Samsung Galaxy Camera brings 21x zoom and Xenon flash to Android (review)

Samsung Galaxy Camera brings 21x zoom and Xenon flash to Android (review)

Summary: People are using their smartphones for cameras, so Samsung released a camera with Android on the back. It's a nice solution that takes solid photos, but it's rather expensive at $550.

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  • Is it really a smartphone?

    You say that it's a camera with a smartphone. If that's the case, then the price seems pretty cheap. $550 for a smartphone with a nice lens would be reasonable.

    However nowhere did I read that you can actually use this camera as a phone. It has 3G but can it make phone calls? The SAMSUNG site simple calls it a Smart Camera (http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/mobile-phone/galaxy-camera/).
    TomAnderson-3ecad
    • clarification

      The actual quote is "The Galaxy Camera is essentially a Samsung Android smartphone slapped on the back of a point and shoot camera."

      Just wondering if it can really make phone calls.
      TomAnderson-3ecad
      • not a phone, a camera with a WiFi/3G connexion for pict uploads

        I just bought that camera, it's an Android camera with a WiFi/3G (LTE?) connection to upload automatically the photos to a server. There is one predefined by Samsung, but Dropbox works also just fine. Funny enough, it's delivered with a headset with a microphone but no phone application. So I guess we could use Skype or Google Talk to make calls, I haven't tried it yet. The quality of the pictures is pretty good, so in my opinion it's not as bad as Matthew seem to imply.

        The forgotten feature is the integrated GPS, the pictures are EXIF tagged with the location (if you enable it). That was THE feature I needed.

        Samsung was also running a deal with a discount when I bought it, making it really attractive.

        The missing accessory is a case. Not even an option.
        fjanon@...
  • Camera Tablet

    I have wondered when someone was going to do something like this............. My thought was a tablet camera. A 7" or 10" tablet with advanced camera capabilities. Perhaps a good onboard camera, and a plug in or bluetooth lens / sensor assembly that utilizes the tablet's electronics, display, and storage.
    **owly**
  • Sounds way overpriced

    At $550 it sounds way overpriced. That's getting into the "prosumer" range. Can it take add-on lenses and do HDR? "Best Face" sounds like HDR but what if there are no faces? It sounds like that feature is designed to work off skin tone.

    What is the maximum size external card it can use? At 21 megapixels I imagine photo file sizes are pretty large. I know there are now cards larger than 32GB but I believe they work with slightly different technology and may not be compatible with hardware designed for the older cards.
    Rick_R
    • Money well spent

      The Galaxy Camera does not handle add-on lenses but it does HDR. The camera has an automated optical wide-angle zoom lense that extends when the camera mode is activated. It can handle 64GB of external memory at Class 10 which increases overall performance in both video and photo capabilities. The Galaxy Camera utilized 4G LTE as well as 3G/2G and WIFI. It can also launch a mobile hotspot via WIFI, Bluetooth and AllShare. The Galaxy Camera is capable of sharing it's screen with a TV that is AllCast or DLNA enabled as well as directly wired.
      Milton Pozo-Mazzini
      • Money well spent (cont.)

        I initially purchased the Galaxy Camera for my girlfriend who, like most women, is photo happy and always complains about how slow photos upload to Facebook or an online photo developer when using her Galaxy S3 or laptop computer. The Galaxy Camera uploads photos en masse with half the time it normally takes. The other complaint was from her friends who always accuse her of with holding photos but now she quickly picks the photos they want and the photos are streamed online or to their own phones. I had little interest in point and shoot or phone cameras and always thought high quality cameras were way too expensive. I quickly found myself drawn to the Galaxy Camera because it not only had an optical lense and a powerhouse of connectivity but it features the expert mode that lets you operate the camera as if you had a professional camera at your fingertip.
        Milton Pozo-Mazzini
  • It is not a smart phone

    as one learns at the bottom of the article. I'm not interested until it is. I'm expecting cameras to include full feature smartphone technology and be sold with SIM card capability like phones and tablets any year now. There's no reason any number of devices shouldn't have fully activated high bandwidth smart phone functionality from the same telecom service.
    I2k4
    • Samsung Galaxy Camera

      I already have a camera as good as the galaxy but mine also has a smartphone included. It's called the Nokia 808 Pureview.
      dorix
  • Laden with features

    But what I would like to see are some images acquired by it. Maximum zoom and the so called wide angle.
    jayvee1000@...
  • well overprised for a point and shoot

    why wont one buy a phone with good camera doing the same and much more?
    dugbug11
  • Another confused camera product

    I'm one of many camera folks frustrated with how random camera makers are with adding feature and improvements. A sore point in particular with me is how video is handed: video quality has very steadily improved all around, to the point that your average point and shoot offers 1080p filming. But audio quality has basically gone nowhere. My old Kodak Zi8 came with a mic-in jack and a level control, so getting very good audio for the video was a matter of adding a $20 external mic. Only a couple of non-DLSR or 4/3'rds even offer a mic input, and in the case of this Samsung, it has some sort of oddball jack for stereo out and mono in.
    JustCallMeBC
  • not worth it.

    If it could make calls then I could see it being worth it... but as it is.... no, not that price.
    rockfanMCE
  • Another confused camera product

    I'm one of many camera folks frustrated with how random camera makers are with adding feature and improvements. A sore point in particular with me is how video is handed

    site : http://www.sadasoft.net/
    salah42