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Samsung announces early adopter price of $1,600 for Galaxy NX Android-based camera

Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy NX digital camera.

Samsung has revealed U.S. pricing and availability for its upcoming Galaxy NX Smart, a compact system camera (CSC) that runs on Android (4.2 Jelly Bean). Consumers can pick up the camera in October for $1,600 body-only or $1,700 with an 18-55mm kit lens. Either configuration, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny to be an early adopter of the first interchangeable lens camera (ILC) running Android – not to mention the monthly cellular service fee it’ll cost you to get connected – considering a non-Android ILC can be had for less than $1K. But what you get is a camera that lets you share images instantly, access cloud storage via Dropbox, and play Candy Crush, and then some.

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The Galaxy NX runs on a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and features Samsung’s DRIMe IV image processor and a hybrid autofocusing system. The camera is compatible with all of Samsung’s NX-mount lenses, included the 2D/3D lens. Unlike most CSCs, the Galaxy NX uses a DSLR-like body, and it feels like one too.

Besides 3G/4G connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, although there’s no support for near-field communication (NFC) – interesting since Samsung is a proponent of that protocol. The camera will be available directly through Samsung or retailers, although there’s no mention if they will include cell phone carriers like AT&T or Verizon, both of which offered the Android-based Samsung Galaxy point-and-shoot camera. There’s also no word regarding which carrier the camera will support, but we will update you when that information comes in.