Samsung Galaxy NX priced: How much will you pay for the first Android-based mirrorless camera?


posted Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM EDT

Last June, Samsung announced the Galaxy NX, the world's first camera to combine the smarts of an Android device with the interchangeable-lens design of a mirrorless camera. Today, the company has revealed pricing for the Galaxy NX, which will be available either body-only or in a bundle with an 18-55mm lens.

When it ships this October, you'll be able to pick up the Samsung Galaxy NX direct from Samsung and its authorized retailers for around US$1600 body-only. If you prefer the kit lens option, you'll pay an extra US$100, for an all-in list price of US$1700. It isn't yet clear whether the company's wireless carrier partners will be offering the Galaxy NX with a subsidy, as they would with a smartphone or the existing, fixed-lens Galaxy Camera.

Hands-on with the Android-based Samsung Galaxy NX mirrorless camera.

That makes the Galaxy NX the most expensive NX-series camera by quite some margin, but it was only to be expected: You're essentially purchasing a complex camera and smart device in one, and although Google doesn't charge for its Android operating system, the hardware needed to run it is not inexpensive. Take a look at the pricetag of even a fairly basic smartphone without carrier subsidy, and it was clear that just the smarts of the Galaxy NX were going to come at a cost.

The Samsung Galaxy NX shares much with the company's NX300 compact system camera, and melds it with the same Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system found in many of the company's smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Camera. Catering to instant sharing of your creations, the Galaxy NX features built-in 3G / 4G LTE and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.

Want to know more? Read our hands-on Samsung Galaxy NX review for first impressions on the world's first smart mirrorless camera!

The Samsung Galaxy NX is a double world's first mirrorless camera -- first with a full-blown, user-facing operating system (Android 4.2 Jelly Bean), and first with built-in 3G/4G connectivity.