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Samsung Galaxy Camera Unveiled, More Phonecamera Than Cameraphone

Well, that’s one leaked camera certainly didn’t take long to become a reality. Less than half an hour after we shared the first leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the camera was officially announced over in Berlin. Here’s the basic spec lowdown: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 16 megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor, a 21x f/2.8-5.9 23-480mm (35mm equiv.) lens, a 4.8-inch HD LCD screen, a minimal smartphone-esque design, a 1.4Ghz quad core processor, 8GB of internal storage, ISO of up to 3200, and 3G/Wi-Fi or 4G/Wi-Fi.

Powered by Android, the entire range of apps available through the Google Play marketplace are at your disposal. You can do things like play Angry Birds, check your email, browse the web, find your way to your shoots using a GPS app, and share through Instagram. That’s the power of the “phonecamera”.

3G and 4G connectivity are achieved through a small micro-SIM slot found next to the microSD card and battery pack.

Like a good smartphone-based device, the Galaxy camera offers a voice control feature for handling certain functions without needing to touch the camera. You can say things like “zoom in” and “shoot” for hands-free control.

An “Auto Cloud Backup” feature allows users to automatically backup their photographs to the cloud, while a “Share Shot” feature will share photos as their shot. Additionally, the camera can be paired up with other Wi-Fi enabled devices for easy photo transfers.

On the side of the camera, you’ll find a flash-release button that causes the pop-up flash to appear. The entire camera is elegantly designed, with minimal controls — very Apple-esque, if you ask us. There’s a power button, a shutter release coupled with a zoom toggle, and an on/off button. Besides that, you’ll be interacting with the camera entirely through the giant touchscreen and touch-buttons on the back.

It’s interesting that Samsung chose not to bake voice calling functionality into the camera — you’ll be able to use Skype and other VOIP apps, of course — which would have created a mind-boggling fusion between the camera and phone worlds. It would also have allowed people to completely replace their current smartphone, reducing the number of gadgets in their pockets by one.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will begin hitting store shelves come October, and will be available at both camera and phone stores. Pricing hasn’t been announced.


 
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  • Samcornwell

    The future we’ve all been talking about for the last decade has just arrived. I hate to say it, but this looks pretty neat.

  • jdm8

    Now that’s getting interesting. Does anyone know if it has a microphone and speaker? Bluetooth?

  • coolpatj

    that looks sleek! though i don’t know if iphone users will want to get another iphone looking thing in their pocket. I guess it depends on how much better the pictures are with this thing

  • jesseyardley

    Very sleek design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LeeKniewel Lee Kniewel

    Looks great. But I can’t stand the apparent “need” for hyper zoom lenses in point and shoot cameras now. Give me a better quality shorter focal range please. Also, would have been very very interesting to see this have full phone capability. Or just a phone that is much more camera focused like this.

    I’d take a bulkier iPhone if it had a considerably better and more useable camera (grip like this one, actual shutter button, and more “instant on” camera (which I’d assume this would have).

  • http://www.facebook.com/LeeKniewel Lee Kniewel

    The more I look at this the more I agree with this statement.

    “It’s interesting that Samsung chose not to bake voice calling
    functionality into the camera — you’ll be able to use Skype and other
    VOIP apps, of course — which would have created a mind-boggling fusion
    between the camera and phone worlds. It would also have allowed people
    to completely replace their current smartphone, reducing the number of
    gadgets in their pockets by one.”

    And I think the decision to leave this out is what will really end up keeping this device from being as successful as they’re hoping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1559513367 Nelson García

    It might re-define some trends. Including Instagram.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomixyz Tomi Tarkin

    Now that’s a smart point-and-shoot camera of my tastes finally – only some more manual camera buttons instead of touch-screen-only interface wouldn’t have hurt..

  • Caitlyn Chapman

    Damn! I love it! But, until it has full voice calling, i will be sticking with my Galaxy Note and a powershot on the side! :-) really disappointed they didnt go all the way with this device!

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    I think touch screen controls are better

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Look at the screenshot

  • http://twitter.com/IEBAcom Anthony Burokas

    Maybe by the time it gets released, it’ll have full phone functionality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcintosh Mark McIntosh

    I see space to work with Garmin and fit a the components of an edge 800 in there. Ruggedize it and put in the phone function.

    Step 2 Profit!

  • http://twitter.com/iso1200magazine ISO 1200 Magazine

    If this camera/phone captures RAW files then will be a success. A dream? Sure.

  • LM

    full voice calling and water proof would be great!!

  • http://twitter.com/isashach isashach

    This is perfect. I was on a scouting campout this summer, and I used my phone (SGS3) pretty much only to take pictures. So because generally speaking we’re not allowed to take phones with us, I got several remarks. This sure would solve the issue :D

  • Roger

    eating into phone sales… the number one reason they did not include voice calling. they can’t eat into the lucrative smart phone market. this is Version 1 after all. and it is a consumer product – don’t expect a Leica prime lens on this. the masses love a large focal length range.

    but this is great news. because others will have to play to the market and within a year or two, you’ll see a voice enabled camera-phone – my holy grail

  • Phase19

    Just download the Garmin app, Done!

  • vale1005

    I must be the only one not to use voice calling. Handy for driving, but I believe you’re not suppose to phone and drive, IF you want to be a really safe driver.
    So.. I like this camera-phone as it is.
    As we all should know megapixs by itself does not equate better photos. I’m guessing they went with 16 for marketing purpose.

  • Alan Horn

    I agree. I bought a hyper-zoom camera a few years ago for a particular vacation where I didn’t want the weight of an SLR and while it is fun, the photos from the far end of the zoom are always much more work and less fun than those in the normal range and have a much lower number of keepers even though the camera has optical image stabilization. I wish that I had bought something with a faster lens and larger sensor instead. Where cameraphones fail most often is in dim lighting. This should be an enormous help in those situations but would be even better with something like a 24-150 f 1.7 lens.

  • Alan Horn

    On the whole it looks great to me. I wonder what the network plans will be. Personally I would like a prepaid or non-contract pay-as-you-go plan.

  • Hank

    I’d bet the next version will have full phone capabilities …

  • David Boey

    I don’t know if this camera has phone capabilities or not or is it just a camera with internet capabilities only? I agree with Hank. I can’
    t wait for Samsung to release the next version with full phone capabilities. I’ll replace all my 5 phones with the new version in a heartbeat! Dual SIM would be nice too!