Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on
Camera shooting junkies take note! The Samsung Galaxy Camera is coming to AT&T in the very near future, which means that you’ll be able to snap plenty of shots of your favorite meals and dishes to share to the world. Combining the best features of a smartphone with the robust arsenal of a full-fledged point and shoot camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera is the all-in-one device that photo conscious individuals have been craving for.

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.



1. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I would buy this if it only could make phone calls... Im still a bit interested though...

20. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

are you drunk?? why the hell should a CAMERA be able to make phone calls?

22. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

of course is that what everybody wants....but the basis shouldn´t be a camera

36. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's what I said...

27. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 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: Jul 12, 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: Oct 15, 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: Jul 15, 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: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Jul 15, 2011

you have a point. haven't thought of that. :) thanks

3. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 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: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

If Skype and other social chat services work on it, then you could make calls.

23. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

bluetooth tech should work.

4. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 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... samystic

13. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

final image for 808 still 5mp

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: Aug 28, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i know. i thought rapidcat doesnt know it

17. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Its not Android ICS, but JB, which does not support flash player Source - Official Description on Google Play Store

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

high end point and shoot doesn't exist

34. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Try the Canon s100 (now s110) or Fuji X10, and other are advance point and shoot.

39. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 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: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

"Samsung Zoom Lens", really??? That text makes it seem cheesy as hell.

24. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ha, the S Lens.

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