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Samsung Galaxy NX Review - Image Quality and Verdict Review

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Samsung Galaxy NX: Image Quality

As the Galaxy NX features the same APS-C sensor as found in the Samsung NX300, we expected good things where noise handling was concerned

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Between ISO 100 and 800 images are generally noise-free, with noise only really beginning to appear at ISO 1,600. Noise does begin to be somewhat of an issue at ISO 3,200, and ISO 6400 is about as high as you’d want to push the camera before noise becomes intrusive.

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The Galaxy NX’s metering system performs well, although there is a slight tendency to overexpose in bright lighting conditions and thus resulting in clipped highlights. As a result you’ll quite often dial in exposure compensation to -1EV.

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Colours are generally vivid and punchy without being so much as to appear oversaturated. The auto white balance is also pleasingly reliable, delivering good colour temperature in a range on conditions.

The supplied 18-55mm kit lens is reasonable, although it does struggle with chromatic aberrations in high contrast scenes. The Galaxy NX does a good job of handling these with its Raw files however, with them only really becoming an issue in JPEG files.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy NX?

With the Samsung Galaxy NX being such a unique proposition, it’s difficult to compare it to any cameras currently on the market.  What is clear, however, is the camera’s high price tag and that it represents a fairly hefty investment for what is still a fairly young audience.

If the Galaxy NX’s pricing behaves anything like Samsung’s previous Android-enabled model – the Galaxy Camera – then it may soon be available for under £1,000 and as such become a more attractive proposition.

For the time being, however, while the Galaxy NX may well be the future of photography it’s currently hampered by a somewhat prohibitive price tag, and its slow write speeds need fixing, too.

For more alternatives, head to our best cameras round-up.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy NX is an interesting concept that combines a plethora of technologies in what is an undeniably attractive package. But the eye-watering price is too much to stomach right now considering the iffy read and write speeds.

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Score in detail

  • Value 6
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Image Quality 8
  • Performance 6

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