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We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Galaxy Camera on AT&T for over a month now and today we finally received the juicy details we've been anticipating. The camera is going to come with a price tag of $499, putting it firmly outside the realm of your typical casual point-and-shoot market. However, you can knock $100 off that price tag if you buy it with an on-contract Galaxy smartphone. The camera itself will not be subject to a two-year contract, of course. Just the attached smartphone. Not a bad deal, really.

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A data plan isn't necessary to pick one up, but if you do want to make use of that 4G radio, you have a few different options:

  • AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

Obviously, the cheapest option is to add the camera as an extra device to a shared data plan. All the more reason to buy it while you're upgrading your phone if you can. Otherwise, you can still drop $500 in store and walk out with it contract free.  The shooter will go on sale in stores and online starting this Friday, November 16th.

Additionally, it looks like the $100 off deal, while being introduced with the Galaxy Camera, is not exclusive to that device. According to the press release below, "AT&T customers will receive up to $100 off the purchase of a second Samsung Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera." So, even if you're not in the market for this point-and-shoot, it will still be a good deal to keep an eye on during this holiday buying season.

SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA AVAILABLE ON AT&T’S 4G NETWORK BEGINNING NOV. 16

For a Limited Time, Buy any Samsung Galaxy Smartphone and Receive up to $100 off a Second Connected Samsung Device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera1

DALLAS, NOV. 12, 2012 AT&T* today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the 4G connected camera, will be available for customers beginning Nov. 16 for $499.99.2  For a limited time, AT&T customers will receive up to $100 off the purchase of a second Samsung Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone (w/ two-year agreement incl. qualifying voice and data plans).

The Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and AT&T 4G mobile internet, resulting in a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to Android applications from the Google Play™ market.

The Galaxy Camera is a perfect fit for those who wish to shoot, edit and share brilliant photographs and video easily and quickly through social networks without connecting to a laptop or PC. The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD™ screen, boasts a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. This device is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor for quick and responsive performance. Galaxy Camera includes powerful manual controls with its Expert Mode, which allows for manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Smart Mode gives amateurs the tools of the pros, with Rich Tone HDR mode, Light Trace for ‘light painting’ photos and features like Best Face and Best Photo, which help users pick the best shot.

“By connecting the Samsung Galaxy Camera through the AT&T wireless network, users can instantly share photos, giving family and friends a glimpse into their favorite holiday moments,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. “Customers will receive $100 off the purchase of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone, making the Samsung Galaxy Camera the perfect gift this holiday season.”

In addition to being able to share to social networks and cloud services on-the-go, consumers can harness the speed and connectivity of AT&T’s wireless network to share images and videos between Galaxy Camera and a range of Galaxy devices including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1. 3

Customers purchasing Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets and other compatible devices. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans. 4

The full range of data plan options include:

· AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB

· AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB

· AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB

· AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

The Galaxy Camera will have access AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use photo and video sharing service for AT&T customers.  AT&T Locker users get 5 GB of storage for free – enough for 5,000 average sized photos.  AT&T Locker provides users the ability to upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail.  Users can create and customize albums for photos and video on the device or online in the AT&T Locker website.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in select AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide and online atwww.wireless.att.com.

For more information on AT&T, please visit www.att.com.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

1 Samsung Galaxy promotion requires two-year smartphone agreement including qualifying voice and data plan. Offer available for a limited time while promotional supplies last at participating AT&T locations. Offer valid on second Galaxy handset of equal or lesser value or any Samsung connected device.

24G when used in connection with the Galaxy Camera refers to the fact that the device can operate on AT&T’s 4G network.

3 Samsung, Galaxy Camera, HD Super Clear LCD, Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

4Smartphone required. Up to ten devices per plan. Additional monthly charge per device. $15 per GB for add'l data. Unlimited talk and text for phones only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. Access to corporate email, intranet sites and apps available for $15/mo. per device.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Brian Walker

    I don't know, this just seems like a silly product. I can totally understand a camera that has internet connectivity, but in a fully featured, high performance, android device? It's just... I don't know. I'm not going to get one, maybe it will be a big seller. What do I know.

