If there were ever a love child between a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an NX model camera, it would be aptly named the Galaxy NX. Today, at their press event in London, Samsung took the wraps off their new camera, which comes complete with a 4.8-inch touchscreen display, interchangeable lenses and runs Android 4.2.2.
The Samsung Galaxy NX is a mixed bag of features, from an APS-C digital (cropped) sensor, a mobile operating system, WiFi and LTE, to interchangeable lenses (even a 3D lens) and support for high ISO (up to 25,600). Internally, it features 16GB of memory, but will also support microSD cards, which honestly, are not the fastest writing cards on the market. It would have been more impressive had Samsung introduced a Galaxy NX based camera with a Full Frame sensor too.
The APS-C sensor is a 20.3-megapixel camera, that can also shoot 1080p video at 24 to 50 frames per second. The Galaxy NX, aside from having that high ISO, also can shoot up to 1/6000th of second, which should be great for sports shooters. Powering this camera is a 4,360mAh rechargeable battery.
As far as software goes, since this device is running Android 4.2.2, you can expect a full treatment of Samsung’s TouchWiz User Interface tweaks as well as access to Google’s Play Store, complete with it’s over 700,000 apps, like Instagram and other camera friendly apps, like Facebook and Twitter.
Samsung hasn’t announced a price yet, but seeing how it’s an interchangeable camera with a 20-megapixel APS-C sensor, we’d expect this camera to fall somewhere between $899 and $1,100, with that includes a kit lens too.
Official Press Release with Specs:
Introducing GALAXY NX, The First Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3G/4G LTE & Wi-Fi ConnectivityJune 20, 2013Always connected, the Samsung GALAXY NX turns every picture into a story worth tellingLONDON, UK – June 20, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the GALAXY NX, the first 3G/4G LTE Connected Compact System Camera (CSC). Versatile and easy to use, the GALAXY NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and galaxy of applications based on Android eco-system, all in one stylish package. The result is a new type of connected device which allows users to turn their experiences into a story that can be instantly shared with anyone they choose, from wherever they might be, in amazing color and outstanding detail.“The GALAXY NX reflects the unique needs of a user who needs to take professional photos and share them immediately in any situation. For those who want to express themselves and the exciting moments that make up their lives quickly, easily and on the go, the GALAXY NX is an ideal choice” said Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.Share everything, from anywhereWith the 3G/4G LTE technology, the GALAXY NX allows photographers to stay constantly connected with their world. Promising speedy sharing whether on the move or right at home, the GALAXY NXs’ seamless connectivity transcends the current offering to photographers, providing a device which puts the sharing of professional level images at its heart. The GALAXY NX embraces the era of visual communication to provide an outlet for passionate photographers to express their exciting experiences immediately, in spectacular quality.The GALAXY NX is equipped to help you capture the scene and mood of every hotspot you visit.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 enjoy timeless memories by displaying special moments on one timeline, reframing and resizing them to create digital photo books which can be viewed and shared on other devices.Stunning picture qualitySuperior image quality is available whenever and wherever with the GALAXY NX and array of interchangeable lenses. The 20.3MP APS-C Sensor produces images which are bright and detailed, even in low light conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer delivers the speed and accuracy which today’s photographers demand.Life moves fast and the GALAXY NX makes sure that you don’t miss a moment. 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 you capture the action as it’s happening.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 range of lenses help change users perspective on their world to create images which are truly special and help them to tell their story in a new way. True 3D Creator also brings an added element of realism to the GALAXY NX results, allowing users to shoot images and movies in 3D with Samsung’s 45mm 2D/3D lens.Simple and easy to useWith Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the functionality of a smartphone is utilized to improve the photographic experience. Users can choose from an entire universe 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.The GALAXY NX is packed with features which help photographers to take images that embody their passions and express their unique outlook on the scenes they are shooting. More than 30Smart Mode lets users choose the optimum settings for the environment they are capturing, 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.For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxycamera.Note to Editors:Samsung GALAXY NX Product Specifications:
20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS
(Lens Shift – depends on Lens type)
121.2mm (4.8inch) HD TFT LCDSVGA EVF
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
4G LTE 4G (LTE Cat3 100/50Mbps) : 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 (Dependent on Market)
3G (HSPA＋42Mbps) : 850/900/1900/2100
1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
JPEG (3:2): 20.0M (5472×3648), 10.1M (3888×2592), 5.9M (2976×1984), 2.0M (1728×1152)JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472×3080), 7.8M (3712×2088), 4.9M (2944×1656), 2.1M (1920×1080) JPEG (1:1): 13.3M (3648×3648), 7.0M (2640×2640), 4.0M (2000×2000), 1.1M (1024×1024)RAW: 20.0M (5472 x 3648)
＊ 3D Image: JPEG
JPEG (16:9): 4.1M (2688×1512), 2.1M (1920×1080)
Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8Format: MP4/3GP, AVI, WMV/ASF, FLV, MKV, WEBMSize: 1920×1080/25fps, 1920×810/24fps, 1280×720/50fps, 1280×720/25fps,640×480/50fps, 640×480/25fps, 320×240/25fps for Sharing
Codec: MP3, AAC LC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WBFormat: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Built-in Pop-up flash
Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
S Voice, S Translator
Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games
Trip Advisor, Photo Suggest
Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, GooglePlus, Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation,Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books,
Google Play Music, Google Play Magazine.
WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHzBluetooth® 4.0 (LE)GPS, GLONASS (Support A-GPS)
Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light
16GB Internal memory ＋ microSD slot (up to 64GB)2.0GB RAM＊User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.
Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7 (37.65) mm, 410g(without battery) / 495(with standard battery)
＊ All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.＊ Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus. YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.＊ Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, partners with Samsung to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within the GALAXY NX’s new Story Album application. Users of Story Album will now be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.