The so-called smart cameras may have seemed like just a passing fad or experimental devices meant to test the market last year, but starting with the second half of 2013 they should probably be taken a little more seriously.
That’s mostly because Samsung has a stunning smart cam in the pipeline, supposedly called Galaxy NX and set to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Galaxy Camera. The NX has been quietly making the rumor rounds for a couple of months now, but it wasn’t until a few hours ago the thing exploded on the front page of every major tech publication.
A fairly trustworthy Vietnamese website has leaked out a set of high-quality press photos of the gizmo, showing off what’s basically a massive mirrorless DSLR with Android. And no, I kid you not, this is really a very professional snapper, unlike the fairly modest first-gen Galaxy Camera or the S4 Zoom.
Then again, the comparison with the Galaxy S4 Zoom is not exactly fair, since that’s primarily a phone and the NX is a camera with no support for GSM voice calls.
Set to be shown off to the world during the London “Premiere” event on June 20, the thing will rock a 20.3 MP APS-C sensor, different replaceable lenses, plus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.8-inch 720p screen, quad-core Exynos CPU, 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.
Everything sounds fine and dandy, I’m sure, for photo buffs looking to always be connected to the internet, but beware, as chances are the Galaxy NX will be pricey. And I mean very pricey.