Smartphones have been getting smarter and more powerful, adding quad-core power to operating systems that offer more and more functionality. They’ve also been pushing the technology used in their camera features to provide the casual photographer the ability to take impressive pictures. The gulf between actual camera and phone is becoming slimmer by the year and now we have something that looks to bridge that gap.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is not an actual phone, but it uses the technology that a lot of smartphones do, and that is the Android software (namely Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). It features Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity which gives the potential for the camera itself to be very social, as well as giving access to cloud storage such as Dropbox.
The Galaxy is not small; in fact it’s quite bulky. It’s made to be a size though that will fit comfortably in your hand when you want to take pictures. The screen on the back is around 4.77 inches which is said to be the largest and most vivid on a camera today. It does look good and because of the added power in the OS used there are minimal buttons and controls for use. There are manual zoom controls on the top though but this can be done through the touchscreen itself if needed. Shutter release and power button are also buttons.
As mentioned the Galaxy will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This means that the user interface is more advanced than on a typical camera, you even have the ability to download apps through Google Play. This means that Facebook and Instagram for example can be added for you to send your pictures straight to the social networks to show off your latest finds. Android also has allowed the camera to use voice commands such as “shoot” and “zoom in”, so this is definitely a camera giving you the cutting edge of user experience, if not the most advanced camera technology though. The camera is also powered by a quad-core chip so the interface itself is fast and fluid and it should be able to do whatever you need without much slowdown at all.
Using Samsung’s own Smart Pro technology, a 16-Megapixel 1/2.3 BSI CMOS sensor and a lens designed for wide shots (23mm) this is a camera that is trying to provide professional results. Closer to the release of the camera in October more will be found out of the actual quality that is available but there are lots of options promised to get the most out of your environment and ability.
From the initial showing of the Samsung Galaxy Camera there is a lot of potential, especially in the use of Android. This is truly a social device with its promise of Wi-fi and 3G or Wi-Fi and 4G models, as well as Google Play offering almost limitless options for apps that can help you manipulate images as soon as they have been taken. It’s interesting to take a look into the future and to see what cameras can achieve when coupled with a more advanced operating system and I’m sure now that Samsung have made a move into this other companies will follow. The large HD screen is also a nice touch that gives you the best view of your pictures and of course the operating system itself. This is definitely a camera that is worth keeping an eye out for in October.