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Samsung just announced yet another Android-powered camera, but this one may actually be good enough for professionals.
The Galaxy NX is Samsung’s attempt to bring Android into the realm of mirrorless cameras, which offer high-quality images and interchangeable lenses like DSLRs at a fraction of the size. Samsung announced the camera at its Premiere 2013 event in London, where it also showed off its latest Windows 8 devices.
The camera sports a 20.3-megapixel sensor as well as support for 3G and 4G LTE networks. It’s also compatible with the 13 lenses Samsung has built for its NX mirrorless line of cameras. The big draw, of course, is its ability to run just about any Android app. (Just imagine what Galaxy NX users will be able to do on Instagram.)
Samsung, Sony, Nikon, and other camera manufacturers have been quick to jump on the mirrorless camera bandwagon. Now that most consumers have decent point-and-shoot cameras on their smartphones, camera makers are fighting to own the mirrorless market since those products are typically cheaper than pro-level DSLRs.
Under the hood, the Galaxy NX is powered by a 1.4-gigahertz quad-core processor, and it’s running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Samsung didn’t announce any pricing or availability details for the Galaxy NX, but we expect to hear more soon.