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Samsung's rumored Galaxy Camera, which we saw leak just a short while earlier, is now official. The Jelly Bean packing point-and-shoot is Samsung's first foray into Android-powered cameras, and is in fact helping to shape what could become a successful niche market (after all, we did just see Nikon unveil a new Android-powered point and shoot).

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Of course what you're really interested in is the camera's specs. The Galaxy Camera doesn't seem to disappoint on paper, packing a 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor with an impressive 16.3 effective megapixels. Here's a full look:

  • 23mm f/2.8 lens with 21x optical zoom (though we're not sure who manufactured the glass)
  • 4.7" HD Super Clear Touch Display at 308ppi
  • ISO from 100 up to 3200
  • 3G and 4G connectivity
  • An impressive 1.4GHz Quad-core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 8GB onboard storage, expandable via microSD
  • HDMI 1.4 out
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 1650mAh battery

The camera, despite its 4.7" display, actually seems quite pocketable, carrying a 128.7x70.8x19.1 frame that weighs just 305g.

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Over its Android 4.1 base, the Galaxy Camera carries significant Samsung customization. For starters, it will feature ten different shooting modes, including a "Smart Pro Mode" with aperture, shutter speed, and other adjustments available to the knowledgeable shooter. While shooting, users can also utilize voice control for functions like zooming, toggling flash, etc. The camera also features "Best Group Shot" which can stitch together an image with different faces for each subject, ensuring everyone's eyes are open.

When the shooting's done, users can edit photos with Photo Wizard (from minor edits to filter application), edit videos with Movie Wizard, easily view and organize their photos, or share photos instantly over their data or Wi-Fi connection, also making use of Share Shot, which will allow users to share with other Galaxy Cameras or phones. Photos can also be automatically backed up to the cloud.

Of course, the camera will also have access to Google's Play Store and its full catalog of apps (Instagram, anyone?).

While we don't have exact pricing and availability information, we do know that the camera is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012, to be launched in collaboration with mobile carriers.

For the full press release, just hit the source link below.

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://profiles.google.com/dwranger Douglas Ranger

    Pretty badass camera, for a point and shoot

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhut.virani Rhut Virani

    wow this is superb jb out of the box
    nikon still on 2.3

  • Zachary Bonjour

    1650mAh battery? Seriously?

    • Danny Holyoake

      Yeah, no thanks. I'd like my camera to last a weekend trip without having to charge it AS WELL AS my Android phone.

      • DCMAKER

        spare batteries

    • IncCo

      You would be surprised how little power android uses without a 3G/4G radio or wifi on. But yeah, it is a little on the skimpy side.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

        Agree. Plus my 4 year-old Nikon camera (and batteries) takes 600+ shots with a 1000 mAh pack, so it should be all right.

      • Raphaël Briand

        It has both 3G/4G and wifi.

        • IncCo

          Yes, but that doesn't mean you have to turn it [3G/4G/WIFI] on. If you do, then you have to accept a worse battery life.

          • Raphaël Briand

            Right but that's true for phones too...

          • Raphaël Briand

            Right but that's true for phones as well

  • KamikaZee

    The price will break this thing. Judging by the specs alone, this is a galaxy phone in a camera body.
    I could see this costing 600-800$, which will put it into the range of entry level dslr cameras.

    Imo it would be better without 3g/4G connectivity needlessly adding to the price. Who needs to upload their photos immediately and can't wait for wifi at home?

    This will be way too expensive to be successful.

    • Kenny O

      Completely agree, assuming the price is where we are guessing it will be - those specs are overkill. I really like idea of a great camera that runs Android; but since I already have a phone I would want the camera to be more compact. Now, I am not at all well versed on camera specs so I can't comment of how good it is, but it would have to be incredible to have someone pay even $600 for this, especially someone already with a smart phone. Kuddos to coming out the box with JB though.

    • Raphaël Briand

      About the 3G/4G, I think being able to upload your photos immediately wherever you are is actually the entire point of this thing. But in general I agree with your post.

  • Mikael Guggenheim

    So when does CM support this model? :P

    • Ryan Stuckmaier

      They'll support it, but the camera is broken.

      • Mikael Guggenheim

        lol

  • Athishay

    Play store access. Yes or no?

    • Jay Shah

      yes

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      The Play Store icon is right there in the camera's display.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    If it's a APS-C mirrorless camera, I will be interested. A point-n-shoot, sorry, I am going to pass.

    • itznfb

      Not only is it not an APS-C sensor... but it's 1/1.23... which is basically the smallest camera sensor that exists. Canon and Nikon use this size sensor in a lot of their cameras but they also have Canon and Nikon processors behind them which Samsung isn't even close to competing with. So... I'd rather have a thin smart phone on me than this thing.

      • Oliver F. Lehmann

        It's 1/2.3", but yes, that's very small.

        Good for documentation, not good if you are interested in scenic images.

        Interesting are the Video specs: Full HD 1920x1080 30fps and slow motion movie 720x480 120fps sounds quite good.

      • Freak4Dell

        Yeah, this isn't much of a good anything. The video might be good (the video that comes out of my cheapo Samsung point and shoot is surprisingly good), but if I'm looking to shoot video that's better than what all the other point and shoots already offer, I'll get something a little more high-end.

  • sky stanojevic

    Doooooood this thing looks SICK!..
    me want.. however,i'm very curious as to more details on price and carrier availability.. i assume it will be NOT on Verizon ... ??..

  • mgamerz

    A camera that charges you $40 a month for data service. No thanks.

    • LazarusDark

      Actually if you have one of the new shared data plans it wouldn't be that much ($10/month I think). Still, at $120 a year you better be seriously using that camera. Why not just use hotspot on your phone. With hotspot now standard with shared data plans at no extra cost, seems silly to ever put 3g/4g on a tablet or a camera

      • sgtguthrie

        Ya, the share all your money plans that cost $50 to share 1gb...NO THANKS!

