Nov 05 AT 9:53 AM Nick Gray 30 Comments

Samsung Galaxy camera set to launchNovember 8 in UK


Android may be all the rage in the mobile space, but Samsung is hoping the launch of the Galaxy Camera will turn a few heads and help solidify its position in the point-and-shoot camera sector. Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy Camera will go on sale in the UK starting November 8, and the first retailer has listed the camera at £399.99. The price is certainly higher than we were expecting, but let’s not forget that the Samsung Galaxy Camera does feature a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens (2.8-5.9, 23-480mm), pop-up xenon flash, quad-core processor and a 4.8-inch 1280×720-pixel display.

Running Android 4.1, the Samsung Galaxy Camera should be every bit as powerful and useful as the Samsung Galaxy S III, save for the fact that it does not make phone calls. While UK residents only have a few days to go before they can buy the latest member of the Galaxy family, the date of the North American launch is still unknown.

We’re sure that more than a few of you are intrigued by the Samsung Galaxy Camera, but how much would you be willing to pay for a point-and-shoot camera if you already have a great Android phone that can take decent pictures?

Via: The Verge

Source: Jessops

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Iria

    I love my Galaxy Nexus but it CAN’T take decent pictures if there’s no direct sunlight, I always carry around my point and shoot Canon A710IS, old, but better than any smartphone in any light condition :\ I use the Nexus camera only for Instagram and pictures I’d like to share instantly but the quality is honestly crap.

    • friendlyfire

      agreed, I’ve been a bit disappointed by the GN camera, hopefully the Nexus 4 won’t disappoint as much in that department

  • Nate B.

    And all the Social network users like Instagram, Facebook, and Mobli go nuts! Ha-ha. This will be one interesting device though.

  • poler166

    Can’t wait to see people talking into their cameras :p

    • kazahani

      No phone capabilities.

      • Enoch

        Since it runs Android, you can download the Line2 application which will turn this camera into a WiFi phone.

      • Nick Gray

        No phone capabilities out of the box, but there is going to be a 3G enabled version of this device on the market soon which will probably be hacked to make calls really quickly since the software and hardware on this device match the SIII pretty closely.

        Plus, you can always download Skype, or other VoIP app from Google Play.

  • Ardrid

    Hard to see who this device is aimed at. Anyone looking to take high-grade or professional photos will be looking for a dedicated camera, likely a DLSR. On the flip side, anyone looking for a solid point & shoot likely already has one in their current smartphone. It’s hard to see that there’s a middle ground that would require a dedicated camera + iPod Touch like device.

  • Louis A

    I think this camera is a great idea. But Samsung kinda turn me off when they made it requiring a data service. Make a WiFi only version and I will jump back in.

    • Nick Gray

      This device is 3G compatible, but does not require 3G service. If you want to upload your pics while you’re on the box, just swap out the SIM from your phone and put it into the Galaxy Camera and you’re all set.

  • Tom

    I wonder if this thing would ever get PhotoSphere?

    • parthpatels007

      root it and flash the 4.2 camera zip :D

    • friendlyfire

      That would be amazing!

  • veracu

    I am willing to pay nothing for that. or, I am unwilling to pay anything for that.

  • xAndrew

    I don’t see much of a use for that. For others, may suit them well!

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    Pictures and videos would have to be damn good to justify that price because they’re in DSLR territory. I figured as much but was hoping for it to be some where in the $400 – $450 territory. I would have seriously considered it with good reviews at that price. It’s not on my radar at all +$600.

  • scidon

    This would address my one complaint about using my phone as a point- and-shoot, the lack of optical zoom. But if I’m going to carry another device to have that functionality, it will be my sub-$200 Sony.

  • paul

    I dont really care about this, for a camera it is ALL about th photo quality, I dont want Android draining the battery.

  • freddiefan

    Does t he job of getting people’s attention as it turns the original concept on its head but difficult to see what kind of market they are aiming at.

  • jefflarkin

    I still can’t decide what I think of this. On the one hand, I think having the ability to load sharing and editing apps right onto the camera is great, but on the other I worry that it won’t work as well as a camera with the most basic camera OS.

  • tylerfoy

    Nice to see samsung getting into the picture biz. Hopefully its a polished product like the S3

  • friendlyfire

    Well, the camera industry is hurting since mobilephones are replacing a lot of peoples picture taking abilities. Wonder if this will float or sink.

  • Dorkstar

    Everything was great until they said data plan.

  • melan26

    I’m not from the UK, but I’ll be keeping my eye on this for sure.

  • omprsingh

    This is definitely not a DSLR then why not use my smart phone to click?

  • jonstle

    Curious to see how this thing turns out. Can’t wait to see the reviews after people have had a chance to use it for a while.

  • Shazam

    Interesting idea. The two go hand in hand these days. Probably will see more hybrid devices in the future.

  • killrgummibear

    i can’t wait to have one of these

  • melan26

    Hmmm… I don’t know about this.