Review Date: February 4, 2013
Photoxels Silver Award – Social Network Camera
This Samsung GALAXY Camera Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.
Android Camera. The Samsung GALAXY Camera is targeted to avid mobile photographers who post compulsively to social networks. For those of you who are dissatisfied with the reach of your smartphone and add accessories such as flash and tele converter to achieve better results, the GALAXY Camera may be what you have been searching for.
The Samsung GALAXY Camera features 16.3 MP resolution, a 21x optical zoom with optical image stabilisation and a 23mm wide-angle lens. It is powered by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS running on a 1.4 GHz Quad core processor, and incorporates all the smarts and intuitiveness of its user interface: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G capabilities, GPS, Bluetooth, Internet browsing, and all the apps Android makes available on the Google Play store. The GALAXY Camera is not a smartphone (though you can download apps like Skype that will let you communicate).
Sharing photos with friends, family (and unintended strangers) all over the world on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube) using an [almost] fully featured camera just got very simple.
The Samsung GALAXY Camera does not pretend to be the smallest compact camera around (it is not) or the best point-and-shoot digital camera (it isn’t). Instead, it builds on the success of Samsung’s GALAXY smartphones and point-and-shoot digital cameras, and is the first successful integration and intuitive implementation of a smartphone OS in a digital camera. This means you can take pictures like you do on any dedicated point-and-shoot digital camera, plus instantly and effortlessly (once you’ve set everything up) share with your social networks.
There’s no other camera like it currently for instant sharing on social networks. The 21x optical zoom and availability of PASM shooting modes may make the GALAXY Camera a very attractive proposition to street journalists. Imagine your photos instantly shared with the world before any one tries to get his hands on them and prevent them from going out. You can do that with a smartphone but the optical zoom reach is just not there to allow you to get pictures from a safe distance or place.
The Samsung GALAXY Camera opens up a new category in digital cameras. For those who post almost exclusively on the Web and are looking for an easy-to-use point-and-shoot superzoom camera with fully integrated social networking smarts, we recommend the Samsung GALAXY Camera.