Samsung has just announced the Galaxy NX, its latest interchangeable lens camera. The Galaxy NX is unique compared to the rest of Samsung's NX line in that it is powered by Android — much in the same way the company's Galaxy Camera and Galaxy S4 Zoom are.
The Galaxy NX looks very similar to Samsung's prior NX models, save for the giant 4.8-inch HD touchscreen display grafted to the back of it. Essentially, the NX is the love-child of a Galaxy S3 smartphone and NX20 camera — it's powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, runs Android 4.2.2, and features an APS-C class 20.3-megapixel image sensor. It has full compatibility with Samsung's growing line of interchangeable lenses — including the new 3D lenses. It has 16GB of internal storage, support for microSD cards, and 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy NX is also equipped with Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, so you can upload and share your images virtually anywhere, and it has an SVGA resolution eye-level viewfinder.
The love child of a Galaxy S3 and NX20
The Galaxy NX can shoot 1080p video at 24 or 50 frames per second, up to 8.6 frames per second of stills, and has a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second. Its ISO range is what you'd expect from an APS-C class camera for 2013: it can shoot up to 25,600 ISO for low-light situations. The NX has a 4,360mAh battery, but Samsung isn't saying exactly how that's expected to last or how many pictures you can expect to get before it dies.
Software-wise, the NX has more than 30 smart modes to make taking pictures easier for the inexperienced photographers, and it has a very similar interface to the Galaxy S4 smartphone. Of course, since it runs on Android, it can also take advantage of all of the apps available to Google's platform — including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
Samsung hasn't announced availability or pricing for the Galaxy NX just yet, but based on the maker's other NX cameras, we'd expect this to fall pretty close to $1,000 with a kit lens when it is released.