Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on
Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that this camera looking device is going to be connected online thanks to AT&T’s HSPA+ network – though, it’s worth noting that you can’t place any phone calls with this one. Yes, some of us might be saddened by that revelation, but considering that it’d look extremely awkward placing a camera against the side of your face, it doesn’t surprise us that this is only data capable. Nevertheless, it’s still going to be pretty neat being able to snap a shot, then proceeding to share it instantly to the world.
Nowadays, smartphones are increasingly enabling people to ditch their traditional point and shoots, but with this, it’s literally a point and shoot at heart – sprinkled with the functionality of any modern smartphone. Well, let’s not get over ourselves too quickly now, so let’s take a quick look at some of the standouts with our initial impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
Initial standouts with the Samsung Galaxy Camera
1. It’s seriously a point and shoot replacement
2. Up close and personal with its 21x optical zoom
3. Large display on a camera
4. You get all of the functionality of an Android device
5. Price, price, and price
1. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)
I would buy this if it only could make phone calls... Im still a bit interested though...
20. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
are you drunk?? why the hell should a CAMERA be able to make phone calls?
22. Captain_Doug (Posts: 783; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Everyone wants 1 device that does it all. I think he is drunk cuz he has it backwards. Our phones should have cameras that are amazing, not the other way around.
26. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
of course is that what everybody wants....but the basis shouldn´t be a camera
27. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Ask people who bought the Nokia 808 pureview, thing is as thick as most point and shoot cameras.
35. vddeguzman (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
I was surprised that samsung opted this to not be able to make phone calls. It's awkward but it would have been unique. I know it may seem funny but before who thought tablets can make calls? It's awkward but it does the job. Anyway, an update could put that function and just use the loud speaker/headset.
45. iplop (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
I'm right there with you.
The camera is the main thing I look at when buying a phone. If offered offered a device with superb phone features and a sub-par camera or a device with sub-par phone features with a superb camera, I'd choose the camera option every time.
I simply don't wish to keep up with multiple devices and being able to place a call is about all I care about phone-wise.
I may still buy this device if VOIP turns out to be a reasonable solution. (the cost of Google voice + the data plan will also be a factor)
2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I'm wondering on how the battery will perform with a big screen like that - quad core, and just a 1650mAh?
5. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
My fujifilm compact digicam has a 750mAh battery that dies pretty quick. So I guess with smart os, wifi and all the goodies it should at least have a 2500mAh unit. If they can fit a larger unit in 130g SIII then there shouldn't have been any problem... I wonder why companies leave such caveats.
7. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
since its not designed to be "on" for hours on end like a phone is, it shouldnt be an issue, especially with the radios off. If it gets like 5 hr video taking time that should be more than enough for 99% of uses.
10. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
you have a point. haven't thought of that. :) thanks
3. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)
I bet someone will hack a "telephone" into it. If it has a microphone, and it sure has one, and a speaker, I can't see why not. Or even via headset.
6. aahmed215 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
If Skype and other social chat services work on it, then you could make calls.
4. samystic (Posts: 192; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
not a fan of Samsung, but it deserves respect for innovation - bringing a popular OS on a camera??? wow!!! come on Nokia bring something better... o wait 808 is already here...
15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
correction. its 2/3, 5 and 8 megapixels on final image. and im guessing you dont know the size of it after printed.
-also 808 is your videocam. high quality video with high quality audio-rich recording... and still fits in your pocket nicely.
16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
5mp? its like you dont know anything about cameras.or the basics of it.. megapixels does not give you great pictures all the time. megapixel is just the size of the photo. the camera sensor itself is primarily the one making the quality picture
28. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
you need to read up, the 808 uses oversampling so that the end result ( 2mp,5mp or 8 mp) is noiseless and near perfect quality. plus you can take full 34-38 mp photo's too
like nokia said when they brought the 808 out, its not about the megapixels its how you use them
46. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
i know. i thought rapidcat doesnt know it
17. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 438; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
but samsung is not the first to bring Android in digicams. The advantage in this Galaxy is the screen and an Android ICS. i like this device.
25. amansingal14 (Posts: 293; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Its not Android ICS, but JB, which does not support flash player
Source - Official Description on Google Play Store
8. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I'm up for a new high end camera in 2013, so it will be interesting to see how this camera does. Great possibilities, just gotta see the execution. Was snappin some artsy shots at my friends wedding last night and it reminded me why I use my phone more than my digi-cam. stupid thing is too temperamental and it made me lose a lot of good shots. So its ass is gettin replaced! lol.
34. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Try the Canon s100 (now s110) or Fuji X10, and other are advance point and shoot.
39. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Sounds to me it's more user issue/error than your advance/point and shoot or dslr. Hands down dslr is the best with advance point and shoot being the second best. I don't get how one would use a smartphone to photogrpah one's memories?
9. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Quadcore for a camera!, is anyone planning to play shadow gun on a brick . why dont they just built a camera which can take photos and nothing else and keep the cost under the tab. a single core arm v7 processor and a HVGA resolution on a 4 inch screen would do for a camera. I dont think anyone would buy it.
11. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
"Samsung Zoom Lens", really??? That text makes it seem cheesy as hell.
12. dejastar (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Stupid question maybe but can we buy this and get it unlocked?
18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
The only bad thing bout this camera its on at&t with its over price data plan. Just buy a pre paid SIM CARD.
19. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Would've been better if you CAN make calls on it...
And it BETTER have a front facing camera & Cam Cordero on both of the cams, or ELSE!...
21. amansingal14 (Posts: 293; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
I find this phone to be inspired especially by the Nokia's camera, Pureview 808, with a real gigantic sensor, but with visibly much higher specs, and would call it - MADE BY PUREVIEW. Hats off to Samsung for copying, sorry breaking the limits of copying. This reaction to the extreme flop from Nokia isn't any better as it doesn't sport a Carl Zeiss Sensor, or even Exmor Sensor, which can capture much better colours and high amount of details at the same time.
30. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
ok couple things
first its not a phone its a camera running android
second where have they copied nokia- the 808 and this are 2 different devices for different markets. the samsung galaxy camera isnt trying to compete with the 808 and visa versa.
and what was a flop from nokia? the 808? no its a niche device was never gonna be a wide seller as most never knew about it and some still dont. nokia never advertised it like there doing for there wp8 line up
and weird it says Carl Zeiss 41mp sensor on my 808....yet according to you nokia doesnt support them
do some proper research before commenting
41. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
samsung got this idea because of 808 pureview.. nokia made a phone with great camera optics..but people bashed why not just buy a dedicated camera instead...
so samsung made an idea, why not make a dedicated camera, with a phone OS. screw them
42. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
well wrong as there are already camera's out running android.
You cant state that Samsung did this in response to the reception the 808 got. the 808 is aimed at those who want one device that offers an exceptional camera with the functionality of a top range smartphone.
this camera is sort of an extension for those who love the android OS to experience it on other devices. if your used to android it makes sense as you can now have a phone,tablet and camera all running the same OS.
but again this and the 808 are not in competition, 2 different devices. still the 808 is the more innovative product of the 2
43. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
ok. but if they hack this camera, holding this on your ear to call someone, will make you look stupid
44. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
then dont do it, if someone wants to do that let them aint hurting anyone
40. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
if there is a word for you, you are the stupidest person i have ever read on a comments section...
29. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
samsung needs to keep their priorties intact.......so what are they suggesting? for us to buy a camera that can make phone calls instead of just continuing to build off of what the galaxies S3 camera can do?
31. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
no there just trying to bring there camera range up with there phones, those who are invested in android would go out and buy a android camera wouldn't they?
the only thing id say is they should adapt android and make it more functional for this purpose on there camera's. its one thing to have a mobile OS on a camera but im sure most would prefer a focused OS for the task they use it for i.e. photo's video's etc
37. hitechredneck (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Umm look at the last picture with button with weird looking arrow that is the flash and the picture of the top of the camera there is a rectangualr square that is the flash why there not showing the flash popped up is beyond me. Look at the samsung digital camera WB850 smart camera it's basically the same camera but with a bigger LCD, android and a quad core processor. They should have network access consider people still send Multimedia Messages to their friends via SMS. IMO that would it make it a real competitor on the market. Finally an all in one phone.
38. hitechredneck (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
take a look at the pics from engadget they show the flash and what's behind the door on the bottom. Got an HDMI port hidden behind their. Check'em out fer yourselves.
47. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)
Will there be a Wi-Fi only version? I don't want to pay for data.