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Samsung Galaxy Camera preview, photos, and video

On a scale from 1 to Awesome, I rate the Samsung Galaxy Camera a 12. My scale is a bit bias since I’ve been craving a quality Android device with optical zoom since the G1 days, and my full review will be more objective, but allow me to bask in the glory for at least a few moments before being bound by reality.

The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Camera are solid: Android 4.1, 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB on board memory, expandable MicroSD, 4.8-inch screen, 1280×720 pixel resolution, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-FI, and a whole bunch more.

But what REALLY matters is picture quality of the 16MP camera and performance of the 21X optical zoom. And not just picture quality alone, but picture quality compared to your typical Android device and picture quality compared to a DSLR. That’s exactly what I’ve shown in the set of pictures below.

With each camera I took four pictures from my rooftop deck:

  • Baltimore Skyline at 1X Zoom
  • Baltimore Skyline at 21X Zoom
  • Natty Boh sign in Baltimore 1X Zoom
  • Natty Boh sign in Baltimore 21X Zoom

Note: Click on picture to see the full-sized image.
First let’s take a normal 1X picture with my new pride and joy: The Samsung Galaxy Camera.

That doesn’t look very interesting. Not at 1X zoom. But let’s go bananas with the 21X optical zoom.

BOH KNOWS GALAXY CAMERA!

That’s pretty darn impressive. With the 21X optical zoom you go from a picture of nothingness to a picture of awesomeness. Without the zoom, why even take the picture? With the zoom, the world becomes much more photogenic. I’ll admit, clicking through you’ll notice the picture quality isn’t fantastic, but take note that at 21X zoom, the slightest unsteadiness of your hands can blur a picture and you’ll often be using zooms of varying degrees.

Onto the Baltimore skyline at 1X zoom:

Not a bad shot, but what is that lady doing on the balcony in the distance?

SAMSUNG GALAXY SPY CAMERA TO THE RESCUE!

No, but seriously, a building that at first you could hardly discern existed in the skyline you can actually see specific balconies of with 21X zoom. Without zoom we could hardly identify the yellow crane and now, with 21X optical zoom, we can see it’s a BAUER BC 15 H.

Now think of how you could weave the Galaxy Camera into your everyday life. Pictures of rock stars at concerts. Pictures of sons, daughters, siblings, and friends playing in baseball or soccer games. Pictures of dolphins in the ocean at the beach. Pictures of wildlife from a distance.

And now, I’ve suddenly got Bette Middler in my head. Hate when that happens.

See… this Galaxy Camera has got me all riled up. Let me get to the point and post pictures from the other two devices.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Canon Rebel T2i

Unfortunately the Samsung Galaxy Camera doesn’t double as a mobile phone, and even if it did, most would find it too bulky and heavy for an every day device. The Galaxy Cam is listed at 10.7 ounces (well over half a pound) and its .5-inch thick measurement seems measured at the device’s thinnest point. It’s closer to 1.5 inches thick based on my own measurement.

I’m tempted to go on and on about this device, but let me save the goods for my full review. For now, feel free to head on over to our Galaxy Camera Forum and leave your opinion about the above pictures in the comments.

Continue reading on the Samsung Galaxy Camera forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • thedicemaster

    that zoom is amazing.
    too bad electronics follow an inverted exchange rate, it will be almost $800(€599) in europe.

  • Dan Buchal

    Nice! The Boh Tower is my office!

    • http://twitter.com/mxpxillini35 Fred Marshall

      They know…they saw you posting that.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        ^ Comment of the day right here! ^

      • Guest

        Am I missing something? What is that supposed to mean? It really is my office. My company is located on the 8th floor.

      • Dan Buchal

        Haha… the zoom is *that* good ;-)

  • donovan shore

    Lets Go O’s

  • blest

    I work down there! But looks like it’s a cool camera.

  • Hrethgir

    It looks like a really nice camera, but is there really any benfit to having Android on it as opposed to not? You never even once talked about the UI or what Android brings to the party. And since it isn’t a phone, you will probably be carrying an Android phone around at the same time as this, so what’s the benefit here?

    • thedicemaster

      automatic backup of photos, photo editing directly on the camera, uploading photos to any website, and I think I also read something about voice controls, anyone can add other features, and you’ll have a small tablet with you.

      and even if you have a phone that can do all this for you, it still takes away the hassle of having to transfer all your photos.

    • xmichaelx

      The menu systems on compact (and pretty much all other) cameras uniformly suck. Using Android as the camera OS means that I can build my own menuing system that makes it easy to get to the features I use.

      I can’t wait til this comes to m4/3 cameras.

    • Manbo

      instant upload of your photos of lunch to instagram :P

  • Albert Naranjo

    Meh. $200 more and you have a decent entry level DSLR.

  • Jistin

    Would be tempting…if I didn’t have the Sony SLT-A65…..but I do

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawankler Sean Ellis

    I can see my house in one of the Boh pictures. I live right by Brewer’s Hill.

  • shooter50

    Nice camera. Tried to buy one at the local ATT store and was told I needed to sign a 2 year contract!!! WTF, I want to buy a camera and use it on wifi. WTF are Samsung and ATT thinking? What fool would ever do this??? If the Galaxy Note IIthat I just bought wasnt such a great phone I would say F*&^ you Samsung. Great way to get people to adopt your Android camera. This has to be the dumbest move of all timeWTFFFFFFFFFF

  • shooter50

    by the way. I ordered an unlocked international version, so FU ATT

  • http://profiles.google.com/soundman1024 Jeff Meyer

    What glass were you using on the Canon?

  • Max Struever

    love the baltimore shots