Aug 29 AT 1:41 PM Nick Gray 36 Comments

Samsung announces 16MP Galaxy Camera with Android 4.1, 4.7-inch display, 21x zoom


Taking pictures with your Android powered phone has improved over the past few years, but we all know our phones are still outclassed even by the cheapest point-and-shoot cameras on the market. With that in mind, Samsung has just unveiled its new Android powered Samsung Galaxy Camera with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern point-and-shoot neatly wrapped around Android 4.1.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera sports 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. On top of all that, the Samsung Galaxy Camera features 3G, 4G and WiFi connectivity options to make sure you can upload and share your images at all times.

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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. But the fun doesn’t end there. The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a Google-certified device, meaning it has access to hundreds of photo sharing and editing applications like Instagram, Pixlr-o-matic and Clark’s own Photobooth, thanks to Google Play.

Pricing details for the Samsung Galaxy Camera are not yet available, but Samsung expects the device to show up at your local electronics stores and even carrier outlets sometime in October.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Camera appealing enough for you to consider buying another point-and-shoot camera?

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BERLIN, Germany – August 29, 2012 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has today announced the launch of the GALAXY Camera. Developed to fit the changing ways we communicate, the GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography with the latest Androidâ„¢ 4.1 platform, so called Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a brand new type of device. Samsung GALAXY Camera fits perfectly for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere, at any time.
“The GALAXY Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the GALAXY Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes more vivid and lively with high-quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google, congratulated the Samsung team on their launch. “When we first started work on Android, we envisioned building a smart camera that would take digital photography to the next level. The GALAXY Camera is an innovative product that speaks to the openness and flexibility of the Android platform.”
The GALAXY Camera makes outstanding photography on the go. Users never again have to sacrifice picture quality if they want to edit and share their photos instantly. It easily outperforms any smartphone camera. The GALAXY Camera, boasting a 21x super long zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, delivers pictures in brilliant quality. The device also features ‘Smart Pro’ technology, a series of modes that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve. What truly revolutionizes this photography experience is Androidâ„¢ 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless connectivity, which opens up the device to applications for photo-editing, sharing, and much more. Users will experience all of GALAXY Camera’s great features on a market-leading HD Super Clear LCD.  With stunning clarity, incredible ease-of-use and unparalleled connectivity, the GALAXY Camera is the next step in imaging innovation.
Shoot stunning quality images

The GALAXY Camera’s ‘Smart Pro’ feature makes it easy to recreate advanced photographic setups in just a few simple steps for stunning artistic results. Using the easy-to-navigate menu system, users can choose from a series of preset scenario options which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings in order to capture the perfect photo. For example, the ‘Rich Tone’ setting delivers images with greater intensity — particularly effective for reducing overexposure in bright surroundings, while the ‘Light Trace’ setting automatically controls shutter speed for atmospheric night scenes full of light trails.
The GALAXY Camera’s 21x optical zoom can be controlled by either button or touchscreen, rendering long-distance pictures in a quality that users will be proud to share, while OIS ensures that images stay clear and crisp. The camera’s 16 Megapixel 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor captures images in brilliant color and resolution, while the 23mm aperture lens delivers impressive wide-angle shots incomparable to smartphone pictures.
Enjoy your photos and video on a world-leading display

The GALAXY Camera boasts large and vivid enough camera display – a 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear LCD screen, which makes it a pleasure to shoot, share and edit images from the palm of the hand. Another advantage of smartphone technology is the Voice Control option which allows the user to control a number of functions such as ‘Zoom in’ and ‘Shoot’ through voice. All these features are housed in a beautifully designed, ergonomic body with the GALAXY Camera’s minimal, organic design complementing its easy-to-use professional features.
Edit and perfect images on your device 

