Samsung has priced up its Galaxy NX interchangeable lens Android camera for the US, with the new snapper set to command a healthy premium over previous connected-cameras from the company once it arrives in the US come October. The Galaxy NX – launched alongside the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Active – will be priced at $1,599.99 for the body-only, and work with any of Samsung’s existing NX-series lenses.
However, Samsung will also be offering the Galaxy NX as a bundle with the 18-55mm zoom lens, for an extra $100. Any of the lenses supported by Samsung’s existing NX-series cameras will work on the Galaxy NX, ranging from portrait and landscape lenses through to primes.
No matter which lens you pick, there’s a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor and Samsung’s DRIMe IV Image Signal Processor. Samsung also uses a new, Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus System relying on both phase and contrast detection; altogether, the Galaxy NX is capable of 8.6fps burst shooting and shutter speeds as fast as 1/6,000 second.
Of course, what sets the Galaxy NX apart from other interchangeable lens cameras is the Android OS it runs. On the back there’s a sizable 4.8-inch HD touchscreen, which offers up the same finger-friendly TouchWiz interface as Samsung Galaxy S 4 users might be familiar with.
With that OS – and access to the Google Play store – there’s support not only for onboard editing of stills and 1080p Full HD video the camera can capture, but social network sharing, email, browser access, and more. Everything is powered by a 1.6GHz quadcore processor and 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 gets 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot to spread its multimedia around.
Expectations of a somewhat premium price tag had already been set by UK pricing for the Galaxy NX, which went on sale back in July. Still, it’s a departure from the original Galaxy Camera, which took the point-and-shoot as its basis and then factored in LTE and other connectivity.
The Galaxy NX lacks the cellular radio, but does have WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0, along with GPS and A-GPS. UPDATE: As confirmed by Samsung, it would appear that this device does, in fact, have the ability to work with 3G and 4G data as well as Wi-fi.