Samsung’s Galaxy “Smartcamera” Gets a $500 Price Tag, Nov 16 Release Date

Samsung’s smartphone-esque Galaxy Camera finally has a definite price and launch date. AT&T announced today that it will begin selling the Android-powered camera on November 16, 2012 for $500. The camera comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and can be connected to the Internet via the carrier’s 4G mobile network.

As we’ve reported before, the Galaxy Camera features a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor (pretty small when it comes to sensors), a giant 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen, a 21x optical zoom lens, a speedy quad-core 1.4GHz processor (yes, we’re talking about processor clock rates in cameras now), manual controls, and all kinds of random tools that you’d expect from a camera loaded with a mobile OS.

The camera is one of the first — if not the first — dedicated camera that users can subscribe to a data plan for. Plans range from $15/month for 250MB to $50/month for 5GB.

AT&T also notes that its new Locker cloud storage app is a perfect tool for backing up photos shot using the Galaxy Camera (though, it’s also the perfect tool for burning through your data plan).

When the camera finally hits store shelves, you’ll be able to pick one up at AT&T retailers and through the carrier’s website.

Image credit: Photo based on Samsung_Galaxy_rear by Chris Ruggles

  • Brian F

    This is gonna be a flop.

  • Nate Matos

    Agreed. Compact camera sales are falling rapidly because people already don’t see the need to carry something in addition to their phone. As phone cameras continue to get better, why would anyone want to carry another camera phone… that doesn’t have a camera in it?

    I complained a lot when at CES 2012 Polaroid announced they were constantly innovating and proceeded to announce a product very similar to this. Thinking that people will want to carry around more redundant crap AND pay to do so is about as far away from innovation as you can get.

  • cunguez

    While I think that there far too many flaws in the Galaxy’s execution (particularly the small sensor size), the concept of having an enthusiast-oriented compact camera with an OS capable of running apps and the ability to upload to either a social networking site or the cloud is still a solid one. I almost always have a camera with me, and only use my phone to snap a pic if I have to. If or when there’s a camera with a sensor and IQ approaching that of say the RX100 along the aforementioned capabilities, I’d definitely buy one. The same thinking goes for a web-enabled DSLR or CSC with a fully functioning OS. I certain I’m not the only one who feels there would be a market for this.

    The biggest issue, IMO, is that of data rates. Having to purchase a separate plan just for a camera at the prices AT&T is not attractive. But if I could add it to an shared existing plan, along with my phone and tablet, I could get on board with that.

  • Albi Kl

    While I can understand your argument, it should be remembered that the same was levelled at the iPad. A mobile device not having a phone included is no indication of its sales potential.

    More level headed individuals like us will shy away from this niche but I can imagine people with more time and money than they know what to do with will lap it up.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    For $500 plus a monthly data contract, you should be able to use the device to make phone calls as well