Samsung has officially announced the much awaited Android-powered Galaxy Camera on 29th August 2012, during a photogenic event held before the IFA conference. The brand new Galaxy Camera is a perfect combination of superb looks, innovative features, and high performance photography. At the front, the device looks like a well equipped camera while from the back it looks like a smartphone. Moreover, the fact that this next-gen camera will be working on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform has created much more excitement among worldwide photography enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed anything about the launch date or price of the Galaxy Camera. However, most probably it will be released in the market by Q4 of this year itself.
Undoubtedly, Samsung is not the first company to bring the concept of Android camera as Nikon has already announced its Android based camera called Nikon S800c few days before. However, Samsung has beautifully taken the concept even further by incorporating several novel yet useful features like 3G or 4G wireless capabilities in the camera. In fact, the Galaxy camera will be made available in two versions depending on the connectivity option, one will be a ‘3G and Wi-Fi’ version while the other a ‘4G and Wi-Fi’ version. The other ground-breaking feature of the camera is its voice-control capabilities, which would allow the users to give voice commands for various functions like “zoom in” and “shoot” while taking pictures.
The Galaxy camera will feature a huge 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen. The display is actually much bigger in size compared to any other camera and even several phones. The big LCD screen ensures plenty of screen space for users, so that they can compose and edit their pictures more easily and comfortably. The screen would come with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with a pixel density of 308ppi. In order to support such a huge screen, the Galaxy camera will be somewhat larger than regular cameras, measuring 5.07 inches wide, 2.79 inches tall and 0.75 inches thick. The design of the camera seems to be very attractive and the highlight of this amazing body design is that its rear panel has no physical buttons, instead all controls and functions are on the screen.
The new Galaxy camera will support ‘Smart Pro’ mode that allows the users to give their images a unique and artistic effect with few simple steps. The extremely easy-to-navigate menu system of the mode let the users to choose from a series of scenario options that are already available in the camera. On selecting a particular scenario, the camera will automatically adjust all the settings so that you get a perfect picture. For example, to get images with greater intensity, the camera would go for the option of ‘Rich Tone’ setting. This option is specially used for reducing overexposure in bright background. Similarly, the ‘Light Trace’ setting controls the shutter speed and this is particularly effective for capturing atmospheric night scenes.
The camera will consist of three physical buttons, including the power button, shutter button and zoom toggle on the top plate of the device. On the rear side, there will be three conductive keys, each for menu, home and back. The combination of a 21x super long zoom lens and a 16M BSI CMOS sensor will help the camera in delivering images in brilliant quality. The 16 MP sensor of the camera would give remarkable color & resolution to the images and on other hand, the 23mm aperture lens would give dazzling wide-angle shots. The camera can also shoot high-quality videos at 120 frames per second and 720 x 480 pixels of resolution.
One of the best things about the camera is that it would come loaded with numerous useful photo editing features. In total, there will be around 35 amazing editing features with which you can make professional quality editing on your captured stuff even when you are on-the-go. All these innovative features will take advantage of the ultrafast 1.4 GHz quad-core processor & super clear LCD and lets you edit with ease and precise detail. An editing feature called ‘Movie Wizard’ will enable the users to make and edit high-quality videos very easily using the touch screen. Plus, the camera also supports a feature called ‘Smart Content Manager’. It is an organization tool, which smartly organizes images and videos as per tags, folders and tagged faces. The tool even suggests which images you should delete that is of no use.
In addition to several pre-installed apps from Samsung, you will also be able to browse through the web and enjoy your favorite apps from Samsung App store and Google Play store. If you are confused about which app to download, then don’t worry. The ‘S Suggest’ feature will help you by recommending apps that suit your requirements. The other most exciting feature of the camera is ‘Auto Cloud Backup’. As soon as the pictures are taken, the ‘Auto Cloud Backup’ feature automatically saves and stores the captured photos into the cloud by means of Samsung’s AllShare feature. Moreover, the camera would come with ‘Share Shot’ feature so that the users can share photos at the very same time when they are shooting them.
As said earlier, the camera will support wireless connectivity and hence users can easily share their photos with family and friends through various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The new-gen camera users will also be able to connect the camera with a range of other Galaxy devices including the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3. Moreover, the camera would come with several built-in apps like Gmail, Google Search, Maps, Books, Movies, YouTube, Google Talk, Google+, Navigation, HDMI output, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0. Above all, the camera will offer 8 GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via micro-SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
In short, Samsung Galaxy Camera seems to be the perfect choice for those people who want to shoot, edit and then share first-class pictures and videos easily anywhere and anytime.
Samsung Galaxy Camera First Look video from youtube: