With the Galaxy NX, Samsung continues its efforts to make cameras more connected. With WiFi, NFC, 4G LTE/3G HSPA and Android, users, especially social media buffs, can now share photos straight from the camera.
The camera boasts a 4.8 inch LCD screen with an impressive 921k dots resolution. It comes with an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, which is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy NX is a very comfortable camera to hold. The deep curved rubberised grip fits all my fingers and thumbs with ease.
Although there is no rubber thumb rest at the back of the camera, the superb hand grip makes the camera stable in the hands.
One can either shoot via the screen or look through the bright electronic view finder. Picture quality is basically the same as the NX300 due to the same CMOS APS-C sensor used. The camera has a built-in 16GB storage and a slot for microSD card for extra storage up to 64GB.
The 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor camera offers four shooting modes: Auto, Smart, Expert and My Mode.
If you want to have fun while getting good and fancy images, just select the Smart mode which offers 32 shooting styles like Beauty Face, Continuous Shot, Silhouette, Miniature and Sound & Shot.
I particularly like the Beauty Face mode, which gives the effect of smoother skin and bigger eyes and can be adjusted accordingly.
The Kids Shot is quite a creative tech innovation in camera innovation such as producing sounds like a cat's meow when the shutter is pressed halfway, attracting the child to look at the camera before shots are made.
If you want to take full control of the camera, the expert function is always there for you to choose your shooting priority like aperture, shutter speed, programme and manual. You can also change the ISO sensitivity, white balance, metering, drive and display.
The 18-55mm kit lens that comes with the camera is suitable for all types of photography, but you can fit it with other Samsung lens, from the compact pancake lenses and an ultra-wide fisheye to longer prime and zoom lenses.
The Samsung Galaxy NX camera is obviously a social media tool.
With WiFi and Android OS, you can upload images to any social site or email them straight away. There is also Google Play for you to download whatever apps that you need. Samsung has preloaded some great photo apps in the camera like Photo Suggest which gives you ideas on what type of pictures you can get at the place you're going to visit. These are pictures shared by visitors on the place.
Just type the name of the place and Photo Suggest will connect you to huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers. This will help you find and compose your best shots.
If you're into action sport, the camera can shoot at 8.6 frames per second which is considered fast.
The camera takes full HD video with good details. Simply press the silver button and you are good to go. Too bad the screen isn't the flip type. If not it would make this camera a superb device for video recording.
For a camera with a big screen, I am not expecting the Galaxy NX to have a long battery life. But I can go on shooting for more than a day without recharging. In sleep mode, the battery could last for days.
The Samsung Galaxy NX is a fun and stylish camera to use and specially suitable for travellers and social media fans. The built-in Android OS and wireless connectivity it offers make it a camera worth considering.
Product: Samsung Galaxy NX
Price: RM4,199 (S$1,630)
Pros: WiFi and Android for instant connectivity. Large screen.
Cons: The price.
Our verdict: 5/5
Image quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5