Samsung has today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera – a 16MP, 21x optical zoom compact powered by version 4.1 of Google’s Android operating system.

The device is touted by Samsung as being the rebirth of the camera, and it’s truly packed feature-set hints that such a claim may not be too far fetched.

Combining the best features of both cameras and phones, the Samsung Galaxy Camera offers wireless connectivity through Wi-Fi technology, although the real highlight is that it enables either 3G or 4G connectivity, and is the first camera to do so.

In terms of conventional imaging the Galaxy Camera packs an optical punch way beyond any cameraphone, housing a 21x optical zoom which covers a focal range equivalent to 23-483mm. The Galaxy Camera also features a 16MP 1/2.3in BSI CMOS sensor akin to many of the manufacturer’s other compacts.

The combination of camera and smartphone is no more evident than on the rear of the Galaxy Camera. The model boasts the world’s ‘largest and most vivid’ camera display according to Samsung – a 4.77in HD Super Clear LCD touch panel far outstripping any found on a previous digital camera. As well as touch operation, photographers can also use Samsung’s Voice Control technology to operate the Galaxy Camera, with commands such as ‘Zoom In’ and ‘Shoot’ recognised.

The Galaxy camera offers a range of shooting modes. In addition to full auto, the Casual and Smart Pro modes offer a selection ofscene modes and shooting effects such as Beauty Face, Panorama, Action Freeze and Silhouette. There’s also an expert menu which includes Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program and Manual Exposuremodes with a nifty and easy to use control interface.

A built in editing suite enabes photographers to enhance their images and apply a range of effects, while the Android OS gives photographers access to the full array of additional apps on Google Play, including everything from photography favourites such as Instagram, right through to Angry Birds. Users can also use Skype on the camera to talk to friends and family.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Q&A with SH Lim of Samsung about the Galaxy Camera
  3. 3. Video: Worldwide announcement of Samsung Galaxy Camera
  4. 4. Samsung Galaxy Camera: Hands-On Preview and Photos
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  • Nathalie St John

    how much is it?

  • Stephen Ward

    Wow, eat your heart out Apple.

  • Keith McIntyre

    I’ve not succembed to a ‘smart phone’ so far, believing phones should phone/text & cameras should be used for good images – this Galaxy does look like a true ‘game changer’ & I look forward to your test & verdict.

  • Geoff

    Oh dear! Why cant samsung just make a decent camera instead of this joke!! Can you play angry birds on it lol

  • Dan Cartell

    This is really exciting news! Now that Android is going to turn up on compacts I hope its only a matter of time before it turns up on DSLR`s, now that will be the day…..

  • Grant

    Looks like the iCamera 1 due out in 2 years 😉

    Just shows Apple aren’t the only innovators!

  • Newchurch

    ‘Combining the best features of both cameras and phones’…

    Does this mean I can speak to someone with it? Surely the main purpose of a phone?

  • JOHN MCEVILLY

    You do not say how much it will cost.

  • Jim Barker

    Do we really require another type of camera?

  • Ian

    This camera is, I’m sure, excellent. But camera images have been transmitted ‘wirelessly’ for many years now.

  • Pinsharp

    I want one !

  • Alan Etherington

    I may be odd but I have no desire to link myself up with 3G/4G technology (and price). If I want to make a mobile call or send a text I have a coal-fired phone that does this quite adequately. And I have rather a decent range of cameras for taking pictures too. Luddite? Me? Probably.