- Editor's Rating
- First camera with total connectivity
- Great user interface
- Fun to use
- Good image quality
- Wide range of functionality
- Access to Android market
- Not good for high ISO use
Quick TakeThe Samsung Galaxy Camera can be called nothing less than a showstopper. From the crisp, white exterior to the huge 4.77-inch Super Clear Touch Display this camera has the looks of a supermodel and the brains of an engineer.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is more than just the point-and-shoot device it looks like from the outside. Rather, it’s a smartphone/camera hybrid and is the first camera to offer total connectivity via an available data plan. It runs on the Android 4.1 Jellybean operating system with a 1.4 GHz Quad-core processor. DigitalCameraReview said the Samsung Galaxy Camera has the “looks of a supermodel with the brains of an engineer.” The camera features intuitive functionality and automatically saves photos to the cloud backup. Users can connect, upload and share photos to social media sites and apps with the data plan. The camera’s price is steep at $597.99 at the time of the review, and comes with a monthly data bill if users want complete connectivity.
At 2.78×5.06x.75-inches and .66 pounds, the Samsung Galaxy Camera is bigger than typical point-and-shoots. DCR noted its “simplistic and clean” design. The camera features a 4.77-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen with a 308 pixels-per-inch resolution. DCR noted the screen is “crisp and sharp” and generally performs well outside, but glare can be an issue. The camera has a 16.3 megapixel lens with a BSI CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom. The Samsung Galaxy Camera also features a rubberized hand grip. The only physical buttons are the power button, shutter button, zoom toggle and manual flash release. The battery is charged in camera, but functionalities of the web, apps and other features are still accessible while the camera is charging. The camera has a tri-pod mount, battery compartment with a SIM and microSD slot, audio jack and micro USB port.
DCR was “highly impressed with the user interface” and noted the camera seamlessly interacts with the photographer. The Samsung Galaxy Camera features no less than 15 smart modes, 15 image effects, a manual mode with all the traditional settings and 65 editing features that allow users to edit photos on the camera. DCR noted the “images are typical of other compact cameras.” The autofocus acquisition is .35 seconds and the continuous shooting speed is three frames-per-second. DCR noted that using the zoom in low-light situations produced blur but found that “video capture was easy and fun.” The video resolution is 462 dots-per-inch with 30 fps. DCR noted that image quality is “good, not great” and pixels degrade steadily as the ISO gets higher.
Overall, DCR found the Samsung Galaxy Camera to feature “one of the best implementations of connectivity seen to date” and said the user interface “is second to none.” DCR also noted the good image quality, high quality of the LCD screen and wide range of functionality as positives of the device. However, users may want to note that the camera does not perform well with high ISO and the price can be steep, especially when factoring in the cost of the data plan.