Samsung has announced what is possibly the world’s first interchangeable lens camera (ILC) to sport both 3G/4G as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. The Android-based Galaxy NX camera comes more than a week after the chaebol unveiled the Galaxy S4 Zoom, its second Galaxy compact camera that also comes with 4G and Wi-Fi.
This latest product offering certainly reinforces Samsung’s relentless effort to combine Android smartphone functionality into its range of cameras. On paper, this seems to make sense as the added wireless options, online connectivity and the flexibility of an Android operating system allow for new, innovative features that can elevate the whole photography experience. The reality, however, is that this concept has yet to gain much traction with mainstream consumers.
In the heart of the new Galaxy NX camera is a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is paired with 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 4.8-inch LCD screen. Like the S4 Zoom, the Galaxy NX will run Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and feature the new Photo Suggest function which highlights the ideal position for taking a particular shot, using image data from fellow photographers.
Other key features of the camera include:
2GB RAM / 16GB storage with microSD card slot
Onboard GPS, accelerometer, Bluetooth
Supports 3G (HSPA+) / 4G (LTE)
136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7mm; 495g (with standard battery)