The GALAXY Camera includes a comprehensive set of 35 powerful photo editing features through the ‘Photo Wizard’, allowing users to make professional quality edits on the go. The new features take advantage of the ultrafast quad-core processor and HD Super Clear LCD, giving access to a feature like Auto Face Calibration so edits can be made in precise detail and with ease. The ‘Movie Wizard’ also allows users to create and edit expert-quality videos easily from the touch screen.
The GALAXY Camera also features ‘Smart Content Manager’, an innovative on-device organization tool which intelligently creates folders, tags faces, and even suggests which pictures to delete when they don’t come out as desired. Thanks to the combination of wireless connectivity and Androidâ„¢ 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the internet capabilities of the GALAXY Camera are equal to those of the latest smartphone so that users can get even more enjoyment out of their device. In addition to the pre-installed applications from Samsung, users can browse the web and enjoy any applications from Google Play or Samsung Apps stores. If users are not sure which app to download, ‘S Suggest’ will help them recommend a new photo editing app or fun game to download.
Share your images anywhere, anytime
The camera’s convenient ‘Auto Cloud Backup’ feature will automatically save precious photos into the cloud via Samsung’s AllShare the instant they are taken. The GALAXY Camera also allows users to share photos at the same time as they shoot them with ‘Share Shot.’ As well as sharing to social networks and cloud services, users can also connect to a range of GALAXY devices including the GALAXY SIII and GALAXY Note II for effortless and automatic sharing of pictures across the GALAXY family. The new device enables connection to 3G or 4G, allowing photo sharing and browsing anywhere. The GALAXY Camera also functions on Wi-Fi with Dual Band and Channel Bonding for extra speed. Connectivity is supported by a quad-core processor that enables fast web-browsing and multi-tasking, as well as high-speed image processing without a significant impact on battery life.
The GALAXY Camera comes in two connectivity options: a 3G and Wi-Fi version or a 4G and Wi-Fi version.
Samsung GALAXY Camera will be on display at the Samsung booth #20 at IFA 2012, Aug 31 through Sep 5.
Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • jaxidian

    Like most other announcements by Samsung today, this looks like a GREAT product! GREAT hardware and even better job NOT putting Froyo on it! (or was that Cupcake?)

    Its success will come down to the price. Is this going to cost as much as a DSLR? If so, then there will be a problem….

    • Arthur

      I am really liking this device. I am not a huge on the go photographer but I can see this device being a hit with a niche market. I can’t see it having overwhelming broad success worldwide but enough to justify Samsung in investing in such a product. I am wondering a bit about its 3G/4G connectivity options though. Since it has no phone capabilities, at least non that was mentioned, I am assuming then that this would be treated as any other internet connected device from the operator’s standpoint where a monthly 3G/4G separate plan would need to be purchased for those wanting on the go internet access for various Android internet based apps. I am not sure if this will excite too many people who might already have internet connected devices such as a smartphone and tablet.

      • thekaz

        I think I agree with the niche market thing. We just got back from Disney. We took our point-and-shoot camera and never once took it out of the suitcase — we used our phone for everything.

        For consumers like me, I’d prefer to see the phone camera hardware and software continue to improve… it is more convenient for me.

        That being said, they DO make this thing look sweet!

        • jaxidian

          I TOTALLY agree with you. I’d MUCH rather have all of this in my phone. HOWEVER, the one thing that our phones can’t even TOUCH compared to a 5-yr-old P&S is the optical zoom, and that is HUGELY important to me (as a standard consumer wanting to take decent photos with my ~$150 P&S).

        • sandwich

          Indeed it does look sweet, but I’ll wait for Sony to release an equivalent model, considering their (Sony’s) track record with digital cameras. :)

  • inviolable

    Looks somewhat similar to other cameras on the market. Gonna sue

    • Hawaiian

      I personally think it’s enough to get a lawsuit started because it has a shape AND buttons!

  • Nate B.

    I really like this. I would get it in white. It sounds silly having pretty much every feature a phone would have minus the calling, but almost every feature we use is sharing and media related. This can handle all of that on the go with hi res quality. I wish a hi quality editing app came with it. I can’t wait to switch to GSM soon.

  • Nate B.

    I heard it’s coming to carriers. I really wouldn’t want a contract for this thing.

    • Hawaiian

      It’s a big device for sure…remember the Memoir!?

      • Homncruse

        The what?

  • jonathan3579

    I’m not in the market for a digital camera but there’s something about this that strikes my curiosity.

  • uzunoff

    Hell Yeah

  • WlfHart

    Haha, I wonder if they’d ever consider slapping a phone radio and SIM slot in there? Get a good bluetooth headset and who cares how awkward it would look trying to hold it up to the side of one’s face.

    • PacoBell

      “The new device enables connection to 3G or 4G”

      Did you miss that bit?

