The flagship Samsung NX series camera is a fusion of sorts–and quite an interesting fusion at that. If somehow or another, machines came to life and started a small country of some sort, there would need to be population growth. In order to grow the population, there would need to obviously be intermixing of folks. In this case, a phone and a camera from the same company (or country) would delight in each other’s presence and an interesting child would be conceived. That child (in this case the Samsung Galaxy NX) would be from the womb of the Samsung NX20 and the loins of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The two parents would do all that they could to provide for this child. They would provide a lens system and try to give them only the best. They would try to ensure that their child had social skills, and they’d even put an emphasis on looking good.
But no matter how hard these parents tried, the child wouldn’t be perfect. And that’s alright: no one is perfect. But some children stand out just a bit more than others.
2013 is nearly over and we’ve seen a slew of new products this year. Some may even say that this year is the one that the Photo Industry came back to full swing since the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. And for that, I think that we all have something to be thankful for. What it means in the end for the consumer is that we end up getting better products due to stronger competition.
And this year, much of what the big two have offered did not make our compilation of Editor’s Choice Award products.
In the pantheon of image making devices, smartphones usually don’t rank very high when held against actual cameras. The only fair comparison would be within its own class. Smartphones are phones first and cameras second. Or third or fourth, depending on the priorities of the company. Samsung is one of a few companies that has its hands in both the camera and mobile industries. With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung effectively fused the S4 Mini with its point and shoot line of cameras along with some subtle NX style touches.
I am one of the older folks on the Phoblographer. Unlike my associates here on the site, and thanks to where I chose to be educated, I got to see lots of technology released. I have seen things as they have changed. It has been an interesting mix of successes and failures. This is where the Samsung Galaxy Gear enters. I am not sure if it will be a success or failure. However, through a unique set of circumstances, I am wearing one. My inner child is extremely entertained with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but is my inner geeky photographer?
From one side, it looks like a point-and-shoot. From the other, it looks like an Android phone, but we’re not concerned with that side for this post. Essentially, Samsung has taken a variant of the front of one of their point and shoot cameras and fused it with the Galaxy S4 Mini. The lower left of the lens has the bump where an NX lens release would normally go, and perhaps it’s there to give the appearance of a compact interchangeable lens camera. It’s a nice decal, but anyway, the phone is surprisingly comfortable.
Though it isn’t without its quirks, Samsung’s Galaxy NX camera is a pretty solid choice if you want to name one camera that is being extremely forward thinking. Because of mobile connectivity and just how good smartphones are, folks (note, non-professionals) want to shoot their photos and upload them right away to their favorite services. But this thinking will only evolve even more as time and the market progresses.
As we’ve been using the Galaxy NX for a little while now, we’ve been entertaining lots of different ideas on how the industry might change in the next couple of years as far as the camera market goes.