Verizon announces the Samsung Galaxy Camera, available Dec. 13th

Verizon announces the Samsung Galaxy Camera, available Dec. 13th
We suspected Big Red would be picking up this Android powered camera, based solely on documents revealed by the FCC. Hundreds of components make their way to the regulatory body even though there may be no plans to introduce those products in the US.

One month after AT&T announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Verizon has is following suit with an LTE enabled version of the device. It features the same specifications, 16MP camera with a 21x optical zoom, powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rounding up the most notable items. Outside of that, the Google Play store is available and this camera will do just about everything, except make phone calls.

Verizon will have the Samsung Galaxy Camera available to order online December 13th for $549.99. It will be available in white and an exclusive “Cobalt Black” color. Adding the camera to a Share Everything plan is being promoted for only $5 per month. The color choice is nice and ability to share it with your data plan is convenient, but the price is $50 more than what AT&T is charging, and we have seen even lower prices on other sites for limited periods of time.

No doubt it is a nice device.  If you are on the fence, check out our hands-on video and let us know if the Samsung Galaxy Camera is on your list this winter.

source: Verizon Wireless



18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What is with all of the thumbs down votes? Must be a slow day for the tolling community.

16. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

poor 1/2.3" sensor size :/

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sensor size typically impacts low light performance. If you plan on taking a lot of night-time pics, the S-Camera might not work for you. It all comes down to what is important feature-wise. Horses for courses, as it were.

19. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Well it also affects daylight photos, especially dynamic range.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Primarily as regards low light elements of a photo. Ultimately, it comes down to individual preferences. We can debate until the cows come home; but are the actual photos acceptable?

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Just finished a chat session with a VZW rep. There is no information currently available from VZW regarding ordering the S-Camera. :-( I would have thought with ordering supposedly opening on the 13th (and an official press release being published by VZW), information would be available internally. At this point, nothing.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

How nice would it be if this camera was a more compact phone with the optical zoom still attached to it...otherwise, all the specs are pretty much a phone or a tablet. And by the way people, it's 3G enabled.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Kind of hard to do optical zoom without having an extended lens. Although the phone functionality could be added. But then again, $5/month would grow to $40/month on a family share plan.... I already have enough devices on my plan.

9. Robert235

Posts: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

is it a phone camera or a camera phone.they should kept the calling features even though it would look ridiculous

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is an Internet-enabled camera. You can look up the latest threads on PA, send e-mail, twitter updates, etc. from the camera. In addition, you can take good photos (16? Mp image sensor, 21x optical zoom) and video (OIS @ 1080p, 30 fps) with the camera. Pics and videos can be uploaded to photo sharing sites or sent as e-mail attachments directly from the camera. $5/month is better pricing than for tablets. AT&T is going to be under competitive pressure from VZW as soon as the VZW edition of the S-Camera ships.

6. archeryhunter1993

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

To bad it doesn't have 3G either. I wouldn't even be able to use it since we don't have LTE yet.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think it will be equipped with 3G. Wait for it to show on the VZW website. Magic 8-ball says yes to 3G (in addition to LTE).

4. Obdabeast

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

Its not going in the wrong direction its giving photographers something different to use for work. People spend hundreds of dollars of cameras and much more on lenses for shots. Its a different product for a purpose.

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Anyone else think technology is moving in the wrong direction? Aren't smartphones supposed to be an all in one device? Now you can also buy an expensive camera and a tablet which both do what you're phone already does.

5. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yes, phones can do everything a tablet can with the extra of being able to make calls but against cameras, the quality smartphone cameras produce compared to the quality professional quality cameras produce is no contest in professional quality cameras' favor. You see this particularly when it comes to zooming and low-light conditions. Tablets are a fad right now and that's why they're selling but smartphones' cameras have a long way to go before they can make a significant impact on the camera market.

1. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

If they'd the phone function I would be interested, for now pretty pointless for me.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Agreed, don't know what Sammy was thinking (maybe they were trying to tap into the iPhone wiFi market??)....!

11. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

they were thinking that they wanted to appeal for those to lean towards photography. though it may not be as high end DSLR cameras it is a lot better shot than a smart phone & to be able to communicate wirelessly w/out having to do the old methods of connecting to a pc...yadda yadda it's not a bad idea. quad core, JB, 4.8 in. screen. this is bound to be a new niche device that could be successful. Nikon has already done its not so out of place. the $549.99 is the only drawback. I think that's pretty hefty for a camera...but we'll see.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sony HX30 is close to the specs of the S Camera and prices at $420 retail. Android JB, 4.8 inch LCD, 2 Gb RAM, Quad core CPU, full Internet integration for an extra $130? I would agree that it is a niche product, but Sammy seems to be making some good hits of late (the Note was panned by the commentariat, but look what happened there).

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Skype can be used with the camera's Internet interface/integration. $5/month on my shared data, and I probably will order one. There are a couple of things I wish the G Camera was equipped with (optical stabilized still shots, HDR setting), but the 24x optical zoom in the small footprint tends to outweigh the minuses.

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