Samsung will slap the Galaxy name on pretty much anything with a radio that can find a cellular signal, which has led to some odd choices on the part of the company. Take, for example, the Galaxy Camera, a tiny but expensive point-and-shoot that had some good ideas but wasn’t really for pros. Samsung is hoping to change that with the Galaxy NX.
Once again it’s a cell phone crammed into a camera: It runs Android and can download apps and tools, meaning that in theory you could shoot a photo and start using Photoshop Touch right away to clean it up, trim it, and get it posted. It’ll use 3G or 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth, and it’s got both a 1.6GHz Pega-Q quad-core setup to run the Android back end and a processor just for shooting images. It can shoot up to 8.6 frames per second and has a shutter speed of 1/6,000th of a second.
As for the lenses, it’s compatible with Samsung’s NX range, obviously, so you’ll have a choice of thirteen or shelling out for an adapter, which isn’t ideal. Also less than ideal is the sensor; it’s APS-C sized and twenty megapixels, which, yes, is a lot of pixels, but that’s the problem: Beyond a certain point, the more pixels are crammed onto a sensor the more noise you get in an image. So we’ll need to see some real world shots just to get a sense of how this camera performs. The lack of video features is also a bit odd.
Also up in the air is the availability and price, although considering the Galaxy Camera is $500, you can expect the NX to run at least $100 to $200 more, about in line with low-level DSLRs. It arrives in the UK this summer and the US hopefully sometime this year.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.