    • Brian Menius

      Yep... answering a question nobody asked.

      • Freak4Dell

        That's Samsung's business strategy these days. Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. I hate it, and seriously wish they would stop, but I suppose they are making billions of dollars, so it works.

  • ProductFRED

    This has got to be one of the dumbest products to make use of a data plan that I've ever seen. Maybe if you're a journalist in need of some quick shots, this is not bad. But the price is just ridiculous considering it doesn't even make calls.

    • fixxmyhead

      it could with some apps

      • ProductFRED

        It has no earpiece.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    From the way they're bundling the sales package, it's obvious this Camera is meant to be a secondary device. If you haven't gotten a tablet to complement your smartphone yet, why not settle for an Android camera instead? Or even if you do have a 4G tablet, you could still get this and swap SIMs depending which device you need it for at that particular moment.

    I think a camera's a great idea for an Android product. Imagine snapping shots and immediately being able to share it on a G+ Event, or on Instagram. Maybe before that you could choose to do some simple editing with Sketchbook or Pixlr-o-matic first.

    Best of all - imagine a Photo Sphere taken with this thing! Damn...

  • Mike

    It's an interesting idea to be sure, but the time for point-and-shoots has come and gone. Even for the few that are still in the market for one, the $500 price tag is going to price a lot of people out when you can get a similarly specced point-and-shoot without Android for under $300, if not $200.

    You can take a decent picture with a smartphone and upload it to Facebook instantly. You can also take a brilliant photo with a dedicated camera and have it on Facebook within five minutes of sitting down in front of your computer. Most people don't need something to bridge the gap badly enough to buy a new camera, particularly at twice the price of a normal one.

    Samsung makes a lot of good stuff, but unless they come back next year with the Galaxy Camera 2 that has the capability to make calls and is subsidized by the carriers, it's hard to see how this is going to be a success.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

    Couldn't have been informed of this a week ago could I? Naw, that would only mean saving money on this new camera I bought. The Galaxy camera, what a coincidence...

  • Elias

    For this price I'd rather buy a entry level dslr or a Canon sx40 which has eye-melting zoom. Granted neither of these can run photosphere nor instagram nor have mobile radio nor powerful quadcore processor to allow in-camera editing. But I still find this android camera unnecessary and it will probably be completely forgotten in the realm of updates. What I would find useful, though, is a regular android phone with these lens, flash and dedicated hardware buttons for shooting and zooming. Would be a bit bulky, but still cheaper and more flexible than lugging two android devices around.

    • Freak4Dell

      Agreed. At $500, this is only good for a good laugh. Anybody serious about photography is looking at a better camera, and anybody who isn't serious about photography isn't looking to drop $500 on a camera. A phone with the lens might make sense, because it would appeal to cell phone shooters who want better pictures, and the price might be worth it, since it makes phone calls and stuff, too.

  • Eager2get1

    I personally am very excited about full Android in a camera. I think this or similar tech will trickle down into all point and shoot cameras over the next couple years. Of course, the launch strategy here is highly restrictive - only available at ATT, $500, and no wifi only version.

    Built in 3G adds unnecessary cost - you could wifi tether through a smart phone. Scrapping the cell tech might bring the price down a little, but you have to consider that the guts of this thing are almost the same as in a strong cell phone. And unlocked, high end cell phones are over $500-$600. I absolutely want all the additional possibilities of having full the Android app market and wifi on a good, super zoom camera. Technology can't yet make up for the light gathering ability of good, big lenses.

  • grellanl

    Buy a camera from a carrier!? I don't think so - I don't even want to buy a phone from my carrier. They need to get used to being dumb pipes...

    A network-integrated camera that can do automatic uploads to Dropbox, Google+, whatever - that's awesome. They probably need to make it a bit cheaper though, or add the feature to a higher-end device where the cost can be more easily absorbed.

  • Tom Horsley

    I don't know why you say a data plan is not required for the Camera. The AT&T web page says one is required. The only AT&T store near me that stocks them says a data plan is required. Sure seems like it is required to me (and it puts the lifetime cost somewhere around $800-$900 which is utterly absurd).

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