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Everything You Need to Know About Samsung’s Galaxy Camera

Samsung just wrapped up their IFA Unpacked event, and confirmed the existence of the new Galaxy Camera. It really is a 16MP smart camera powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, with a 4.8″ HD display than runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Basically, this camera destroys most of your phones when it comes to specs.

The real sell here though, is that it’s connected via 4G, 3G, or WiFi so that you can take high-quality pictures with the 16MP 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor, while on the go. And rather than having to wait to get home or visit a PC before being able to share with the world, it runs Android, so you can do it all on the fly. It has an automatic cloud backup system, 35 photo editing tools, and a content manager to organize your media by face, into folders, etc. It’s not a DLSR, but man, this thing sounds impressive.

The device should arrive some time in October.

Below we have the specs, an infographic, press release, and additional pictures of the device. 




Press Release:

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 perfectly 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 super long 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 super long 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. If users are not sure which app to download, ‘S Suggest’ will help them recommend 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.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • seaNY

    Oh no this is really cool

  • nightscout13

    No front facing camera??

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Imagine if you could control the camera via your smart phone…..maybe a video streaming feature…over a network… Hell yes.
    Possibilities are endless if you really think about it.

  • I would use this as a phone.

  • stubbX

    Please tell me it’s gonna be on Verizon

  • As someone who doesn’t currently and hasn’t owned a pocket sized proper camera, would this be something to look into? Or are there better options out there for the same price range?

  • joejoe5709

    Oh…. baby. This blew my mind last night. What a sweet piece of hardware. Quad core? Seriously?! Current smartphones are phone first/camera second and this is just the opposite. Great idea! Let’s see Apple “innovate” something like this!

    After reading some of the comments below, you’re right. Wifi-Only is probably fine especially if you’re able to tether from your phone. No need to have an expensive data plan (and expensive hardware) when all you’re going to do with it is do a little editing-on-the-fly and post it to Google+/Facebook. I suppose you could just turn off mobile data and not pay for a plan at all. Not sure why you would need to do any web browsing on your camera, but at the same time I see no reason to limit such a device either.
    Honestly I probably don’t need something this robust. I’d like to see a more compact Galaxy Camera with slightly lower specs and perhaps wifi-only. A 4.0-4.3″ screen would probably be just fine. On my not-going-to-happen wishlist I wish they’d make the screen swivel around the other side. This could be a beast for Skype and self-shot photos.
    I’m probably not going to be first in line for this one. Can’t wait to see a review or two.

  • steve

    I use an eye-fi wifi sd card in my dslr hooked up to my galaxy nexus’ WiFi network for instant pictures on my phone. I’d highly recommend it. Just my two cents.

  • anywherehome

    why would I buy it when it doesnt have the calling feature….still have to have 2 devices = phone + camera 🙁

  • this looks cool but samsung sense ui is causing me to not want it. pure AOSP = sure buy

  • It’s a GSIII that made babies with a pretty solid point-and-shoot. I’m so down for this.

  • WickedToby741

    What, no slide-out keyboard? Well I’m disappointed.

    Seriously though, who’s going to be the first to release a 4.8″+ phone with a slide-out keyboard? At that size, they could even tack on a full number pad.


  • Superdroid

    It’s white….. Call in the Lawyers!

  • Carlos

    For the very amateur and girly looking. Looks like another law suit in the making, its WHITE.

  • nightscout13

    MicroSD restricts the usability of this device. Full sized SD would be more versatile, not to mention getting faster speeds.

  • pouxonu

    But, will it blend?

  • theTruth

    Are people on board for this? If i have an android phone I don’t think i’d want my real camera to have this extra android stuff that would be better suited on a phone. Just saying.

  • wakefinance

    so the camera gets on screen buttons but the phones don’t…

  • gb714us

    But does it blend!?!?!

  • A view finder would be nice and might help conserve battery

  • Sirx

    THIS is how you innovate! I’d say the billion dollars was worth the hit to be in the position to push stuff like this and the Note 2 today. Samsung’s gonna make that sum back threefold!

  • Dear Santa, I’ve been a reaaaaaaal good girl this year!

  • Gr8Ray

    This article falls short of the promises made by the title. Since this is camera, everything I need to know about is the performance of the camera, including low light performance, zoom, and at least a few sample photos. What ISO settings? What shutter speeds? All you’ve done here is print out a spec sheet more suitable for a phone.

  • master94

    Can it make a call, via third party apps? If so possible cheap cell replacement.

  • AlexKCMO

    So is it a phone also (other than Skype, Google Voice, Etc).

