The Samsung Galaxy Camera was officially announced at IFA in Berlin Germany, and this is going to be one point and shoot camera that changes the game. While smart cameras are nothing new, it has yet to be done by a major player like Samsung.
The device will feature a nice 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, one that features 21x optical zoom to get those long shots without the horrible noise. All of it is fed to the 4.8 inch touchscreen on the back of the camera. This monstrosity is virtually unheard of in a vast majority of the camera world.
Smart Pro Mode will give you a feature-set that will make you feel like a pro. Things like fast shoot for getting action shots, light capture mode to get those cool looking trailing light scenes, and a feature that lets you bring out the color of the sky are all supposed to help you feel like you’re handling a professional DSLR without knowing much about professional photography at all.
The device also features full HD video, and you can capture slow motion video in up to 120 frames per second. Since the camera is based on Android 4.1 you can share all the content with many different apps straight form the camera. Samsung also includes a sharing widget so you can post your content to a bevy of social networkingservices without needing a ton of apps.
An auto cloud backup feature means your photos will be backed up to a remote server for easy, automatic downloading and sharing, and you won’t have to worry about losing your shots should something happen to your camera.
Share Shot will send the content you capture to other people in real-time using WiFi direct, and a remote viewfinder will let you view the image the lens is currently capturing on your smartphone or tablet.
And connectivity will be no issue if you need to share your content on the go. Samsung is promising 3G, 4G, and WiFi support. It’s essentially a camera phone without the phone bits. I can’t say I’m terribly disappointed in that at all. We’ll be updating this post with more information as it comes in so be sure to refresh it for the latest. Read on for full press details.
Samsung presents ‘Camera. Reborn.’ – the GALAXY Camera
The new device combines leading-edge camera capabilities with Android™ 4.1 Jelly
Bean and wireless network connectivity, letting users shoot, edit and share images easily
anywhere, at any time
BERLIN, Germany – August 29, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and
digital convergence technologies, has today announced the launch of the GALAXY Camera. Developed to
fit the changing ways we communicate, the GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography with
the latest Android™ 4.1 platform, so called Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a brand
new type of device. Samsung GALAXY Camera fits perfect for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high
quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere, at any time.
“The GALAXY Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With
the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate
faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the GALAXY
Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes
more vivid and lively with high quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime,” said JK Shin,
President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google, congratulated the Samsung
team on their launch. “When we first started work on Android, we envisioned building a smart camera that
would take digital photography to the next level. The GALAXY Camera is an innovative product that speaks
to the openness and flexibility of the Android platform.”
The GALAXY Camera makes outstanding photography on the go. Users never again have to sacrifice
picture quality if they want to edit and share their photos instantly. It easily outperforms any smartphone
camera. The GALAXY Camera, boasting a 21x optical touch zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS
sensor delivers pictures in brilliant quality. The device also features ‘Smart Pro’ technology, a series of
modes that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve. What truly revolutionizes
this photography experience is Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless connectivity, which opens up the
device to applications for photo-editing, sharing, and much more. Users will experience all of GALAXY
Camera’s great features on a market-leading HD Super Clear LCD. With stunning clarity, incredible ease-of-
use and unparalleled connectivity, the GALAXY Camera is the next step in imaging innovation.
Shoot stunning quality images
The GALAXY Camera’s ‘Smart Pro’ feature makes it easy to recreate advanced photographic setups in
just a few simple steps for stunning artistic results. Using the easy-to-navigate menu system, users can
choose from a series of preset scenario options which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings in order
to capture the perfect photo. For example, the ‘Rich Tone’ setting delivers images with greater intensity
– particularly effective for reducing overexposure in bright surroundings, while the ‘Light Trace’ setting
automatically controls shutter speed for atmospheric night scenes full of light trails.
The GALAXY Camera’s 21x optical zoom can be controlled by either button or touchscreen, rendering long-
distance pictures in a quality that users will be proud to share, while OIS ensures that images stay clear and
crisp. The camera’s 16 Megapixel 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor captures images in brilliant color and resolution,
while the 23mm aperture lens delivers impressive wide-angle shots incomparable to smartphone pictures.
Enjoy your photos and video on a world-leading display
The GALAXY Camera boasts large and vivid enough camera display – a 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear
LCD screen, which makes it a pleasure to shoot, share and edit images from the palm of the hand. Another
advantage of smartphone technology is the Voice Control option which allows the user to control a number
of functions such as ‘Zoom in’ and ‘Shoot’ through voice. All these features are housed in a beautifully
designed, ergonomic body with the GALAXY Camera’s minimal, organic design complementing its easy-to-
use professional features.
Edit and perfect images on your device
The GALAXY Camera includes a comprehensive set of 35 powerful photo editing features through
the ‘Photo Wizard’, allowing users to make professional quality edits on the go. The new features take
advantage of the ultrafast quad-core processor and HD Super Clear LCD, giving access to a feature like
Auto Face Calibration so edits can be made in precise detail and with ease. The ‘Movie Wizard’ also allows
users to create and edit expert quality videos easily from the touch screen.
The GALAXY Camera also features ‘Smart Content Manager’, an innovative on-device organization tool
which intelligently creates folders, tags faces, and even suggests which pictures to delete when they don’t
come out as desired. Thanks to the combination of wireless connectivity and Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean OS,
the internet capabilities of the GALAXY Camera are equal to those of the latest smartphone so that users
can get even more enjoyment out of their device. In addition to the pre-installed applications from Samsung,
users can browse the web and enjoy any applications from Google Play or Samsung Apps stores, such as
Instagram. If users are not sure which app to download, a user can use ‘S Suggest’, to help them discover a
new photo editing app or fun game to download.
Share your images anywhere, anytime
The camera’s convenient ‘Auto Cloud Backup’ feature will automatically save precious photos into the
cloud via Samsung’s AllShare the instant they are taken. The GALAXY Camera also allows users to share
photos at the same time as they shoot them with ‘Share Shot.’ As well as sharing to social networks and
cloud services, users can also connect to a range of GALAXY devices including the GALAXY SIII and
GALAXY Note II for effortless and automatic sharing of pictures across the GALAXY family. The new device
enables connection to 3G or 4G, allowing photo sharing and browsing anywhere. The GALAXY Camera
also functions on Wi-Fi with Dual Band and Channel Bonding for extra speed. Connectivity is supported
by a quad-core processor that enables fast web-browsing and multi-tasking, as well as high speed image
processing without a significant impact on battery life.
The GALAXY Camera comes in two connectivity options: a 3G and Wi-Fi version or a 4G and Wi-Fi version.
Samsung GALAXY Camera will be on display at the Samsung booth #20 at IFA 2012, Aug 31 through Sep
5. For more information on GALAXXY Camera, please visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com
Full details, video content and product images are available at Samsung’s IFA 2012 microsite: http://
samsungifa2012.com or mobile site: m.samsungifa.com