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Samsung Galaxy NX Will Launch in the U.S. in October at $1599

Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung announced this morning that its Galaxy NX will officially launch in the U.S. during the month of October at a starting price of $1599 (body only). The interchangeable “professional” grade smart-camera that runs Android 4.2, which Samsung is calling the “first connected Compact System Camera,” can also be bundled with a 18-55mm lens for $1699. These prices are for the WiFi model. And no, I’m not making these prices up. 

For those not familiar, the Galaxy NX offers a 20.3MP APS-C sensor along with a DRIMe IV Image Signal Processor to deliver the “speed and accuracy which today’s photographers demand.” It also has an Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus system, a 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting, and a selection of interchangeable lenses from compact pancake to ultra-wide fisheye to longer prime and zoom lenses.

As an Android device, it runs Android 4.2 on a 4.8-inch HD LCD display and has access to the Google Play store and all of your favorite apps. The device itself sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot that is expandable up to 64GB, 2GB RAM, and a 4360mAh battery. It also includes all of Samsung’s TouchWiz Smart Modes in the camera, so you are swipes away from filtering the hell out of your $1600 photos.

Any takers?

  • Doctrsnoop

    Okay, calm down everybody. Yes the price is choke-inducing but there is a use-case for this that may justify the price. If you were a photo-journalist you could shoot and FTP all in one step. Right now it’s at least a three step process of hooking up to a laptop or maybe a phone, downloading the photos to it then FTP’ing it, not to mention having to carry the cables, readers, the phone/laptop, and the things surrounding them.

    If you were doing several dozen assignments a day this could easily be a great thing.

    But having said all that, the camera itself might not be quite up to snuff for many assignments. But it is a start.

    The first digital SLR’s were an absurd 20000 plus dollars but it was clear that it was the future and many agencies bought up the first ones.

  • Gary

    Wow… judging by all the comments on here you must all be professional photographers who has already used this camera and know it to be s**t.
    Perhaps you might want to ACTUALLY use it first, before you start talking trash…
    Just a thought.

  • chris420o

    im still waiting on the galaxy toaster…thad be worth the price

    • FAL_Fan

      You do realize it was a sarcastic comment like this one that brought this thing into existence…don’t you? Sarcastaball anyone?

  • Jarred Sutherland


    And now that was a good joke. Samsung, what else do you have lined up for us at stupid pricing like this?

  • None

    I wonder if I could put Cyanogenmod on this.

  • fauxshizzl

    For that price I could buy a D7100, an extra lens, and still have enough left over to pay for a weekend trip somewhere to actually use the new camera. No physical controls is an instant no go for me on top of it. Imagine all the lost shots trying to do something as simple as change shutter speed with a glare on that back screen or out in direct sunlight. Not to mention TouchWiz….on a camera….No thanks.

  • bkosh84

    Holy balls.. Like seriously!??! Samsung is out of their minds!

  • ad78

    they are on steroids or probably ecstasy. stupid price

  • Looks like a $300 point and shoot. Look how small the glass elements are

  • Stewie

    OMFG, that made my day, a little humor in seeing that they actually think that will break into the market?

    Just for the heck of it: Can it be rooted? 🙂

    Unproven base, we all know how lenses are, but until someone does some serious testing I don’t believe anyone is going to bite at that price. you can get more for your buck elsewhere.

  • Alan Paone

    Who do they think is going to buy this?

  • MK17

    Lets be honest here. The best thing about that is instant sharing, and wireless transfer to the computer. The latter can be easily accomplished with the right SD card, and the former is not that important for anyone spending 1K+ on a camera.

    • Stewie

      Right with ya … I’m LMAO at this ….

    • I’d much rather see Canon or Nikon implement some sort of WiFi instant upload to their cameras than buy this POS.

      • Cory

        Nikon does have this. They sell a $60 WiFi adapter that allows you to remotely control your camera and instantly upload photos to your phone. It’s only compatible with a few lower-end DSLRs at the moment, but the tech does exist.

        • I heard about that, I’m hoping for an integrated WiFi/GPS receiver that can be turned on/off manually, so you don’t have to buy expensive add-on’s and it won’t hurt battery life by always being on.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        The Canon 6D already has wifi/gps with instant upload if you so wish to use it.

  • MK17


  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Keep it.

  • With Canon and Nikon having such an iron grip on the professional camera market, Samsung is facing a huge uphill battle. Honestly, brand loyalty in professional photography is very high because everyone gets so invested in lenses which only work on one brand of camera. If you slapped Canon or Nikon branding on this camera, people would buy it. Samsung, though? Color me skeptical. I don’t think a lot of professional photographers would invest heavily in a Samsung product that’s unproven and end up with a bunch of equipment that’s obselete and unsupported in 2 years.

    • Alan Paone

      Pro photographers are also pretty conservative about new features, a lot of them don’t even want touchscreens. To their credit though, the first time you get a touchwiz-related FC during a shoot, you’d be returning it, no matter what it says on the box.

      • if a camera doesn’t have an optical view finder, then its not even a consideration!

        • Alan Paone

          There’s plenty of pros using m4/3 and Fuji, whether your viewfinder is made of pixels or mirrors is not especially important. Its all about the lenses.

    • foghorn67

      Wouldn’t even bother with that camera. They should be worried about their NX mount lens line up instead.

  • jordan

    not one professional or new photographer whould buy this piece of crap when you can buy a nice dslr with 2 lenses and maybe even buy a 3rd lens

    • palomosan

      That’s right sir, this is actually laughable that they think that people would buy at that price tag whether it has Android or no.

    • i almost fell out of my charr when i saw that price!! bahahahahahahaha ill take my Fuji X100 over this thing any day of the week!

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Samsung marketing HAS to be smoking some good crack, I cannot possibly imagine this going over well.

        • michael arazan

          For that price it better come with crack, because you got to be high when you buy it

    • gm49

      Who would pay this much for a device and then sit down to play a game, surf the Web, or send an email while balancing and protecting an expensive and heavy lens.

      I cannot begin to see why you might want phone or data service. Can you picture someone making a call with this device. (It makes me think of Maxwell Smart using his shoe phone.) If you want to share photos over the Internet, get a better camera for less and use an SD card with wifi to transfer images using your phone as a wifi hot spot .

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  • BiggiePhat

    I’ll take 5.

  • MichaelFranz

    there are so many better cameras for that price….this is like one of those scenarios where it is the first of its kinda so whomever makes it can charge a ridiculous price point until more come to the market

  • I mean, their market is professionals. If the big camera blogs give it a good review, it will sell some. The competition is might stuff at the price point, though. Is it weather sealed? looks plasticy.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I think you need to get a better idea of what a professional photographer wants, and I can assure you it is NOT this device.

  • Steve Austin

    There’s a G missing somewhere in that title.