  • Guy_serious

    Yes but the real question here is how exactly apple is planning on having it banned 😛

    • abqnm

      I don’t think it will sell enough for them to even bother to try.

  • miscreant

    Samsung better patent a lot of this thing.

    Wait, actually it doesn’t matter. Apple would sue regardless.

  • duke69111

    The only problem I see is the 1650mah battery. Have it been determined whether the zoom is optical or digital?

    I can’t wait til a company makes a device like this that’s a fully featured phone and camera…I know you could use sipdroid or skype, ect, but I would still welcome the phone part and a much bigger battery.

    • Raven

      It is obviously full optical zoom. Battery life will definitely be my primary concern.

      • duke69111

        Yea, Phandroid’s article confirmed it was optical.

    • abqnm

      Considering it is GSM and not LTE, I am not too concerned about battery life. I can’t see it being any worse than most point and shoot cameras on the market now.

  • Drew56

    Samsung really went above and beyond with this device. I don’t think anyone could of imagined the awesome specs on this thing. I’m fully impressed, even though the price will probably be upwards of $400.

  • Geekout

    haha i read the headline and i thought it was a joke

  • Answer2K1

    Can I put Amazon Appstore on it?

    I’ve got to put Google Voice on this thing!

  • Bigwavedave25

    Music app… Where is the 3.5mm headphone jack?

    I guess, if at all, on the bottom as other Sammy devices?

    • It’s on the side.

      • Bigwavedave25

        Ah ok. Found a pic that shows it on SlashGear. High on the side too. Basically listening to music while snapping pics would be annoying w/o a 90deg plug.

  • JOE

    “This thing is going to be a bigger failure than the Droid Bionic. Who wants to carry around a camera in addition to their phone? ”
    Maybe they are taking one of Moto’s Ideas. They can then release the Galaxy Camera Nexus, then the Galaxy Nexus Camera, followed by the Galaxy Nexus Camera Smartphonetoo Maxx HD Supershot Makesyourcoffeetoo version

  • possomcrast1

    I’d rather have them dumb down the specs a little. You don’t need all of android on a camera just sharing and editing…I just want a well priced camera that takes great pictures.

  • Droidzilla

    I would replace my and my wife’s phones with this in a heartbeat. Bring it to Verizon!

  • Bionicman

    price price price. if they can keep it reasonable they may have a winner. if the damn thing costs too much, goodbye interest. id like to see it in the $200-300 range. wishful thinking?

  • El El Kool J

    wait you mean there’s still people out there who are not using their phone to take pictures!

    • Raven

      I hope you meant this as a joke, but yes, some of us like to have real optical zoom with real lenses.

      • El El Kool J

        Lol Ofcourse..

  • znewman

    Some of the features are interesting, especially 21x optical zoom, but the truth is that the price could easily make or break this product.

  • Drooooid

    Apple did it first…Looks like they are going to sue again!


  • Daniel

    How long does it take to boot up/turn on? Also, why is there no room at all for your thumb to rest to the right of the screen on anywhere on the camera like every single other decent camera in the world?

  • sb1831

    This thing is going to be a bigger failure than the Droid Bionic. Who wants to carry around a camera in addition to their phone?

    • marcusmaximus04

      People who want their photos to not look like ass?

      • S Bosworth

        If you want your photos to not “look like ass,” then you’d get a micro four-thirds camera or a DSLR, not some point and shoot with Android.

        • marcusmaximus04

          Right, because there’s nothing at all in between a phone camera or a $1000+ professional grade camera. Oh, wait, there is! Point and shoots.

          • itznfb

            If I want my pictures to look better than my smart phone I carry my DSLR. There isn’t enough of an image quality gain with a point-n-shoot over a smart phone to justify the cost and additional device.

          • marcusmaximus04

            Apparently there is to some people, since all these companies continue to product point and shoots, and they continue to sell.

      • ^^^^This.

      • itznfb

        Last year DSLR and detachable lens mirrorless camera sales were up 10~15% and point-n-shoot (less than 10x zoom) sales were down 15-20% with smart phone sales through the roof. More and more people opt for their smart phone over a point-n-shoot every year.

        • marcusmaximus04

          That’s potentially misleading information. What were the raw sales numbers on DSLR’s and point-and-shoots? Even with sales down, if they still maintain large overall sales, then that means a large number of people are still choosing a point and shoot over their cellphone cameras.

          There probably *are* fewer people picking up point and shoots than there were in the past. It makes sense, considering there was no realistic alternative before. But the fact that there are fewer does not mean there are none, or even that there are very few.

