Samsung’s new Galaxy Camera will be the first point-and-shoot to which you can add a 3G or 4G data plan when it arrives on store shelves in October. One of the major benefits of being connected to the Internet all the time is that the camera will be able to take full advantage of cloud-based services. Services like Dropbox.
Samsung confirmed today that customers who purchase a Galaxy camera will automatically receive a free 50GB Dropbox cloud storage account — the same perk currently offered to some Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone buyers.
The camera is designed to be chummy with cloud storage services. It features an “Auto Cloud Backup” feature that can beam your photos to Internet servers for safekeeping, the moment they’re created.
A pocket camera with Internet connectivity and cloud storage. Sound familiar? Yup… it’s just like Apple’s iPhone and iCloud, except the Galaxy Camera packs a more legitimate lens, a larger sensor, and 45GB more free storage space than Apple’s mobile photography offering.
Unlike iCloud, however, the free Dropbox plan isn’t a lifetime account. Dropbox will start asking you to fork over money (or drop the account) two years after your phone purchase.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the other major camera makers come up with similar cloud storage partnerships, since Android and Internet-connectivity are both major trends this year.