Samsung Galaxy Camera officially unveiled at IFA Berlin


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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 latestRead 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

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Android. On. Everything. I don’t care if my dishwasher doesn’t need Android I want it on there anyways.

    1. Yo dawg, we heard you like Android so we put Android on yo Andr….

      Yeah, I’m done. :P

      1. I want some jelly bean on my ice cream sandwich

    2. It would make more sense on a fridge since everyone uses it for calendar, pics, etc with all the magnets

      1. I like it. A thin 12 inch tablet on my fridge. I could pull up recipes, calendars, grocery lists. A little netflix or pandora while I cook. Of course I use my gtv and tablet for this today but always worried in kitchen that tablet will get damaged.

    3. It will be Android to do this. Apple is too big, closed and slow to do this. This is the power of Android.

  2. I want this! It’ll come in handy most def. Samsung shared some cool things today.

  3. SEE! That’s what everyone was talking about!!! We need less bezel at the BOTTOM. PERFECT!! I think this will be my first “semi-pro” camera. I will buy this at $349, NO MORE.

    1. Hate to burst your bubble, but this is not a “semi-pro” camera at all.

      1. it is… and i heard there is a limited edition autographed by will ferrel .. oh, wait… nevermind.

    2. That’s just it if Nikon’s Android camera is retailing for $350 & the specs on the Galaxy camera appear to be better its no way they are going to cost the same. I think this is the camera I want but I’ll be surprised if this is less than $400 & I think that’s a low price considering the tech.

  4. Now if the could only bring Jelly Bean to my SIII…

    1. Sounds like it’s coming soon.

  5. man who cars that they lost billions these two new devices will rock the world

    1. They only lost 1 billion and haven’t “lost” it yet…

  6. Trying suing them now apple

  7. I would rather see interchangeable lenses a la the Nikon 1. But this is nice nevertheless… I would be worried about battery life. Any idea what the f-stop is?

  8. At the risk of sounding like a nit-picking prick, you need to change the word “phone” in the second sentence of the second paragraph to “camera”.

    Pickiness aside, this could be my next point-shoot purchase once my Cannon decides to give up the ghost. If the specs make it powerful enough, this might make a good media player too.

    Imagine if you will your riding the chair lift at your favorite snow resort listening to some good tunes when you turn around to see a fantastic view; you wouldn’t need to get your camera out because it’s already in your hand playing your music for you. You pop open the lens and put those 16 megapixels to good use.

    Cheesy story? Yep. But not far off from what I’d use this product for. Looking forward to the updates. :)

  9. Samsung taking over

  10. Doh! Ok:

    a) Digital photos don’t have grain. They can be grain-like but they don’t have grain. They have pixels and noise.

    b) A 21x zoom would have an effect on pixels for the lazy or those who can’t zoom with their feet by allowing a “tighter” photo without having to overly crop but there’s still issues there. The same zoom though would have a horrible f-stop value which means using a higher ISO which means introducing noise in such a small sensor packed with so many pixels. So not sure equating zoom with grain is really a good idea. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or will see such a statement on a photography site.

    Big question for me is, do these Android cameras have access to the Play store or am I doomed to either accepting what’s given or rooting then side loading?

    1. Generally, the purpose of owning a camera with high zoom is for those who can’t zoom ‘With their feet” as you state. Sporting events don’t exactly allow you to just walk on the field during play to take photos.

      http://twitpic.com/6r8q47 – in a good lighting situation

      http://twitpic.com/94q1vl – in a low lighting situation

      Both photos taken with a Kodak Z990 in the range of 25-30x zoom.

      1. Uh, not sure you should be bragging about either of those shots. o.O Both of them show the flaws of the camera even at the reduced size.

        1. I have plenty of reason to brag about both of those shots. The low light shot was taken at about 50-60 yards from the subject and the normal light shot was taken at 40-50 yards out. A lot better than you would ever see from a camera phone and better than most digital cameras can take, period. Most sporting events also ban professional style cameras (read, Canon T2i or Nikon D3100), or at least ban extended length lenses, such as the 55-250mm lens I have for my T2i. This camera does what I need it to do, deniers aside.

          1. Those are pretty bad actually. Even the one taken with good light has been smeared into oblivion. (And I could see that from just the thumbnail!!! That’s really bad for even a P&S.) The one taken in low light…yikes. I wouldn’t have hesitated to delete either one. There’s plenty of cameras that could do better than that which can be taken into any ballpark. (And I have actually gotten my pro rig into a MLB game without even busting a sweat.)

          2. trollolololol

          3. Wow! Another parrot. Sorry,but I know what I’m talking about. You, don’t.

          4. You sound like a w&nker

          5. And just think, compared to you, I’m a genius.

          6. Ah, I know what you are, now. You’re one who is trying to seem professional and you don’t waste time smearing other peoples work as you can “do better,” right? You don’t respect anyone else’s work except your own.

          7. No, I’m just realistic. Those really are of a horrible quality. You obviously don’t know who I am nor do you know much about quality of cameras and photos.

          8. No no. The consensus has already returned. You honestly feel that only you can take amazing, high quality photos and that everyone else is inferior when compared to you.

          9. Bwa ha ha ha! Consensus? Get real. I never stated that only I can take amazing, high quality photos and that everyone else is inferior but I am definitely very good at spotting good photos and those that aren’t worth even a few electrons. (You might even say it is a part of my profession. ;) )

            Yes, there is a place for a decent cell phone camera and there is a place for a decent P&S but what you have there wouldn’t do well for either category from what you’ve posted. I’d rather have a far away view with my cellphone or a shorter zoom P&S or nothing at all than what you are bragging about. What criteria did you even use when you were shopping for your camera?!?

      2. Van ignore James. He is obviously upset that he put all that thought into his comment, to find out that android users are individuals and want variety.

        1. Parrot everything your mom tells you? Seems she’s lied to you. Probably told you you’re special too.

          1. Parrot?

          2. Yes, it means to repeat something you’ve heard before but probably either don’t actually understand or have any actual proof to back it up, like a parrot.

          3. Ohhhh…

    2. I don’t normally comment on opinions but I would like to point out something. Yes I am lazy but my kids baseball teams don’t like me walking onto the field to take pictures while they’re playing

      1. Sorry you feel offended but that’s your issue. Deal with it.

    3. Zoom with your feet? So if I want to take a pic of the moon I have to be an astronaut?

      1. Yes. Don’t be stupid.

    4. Ha ha ha! Wow! Wish I could say I’m surprised by the neanderthals that couldn’t see the truth in what I’ve said but I’m not. I bet they don’t realize they’re the cause of their own problems.

  11. shiz even our cameras are better then an itoy

  12. this camera !RULEEES. it **** amazing….! i need one now..!

  13. Serious interest in the camera, more serious interest in it’s price tag first though. Just because it’s a new idea doesn’t mean it needs to be at an absurd price tag. I hope major retailers and Samsung both realize that.

  14. this camera has a fricken quad core exynos

  15. Price? A phone with these specs off contract would be like $650. No way I’m paying that for a point and shoot .

  16. What ever happened to the giving away of I/O gifts? I called the Android camera back then.

    “Special edition Nexus 7 tablet 16 GB version, an Android@Home system, a new Google TV box from Sony, and a new Android powered digital camera.”

  17. I can’t see a 3.5mm audio port, will miss that.

  18. $400-$500, I’m calling it. No less.

  19. That awkward moment when your digicam has more processors than your smartphone….

  20. Custom Android ROM’s… for your camera…

  21. I would use this as a phone if it had the bits.

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