Samsung Galaxy NX review: Hands-on with the world’s first Android-based mirrorless camera


posted Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM EDT

It's long been rumored, and it's finally happened: the interchangeable-lens camera has just stepped into the modern, connected world and become a smart device!

With the Samsung Galaxy NX, Korean consumer electronics powerhouse Samsung has taken the smarts of a smartphone and the expandability of a mirrorless camera to create the world's first Android-based, connected interchangeable-lens camera: the Samsung Galaxy NX.

The Samsung NX, not surprisingly, draws much from the company's experience not only with smartphones -- a section of the market in which it has a dominant presence -- but also from 2012's fixed-lens Galaxy Camera. Like that model, the Galaxy NX is a quad-core device that runs Google's Linux-based Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, along with built-in 3G / 4G LTE and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.

Hands-on with the Android-based Samsung Galaxy NX mirrorless camera.

Beneath the skin, the Samsung Galaxy NX is pretty similar to the Samsung NX300, in terms of its imaging hardware, using the same 20.3 megapixel image processor and DRIMe IV branded image processor. On the rear is a huge 4.8-inch high definition LCD panel and SVGA electronic viewfinder. Sensitivity ranges to ISO 25,600 equivalent, and the Samsung Galaxy NX is capable of swift 8.6 frames per second burst shooting.

The Samsung Galaxy NX is a double world's first mirrorless camera -- first with a full-blown, user-facing operating system (Android 4.2 Jelly Bean), and first with built-in 3G/4G connectivity.

Samsung has yet to announce pricing or availability for the Galaxy NX, which the company has just revealed at a global press conference. Nor has it yet revealed which carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy NX in the US market, or overseas.

We've already been hands-on with this extremely interesting compact system camera, though -- so if you want to know more, you'll want to read our Samsung Galaxy NX review for first impressions.