Aug 30 AT 4:07 PM Dustin Earley 20 Comments

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera video roundup


Samsung is no stranger to taking an idea that has been poorly executed in the past, and getting it right. But even for the world’s number one Android manufacturer, building a successful point-and-shoot camera powered by Android is no easy task.

Where others have failed, Samsung is looking to succeed. They’re taking the best the company has to offer from their successful line of Galaxy smartphones, and throwing it into a bonafide high quality camera. For the hyper-connected, always on urban photographers out there, the Galaxy Camera is a dream come true. WiFi, 3G/4G access, a 4.8-inch HD display. Complete access to Google Play apps.

If Samsung gets this right, photo sharing will never be the same. We’ve yet to get our hands on one ourselves, but judging by the reactions of people who have, the Galaxy Camera is definitely worthy of wearing the Galaxy name.

By taking their popular, household Galaxy branding and applying it to more than just phones and tablets, Samsung is not only looking to expand their marketshare, but mindshare as well. They want Galaxy to be synonymous with high-end innovative technology.

Personally, I couldn’t possibly be more excited to get my hands on the Galaxy Camera. How about you?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Nate B.

    You know what’s funny and said about the specs of this compared to the iPhone (and even possibly the upcoming iPhone 5)? The screen is bigger and the specs rival it if not better. I mean minus the camera, because I mean, it’s a real camera. But this thing is pretty much a phone damn near. I find that funny. This is so tempting to get. I think I will get this. They better have some unlocked carrier version. I don’t want no contract or have to be anything monthly. I just want Wifi branded one. I don’t care to browse on it much. Just be able to share the hi res photos. A nice photo editing app would’ve been nice to add to this.

    • Nate B.

      I meant SAD* and not SAID.

    • NeoJesus

      Watch crApple sue Samsung and say, “It was our idea to put a lens on a camera phone! And we have the patents to prove it!”

      Well, crApple can take those patents and shove it up the USPTO’s bunghole because that’s about how much they’re worth!

    • Cuge Hock

      this cam is worthless without carl zeiss

  • Alan Reboli

    Very niche but very cool! I think my wife would love this for taking pictures of the kiddo. I hope it has the zero shutter lag like the Amaze and One series do. That would be a killer for me.

  • Adryan maldonado

    Look i love samsung but 2 things. 1: There is now a camera that is not a phone that has the newest version of android but pretty much all of there phones do not except the GN 2( I know, samsung is said to release JB very soon for multiple devices so kudos for them for almost having it out relatively quick to the likes of their GS3, GN 10.1 and the OG GN ). 2: Why do they still have to have the home button on all their phones but they dont put it on the camera?? Im sure some people like it but ICS and onward is supposed to use on screen keys.

    In all honesty if that thing had radios to make calls i would totally make that camera my phone no matter how silly i would look talking into the back of awesome point and shoot camera.

    • thel0nerang3r

      If has Play store access or side loading capabilities, you could install a VoiP application and use it as your phone. Though, it may require a BT headset… but still should be doable. I hope that feature gets confirmed/denied when the review is done.

    • daveloft

      Maybe it will be like the original Galaxy Tab in North America which launched with 3G connectivity for data, but when hacked the potential for voice calls was there.

    • Nate B.

      Your post contradicts itself. One, the home button wouldn’t make any sense to have on a camera. what camera has any type of button that sends you back to the main screen? the back side of almost all cameras today is just screen so it wouldn’t be logical. that doesn’t mean they should take it away from the phone. i mean your entitled to your own opinion but in a way what your saying doesn’t make sense. your comparing an actual camera to a phone when it comes to a “home button”. Two, you answered your first part of your post by mentioning they are almost ready to push out the jelly bean update for their current devices. they will be updated I’m sure before these newly announced devices actually hit consumers hands. And even what you see at these events aren’t consumer ready just yet. they never are. just good enough to show off. maybe the one in the CEO’s pocket was ready, but not the one in these videos. so all in all it’s just not ready. it honestly can’t come any faster.

  • Mix

    That last video pretty much sold the idea of this to me, I would love to get my hands on one and test it out.

    Hopefully, as the last video stated, it does not launch while being buggy as the last thing anyone needs is a laggy camera to snap, what could be, a once in a lifetime image.

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    IMO it all comes down to price. If they can keep this under $400 they might have a hit. Anything more expensive than that & it will be hard not to look in the direction of the Nikon Android camera.

    • skugern

      I agree. With the point-and-shoot market already flooded, price will be extremely important if this camera will be a success.

  • Nathan D.

    I’m good on what I have, plus this isn’t for me I don’t need a camera phone. I don’t take pictures that much anyway.

  • NasLAU

    That’s cool and all but I would prefer to have a kick-ass camera INSIDE my phone.

  • JawjaBill

    Haw merch?

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  • jian9007

    While i really like the idea of this camera, I’m unsure of how useable it will be. PC world just got a quick hands on with it and said the shutter lag is noticeable, sometimes as long as 2 seconds or more. They also said it froze up and required a restart before being able to use it again. This was all within the several minutes they were using it. Hopefully it’s not a finished version of the software/hardware.

    There are other WiFi cameras out there that I can use with my phone as the hotspot to upload instantly. Also, with Sony’s newest Xperia T phone having a 13MP camera (unknown how the photos will be yet but Sony typically uses quality sensors), it would need to be reasonably priced and have the freezing/shutter lag issues fixed before I would consider it.

    While the specs are impressive it still needs to perform it’s main function flawlessly, which is being a camera. The same is true when I buy a smartphone, it needs to make/receive calls and texts flawlessly first before all else, as it’s a phone. If I just wanted a nice point and shoot with WiFi and GPS but no Android OS or 3/4G then I would opt for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V for $378.00. They’ll have to convince me that this is better first, otherwise I’ll snag the Sony. Your move Sammy.

  • Neeraj

    Time to wait and watch how android will perform in Camera segment. Hope it rocks the same way as in mobile.Till then, have a look at some of the amazing features and specifications of the Galaxy Camera:

  • JBnHollywood

    Why do I want to make calls from my camera?

  • HarryGi