Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung Galaxy NX front
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 495g - 137 x 101 x 26mm
  • Introduced June 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung Galaxy NX overview

Samsung Galaxy NX is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally released on June of 2013. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5472 x 3648.

The Galaxy NX ranks at #29 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all-around #187 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung Galaxy NX Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Samsung Galaxy NX based on criterias that are normally seen as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with external mic support
comes with HDMI out
comes with headphone support
exports RAW formats
good battery power (440 shots)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
great ISO range (25,600)
great min ISO (100)
has face detection autofocus
high resolution screen (922 k dots)
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
lovely big screen (4.8 inch)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
screen is touchscreen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
supports touch to focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
you can focus manually
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (495 grams)
lack of image stabilization
screen does not articulate
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Samsung Galaxy NX Sensor specifications

The Samsung Galaxy NX features the DRIMe IV processor. The sensor measurement on the Samsung Galaxy NX is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor can resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW files are supported so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the Galaxy NX's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The Galaxy NX sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung Galaxy NX dimensions

Samsung Galaxy NX weighs around 1.09 pounds (495g or 17.46 oz) and features external proportions of 137mm x 101mm x 26mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 1.0"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g and the Samsung Galaxy NX is weightier when compared with various rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Samsung Galaxy NX beside a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Samsung Galaxy NX dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button design on the Galaxy NX.

Samsung Galaxy NX topview buttons dials

Samsung Galaxy NX Lens specifications

The Galaxy NX uses the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses that are available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the Galaxy NX.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samsung-50-150mm-F2.8-S lensSamsung 50-150mm F2.8 S50-150mmf/2.8 920g
Samsung-NX-16-50mm-F2.0-2.8-S-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 S ED OIS16-50mmf/2.0-2.8 622g
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Samsung-NX-12-24mm-F4-5.6-ED lensSamsung NX 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED19-37mmf/4.0-5.6 208g
Samsung-NX-16-50mm-F3.5-5.6-Power-Zoom-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS16-50mmf/3.5-5.6 111g
Samsung-NX-20mm-F2.8-Pancake lensSamsung NX 20mm F2.8 Pancake20mmf/2.8 89g
Samsung-NX-16mm-F2.4-Pancake lensSamsung NX 16mm F2.4 Pancake16mmf/2.4 90g
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Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
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Samsung Galaxy NX Connectivity

The Galaxy NX has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send pictures and oftentimes change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Samsung Galaxy NX Video specifications

The highest video quality on the Samsung Galaxy NX is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't give you much room to crop. The camera does include both headphone and mic support making it extremely useful whilst recording sound.

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Samsung Galaxy NX Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Samsung Galaxy NX so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Samsung Galaxy NX Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung Galaxy NX has a 4.8" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 922k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly so you can easily switch focus point plus adjust settings using your fingertips.

Samsung Galaxy NX screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder details regarding Samsung Galaxy NX are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders are quite handy for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Samsung Galaxy NX Shutter specifications

Samsung Galaxy NX can shoot continuously at 9.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.

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Samsung Galaxy NX Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Samsung Galaxy NX includes both integrated flash and also external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Samsung Galaxy NX Autofocusing specifications

Samsung Galaxy NX includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be valuable for taking photos of people.

Samsung Galaxy NX has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to adjust where you focus. Samsung Galaxy NX can use manual focusing when required for low light conditions or you need to have more accurate focusing control.

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Samsung Galaxy NX Battery life

The battery power on the Samsung Galaxy NX is fashioned to last for 440 shutters based on the CIPA standards making it above average ın comparison with its category. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the highest (750) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Samsung Galaxy NX for varying categories of photography

The following illustration provides a analysis of the Samsung Galaxy NX for varying categories of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Samsung Galaxy NX Portrait photography details

The Samsung Galaxy NX receives a points total of 77 which is superb, meaning that it is a excellent pick for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files and capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW files

Samsung Galaxy NX Street photography information

Getting a nice points tally of 69, the Samsung Galaxy NX is a good pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
includes focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (495 grams)

Sports photography with Samsung Galaxy NX

A very good sports photography score of 73 indicates the Samsung Galaxy NX is a very decent pick for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
better than average battery (440 CIPA)
comes with phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization

Samsung Galaxy NX Travel photography information

Size is pretty important when picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung Galaxy NX gets a above average 68 as a travelling camera which is a good pick to take on your trips.

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better than average battery power (440 CIPA)
features focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (495 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen

Samsung Galaxy NX as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Samsung Galaxy NX at it's nice rating of 73 for a landscape camera is a good choice within the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
big screen (4.8 inch)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
good battery (440 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse mode

Samsung Galaxy NX Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really have a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Samsung Galaxy NX is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a bad score of 34.

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touch screen
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (495g)

Samsung Galaxy NX Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the Galaxy NX, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph followed below provides you a summary of the Galaxy NX versus it's highest scored rivals mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To go through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung Galaxy NX
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens support
Samsung NX
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
4.8 inch
Resolution of display
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/180 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
495g (1.09 pounds)
Physical dimensions
137 x 101 x 26mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 1.0")
Battery life
440 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail price