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Samsung announces pricing for Android-based Galaxy NX camera

By dpreview staff on Aug 29, 2013 at 13:00 GMT
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As the first hybrid smartphone and interchangeable lens camera, the Samsung Galaxy NX certainly cut a unique profile when we first looked at it in June of this year. The Galaxy NX merges the features of Samsung smartphones, including a huge 4.8-inch touch LCD and 3G/4G/Wi-Fi connectivity, with a NX-mount ILC with a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, hybrid AF system, and 8.6 fps burst mode. At long last, the Galaxy NX has been given a price: $1,599.99 body only, or $1,699.99 bundled with an 18-55mm lens, with an expected October shipping date.

Unlike the original Galaxy Camera, the Galaxy Camera NX will sell through regular retail channels, rather than through cellular carriers. According to Samsung USA representatives, customers should be able to buy the camera and insert a SIM card from select carriers of their choice (which carriers will support the camera in which countries was unclear at press time).

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Samsung brings its Android camera concept to the NX series with the Galaxy NX.

Press Release:

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.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (8 months ago)

I've tried the other Galaxy and it's very annoying due to accidental changes of settings with the touchscreen. If it brushed with your clothing, it will change settings! I don't know if there's a way to lock it or minimize it from happening.

0 upvotes
Samaistuin
By Samaistuin (8 months ago)

Too expensive for a non-established brand.

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Too expensive for ANY brand.

10 upvotes
Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (8 months ago)

Too expensive. Period.

0 upvotes
sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (8 months ago)

It's more than worth it for the 16mm 2.4! - NEX lens crybabies

Yea, this thing is DOA. Samsung needs to make an NX cellphone and make the price of entry lower through the typical cell phone contract subsidies.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Canon 6D's cost that much now and you can even control them from Android with the built in WiFi. Seems like a better use of funds.

1 upvote
panoviews
By panoviews (8 months ago)

Quite similar to the Sigma SD1... LOL

3 upvotes
Macintosh Sauce
By Macintosh Sauce (7 months ago)

If the Samsung Galaxy NX was about $999 with the 18-55mm lens I'd even consider getting it. Not at that price though. I tried a NX300 in a store a few weeks ago, and I was really impressed with the hybrid AF on it. Not a bad camera IMO. Their NX lenses have a better lineup than Sony, and DxO rated some of the NX lenses very highly. Personally, I'm waiting for the NX30 though. :)

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ThaPeastenator
By ThaPeastenator (8 months ago)

No thanks, I'd rather buy a Nikon D600.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (8 months ago)

This! With lens!

1 upvote
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (8 months ago)

Wow that's a bold price for a crappy camera

9 upvotes
mike kobal
By mike kobal (8 months ago)

careful, lunar users will disagree :)

3 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (8 months ago)

Well you can get the Lunar one for the on earth price by getting the Sony version...LOL What far off "Galaxy" would buy this Samsung?

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techmine
By techmine (8 months ago)

This is a lot of software. But once it is built, its so easy to port on any cheap NX camera with a touch screen (future). Saves time and effort from putting all those buttons and controls in a camera body. But again, the usability part is yet to be proved.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

Magic Droid

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Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (8 months ago)

At this instant, Steve Jobs is laughing in heaven.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

he gets sick and dies in heaven to come back earth.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

if someone comes back from the mars and have a look at mobile devices he may think Android is a Samsung brand.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (8 months ago)

That is just unbelievable. I think Sammy has just made a very very big mistake.

But that confirms it: the heads of the Samsung imaging business have very poor grasp on reality.

They should have priced the camera at around, say, $600-800 where it would have been accessible to enterprising enthusiast who might be interested in writing new apps for such device. The new apps might have provided new and unique features which might have made the device attractive to broader audience (or to the users of a number of generally neglected photography niches).

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targut
By targut (8 months ago)

I am an NXianer myself, but what can I say? Samsung does not want this camera to be sold in any reasonable amount. It was a marginal product from the very announcement, I wonder if more than 100 pieces of it will be sold worldwide.

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Adrian Tung
By Adrian Tung (8 months ago)

I wonder why Samsung didn't go all the way and include cellular communication. It could have been the first ILC camera-phone, a highly amusing sight to see (putting a large camera with lens to your ear) but probably not as odd as putting a huge 8" tablet to the ear.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

It would make sense for the anywhere web connectivity, but honestly as long as that's built in, a bluetooth or wired headset to make calls would be realistic.

I can't seen anyone holding it to their cheek to make calls.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (8 months ago)

I am going to find a virtual stick and beat the NX forum for advocating the NX format in the past. It is they that allows this also ran company to produce one useless product after another. I am sure they will say the 20mp sensor is on par with FF hence the reasonable price.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

"I don't like it so no-one else is allowed to like it either"

16 upvotes
Ferling
By Ferling (8 months ago)

For that price it should have a hand-carved, wooden grip, complete with a gold plated logo.

10 upvotes
massimogori
By massimogori (8 months ago)

Hasselblad already filled that market niche.

2 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (8 months ago)

And that costs $7000. No way you're getting that kind of luxury for a measly $1600.

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Kevin Ha
By Kevin Ha (8 months ago)

can't wait to be able to play angry birds and check my email on my camera. Wait a sec, my phone already does all that and takes photos.

wait for the bargain bin sales if you just want one of these to say your camera can do all the stuff a $100 android phone can do. My guess is it'll settle closer to half their asking price, once you remove the $800 android premium. (android is a free OS btw)

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

If they give low-level API access to camera functions from the OS that would actually make it one of the most flexible cameras ever released.

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CortoPA
By CortoPA (8 months ago)

Andy, let it go, nothing can save this......Samsung BLEW it.....

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

With this model at this price maybe, but I hope open OSs make it to more cameras in the future

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Erick L
By Erick L (8 months ago)

Actually, I wish I could access the web and make calls with my m43 camera. I bought into m43 for travel and rarely need my phone for calls, but use the web for maps and other infos. One less thing to carry.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Kevin Ha--

(And I think this Samsung is an expensive silly idea that will likely be slow and dumb to use.) Your phone's camera does not shoot raw, has a much smaller sensor, likely doesn't have an optical zoom--though yes one Samsung phone has one--and the lens quality of many of these Samsung NX lenses are better than most phone's cameras.

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agentul
By agentul (8 months ago)

yes, because having screen-touch-based controls on a device meant to be used without looking at it during normal operation (look at the subject, not the camera!) is a very good design choice. i'm curious how it handles at around freezing temperatures. that must be really fun to see.

this is a good example of people making decisions based on buzz words and marketing hype.

- What's hot today? What are kids tweeting about?
- Android and touch screens.
- Perfect, let's make a camera using those!

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Jogger
By Jogger (8 months ago)

For lols, you can pair the upcoming Sony QX lens/cameras with this.

5 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

And QX10 will even beat the kit zoom in speed and range. :)

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Dennis
By Dennis (8 months ago)

I started typing a couple different replies ... but there's really nothing I can think of to say. $1600. Wow.

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DDWD10
By DDWD10 (8 months ago)

Just when i thought this camera couldn't get any less appealing...

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abortabort
By abortabort (8 months ago)

'Highly anticipated'... Yeah ok ;)

1 upvote
ArcaSwiss
By ArcaSwiss (8 months ago)

Makes a Sony RX1 look like a good deal

7 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (8 months ago)

"I just threw up a little"

Good luck Samsung- you're doing it to yourself.

10 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (8 months ago)

Hahahhaha!!

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tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (8 months ago)

I'm a fan of the NX line by samsung (using the nx300 with much joy, at present, and nx100 and 200 before that), but I can't really defend this camera.

It's bulky, ugly, plasticky, has no physical controls and, as much as it seems from the preview I read, it's also quite slow in operations, even if it has a great hardware.

I really hope this remains an experiment for Samsung and that they will release a "normal", "dumb" nx30 with rangefinder form factor anytime in 2014.

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Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (8 months ago)

I was very impressed by some of the NX lenses, and the relatively nice array of physical controls on some of the other cameras, which had a Pentax-like feel. Samsung is distinguishing themselves in a new way here. I think they are going to catch some new fans, but are a long way from being able to satisfy everyone or most people. Good luck to them, but my preferences at the moment lean more toward the established, evolved tools.

I'm actually not at all surprised by Samsung's direction. The surprise to me was the results of my changing and congealing of my own needs and priorities, where I found that I have zero interest in being the first to experience whatever the next photography paradigm of gear-handling is.

But they say this happens to guys in their 30s.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Michael B--

All well and good, but this camera running Android isn't likely to startup in 3 seconds, and dedicated physical buttons one can use by feel without looking are a great thing about other digital cameras including say the Samsung NX20.

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Red5TX
By Red5TX (8 months ago)

Anyone who is willing to pay $1,600 for a camera won't care about the Android functionality. They will have post-processing tools available on their computer. No one who is interested in the Android functionality will pay $1,600 for a camera. This thing is in no man's land.

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Langusta
By Langusta (8 months ago)

I guess after having things like hasselblad lunar introduced to the market, everything is now possible...

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

Forget about post processing, if Samsung opens up low-level API calls to the camera functions then having an open OS would make this one of the most flexible camera platforms ever released. That's a big if of course, we'll need to wait and see what they allow developers to do with the camera.

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Langusta
By Langusta (8 months ago)

When can we expect android-based lenses? With special "Blade Runner" aperture maybe?

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agentul
By agentul (8 months ago)

they will have a touch screens instead of regular focusing and zoom rings, and there will be a dedicated button so that you can post on twitter and facebook your current settings. in real time! oh, the socialness of it all!

3 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (8 months ago)

This will join the EOS M in the bargain bin .

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (8 months ago)

Half off it is still $800

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (8 months ago)

The EOS M with 22mm F2 and Canon 90EX flash was over $900 last year and B&H sold the combo for $299 !

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ogl
By ogl (8 months ago)

It's branding camera. And testing of technology.
The price is not important.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (8 months ago)

If you test technology - you want it to be in as many hands as possible. (It is not unheard of the test stuff to be given away for free!)

The only test here is how many people have spare 1.7K laying around with nothing better to spend on.

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Macintosh Sauce
By Macintosh Sauce (7 months ago)

I think so too. I think they are just testing different technologies. Personally, I am waiting to hear something about the NX30.

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Vobluda
By Vobluda (8 months ago)

One zero more in the price?

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Operator
By Operator (8 months ago)

DoA :-D

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (8 months ago)

Gotta be a typo.

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AEndrs
By AEndrs (8 months ago)

Hmmm... my educated guess is that, based on the price, they will sell..... hmm.... 3 of them.... no, 4, maybe the mother of the CEO will feel the moral obligation to buy one.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (8 months ago)

5 - you forgot the head of marketing, the person who proposed the price in the first place.

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