Samsung’s Galaxy NX, the Android-phone-camera-DSLR-thing, is finally available to the public. It didn’t make the original October release date, but unfortunately, it kept the hefty price tag; expect to shell out $1,599 for this niche device. It’s a 20.3 megapixel camera complete with a quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean with a TouchWiz overlay, and the option to purchase some additional interchangeable lenses. The standard kit comes with 16 – 55 mm lens, which is standard for other DSLRs, although not always at this price point.
As far as I can tell, this isn’t the one with AT&T version, however. If you were interested in picking up one of these to add to your cell phone plan, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. If you were interested in picking up one of these anyway, you should probably wait a bit longer, too, because I feel like there are probably better things to spend your $1,600 bucks on.
This week of Halloween is perhaps an appropriate time for Samsung’s attempt to piece together a DSLR type camera with an Android smartphone to resurface. The Samsung Galaxy NX, announced this past August as being on its way to market in October, has shown up in the FCC database with support for AT&T’s LTE and HSPA data services. When first announced, the device was projected to retail for $1,599. The FCC filing suggests its availability from AT&T is imminent, so we will see whether that is still the price it will go for. We still have no word on whether the device will make the promised October release date for this mash up of devices. We also do not know whether any other carriers may have opted to include the Galaxy NX in their portfolios.
Samsung announced today their new Galaxy NX camera will be available for purchase in October for $1,599. The interchangeable lens camera is an attempt by Samsung to merge a DSLR-type camera, including the ability to mount different types of lenses, with a smartphone. The camera portion of the device will have a 20.3 MP sensor, autofocus, an ISO sensitivity up to 25,600, and will be capable of shooting up to 8.6 frames per second in burst mode and 1080p video. The “smart” portion of the device constitutes a 4.8-inch 800×600 720p touchscreen on the back of the device powered by a 1.6GHz processor running Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
You may be wondering why anyone would be interested in this device. Samsung would say the presence of WiFi, 3G and 4G LTE capability that makes sharing photos easy is one reason. With access to the Google Play store and the ability to install Android apps, the device does open the door to using popular photo editing apps directly on the device. From a specification standpoint, the camera functions and capabilities are on par with a mid-range prosumer type DSLR. However, dedicated cameras in that market cost less than $1,600 and the prices continue to fall.
Do you think Samsung’s new Galaxy NX camera will find a spot in the bags of shutterbugs?
source: The Verge
Yesterday we posted that Samsung’s own CEO confirmed the existence of a mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2 that will be unveiled on June 20th. Much to my surprise, it looks like Samsung isn’t done as several leaked photos of another camera has surfaced. This one is called the Samsung Galaxy NX and is rumored to have a APS-C 20.3 Megapixel sensor, 1080p HD recording, a 4.8” HD display with Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad-Core processor, 2GB of RAM and options of 8 or 16 GB’s of internal storage. Definitely high end specs for a camera.