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Samsung Galaxy Camera to Launch November 16 on AT&T for $499

We finally have word from AT&T and Samsung on when people can pick up the Galaxy Camera. According to the press release, the Jelly Bean-powered device will go on sale November 16, priced at $499.99 with or without a data plan. For those that haven’t been reading up on the Galaxy Camera, the backside of the camera features a 4.8″ HD Super Clear display, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, and a 16MP sensor. With the ability to connect to AT&T’s HSPA+ network, you will be uploading the greatest Instagram pictures ever created. 

What we have learned is that you can choose to get a data plan or not, which was a concern at first, since there is no WiFi-only version. If spending money on a data plan for your camera is necessary, then here are the types of plans you can enter in to.

The full range of data plan options include:

  • AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

We have talked about the camera a bit, but is there anyone who is actually thinking about picking one up? Does the idea still seem silly or is this the future of photography? Let us know your thoughts on the Galaxy Camera below and for more info, check the full press release.

SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA AVAILABLE ON AT&T’S 4G NETWORK BEGINNING NOV. 16

For a Limited Time, Buy any Samsung Galaxy Smartphone and Receive up to $100 off a Second Connected Samsung Device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera

DALLAS, NOV. 12, 2012 — AT&T* today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the 4G connected camera, will be available for customers beginning Nov. 16 for $499.99.2 For a limited time, AT&T customers will receive up to $100 off the purchase of a second Samsung Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone (w/ two-year agreement incl. qualifying voice and data plans).

The Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and AT&T 4G mobile internet, resulting in a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to Android applications from the Google Play™ market.

The Galaxy Camera is a perfect fit for those who wish to shoot, edit and share brilliant photographs and video easily and quickly through social networks without connecting to a laptop or PC. The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD™ screen, boasts a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. This device is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor for quick and responsive performance. Galaxy Camera includes powerful manual controls with its Expert Mode, which allows for manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Smart Mode gives amateurs the tools of the pros, with Rich Tone HDR mode, Light Trace for ‘light painting’ photos and features like Best Face and Best Photo, which help users pick the best shot.

“By connecting the Samsung Galaxy Camera through the AT&T wireless network, users can instantly share photos, giving family and friends a glimpse into their favorite holiday moments,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. “Customers will receive $100 off the purchase of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone, making the Samsung Galaxy Camera the perfect gift this holiday season.”

In addition to being able to share to social networks and cloud services on-the-go, consumers can harness the speed and connectivity of AT&T’s wireless network to share images and videos between Galaxy Camera and a range of Galaxy devices including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1. 3

Customers purchasing Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets and other compatible devices. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans. 4

The full range of data plan options include:

AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

The Galaxy Camera will have access AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use photo and video sharing service for AT&T customers. AT&T Locker users get 5 GB of storage for free – enough for 5,000 average sized photos. AT&T Locker provides users the ability to upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail. Users can create and customize albums for photos and video on the device or online in the AT&T Locker website.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in select AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide and online at www.wireless.att.com.

  • jednc

    I went in today to buy one of these. Was actually there when the store opened. Even though they had an in-store sign, the sales person had never heard of it. After some checking, she said they didn’t have any and she wasn’t sure when they would. I called another store. Again, never heard of it. After some checking, she told me I could order it. Out of frustration I called an AT&T Cust. Service #. Big surprise, she’d never heard of it. She even tried to convince me I meant the camera on the Galaxy SIII (WOW). Eventually she did some checking and told me I could ORDER it in-store. What does AT&T think a release date means? That whole organization is a joke and anyone who deals with that sort of customer service for their cell service has more patience than I do. Verizon never looked so good to me.

  • Droid Burgundy

    wow @ price.. I was definitely getting this for xmas gift but not for $500 !!! I would rather buy them a tablet instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hanfordsmith Jason Hanford-Smith

    If I have a phone already (likely, given the audience for such a device), why would I want to be lumbered with yet another data plan?

    Having looked at the demo videos on the Samsung UK I would totally love to have this camera, but I think we’re all in agreement that at $500 just coz it’s got HSPA+ onboard makes it more of a no-no, whereas $300 for Wi-Fi only would have been a contender.

  • hblud

    They really need a wi-fi only device to lower the price. Would want one but $500 because I have a 4G reciever that’s not being used.

  • MikeRoorda

    This camera is a prime candidate for the “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it” cliche. I get that people are skeptical of this as a product, but from someone who’s actually used the thing at Photokina this year, it’s an amazing product that takes great photos and is actually useful. The company that I work for reviews cameras full time (digitalcamerainfo.com and reviewed.com a division of USA Today.) We know good from bad. This was good, bordering on great.

  • RW-1

    Why not just put the phone radios on it as well? for years those out there who have been complaining about SP picture quality will be forced to shut up, and look dorky whilst talking on them.

    The price is high because they are greedy, the tech wasn’t new or innovative in away to have it cost that much. And in that vein IMHO, they screwed themsilves by not just having a wifi only model (I mean really? a data plan for just a camera, greed …. pure greed) A DLSR with a my eye SD will be just fine, even if this is ran by android, that’s really its only teo selling points, OS and data ….

