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Samsung really crossed the streams when it announced the Galaxy NX Android camera back in June – mashing up a high-end mirrorless camera with Android. It's a rather bizarre idea, but actually looks like an interesting device. Samsung neglected to announce a price, though. Well, now it has, and you're not going to like it. The Galaxy NX will cost $1,599 for the body with no lens, or $1,699 for the body and a standard 18-55mm zoom lens.

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The Galaxy NX has a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO sensitivity up to 25,600, 1080p video recording, and a 4.8-inch 720p touchscreen. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and runs Android 4.2.2 with full access to Google services. The camera has WiFi, of course, but there should also be LTE connectivity. Although, Samsung neglected to mention it in the PR. Odd.

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Pricing leaks in the UK previously suggested a retail price of nearly $2,000. It's not quite that spendy, but still up there. If $1,599-1,699 sounds like a reasonable amount of money for what is probably a good camera, then start saving your pennies. The Galaxy NX should be on sale through Samsung and other outlets sometime in October. Full PR is below.

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.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • disqus_gvHzXAf4OJ

    At this price the device is an epic fail!

    • Steve Williamson

      im out of touch with DSLRs.. what would this be compared to quality wise of other Cameras?

      • nagi

        Size-wise, the APS-C sensor is in line with others, but Samsung simply doesn't have the kind of quality objectives that Nikon, Canon or even Sony (Zeiss) have. And it has double (or triple) the price tag of an OK-ish starter kits.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Even Sony?
          Minolta glass is A-mount and beats the heck out of many Canon and Nikon objectives.

          • nagi

            I' aware, but it is hard to get hold of some of the greatest Minolta glasses for reasonable prices, like their great f2.8 zooms. Hence I concentrated on the ones you can get new right now and have good quality: Zeiss

          • enoch861

            Those Zeiss lenses don't come cheap either..

          • nagi

            Yeah, but for $1700, you can get a Zeiss 24mm prime and a NEX-6, or the same body with the newly announced f4 16-70 zeiss. Which will unceremoniously pummel this into the ground.

          • enoch861

            Agreed.

          • RTWright

            Zeiss is good, but I find them way overpriced. With today's image processing in DSLR camera bodies, it's hard to say just how much better Zeiss is compared to going with the lens made by the Camera OEM itself. I've seen Zeiss lenses, tried them out and they are extremely nice, but there's not a huge noticeable difference between a high end Nikon / Canon lens and Zeiss, at least not enough to warrant such an incredibly steep price curve. It's also how I feel about $8000.00 camera bodies when I see images coming from bodies with good lenses for a fraction of that cost. DSLR's technology has come a long ways and it's only getting better....

          • enoch861

            Thats a good point you bring up but I wouldn't say they're overpriced per se. But honestly, you get what you pay for. And sometimes settling for something that's almost as good as, or comparable to, isn't good enough.
            This is one of those debates I never like getting into.

          • RTWright

            It's not really a debate, proven fact is, you can get just as good an image from a pro level Nikon or Canon lens as you can from a Zeiss. All of them in my opinion are WAY over priced. I mean come on, there are lenses that exceed over $10,000.00 which honestly those are for specific use but still they're too expensive and usually get leased and not bought. I've been a Photo Editor long before I became a Photographer. I've seen images taken up to microscopic level from people using a variety of lenses. Now where I will agree with you is the low to mid level lenses can't compare.

            Take the Nikon 70-200mm VRII 2.4, that's a well sought after lens and is exceptionally sharp. Put that on say D800, D600 or even the D7100 with the Expeed 3 technology with it. As long as the photographer using this gear knows how to use it, I'd be willing to put up an image taken with that lens against any other lens of equal spec and prove it would be an equal to it. Has a lot to do with the person not as much the gear. I've seen images taken by people with amazing sharpness, clarity, brilliant colors and they do not own Ziess lenses or even the pro level ones from Canon / Nikon.

            So it's not really a debate. Proof is out there you just have to see for yourself. It's like being an Audiophile, we can debate audio quality till our ears bleed, but unless you want to put some of that up to a lab and have it metered by several analyzing scopes of varying kinds. It's a moot point when it takes that to tell the difference. I've been in Image Editing for an extremely long time and know people with all kinds of bodies, lenses and some of them are just amazing. Proved me long ago it's who's using it that matters most.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            "like their great f2.8 zooms"

            Yeah. You just mentioned one of the babies I'm constantly looking out for on Ebay.

  • nagi

    That is an insane price. I'd rather buy a pro ILC/dSLR camera for that kind of money. Hell, I could with a nice est of glass as well!

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  • Vasanth

    Still ppl will choose Either Nikon/Canon . Samsung Must port Android to low end digi cams .Instead of simple UI, Android will make it more efficient rather than this 1500$ thing .

    • RTWright

      Android is fine for cameras of all price range. What it needs to be though is a dedicated Android Camera only OS and not a Smartphone attached to a camera. It's all well and good for it make use of GPS technology and WiFi, but to have it for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and all these other social things and playing Angry Birds on it is ridiculous. It needs to be focused on making the Camera worthy of such a price. The other thing is, Samsung should have known this, they're not stupid when it comes to marketing. But to put this out there at such a bold pricing, when there are far better cameras on the market at a much cheaper price point? That was a stupid move on their part.

      Their way of thinking is that it's Mirrorless Technology of this level gives them the right to ask whatever they want. But they forgot that we've been fine without it and their camera has not been getting all that great of reviews. It's battery life is horrid and we really haven't seen anything that rivals current DSLR standards by Nikon, Sony or Canon. The kits you can get from those companies come with far better lens choices as well, not just a 55mm max lens. There is a lot you could do with Android as a Proprietary Camera OS, which I remember Nikon talking about doing one. But this isn't it. I want my Camera to be my Camera and my Smartphone separate.

  • RTWright

    Yeah I have to agree, Samsung is on some serious drugs if they feel that will compete with mid to high end DSLR's from Canon, Nikon, Sony and others. I'll be buying a 7100 from Nikon next year, this thing isn't even in the running. That's just too pricey when you consider the other options out there. We've been doing good without Mirrorless technology for a long time, we'll be fine without it till the real camera makers do something with it and put up more competition to bring prices into check.

  • Jadephyre

    And Samsung is convinced to actually reach break-even with what this thing cost to develop ? I'm not a pro at photography, but I doubt it can in any way compete with the offers from Nikon/Canon.

  • Matt

    Are you fucking high, Samsung? I can get a Canon 7D for that price...an established dSLR with amazing picture quality. This is a cool gimmick, but there's no large lens selection, no huge online/support community, etc. I'm just not sure where they got this price from.

  • yahyoh

    lol for real Sammy O.o
    the price around the same with full frame DSLR's

  • Baris Uraz

    Is $amsung fuckin' serious? I mean, if you can't do this well priced, then don't do it. Who the fuck they think will be using this? Sorry $amsung, but this is pure crap. And for the next time, don't forget that we'll use money to buy products.