      • WlfHart

        I believe I did, saw the WiFi. Does that mean only mobile data or phone calls too?

  • jswenson3

    I don’t think i need my camera to compete with my phone, just put a better camera in ALL of your phones Sammy!

  • MyMilan

    When I want a camera I’ll buy it from a REPUTABLE camera manufacture like Canon or Nikon. The only way I would buy a Samsung camera is if this was around 100 bucks.

  • Tarwin

    I like it, but like others said it will depend on the price. Also on how much extra cash I have to spend. Dedicated cameras are great, due to better sensors and the optical zooms rarely found on phones. But it’s normally not a priority. Zoom isn’t a priority with family outings. Zooms are for a) events where the action is far away b)scenery/landscapes where things are far away c) when you want to grab a good shot of something in a museum that is behind glass or roped off (flash off of course) and d) ultra-detailed macro shots where just moving the camera closer won’t cut it (or won’t let the auto-focus to work properly).

    The main problem I see is one of the benefits. This is specced like a high-end phone but that means it won’t be all that cheap in all probability. On the other hand 21x optical zoom is really good and not low-end and not really mid-range either for a point and shoot either (as long as it’s 21x optical and not a mix of optical and digital). Which leaves the sensor. 16MP isn’t huge, but if it’s good quality it can be worth it.

  • JDroids

    I like this concept. Though smart-phone cameras are very capable these days, it’s still not on par with dedicated camera with optical zoom, bigger sensor. And normal cameras lack the connectivity, softwares, smart functions of phone. Even with Wifi only, this will fit my photo-shooting, sharing style.

  • BigCiX

    Ill stick with my Canon Rebel

  • Marcofromda510

    Might be a stupid question, but I am asking for clarification. This is an android camrea, not a phone, correct? As for price, I could see spending $200-$250 max for it. But that’s about it. Maybe its just me, but I still would preferred it to have a front facing camera too, but I guess you can’t have everything.

  • Rovex

    This is a connected camera that happens to use Android for that. Its NOT a phone, a tablet or anything other than an internet connected camera. Treat it as a camera that can upload its pictures via 3G or 4G and confusion will leave you. So many seem confused by this thing.

  • shaw

    Heh? Does anyone really need Android-powered camera?

  • Nathan D.

    This is an interesting product, pretty cool but, it wouldn’t make me switch phone though.

    • Nathan D.

      Also, I don’t need a camera phone to begin with.

  • Johnathan Prochaska

    Depending on the price, I might pick this up as a present for my girlfriend. I sat on her old point and shoot camera last year and haven’t been forgiven about it yet. This would be a cool twist on the camera and it is cool that you could upload photos automatically to facebook from this and play games and other apps while you wait for the perfect shoot. I would want Wi-fi only though and it would definitely depend on the price.

  • h0ruza

    I love it and it potential for greatness. I wonder about the limitations of apps like instagram but I guess they will up the resolution for products like this.

    Very interesting times indeed.

    When Android becomes the tech nervous system our the world’s lives what would you do then apple?


  • awundrin

    It is indeed interesting and good looking too. I’d consider buying it to replace my digital pocket cam which I still carry along with my phone but it shouldn’t cost more than $200 imho. There’s definitely a market out there for it.

  • Prince77

    Yea, I have an old digital camera that loses it’s charge rather quickly. I would pick this up, if the price is reasonable.

  • dVyper

    With such a massive screen I can’t imagine the battery life will be that good. I want my camera to last hours and hours!

  • stepquick

    It’s a really neat idea, and I really applaud the idea of doing what everybody else has already thought about. “Heyyyy neat idea, instead of a phone with a camera, how about a camera that is somewhat a phone?” That would look goofy to talk on. :P But yeah neat idea Sammy, I hope it gets some attention, it’s a nice looking product.

  • Souhaieb Besbes

    i find this concept very intresting
    i’m even thinking of ditching my galaxy note for a very basic phone + this galaxy camera
    as long as the combo doesn’t exceed the amount of bucks i’d get from my note (300€ i hope :) )

    • Souhaieb Besbes

      no luck
      this site mentions it will sell around 550€
      i will think twice before making the move and spend extra 200€ for this camera

  • Salah

    good very good I like galaxy Samsung