Just over a month ago at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Camera: a full-on 16-megapixel digital camera powered by Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. At the time of its unveiling, it was made clear that the Galaxy Camera would be stocked by carriers, but specifics on pricing, contracts and data plans were not discussed. Today, some of the fog surrounding the release details of the Galaxy Camera has been lifted.
AT&T has sent out a press release announcing it will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Camera. AT&T didn’t reveal much in the way of release information, saying, “pricing for the Galaxy Camera will be announced when it goes on sale in the coming weeks.” The release did mention, however, that the Galaxy Camera would come with access to AT&T’s 4G (HSPA+?) network. Which we can only assume means it will be available at some sort of discount on contract.
As for the camera itself, nothing seems to have changed. The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a 21x optical zoom lens, 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor, 1280×720 4.8-inch “HD Super Clear LCD,” quad-core 1GHz processor, WiFi, 3G and 4G radios. AT&T may have their way with the software powering the Galaxy Camera, but it will still be powered by Android 4.1 and feature full access to the Google Play store. The Galaxy Camera also comes with some Samsung-provided applications like Photo Wizard and Movie Wizard.
We’re pretty excited to see what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Camera. Even without the camera, it has respectable hardware. But throw a 16-megapixel CMOS digital camera on the back, and you’ve got one of the more fascinating devices to come out this year. What do you think of the Galaxy Camera?