STANDOUT FEATURE: The first LTE-connected interchangeable-lens camera.
Samsung Galaxy NX
List Price: $1,599 (body only)
Samsung's new Galaxy NX combines an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and an interchangeable-lens APS-C mirrorless camera to provide a real camera capable of generating DSLR image quality—plus, the connectivity and apps of a Galaxy smartphone. Optional LTE data service in the U.S. is offered through Verizon, and lets you connect and share from practically anywhere. Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS support complements access to a wide range of mobile apps to enhance the shooting and sharing experience. For example, Photo Suggest offers shooting-spot advice based on your location.
Like Samsung's other top NX cameras, the Galaxy NX features a 20.3-megapixel, Samsung APS-C CMOS image sensor, the DRIMe IV image signal processor, a top shutter speed of 1⁄6000 sec., and 8.6 fps shooting. Advanced Hybrid AF uses phase-detection AF to quickly zero in on the subject, then contrast AF to fine-tune focus for maximum accuracy. And like the other NX cameras, the Galaxy NX can use all Samsung NX lenses, which currently number 12 and range in focal length from a 10mm fisheye and 12-24mm superwide zoom to an 18-200mm, providing 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths from 15mm through 300mm.
Video capabilities include 1080p at 30 fps and 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps in MP4 AVI format with MPEG4 H.264 compression.
To power all this, the Galaxy NX uses a potent 4360 mAh battery (the NX 20 uses a 1300 mAh battery, and a typical non-pro DSLR, 1800 mAh). To accommodate the huge 4.8-inch touch screen, the camera size is larger than other mirrorless cameras at 5.4x4.0x1.5 inches and weighing 14.4 ounces.