Samsung announces pricing for Android-based Galaxy NX camera

As the first hybrid smartphone and interchangeable lens camera, the Samsung Galaxy NX certainly cut a unique profile when we first looked at it in June of this year. The Galaxy NX merges the features of Samsung smartphones, including a huge 4.8-inch touch LCD and 3G/4G/Wi-Fi connectivity, with a NX-mount ILC with a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, hybrid AF system, and 8.6 fps burst mode. At long last, the Galaxy NX has been given a price: $1,599.99 body only, or $1,699.99 bundled with an 18-55mm lens, with an expected October shipping date.

Unlike the original Galaxy Camera, the Galaxy Camera NX will sell through regular retail channels, rather than through cellular carriers. According to Samsung USA representatives, customers should be able to buy the camera and insert a SIM card from select carriers of their choice (which carriers will support the camera in which countries was unclear at press time).

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Samsung brings its Android camera concept to the NX series with the Galaxy NX.

Press Release:

Highly Anticipated Samsung Galaxy NX Camera Available in the US in Time for Holiday Shopping

First Interchangeable-Lens Camera with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Available in October Starting at $1,599.99

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – August 29, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced pricing for the GALAXY NX SMART camera; the first connected Compact System Camera (CSC). The GALAXY NX will be available $1,599.99 (body-only) or $1,699.99 (bundled with an 18-55mm lens) and will be available in U.S. stores in October, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Adaptable and simple to use, the GALAXY NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and a variety of applications based on the Android eco-system, all in one stylish package.

“Photographers today live mobile lifestyles and they demand tools that allow them to share their work – in stunning detail – instantly,” said Ron Gazzola, Vice President of Marketing for Digital Imaging. “The GALAXY NX camera represents the pinnacle of technology convergence in our 2013 SMART camera line, successfully marrying the benefits of our GALAXY Camera with the imaging prowess of the award-winning NX interchangeable lens SMART cameras.” 

Android Integration

Powered by the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the GALAXY NX offers a professional-level photographic experience with the simplicity and familiarity of a smartphone.  Users can choose from a variety of Android apps to help personalize their GALAXY NX and do more than just shoot amazing photographs and video – from editing images to adding special effects to staying in touch with friends and family. 

Professional Image Quality

The GALAXY NX’s 20.3MP APS-C Sensor produces images that are bright and detailed, even in low light conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processor delivers the speed and accuracy today’s photographers demand. Its Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) System ensures accurate phase and contrast detection for crisp, vibrant shots, while the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting lets users capture the action as it happens.

The flexibility offered by the GALAXY NX’s selection of Interchangeable Lenses places creative control firmly in the hands of the photographer, opening up a world of imaging possibilities, whatever the scenario. From compact pancake lenses and an ultra-wide fisheye, to exquisite longer prime and zoom lenses, the extensive optics portfolio helps users create images that are truly special. 

Smarter SMART Features

The GALAXY NX is teeming with options to capture life’s memorable moments. Photo Suggest provides location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, sourced from a huge library of images taken by fellow photographers across the world. Story Album lets users relive memories by displaying special moments on one timeline, reframing and resizing them to create digital photo books that can be viewed and shared on other devices. 

The GALAXY NX boasts more than 30 Smart Modes, allowing users to select the optimum settings for almost any scenario, as well as create fresh, artistic images. ‘Multi Exposure’ merges two different shots together to produce one distinctive image, while ‘Animated Photo’ connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file. For added realism, ‘Sound & Shot’ stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken, so moments are captured exactly as they happened.

For added personalization, Camera Studio allows users to easily customize settings with their most frequently used applications or camera modes, making sure their photos are captured exactly as desired every time.

Pricing & Availability 

The GALAXY NX will be available at www.samsung.com and authorized Samsung retailers in October for $1,599.99 (body-only) or $1,699.99 (bundled with an 18-55mm lens). For more information on the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung GALAXY Camera and the full line of Samsung digital cameras, lenses and accessories, please visit www.samsung.com.

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Comments

Kevin Ha

can’t wait to be able to play angry birds and check my email on my camera. Wait a sec, my phone already does all that and takes photos.

wait for the bargain bin sales if you just want one of these to say your camera can do all the stuff a $100 android phone can do. My guess is it’ll settle closer to half their asking price, once you remove the $800 android premium. (android is a free OS btw)

agentul

yes, because having screen-touch-based controls on a device meant to be used without looking at it during normal operation (look at the subject, not the camera!) is a very good design choice. i’m curious how it handles at around freezing temperatures. that must be really fun to see.

this is a good example of people making decisions based on buzz words and marketing hype.

– What’s hot today? What are kids tweeting about?
– Android and touch screens.
– Perfect, let’s make a camera using those!

Jogger

For lols, you can pair the upcoming Sony QX lens/cameras with this.

Dennis

I started typing a couple different replies … but there’s really nothing I can think of to say. $1600. Wow.

DDWD10

Just when i thought this camera couldn’t get any less appealing…

abortabort

‘Highly anticipated’… Yeah ok 😉

ArcaSwiss

Makes a Sony RX1 look like a good deal

cgarrard

“I just threw up a little”

Good luck Samsung- you’re doing it to yourself.

whtchocla7e

Hahahhaha!!

tecnoworld

I’m a fan of the NX line by samsung (using the nx300 with much joy, at present, and nx100 and 200 before that), but I can’t really defend this camera.

It’s bulky, ugly, plasticky, has no physical controls and, as much as it seems from the preview I read, it’s also quite slow in operations, even if it has a great hardware.

I really hope this remains an experiment for Samsung and that they will release a “normal”, “dumb” nx30 with rangefinder form factor anytime in 2014.

Red5TX

Anyone who is willing to pay $1,600 for a camera won’t care about the Android functionality. They will have post-processing tools available on their computer. No one who is interested in the Android functionality will pay $1,600 for a camera. This thing is in no man’s land.

Langusta

I guess after having things like hasselblad lunar introduced to the market, everything is now possible…

Langusta

When can we expect android-based lenses? With special “Blade Runner” aperture maybe?

agentul

they will have a touch screens instead of regular focusing and zoom rings, and there will be a dedicated button so that you can post on twitter and facebook your current settings. in real time! oh, the socialness of it all!

Joe Ogiba

This will join the EOS M in the bargain bin .

ogl

It’s branding camera. And testing of technology.
The price is not important.

Vobluda

One zero more in the price?

Operator

DoA 😀

meanwhile

Gotta be a typo.

AEndrs

Hmmm… my educated guess is that, based on the price, they will sell….. hmm…. 3 of them…. no, 4, maybe the mother of the CEO will feel the moral obligation to buy one.

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