Samsung launched the Galaxy Camera earlier this year, and while we felt it was pretty good, it might have been a bit overpriced for what you actually get. Enter the follow-up to the Galaxy Camera, the Galaxy NX Camera, which is Samsung’s first foray into Android-powered full-fledged Digital SLR cameras. Samsung is no stranger to Digital SLRs, and have quite a few of their own out there in the marketplace, but none that currently run Android as the first Galaxy Camera does. The Galaxy NX is currently selling in the UK for £1,299, which is about $2,000 if you straight convert it over to US Dollars. Thankfully Samsung isn’t doing this, and will be giving Americans an effective $300 price break by selling the Galaxy NX for $1,700. Now that’s quite a bit of money, right? Thankfully the camera is bundled with a standard SLR 18-55mm lens, although you can purchase the camera by itself for $1,600 as well.
What makes the Galaxy NX worth $1,700, you ask? Well the hardware itself is pretty serious, offering specs like a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 8.6fps continuous shooting, SLR-style focusing and a mirrorless design. Behind the camera sits a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with GLONASS and even LTE on board for direct photo sharing and transfers without having the annoyance of hooking the camera up to a PC. You’ll get a package that’s infinitely better than the Galaxy S4 Zoom for sure, but that comes with quite a price, and without the option of using it as a phone. Of course you wouldn’t exactly want to use a full-sized digital SLR like the Galaxy NX as a phone, but then again maybe there are some who wouldn’t mind? The ease of navigating on Android is part of what makes the Galaxy NX so desirable, besides the obvious quality of shots a digital SLR camera produces of course. Samsung’s already excellent camera software will certainly be leveraged to its best abilities with the Galaxy NX. Samsung will be selling the Galaxy NX in the US this October.