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Samsung Galaxy NX: Android-driven DSLR

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Samsung expands to Jelly Bean DSLRs: 1080p 60fps video and octa-core processor.


Samsung's Galaxy series is a range of mobile computers that all run on Google's Android mobile operating system. One branch of the series is not smartphones, though, but rather Samsung's stab at point-and-shoot style cameras. The company has apparently decided that the camera business suits it, and subsequently introduced the logical next step in image capturing: the Galaxy NX Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera (or simply DSLR).
According to Samsung, despite the incorporation of Android 4.2.2, the camera does not lose the focus of providing the quality and flexibility of a professional DSLR. The camera aspect of the device comes with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 25,600 ISO sensitivity, as well as compatibility with standard NX lenses from Samsung (adapters available). It comes standard with an 18 to 55 mm OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) lens with an aperture range of between 3.5 and 5.6 f-stop. The camera can also record full HD 1080p video at 60fps.
The not-so-standard aspects of the camera include a 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) multi-touch screen, which runs a combination of the previously mentioned Android 4.2.2 and TouchWiz interface. At the core sits Samsung's Exynos 5410 (an octa-core ARM cortex A15 also used in some Galaxy S4 phones) utilizing 2 GB of RAM, WiFi, HSPA+ and, on select models, 4G LTE. As with standard DSLRs, the image processing is done by an external chip.

The Galaxy NX really seems to have the best of both worlds, but we can't help but think that some people wouldn't want an open source operating system that can access all your holiday pictures, your real time location (and geo-tagging), and a high-speed mobile Internet connection. Another good point is how well the battery holds up in comparison to standard DSLRs, as we can easily imagine someone playing a game on the camera while waiting in line, only to find a dead camera battery on the other side of the queue.


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    John Goodman , June 19, 2013 6:04 PM
    " but we can't help but think that some people wouldn't want an open source operating system that can access all your holiday pictures, your real time location (and geo-tagging), and a high-speed mobile Internet connection"

    I'm sorry. What?
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    rrr1431 , June 19, 2013 6:23 PM
    I'd get this if I could afford it.
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    kunwho , June 19, 2013 6:33 PM
    Paparazzi dream camera.. Selling photos on the fly
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    nevilence , June 19, 2013 6:35 PM
    Quote:
    " but we can't help but think that some people wouldn't want an open source operating system that can access all your holiday pictures, your real time location (and geo-tagging), and a high-speed mobile Internet connection"

    I'm sorry. What?


    its confusing, are they saying people dont want a camera with that function or just android devices in general?
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    Nakal , June 19, 2013 6:40 PM
    Say "Cheeese"... wait.. I just got an update on Facebook.
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    dailo23 , June 19, 2013 9:32 PM
    except, it's not a DSLR, it's a mirrorless.
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    swordrage , June 19, 2013 11:48 PM
    cool to have those features, but I think a stripped down version of the OS would be lighter on the processor and battery..
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    phalanxes , June 19, 2013 11:59 PM
    Everybody look at the camera...
    Oh wait.. The app crash... Whoa... Why it's lagging so bad
    Sorry guys, gotta restart this thing again
    (3 mins booting time later)
    Ok... Dammit, run out of battery
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    quantom88 , June 20, 2013 12:51 AM
    Very restrictive grip at the side. You've got to be extra careful when taking shots to avoid accidentally clicking on anything on the screen.'

    It seems that the common theme among all samsung products now is to shove screens of increasing largeness on them.
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    razor512 , June 20, 2013 12:53 AM
    Finally a step in the right direction, now all they need to do is add the phone functions back in, and you will actually have a smartphone with a decent camera.

    Make it $600 and it will sell really well by competing with the nikon D3200 while only costing slightly more.

    Other than that, it could use some physical buttons and dials.

    A DSLR must allow you to adjust shutter speed, aperture, and ISO without having to move the viewfinder from your face, so having a few modifier buttons and an adjustment dial is a must for non studio photography of people.
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    frenzyvanrafi , June 20, 2013 2:06 AM
    Okay, three, two.... Oh crap, someone calling me on camera!
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    yhikum , June 20, 2013 6:36 AM
    There is a reason DSLRs have manual controls.

    Why would a camera contain touch screen interface? Sizable screen and viewfinder? And why would it run android as platform?
    Android is known for its familiarity and ease of use. A camera would be good entry product to interest people who already have phone and tablet. Though not as useful compared to true DSLR, it should offer at leas better picture quality and internet connection for image upload.
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    mihaimm , June 20, 2013 8:27 AM
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    but we can't help but think that some people wouldn't want an open source operating system that can access all your holiday pictures, your real time location (and geo-tagging), and a high-speed mobile Internet connection

    No indeed. We want proprietary operating systems. That we have no idea what they do. Or how secure they are. With access to pictures, location, internet. Because we trust big corporations. I mean they do have 50 pages long license agreements. There must be something there about our data privacy and protection... right?
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    JPNpower , June 20, 2013 12:32 PM
    Wow... I see no reason to buy this over the NEX3/5/6/7 whateveritcompetesagainst.

    Anyway. 20 megapixels APS-C. I'd like to see low light performance.
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    Joe Vete , June 21, 2013 12:14 PM
    No thanks, I really don't want viruses on my DSLR.