We spent some quality hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy Camera at IFA in August – and came away impressed.
It’s a fun reversal of the common camera phone – instead of tacking a sub-par point and shoot camera onto the back of a phone, the Samsung Galaxy Camera tacks an Android-powered smartphone onto the back of a pretty good Samsung point and shoot camera.
Nokia and Apple – eat your hearts out.
Taken as a point and shoot on its own, the Galaxy Camera might not have been anything too special. The ability to add different filters and photo editing programs would certainly have set it apart from the usual point and shoot bumper crop, but that would have been it.
The Galaxy Camera will ship with LTE capabilities, however, and be usable as an actual phone. As a result, it’s shaping up to be the best possible phone camera that you can buy – of course, that combination of smartphone and full point and shoot comes at a cost: it’s not the thinnest phone we’ve seen. Or thinnest camera, for that matter, though it would be unfair to characterize the new pairing as ‘thick’.
Inside is a quad-core Exynos CPU running at 1GHz, an LTE modem, and a 16MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. The lens offers a stunning 21x optical zoom (remember, this is on a phone), and the rear gives users access to a 4.8-inch Super Clear LCD screen – meaning you’ll be able to see your pictures on one of the biggest LCDs every to come on a camera.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running as an OS means that the camera will be able to take advantage of all the powerful photo and video editing apps available on the platform – though it boils down to the fact that this camera will probably just give most users the best-looking Facebook photos anywhere.
It’s still unknown how much the Galaxy Camera will go for, but given carriers’ predilection for subsidies, chances are high that you’ll be able to pick the Samsung Galaxy Camera up for either $199 or $299, depending on storage.