          …and it looks like I was right, that was misleading information. “According to the NPD Group, up to end of November 2011 Point-and-shoot cameras took 44 percent of photos, down from 52 percent in 2010”. So, yes, big reduction. Still the #1 source of photos.

          • itznfb

            from GIGAOM.com
            the NPD Group released a study that found smartphones took 27 percent of photos in 2011, up from 17 percent last year. Traditional cameras took just 44 percent, down from 52 percent. This move from traditional cameras to smartphones for capturing images has occurred, not coincidentally, as the cameras in our phones have become far more sophisticated, and as photo-based social networks have gained popularity.

          • marcusmaximus04

            That’s… exactly what I said. 44% is still a massive proportion of the overall market. People clearly still like their P&S cameras.

    • I used my phone on holiday/vacation (as you guys from the US say) this year and it ran my battery out really quickly. This would solve that problem, plus this has a way better camera than my phone anyway.

  • Dfigs23

    Can it play Crisis!?

  • anezarati

    is there a flash on this thing?

    • Yeah, there is. Pops up when you need it AFAIK.

    • will bartlett

      yep, you can see the part that pops up in the last image pretty clearly.

  • Bsody

    Did that really say 1650 mAh?

  • gokusimpson

    No home button! Woohoo

  • CoCamoXB


    I sure hope it comes in under $599, then it’s sweet sweet goodness will be mine!

  • Is the bootloader locked?

    • Greyhame

      haha, nice.

    • Wait until Verizon starts selling it directly. 😛

    • Oh shnap! Galaxy Camera Developer Edition?

  • We need price!

  • ameer

    Yea, everything you need to know about it minus sample pictures or videos.

    • Greyhame

      agreed. and price of course.

    • Go get them yourself. As far as I know, Droid-Life aren’t at IFA.

  • Battery?

    • r0lct


  • hkklife

    Give me one of these in black that is wi-fi ONLY, please, and I may have just found my next camera!

    • Tbh I’d actually rather a microSD, but that’s just me. I have a 32gb class 10 microSD, that I got brand new very very cheap. I also got an SD card adapter for it, so I’m actually not bothered either way.

      • duke69111

        I agree. Especially since this is primarily a camera a sd slot just makes sense.

    • abqnm

      I think the micro could me more useful since it can be used in other mobile devices as well. If there were a huge difference in price from microSDXC to SDXC cards, I would take issue, but since they are all essentially the same price and usually come with an adapter, I am OK with this decision.

  • That’s everything I need to know except for the price.

    • Samsung haven’t released the price 🙁

  • But will it play Doom?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    0.0 interest

  • epic waste of money

  • RW-1

    So like a Tablet, it would need a raping data plan? Not … of course wi fi is all it really needs, screw the 3g/4g – it’s a CAMERA ….

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Tether… That is all.

      • michael arazan

        wifi tethered through 4g ftw

    • WickedToby741

      Choices are good though.

  • a.walker

    Make the iPhone 5 parpdy video just a little funnier…

  • All for the low, low price of $799.

    • Greyhame

      Expandable battery sold separately.

    • Can’t imagine it will be cheap. That damn 3G/4G radio will probably add an unneeded $100 as well.

      • WickedToby741

        With a quad core processor and 4.8″ screen, there’s no way it will be cheap. We’re talking close to Nexus 7 hardware AND decent camera hardware AND cellular radios. Take the Galaxy Tab 2 on Verizon ($350) and add the price of a mid-range point and shoot and you’ll be about where this should end up.

  • I need to know the price. That’s going to be the make-it-or-break-it piece of info I need!

  • This isn’t everything I need. I need to know how to convince my wife to let me buy one. 😛

  • r0lct

    If you want connectivity you can also just get an Eye-Fi card for your camera. It’s upload directly over WiFi or relay through your phone.

    • jstew182

      they dont make micro Eye-Fi cards though and thats all this takes

      • will bartlett

        for other cameras…

      • abqnm

        Already has wifi. No need to double up on it.

    • Yeah, and it’s $80 for an 8GB class 6. :p

      • r0lct

        Yes, but it’s cheaper than buying a new camera just for extra connectivity.

        Edit: and performance wise Class 6 is just fine for most things,

  • This would be nice as a phone 😛

    • PuzzleShot

      3G/4G, Skype, and a Skype number.

      • WickedToby741

        “Dude, are you talking on your camera?”

    • abqnm

      I actually see this happening within the next year. I know it has been done before (combining a full camera into a phone) but not as far as I have seen with Android.