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Samsung Galaxy Camera Unboxing and Quick First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Camera

A Samsung Galaxy Camera arrived on my rain-covered doorstep this afternoon, instantly turning my Instagram account into the greatest the world has ever seen. OK, that may be a bit of a stretch. But this product does help usher in a new era of photography and sharing. With the Galaxy Camera, you get a full version of Android 4.1, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, a quad-core processor, 4.8″ HD Super LCD display, and HSPA+ connectivity, so that you can share your photographic skills from anywhere in the world. You also have access to the Google Play store, which includes every app that your current smartphone and tablet can run. The only thing not included in this device, is the ability to make calls. Yeah, it’s impressive. 

We’ll have a full review of the device in the coming weeks, but to help kick off our coverage, wanted to quickly unbox the device, walk through the outside, and then flip through a couple of screens. So far, I’m impressed at what Samsung has done here. They combined specs that are only seen in top-of-the-line smartphones with a real point and shoot camera. The UI works flawlessly, the screen is beautiful, and the build quality feels much better than many of their products. “How is the camera?” you ask? That will take some time to test.

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  • funkzillabot

    AWESOME. Do want.

  • monkey082506

    Upgrade it to 4.2 + Photosphere = MINDS BLOWN EVERYWHERE!

  • mike

    freakin awesome camera and review. game changer for sure. getting mine this x-mas :)

  • Benjamin Clay

    Does it work well with Google Events?
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/events

  • itznfb

    I’m a semi-professional photographer…. you can toss that over my way and I can test out the image quality for you…. :D

  • Stephen Zimmerman

    Am i the only one who wants that camera app?

  • EZE4

    @kellen b or anyone. I’m seriously considering leaving Verizon. I’m tired of the lack of updates as Well as always being the last to drop phones. Who should I go with at&t or T-Mobile? thanks

    • itznfb

      Check the coverage maps. AT&T is useless to me here. I’m giving T-Mobile another try with the Nexus 4 and if it is even remotely close to the quality of service I get from Verizon then I’ll probably drop my Verizon service.

    • monkey082506

      i’ve been highly considering going to Straight Talk and buying phones out right. Verizon’s unlimited data that is so rare to come by and that I somehow am still grandfathered in is the only reason it hasn’t happened yet.

  • interstellarmind

    can this be used to port on-screen buttons onto SIII and Note II roms?

  • http://twitter.com/TheNintendo64 Drew

    Does it have Google Now?

  • http://twitter.com/thaigood mark j

    no reason you couldn’t use this as a fone. it has a mic, supports audio and video streaming so you load grooveip off the playstore and voila it’s a fone too. as someone else mentioned it has bluetooth so in noisy areas you use it with an earpiece

    • DrewNusser

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • George

    Will it be affordable? It has a lot of great features but your still looking at a point and shoot camera with more share and editing options. I guess we will see when the price and reviews come in.

    • saimin

      I read that the price was going to be around $600. Double the price of a similar camera without the Android features.

      • George

        I read that too. The question is do you really need a higher quality Android camera than that which comes with the cameras that are on the high phones? So far I’m not thinking this is a must purchase.

    • Nathan Buth

      It is 500. It sounds like a bit much but consider this. Since it is able to run full Android and all of its apps that means it has considerably different parts on the inside than your typical camera around its range. It has a better processor, RAM, sensors, etc. Not to mention the beautiful display on the back. Seeing that typically a phone with these specs run around 600-700(with tax included) these days and tablets typically sit around 500+ it makes sense as a price point. So essentially you are getting a smartphone that would usually cost 600 bucks at least with more advanced camera optics and a better sensor in it for 500. When put that way, I think it sounds like a pretty darn great deal. When they first announced it I thought for sure it would be around 800. XD

  • Bsody

    I cant wait until my phone starts getting beat by a camera on benchmark scores. On the flip side technology is awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/adamserfling Adam Serfling

    I only wish I took enough pictures to justify buying this. Pretty damn sweet

  • joejoe5709

    VEEEEERRRRYYYYY NICE! I think this is an awesome idea. Am I out of line if I think Google could make a Nexus Camera? Hmmm… Cuz honestly take all the bloatware and Touchwiz off and you’d have a pretty sweet device!

    • itznfb

      Even if they did you might kill yourself during the ordering process….

  • saimin

    EyeFi can connect any digital camera (including SLRs) to your Android smartphone. I don’t see the advantage to having a full copy of Android in your camera, especially if this camera costs hundreds of dollars more than similar camera without Android.

    • michael arazan

      With so many photo and video editing apps in the market, and the ability for the os to use wifi to upload instantly, it seems to me it’s a no-brainer on why it should have android os. Plus they are saving a ton of money in software from the os and all the apps you can download for pictures and videos yourself, instead of Samsung adding all of that stuff themselves and adding to the price of the camera.

    • Hunter

      Have you actually tried using EyeFi? Ridiculously slow….

      • saimin

        I have EyeFi in all my cameras. Takes about 3 seconds to copy a photo to my Android phone or tablet. And of course the tablet has a way better screen than this camera, making photo editing real easy.

      • Kevin Rees

        I use EyeFi with my sony dsc-tx-something camera and send them to my note 2 and I’m pleased..

  • jaymonster

    You lost me at TouchWiz

  • Jon Edge

    I bought one of these on Friday. So far I’m loving the camera. The picture quality is good with the ones I’ve taken although I haven’t tried many different situations other than bright daylight just yet. The zoom is impressive and the colors look great. The price is the only thing that really hurts here. I have no plans to connect to AT&T for data…WiFi will be just fine.

    • shooter50

      Jon, my local store told me I could only buy with a data plan!!! Were you able to purchase one without a plan?

  • mgamerz

    I envy the bloatware AT&T apps I saw.

  • nightscout13

    I’m still trying to figure out what kind of customer this is aimed at. It’s a camera. Yet, it has cellular capabilities. For me personally, I would only buy this if it was a DSLR. Point and shoot cameras just do not have the quality that I have grown accustomed to with a DSLR.

    • Nathan Buth

      Teenagers primarily. And college students. I personally will be having the chance to use one because it was a perfect demonstration device for a product that I am helping develop.

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    I thought this thing was wifi only, but it has a sim and you need a contract? That would be a dealbreaker for me, but with just wifi I’d be tempted. NFC would also make a lot of sense, to tap people photos on the go.

  • David Arensdorff

    I would so love to get my hands on one of these! Samsung GalaSExy!!!

    Keep me posted on the “giveaway” LoL

  • http://twitter.com/sandpitbai Rishi

    Does it have NFC capability?

  • snowblind64

    Me.Jealous

  • Zach Jacobs

    If this could make calls it would replace my phone depending on the picture quality, i don’t even care about looking like a jagaloon with this up to my ear.

    • joejoe5709

      Seriously. Me either. Totally on board with that idea. Even if it sacrificed a little bit of zoom ability. I’d take a little thickness for a 16MP camera. Finally we’d have a phone that is somewhat worthy of replacing a simple point and shoot.

    • El Big CHRIS
    • NexusPhan69

      Use Google Voice and it does make calls.

    • itznfb

      Bluetooth headset and you don’t have to look like a…. jagaloon… I’m almost afraid to ask what that means.

      • http://www.facebook.com/casey.henderson.140 Casey Henderson

        as per urban dictionary, it is “Any one adult person who engages in acts of a mentally retarded child. Someone who clearly demonstrates a lack of commitment to maturity and the responsibilities that come with it.”

  • digitalicecream

    Bluetooth? Pair it with VOIP for some google voice goodness and you’re set.