Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Camera at its Unpacked event at IFA 2012. The camera, which runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is what Samsung calls the “Camera Reborn”. It features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a 21x zoom lens, a huge 4.8-inch display with 308ppi pixel density (1,280 x 720-pixels), Wi-Fi, and mobile connectivity, which will require a Micro SIM card. Disappointingly the device has no SD card compatibility. If you need removable storage, you’ll have to use microSD cards.
On the software side of things the device features Samsung’s ‘Smart Pro’ technology, which includes several camera modes that Samsung say “make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve.” As the device runs on Android you’ll be able to use the entire range of photo editing apps that you would use on your smartphone, such as Instagram, Pano, and Vignette. Samsung has also included its own set of 35 photo editing features through the Photo Wizard application.
In a press release Samsung said: “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.”
The Samsung Galaxy Camera will come in two options: a 3G/Wi-Fi version and a 4G and Wi-Fi version. No release dates have yet to be announced.
This is the first camera in a long time I’ve been super impressed with. The combination of Android and a lens that’s much higher quality than any smartphone makes this a game changer.