Samsung Galaxy NX.

Our first impressions of Samsung's Android-powered professional camera

The Samsung Galaxy NX is a first for Android and digital imaging -- the first professional camera with high-end smartphone internals, the latest version of Android and 4G LTE connectivity. If Samsung manages to make all this hardware work well together and bring it to market first, the Galaxy NX has the potential to be a game-changing product. But it's still early days, and we'll need to examine the Galaxy NX in more detail before we come to any conclusions.

The broad strokes are this: A mirrorless body with interchangeable lenses. A 20.3 (effective) megapixel sensor. A 4.8-inch display on the back. Full LTE and Wifi capability. Powered by a quad-core processor at 1.6 GHz. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. On paper, it's a beast. (Check out the full specs here.)

In the meantime, we've had the chance to get our hands on the Galaxy NX at the launch event today in London. Check our the video after the break for our first impressions. We'll bring you a detailed hands-on post later in the day.

 
There are 19 comments

scotts9219 says:

Not to be picky here but I hold the line calling this camera a "professional" camera. Interchangeable lenses do not make a camera a professional anything. Just in the photos you have with the post I notice that the primary lens element is smaller than normal. Larger lenses offer better light-gathering capabilities along with being sharper. That's why a good professional lens will many times cost more than the body of the camera.

That said, it looks like a good camera for those who want to take better pictures than with your run-of-the-mill point and shoot. I like the intelligence Android brings to the device and will force the industry in general to look at producing more intelligent cameras.

Just my $.02

abbazaba14 says:

Why can't they seem to hit the mark on an Android camera? I want one bad, but the current selection is terrible. Every time I use my Sony NEX I wish it was Android, but anything that's been done so far just isn't good enough to replace it. I completely realize that Sony and Cannon will probably be the last manufactures to ever use Android on a camera... but it WILL be awesome.

Chanlion says:

I don't know if Sony will be the last one. They do have the xPeria lineup. As for the camera itself, I'm very reluctant to calling it a professional camera. (No offense to anyone but I think this one fits in the category of people know think they're professional because they have a Nikon) It lacks a lot of physical controls and I know that Android is unresponsive to touch sometimes. I wouldn't mind it replacing my point and shoot camera but wouldn't call it a professional camera.

How's the bootup time? That really worries me for an Android camera. You can't keep it on all the time either, most people know how a camera eats through battery. I kind of wish I had a 3rd spare batery.

dplane says:

Aye, a professional camera this is not. Having said that, I understand AC is looking at this from an Android running device standpoint. For solid reviews on the camera capabilities it's better to turn to the guys at the photography websites, looking forward to seeing what their conclusions are.

I applaud Sammy for coming up with novelties such as this but it does slightly bother me that they're giving the avg consumer the idea that this is top of the line whereas it is likely to be average at best as a camera only, just like it's smaller predecessor.

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Alan Penner says:

Just because it doesn't LOOK like existing professional cameras does not make it any less so. It seems the sensor is plenty good. It will be a learning process to switch from current generation DSLR controls to a touchscreen, but I expect it will actually make things faster and better.

Depending on the type of photography being done, the NX lenses can probably be considered professional quality as well. I'd like a good 300 f/4 and 70-200 f/2.8 before I can seriously consider using it, but for anything needing less zoom? The glass is there.

And then on top of that, it has the benefits of Android. I can't wait to see what it's like taking a panorama on this thing.

My biggest concern would be start-up time. But I have no doubt the photos out of this camera can be "professional" quality, given the right photographer behind it.

frettfreak says:

I think you hit the nail there... start up time and how fast i can snap pics. Honestly it looked pretty laggy in the vid (its touchwiz, i wouldnt expect anything less). i have a canon t3i and i can almost tell you just from looking at teh vid that there is no way i would be able to pick up this camera and get shots anywhere NEAR as fast as the t3i (which i wouldnt even consider a "professional" camera). HOwever, when and if someone ever does get this whole android -pro-sumer grade camera right, i will buy in heart beat!

Biggnaa20 says:

I'm just happy to see the gauntlet being thrown in the dirt. It might take a while, but hopefully it'll be more manufacturers than just Samsung making these.

Here's to the future.

nb

gustav0ar says:

The guy in the video says that it has JellyBean 4.1.2, but it has 4.2.2

geoff5093 says:

The glass elements on those lenses are TINY!

joebob2000 says:

That's what I was thinking. The performance on those is going to be really below even the cheap Canon or Nikon offerings. This is a product line for anyone who bought a DSLR to shoot in full auto mode all the time. And a switch to toggle from 20mm to 30mm? WTF?

chuckh0308 says:

Looks more like a prosumer level camera (example: Canon PowerShot SX500is) than professional. There's nothing wrong with that...I've been using and loving prosumer cameras for years. Just call it what it is though. And price it accordingly.

dchawk81 says:

This is not a professional camera. It's nowhere close. It's not professional just because it doesn't fit down your pants.

s2weden2000 says:

accept...and you shall be free

rap1 says:

Will be interesting to read the photography site reviews. I would say before Jelly Bean, Android was not responsive enough for this type of thing. It's very close now but I still worry about lags a bit. I like prosumer cameras and this would be an interesting option. I also always look at these first generation products as a preview of what can come in this area.

While it certainly is not a professional camera, the basic specs are intriguing. The sensor & basic exposure capabilities appear to have some promise. But, it's really about the glass and from those press shots I have my doubts.

I will be interested to see what the camera sites have to say once they get a good look. While I doubt my 7D & L-lens kit has anyhting to worry about, this could be a nice supplemental kit when I don't feel like hauling the beast out.

RaiderWill says:

Lag..?
You kidding me? We'll have this puppy Rooted and that Exynos 1,600 Overclocked to 1,900 running an AOKP / CM 10.1 Rom before you can say.. "Cheese!"

You Sir, had made my day..

Mouse1442000 says:

I love your optimism, but I am still waiting for a custom ROM for the original Galaxy Camera. Looking into doing it myself... At least we have root...

This camera is pretty sweet! Just another toy to add to the collection. Would be awesome to take on hiking/vacation trips.