a 20.3 megapixel, 24mm image sensor. Samsung’s own DRIMe IV Image processor, and advanced hybrid autofocus system that provides fast an accurate autofocus as fast as 8 milliseconds. The camera also improves includes electronic viewfinder – a feature that we found lacking when we reviewed the NX300 on TechRap. Top Shutter Speed is 8.6 FPS and 1/6000th second. The camera can also shoot Full HD movies at 30fps.

On the Android front the camera is powered by a 1.6GHz quad core processor and 2 GB or RAM. It has 16GB of storage space expandable to 64GB with an optional microSD card, and has Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G/4G (LTE) connectivity when paired with a microSIM with a data plan. The camera will not have phone or SMS capabilities however.

Samsung has yet to release battery life estimates but the device includes a 4360 mAh battery.

The camera runs Android 4.2 Jellybean with Samsung’s familiar TouchWiz interface. Because it runs on Android, users will be able to upload photos directly to their favorite social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All other Android apps including games will also run on the device.

The Galaxy NX also comes with Samsung’s suite of software enhancements include 30 Smart Modes. Including those introduced with the Galaxy S4 like Sound and Shot, Drama and Eraser. Expert users also have access to more customizable options. The camera also debuts a new software feature called Photo Suggest (also seen on the S4 Zoom). When connected the camera will detect your location and show you shots taken in the same place providing you with suggested vantage points.

Samsung is mum on pricing at the moment but expect the Galaxy NX to be available in the 3rd quarter of 2013. –

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