Samsung has become known for creating some pretty crazy hybrid devices. But one of Samsung’s more interesting creations has been the Galaxy NX, a mirrorless camera designed to look a bit like a DSLR with a 4.8-inch touchscreen bolted onto the back. Best of all, it runs Android 4.2.2 and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor. As for the camera, it features a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, 1080p video recording and full compatibility with Samsung’s NX lens line-up.
Samsung chose to leave two things out of its initial announcement: pricing and availability. But today, the company has sent out a little press release including those two vital bits of information. While you may like the availability, chances are that the price will leave you with sticker shock. The Galaxy NX will be available in October for $1,599 for the body only or you can opt for a bundle that includes an 18-55mm kit lens for $1,699. No, neither of those were typos.
In all honesty, I wanted a Galaxy NX and still kind of do. But $1,599 for the body only? That’s a bit steep for what Samsung’s offering. Remember that you’re still only getting a fairly standard APS-C sensor for use with Samsung’s NX line-up of lenses. And before I get called out for this, yes, I know that you can buy adapters to use other lenses. Unfortunately, you’re then dropping another couple hundred dollars just for the adapter. Then you need the other lenses. It adds up pretty quickly. Unless the Galaxy NX can blow every other Samsung camera out of the water, it’s probably going to be vastly overpriced.
On the other hand, we do have to consider that Samsung practically stuffed a full high-end Android phone inside of this device, which certainly raised the price. Somehow though, I’m not sure that the Galaxy NX is worth it, even with that added benefit. I’m not sure I can justify buying one.
What about you? Are you planning to buy a Galaxy NX?Show Press Release
“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.