Samsung has always been up for bringing something new to the table and with their Galaxy camera they might have just touched the right spot. Luckily, Apple also ‘might not‘ be having problem with this one as Samsung announces a 16 MP Galaxy camera with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware, heavy Quad core processor and 21x zoom capabilities. The peculiar thing about this device is that it’ll be a hybrid of a smart phone and a digital camera.
No matter how good a smartphone is, it has always been beaten by point cameras. The creation of this hybrid would mean easy accessibility for photographers and Android users to a device that caters both their required functions. The device boasts a number of great features that might compel you to get your hands on this camera or should I say an Android 4.1 smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera carries a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens (2.8-5.9, 23-480mm), pop-up xenon flash, quad-core processor and an amazingly clear 4.8-inch 1280×720-pixel display, which dominates the back of the device. Connectivity options span 3G, 4G and WiFi networks, letting you share your photos online at all times.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS lets you keep all the apps that you can think of but I would suggest using this device as a ‘camera’ rather than a phone as it’s too heavy to be used as a smartphone and apparently looks great as a digital camera.
On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy Camera features ‘custom Photo Wizard’ and ‘Movie Wizard’ apps, which allow users to edit images and videos on the fly. To make photo management a bit easier, Samsung included “Smart Content Manager”, an organization tool that intelligently creates folders, tags faces, and even suggests which pictures to delete.
Thanks to Google, you’re Galaxy camera will be fully synchronized with all the Google camera apps and Samsung Cloud for online storage. You can upload your images or movies to Samsung’s cloud service and you can share them directly with other Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S3 and the new Samsung Note II. The camera lets you adjust all the options of snapshots through the OS. You can even edit the shutter speed, ISO and so on. The 309 ppi clear screen gives brilliant on screen results of your images.
Although the Galaxy camera will going to be a big step towards the camera side of the smartphones but I’m not sure Samsung would be able to find a lot with this device as it will be targeted towards a very limited audience. We saw the same issue with Nokia PureView which was highly criticized for its ‘ancient’ OS but loved for its 41 MP camera. On the other hand, Galaxy camera boasts some of the best hardware and software features that are there on very few devices. So, we can expect something unexpected. The device is set to be released in October.
Tell us what do you think about this Phone + Camera hybrid from Samsung. Is the Samsung Galaxy Camera appealing enough for you to consider buying another point-and-shoot camera?