        • LazarusDark

          I honestly don't know a lot about the shared plans. I'm still on grandfathered unlimited, the only reason at all that I stuck with VZW. Once they take that from me, I'll be looking for the cheapest no contract option

    • GazaIan

      You don't HAVE to use The mobile data, you know.

      • mgamerz

        Yeah but that's pretty much one of the only reasons I can see anyone buying this camera. Otherwise its a point and shoot with wifi and android. Nothing major there.

    • Math

      Just use a pre-paid data plan where you only pay for the data you use. You can get 5GB that will last a year for about $50 here.

  • http://twitter.com/mxfox408 Jake Fox

    Hmm awesome specs but I'm sure the price will make this camera not worth it.

  • Oliver F. Lehmann

    Nice, but ... I still can't figure out how to make phone calls with this thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Try to find the Phone app! XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I am all for good specifications but does a smartcamera really need a quad-core CPU?

    • Freak4Dell

      I would rather see a camera with a quad core than a phone. A camera that slows down over time because you've got too many things running would suck. I still haven't quite figured out the need for quad core in a phone. I'd rather have battery life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=202301834 Eloy Tavera

    The software buttons are wrong. If Samsung is going to use software buttons, why can't they do them right.

    • Jaymoon

      Every. Time. Why do they re-arrange the button order every time they release a new device? Make up your mind already!!

      • Ionut Costica

        I think it's for continuity / brand stuff with the Galaxy S line, which has the same button order...

  • mduran1023

    Daaaaamn, Nikon just got served.

    Served served served!

    (If you get this reference, you win the internet, for .01 milliseconds)

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.baysinger Geoff Baysinger

    WTB Sony retrofitting my NEX-7 (not Nexus 7) with Android ... and WiFi. It would be the perfect camera.

  • sgtguthrie

    Wifi only model please ;-) I don't want to give the greedy carriers (especially vzw & at&t) a dime more than I must at this point!

    • Ittiam

      Agreed... WiFi only model with competitive pricing would be great

  • Dan

    I wanted to love this. I really did, but look at the flash. A single LED, no diffuser, and it's right next to the lens? So, the flash is worthless beyond about 6 feet, it will most likely have a massive hot spot in the middle, and you're going to get a lens shadow in the bottom-left corner of every pic.

    And it has a Samsung lens? Seriously?

    The Samsung WB150F is almost exactly the same camera, only better.
    * Same CCD
    * 18x zoom instead of 21x
    * Wifi with wifi direct, MS Skydrive, etc.
    * A real flash, in a more intelligent position
    * A Schneider-KREUZNACH lens
    * $199

    Of course, the WB150F doesn't have Instagram or Angry Bird.

  • iGalaxy

    I wonder what patents Apple will say this violates... ;-)

  • nitesh.agrawal

    Since If you can't make cellular voice calls u cant call it a phone. its just a camera with OS..

    Nitesh agrawal pune!!

  • RTWright

    Okay.... What a terrible way to write an article. Hate much?

    I'm a Photographer by trade, I use Nikon camera bodies and lenses. I've been around Photography for years, something like this NX release may not be the End All Be All, but it's a start. For starters, I wouldn't by a Samsung Camera, it would either be Nikon, Sony or Canon, someone with a lot more years of experience in making cameras ( I don't mean Point and Shoots either, DSLR's! ). Considering I read a while back on another Android site, that was talking to the originators of Android. It was starting out according to this article as a software OS for cameras.

    Mirrorless technology still has a long ways to go, it'll get there pretty rapidly though with big names like Samsung starting wit it. But this angst against Android being on a Camera should really stop. Because to be totally honest there is nothing wrong with that. Nikon from my understanding is working on a Android based Camera. No, I do agree that it shouldn't be a phone, it shouldn't be able to play games and all that crap. If you're going to make a serious stab at the DSLR market, make it a SERIOUS attempt not just slap Android on it and call it the next generation of DSLR's that you can send emails, make calls, receive text messages and goof off on Facebook.... See where I'm getting at? It's not even focusing on being a camera, just another smartphone with a camera attached to it if it's done this way.

    Not every thing that comes out with Android on it needs to have those abilities, it really does need to take a more serious direction if you wish to have Pro Photographers turn their heads towards it and even consider trying it out at all. Photographers, especially Professionals who have been around a while, will not just up and change their gear or even give you a glimpse of a look if you don't take yourself seriously. Samsung as pointed out in a response on here, is definitely a company that likes to expand into other avenues just for the sake of tossing it out to see if it is going to work for them or not. That is both good and bad in a lot of different ways. Good that they don't mind taking risks, bad that they don't really take it as serious as they should.

    I like the idea they have, I'd never touch a camera made by them. Don't get me wrong I use a Galaxy SIII, I like Samsung's products. But this I'd never give a second look to. Their idea of a UI ( TouchWiz ) is the reason my phone is rooted already and will never see TouchWiz again. I cannot stand that poorly designed UI ( I don't like many of the OEM designed UI's to be honest ). What I'm hoping is that the real camera makers look at this and take major steps towards this technology and make good use of it.

    By the way, my stab at the OS shouldn't be playing games and all that is basically my way of saying that it should heavily focus on being a camera, not just another device on a Carrier plan, because that's all this will more than likely end up being. Now I wouldn't say no to it having WiFi, but that would be purely for image uploads and firmware updates, etc... If you think that your phones battery life blows now? That NX will make feel a lot better, I don't see it's battery life being all that great. My Nikon's screen can kill it's dual batteries pretty quickly, just think what the NX will be like?