Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Samsung Galaxy Camera

This review first appeared in Cosmone.com here

White Knight in Android


Samsung Galaxy
Credit: Samsung Mobile Press

It’s not always that you get a digital camera in pure white, but that’s what you get with the Samsung Galaxy Camera. But what we really like about this is the way it transforms the concept of traditional cameras.

That’s right, the Galaxy Camera is really making us rethink the way a camera should be. Instead of just limited to taking photos, Samsung has created a brand new breed of cameras that makes sharing photos online an instant breeze. How? Simply by taking advantage of the successful smartphone and tablet technologies that Samsung is so well known for, and transforming them into a digital camera.

The most innovative, ground-breaking digital snapper that we have seen in a long while, the Galaxy Camera runs on the popular Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform. This not only opens up the whole world of Android apps on the Google Play app store on a camera, but what is amazing is that it is all on a device that can really take quality pictures with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch (6.17 x 4.55mm) sensor and 21x optical zoom lens that supports a whopping 23-481mm. Just imagine the possibilities with – good quality images that can be instantly edited on-camera and then shared via Instagram or Twitter.

Like any Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy Camera features a big screen on the back, a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED screen, and we like the clarity and brightness of the screen. Inside, the camera is powered by a quad-core Exynos CPU with 1GB RAM, and there’s support for WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, a microSIM for connecting over 3G/4G, as well as GPS, microSD and a headphone socket. Sounds very much like a smartphone doesn’t it? But which smartphone would offer Full HD 1080p video capture with a stereo microphone, ISO 100 to 3200 support and 8GB of internal memory? The Galaxy Camera can even receive emails, send SMS and allow chats on Google Chat and Skype. Yet another reason why we adore this white knight so much.

We do have a few gripes, mainly with the camera’s heavy weight of 300g and less than satisfactory battery life. It is no slim beauty, with the thinnest point measuring 19mm thick.  The battery has up to 280 hours standby mode. The ability to download apps means that the Galaxy Camera will most likely be used for more than just taking photos, which puts a drain on the battery life. This means that its juice will likely run out faster than usual, so having a portable charger on hand is useful.

Still, the Samsung Galaxy is an amazing example of innovation, and perhaps a sign of the future of digital cameras?

Samsung Galaxy camera
Pros

An innovative Android-enabled digital camera
Designed for seemless sharing

Cons
The bulkiness and heavy weight
The battery is likely to run out faster, so bring a spare

Our verdict
Design ****
Interface ****
Clarity *** ½
Performance ***½

Disclaimer: The Samsung Galaxy camera was on loan for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received for this review, and all opinions are my own.

1 comment:

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    thank you :)

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