Samsung Galaxy NX First Shots: Can this smart device deliver enthusiast-grade image quality?


posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM EST


Samsung calls their new Galaxy NX camera "The most connected compact system camera in the world." This is certainly fitting considering it's the first interchangeable lens camera that's also a smart device. In fact, the possibilities embedded in this camera are pretty astounding, such as the camera's ability to guide you back to the exact spot where you took a recent photo.

But what about the image quality? Well, the Galaxy NX is not only an ILC but also sports an APS-C sensor, therefore merging several formerly distant worlds all at once. Add an effective resolution of 20.3 megapixels, a hybrid autofocus system and a reported burst shooting speed of 8.6 frames per second and we're certainly now in enthusiast photographer territory.

Of course, the $1,700 list price is also clearly in that territory, making image quality paramount to the equation. We therefore offer you a glimpse at our First Shots from the Galaxy NX camera. You can check out the Galaxy NX's test images on their own, or use our Comparometer™ to pit its pictures against those taken with the Samsung NX300, or any other camera we've ever tested. Go check out the images, then circle back and let us know what you think about the Galaxy NX's image quality.

See First Shots taken with the Samsung Galaxy NX here. And be sure to read our Samsung Galaxy NX first impressions for a closer look at the camera's features. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for our complete Samsung Galaxy NX review!

* Use our Still Life target images to look for detail (tone-on-tone, fine, highlights, shadows), as well as noise suppression, white balance, color accuracy and color shape retention. They're at the full range of ISOs to show how many of these factors change as ISO rises.