Samsung Galaxy NX review

Up close and personal with the world's first Android CSC

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As part of our testing we shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Samsung NX300 with the Sony NEX-7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic GH3.

We have retested the Galaxy NX with the new firmware applied. Results do appear better, but not significantly so.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Samsung Galaxy NX

The chart indicates that the Samsung Galaxy NX has performed moderately well, beating the Sony NEX-7 at its lowest sensitivity of ISO 100. In the mid ranges, it is beaten by all of the other cameras on test, aside from ISO 800-1600 where it very closely matches the Olympus OM-D. At the higher end of the scale, it beats the Sony NEX-7 by some margin but, competes very closely with the other cameras on test.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Samsung Galaxy NX

When shooting in raw format, the Galaxy NX doesn't compare as well, being beaten by all of the other cameras on test at every sensitivity. At higher sensitivities, it is reasonably close to the Panasonic GH3, but it is well below the Olympus OM-D and Sony NEX-7 at the lower end of the scale.

JPEG dynamic range

Samsung Galaxy NX

Again the charts show that the Galaxy NX was not able to perform as well as the other cameras on test, being beaten at every sensitivity apart from ISO 200 where it is almost identical to the Panasonic GH3. It is quite marginally below the Sony NEX-7, at the lower end of the sensitivity scale, catching up at the higher end. The Olympus OM-D performs the most consistently here.

Raw dynamic range

Samsung Galaxy NX

It's a similar story with the raw dynamic range results, although the camera does more closely match with the Panasonic GH3, even beating it throughout most of the sensitivity run. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the best performer here, outperforming the Galaxy NX by some margin at every sensitivity.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
Product FamilyGalaxy NX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size12.1 cm (4.8")
Video FormatsMP4, H.264, 3GP, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, WebM
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)410 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height101.2 mm
Width136.5 mm
Depth25.7 mm
Product SeriesNX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelEK-GN120
Product NameGalaxy NX 20.3MP Digital Camera
Product LineGalaxy
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEK-GN120ZKZBTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationTurn any moment into an experience-and every picture into a story worth telling. The Galaxy NX is the versatile, easy-to-operate, always-connected camera that lets you share your stories with anyone, anywhere. Powered by Android OS, the NX is also a personal communications powerhouse. Ultra-fast Hybrid Autofocus, best-in-class optics, and an array of interchangeable lenses bring amazing colour and detail to images in any light, or nearly no light at all. Choose from the biggest library of mobile apps available and use the NX's 4.8" scLCD touchscreen to edit photos and video like a pro.
Package Contents
  • Galaxy NX 20.3MP Digital Camera
  • Body Cap
  • Hot-Shoe Cover
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • USB Power Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • Quick start guide / Handbook
Limited Warranty1 Year