Samsung Galaxy NX brings Android and 4G to enthusiast cameras

It’s official: Samsung has squeezed 4G and Android into a powerful lens-swapping camera
Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung today announced the Galaxy NX, a large interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with an Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2-based UI, 4.8in touchscreen and 4G connectivity built-in.

Samsung has dabbled in Android-based snappers before with the Galaxy Camera, but the Galaxy NX is a whole different breed: it’s a big, sturdy enthusiast-friendly model with a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, 8.6fps continuous shooting, fast hybrid autofocus and, yes, support for Samsung’s full range of NX lenses. We originally got wind of such a product coming last week, and the rumours turned out to be pretty much on the money.

So what does it mean to have 4G and Android on board? Mainly, the advantage comes from the ease with which you can share your photos and videos, uploading them quickly from the camera to social networks and the like. Everything you shoot can also be backed up swiftly to the cloud, meaning you won’t lose photos if the Galaxy NX is half-inched or broken.

There are other potential benefits too: the ability to run third-party editing apps for instance; the ability to download firmware updates automatically; and much, much more (depending on how open Samsung makes it – that’s something that we’ll have to determine in the run-up to launch).

The Samsung Galaxy NX will be available this summer, with the price to be confirmed.