    • GABravo2005

      My thought’s exactly, Samsung already has WiFi capable cameras. I was seriously considering purchasing this, but at $499, no thanks, I put that money towards a DSLR instead.

  • mgamerz

    Good to see AT&T didn’t learn from the Atrix Laptop fiasco.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    At this price point, I am sure we can pick em up in the clearance aisles next spring after a complete failure. What a stupid move on their part. Let me see, I can purchase most phones, most tablets, and a huge array of cameras (with wifi) all cheaper than this.

  • zionlion

    I’m not sure why some people are comparing this to camera phones. Honestly, there is no contest between even a 200 digital point and shoot with manual controls and a camera phone. Look at the feature set on this phone. It’s basically a compact mega-zoom, no? Similar to something like a Canon HS260. Except it’s got a full operating system on it. It’s got a 14mp CMOS sensor, real manual settings, and a 21X OPTICAL zoom! That’s an incredible number. Most point and shoots have 5x optical zooms. Camera phones are all digital zooms, as far as I know.

    Even my older Casio 9mp camera takes better pics than most camera phones. So for vacations, you really should still have a point and shoot camera.

    Though to be fair with other’s points here, that price is steep. It’s low-end DSLR territory. I think 300 would have been the sweet spot here.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Completely agree. This camera will take such better photos than any smartphone ever thought of. Price is kinda high, but that’s the fault of the damn HSPA radio.

  • Mikeg1969

    Agree with the others….$300 mark wi-fi only and I would be very interested. Was in until I see it’s $500?!?

    • Chris

      Yep. $300 Wi-fi and it would be mine.

  • Sp4rxx

    I hope the technology catches on – I would like to see a camera like that that is just wifi so anyone can get it and not worry about being tied down to a carrier.

    Then again, I may be missing something completely and maybe it IS available for non-DeathStar customers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hanfordsmith Jason Hanford-Smith

    There should have been a cheaper version without 3G/4G for people that already have data plans on their phones. $399 or less for a Wi-Fi only version would have been ideal and I could then just tether it to my SGSIII

    • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

      Seriously. A data plan on a Camera???? Though, I can see the use for sending photos instantly. I’d love the download to dropbox feature as you go as well. But then, how much data would that use???? On the second thought… bad idea. Why isn’t there a Wifi only version??

  • Will Stager

    I don’t think this was a good use of samsungs time. Most phones take great photos now, and for those who need even better photos they look to DSLR’s. Point and shoot cameras costing $500 just don’t fit in.

    • Justin W

      I completely agree… They should have focused on perfecting smartphone cameras. Smartphones have the potential to wipe out point-and-shoot cameras, but not many manufacturers are actually working to create a better camera.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Price does seem a bit steep, but this thing will destroy any smartphone when it comes to pictures.

      • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

        Sorry to the harsh words, but anyone who think a smartphone’s camera can beats a real camera, even if it’s just a med level point and shoot, needs their brain re-examined. I only need to say 2 words to prove that: optical zoom. I’ve seen people shooting their kids performing in a large school hall using their phones’ digital zoom. They seem happy about that, probably because the large display of their phones gave them a false impression that the quality of the picture would come out great (and we all know what they would come out at the end.)

        $500 does seem a bit too expensive, but keep in mind that there are point-n-shoot that costs over $400.

        • http://twitter.com/BlackBlizzNerd Ben Landwehr

          I don’t believe anyone tried to say smartphones take better pictures? The point was that they take good/good enough pictures nowadays that no one is gonna tell or care what camera they took it with. No one should expect DSLR level pictures.

          (An easy fix to fix a phone cameras quality and fast is just open up Photoshop and do a quick Topaz correction on the picture you took(I’ve done this twice cause I took two pictures I wanted to really keep and print out to have forever))

          Anyways, the point is that this camera is going to take better pictures than a camera on a phone such as the GS3, Note 2, and One X.

    • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

      I think a decent camera that can upload to FB (or any social service for which there’s an Android app) is a very productive use of dev time. Currently if I want to get a better-than-smartphone pic online, I have to take the pic, then transfer it to my PC via SD card, then upload. This eliminates the PC step. Very nice, I’d buy this if I didn’t already have a working Canon.

  • jerflash

    Ya it should have been alot cheaper…like 300 and i would take a look, rather buy a dslr

  • http://mikekusold.com/ Mike Kusold

    I think Samsung missed the mark here. There should be an option with voice capabilities with this phone. I know many friends that always carry a Point and Shoot, and if they were able to consolidate two devices into one, this would be a no brainer.

    • Galaxy Camera

      It’s not a phone. It’s a camera.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hanfordsmith Jason Hanford-Smith

        I think he’s saying it should have been a phone too

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Would have been kinda cool, but man, we thought people looked silly holding the Note 2 up to their heads. Can you imagine a camera too? :P

          • Chris

            Eh. I’d be fine with it lol.

          • michael arazan

            Bluetooth head set

    • C-Law

      Awful idea IMHO. WiFi only model would be a much better option

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        I’m actually glad they did HSPA, just so that we can connect whenever and upload photos. Then again, we could also go WiFi only and get an EyeFi card.

        • M

          I think most people are fine with WiFi and tethering to their cell phone.