(TS) – 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.
The Galaxy NX is an interchangeable lens camera that, like the original Galaxy Camera before it, runs Google’s Android operating system. The camera itself touts a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO of up to 25,600, 1/6000 sec shutter speed and a built-in pop-up flash. There’s a 4.8-inch HD LCD display on the Galaxy NX’s backside, and buried inside the unit is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (with microSD slot for additional space), Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity and a 4,360mAh battery.
On the software side of things, the Galaxy NX comes preloaded with Android 4.2 running beneath Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI. That customized software includes features like Photo Suggest, which displays locations of popular photography spots, and over 30 different Smart Modes that can be used to tweak the camera settings for different scenarios. The Galaxy NX also has access to Android’s full suite of Google apps, including Chrome, Gmail and the Google Play Store.
With its 20.3-megapixel sensor and interchangeable lens system, the Galaxy NX looks to be quite a step up from 2012′s point-and-shoot Galaxy Camera. That’s something that’s reflected in the price difference between the two models, with the Galaxy Camera carrying a price tag of $449.99, over $1,000 less than the Galaxy NX’s body-only price. The NX’s higher price isn’t exactly a surprise, though, as it’s a higher-end, more professional product. What do you think of the Galaxy NX? Does its combination of interchangeable lenses and Jelly Bean have you saving up your pennies in preparation for its October launch?
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