With a bevy of new smartphones as well as some new DSLR cameras announced or launched since June, it is easy to forget about Samsung‘s own Galaxy NX camera. However, this Android-powered camera was just seen at the FCC, which leaves it just a few days more before its promised October launch.
The Samsung Galaxy NX was announced last June, alongside the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Unlike the latter however, the Galaxy NX is a true digital camera and not merely a camera smartphone. The Galaxy NX builds on Samsung’s previous Galaxy Camera, but adds a physical viewfinder, instead of leaving users to rely only on a back display. It uses a mirrorless setup and features a 20.3 megapixel sensor. Lenses can be interchanged, like most digital cameras of late, and support lenses that have manual zoom and autofocus, though the camera has its own advanced hybrid autofocus system.
Of course, the selling feature of the Galaxy NX is its deep Android integration, giving access to the full Google Play experience. As an Android device, it sports a 4.8-inch 720p display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 of internal storage with a microSD slot, and runs Android 4.2.2. It also has WiFi and 4G LTE connectivity, apparently on AT&T’s network, and is powered by a large 4360 mAh battery. You can read up on our experience with the camera in our hands-on piece here.
The Samsung Galaxy NX’s arrival at the FCC means that it shouldn’t be long now before the camera finally hits the shelves, though when that will exactly happen is anyone’s guess. It is also unknown if Samsung will be sticking to the pricing scheme it revealed back in August, which is a not insignificant amount of $1,600.