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Samsung Announces Android Point-and-Shoot Galaxy Camera

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A camera that can play Angry Birds and upload photos directly to your social network of choice.

Earlier this week, word got out that Samsung was preparing to announce a Samsung Galaxy S Camera at IFA 2012. The device was rumored to look like a Galaxy S III glued to the back of a point-and-shoot camera. Yesterday, Samsung had the device on hand at its Unpacked event in Berlin. The company showed off its newest offering to attendees, and yes, it does look like a Galaxy S III with a point-and-shoot around back.

 

This camera phone is a lot more camera than it is phone. With a 21x zoom, F/2.8, a 16 Megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor, up to 32GB of storage (as well as an automatic cloud storage option), a 4.8-inch 720p 308 ppi screen, a pop-up flash up top,  it's definitely got the makings of a great point-and-shoot camera. Running Jelly Bean and available with WiFi or WiFi and 3G/LTE, the device is capable of uploading pictures directly to Flickr, or social networking sites. Additionally, the camera app on the phone packs exposure settings, photo modes and editing tools so you can tweak your pictures before putting them on Facebook.

Samsung says the Galaxy S Camera should be out later this year. Any takers?

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    hate machine , August 30, 2012 4:40 PM
    This is cool but...

    FFS! Can we get some continuity in androids bottom rows of buttons? Can Google mandate a button arrangement already?
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    noobzilla771 , August 30, 2012 4:46 PM
    Not sure how I'd feel putting a camera on my face and talking to it like some crazy person.

    Oh wait you can't use it as a phone. Bummer!
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    plznote , August 30, 2012 4:54 PM
    ^The camera does not have a cellular radio.
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    Katsu_rap , August 30, 2012 5:03 PM
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    Not sure how I'd feel putting a camera on my face and talking to it like some crazy person


    I feel ya. Especially if this product becomes unsuccessful and unpopular and people watching you talking on the phone thinking, "Oh that's just wrong dude"
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    jaquith , August 30, 2012 5:05 PM
    Great on paper, Bad in reality. I think a better solution is Camera's Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity (Auto/Manual Sync + Resolution/Publish Settings) to your 'pocket' fitting Phone.

    If you want to take it to the next level then a Camera's VM to your Phone still in your pocket.

    Otherwise you ARE going to break that Camera Phone in no time flat or have a VERY bulging nerd pack attached to your belt.
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    digiex , August 30, 2012 5:12 PM
    It's really a camera... wait a minute, it's a phone.

    I hope Apple did not patented it first.
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    Parsian , August 30, 2012 5:14 PM
    i would go with Nokia PUREVIEW tech, check this footage taken by it:
    http://youtu.be/A9Roc2KElG8?hd=1
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    teh_chem , August 30, 2012 5:29 PM
    Wasn't this already posted?

    Anyhoo, the addition of an android device is pointless. Just use an Eye-Fi card and dump the pictures to your actual phone (or ipad/tablet/etc.) in real time. Why complicate an otherwise good camera with the unfortunate downsides (instability) of Android? I know it's not the same situation, but I can't count how many times the camera and gallery apps crash on my stock android phone and tablet. I would smash a camera to smitherines if I had to put up with that outside of my phone/tab.
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    freggo , August 30, 2012 5:40 PM
    Would depend on price and photo quality.
    If it is typical smart phone camera quality, forget it.
    I can buy a decent Canon or Nikon compact for $150 that will do nice pics when you do not want to lug your SLR around; I usually carry one as a backup.
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    hang-the-9 , August 30, 2012 5:55 PM
    First I thought "Awesome!" then I thought a bit more. If one has a smartphone, no need for this, unless the price is same as for a regular camera like this. Then it does not matter. If you just have a regular phone, it would be OK, but some of the big features that a smartphone has like navigation, contacts, IM, etc... are a bit useless without a data plan available for the thing and seeing how this is not a phone/camera but a camera running an Android WiFi Device it may as well be a camera with a really complex control back.
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    teh_chem , August 30, 2012 6:00 PM
    hang-the-9First I thought "Awesome!" then I thought a bit more. If one has a smartphone, no need for this, unless the price is same as for a regular camera like this. Then it does not matter. If you just have a regular phone, it would be OK, but some of the big features that a smartphone has like navigation, contacts, IM, etc... are a bit useless without a data plan available for the thing and seeing how this is not a phone/camera but a camera running an Android WiFi Device it may as well be a camera with a really complex control back.

    The article says that this thing will come with cellular data in addition to a wifi-only model.
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    jacobdrj , August 30, 2012 6:01 PM
    This is exactly what I want. I want a camera 1st, phone/pda 2nd. Smartphones with a bad camera are a tease. A great camera with a so-so phone would be ideal.

    But it all comes down to price. Put this thing too expensive, and it might as well not exits.
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    XZaapryca , August 30, 2012 6:04 PM
    Gonna make it harder to take discrete pics at strip clubs.
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    Bloob , August 30, 2012 6:19 PM
    Prepped for too much zoom -> bad pictures all around...
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    Anonymous , August 30, 2012 6:45 PM
    I am liking this, now here is innovation from Samsung, eat that Apple!
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    razor512 , August 30, 2012 7:09 PM
    cool, now all they need to do is make a DSLR that runs android
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    nukemaster , August 30, 2012 7:27 PM
    razor512cool, now all they need to do is make a DSLR that runs android

    I hope not. Most DSLR's are on instantly. Android wakes up fast, but does not start from scratch that fast.

    If the quality is good, this could be a decent second camera. I have used many different units and even in the same brand you get hits and misses.

    I also hope it packs a backside illuminated sensor as well. Makes a huge difference in low light(at least in my testing) and has less noise as a result.
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    robochump , August 30, 2012 8:03 PM
    Lol...neat gimmick. Wont take off at all but would have been interesting if instead of being integrated the camera would be a removable add-on to the Galaxy SIII.
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    nadavp3 , August 30, 2012 8:18 PM
    this is great, while we are at it can we have.. the screen size to be 5.5", to have a pen (spen) and 4,000 battery (aka can we have a galaxy note and galaxy camera mashed together) ?

    wouldnt kill me if it also featured the beam from galaxy beam.

    i would call it
    Galaxy 007

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    altriss , August 31, 2012 12:02 AM
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    Running Jelly Bean and available with WiFi or WiFi and 3G/LTE, the device is capable of uploading pictures directly to Flickr, or social networking sites. Additionally, the camera app on the phone packs exposure settings, photo modes and editing tools so you can tweak your pictures before putting them on Facebook.


    From my point of view the part "social network is a crap. I wonder why people like so much put on facebook (or equivalent) their all life? Really?

    But the post-processing possibilities offered are great! It definitely could change the way we take pictures as digital camera made it in the early 2000. I just wonder if it will be a camera app in Android or if you can just use the camera without the need to boot the entire system?
    If the functions are independent it could save a lot of battery life and avoid the risk of loosing pictures because you experienced some crash of the OS...

    Anyway, go Samsung! give us new concept even if I don't really know what to do with all the possibilities of this one, innovation gives dreams!!
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