Samsung have released more details about the Samsung Galaxy Camera, one of the first ‘next generation’ smart cameras. The optic specifications almost match those of the Samsung SMART Camera WB850F which would make sense. The body shape is similar too so it may have been the pattern for the new camera but there’s no real confirmation of that yet.
Key features of the optics, sensor and image processor that you won’t find in any cameraphone are…
- 21x optical zoom
- Optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- Powerful Xenon flash
- ISO from 100 to 3200
- 10 Smart Pro shooting modes
Note there are few manual controls which will put off some serious photographers but here are some features you won’t find on many compact or even professional cameras…
- Quad-core 1.4Ghz processor. (We assume there are co-processors for image and video processing too)
- DLNA capability for instant transmission to screens
- Full mobile operating system with applications store. (We can’t wait to see the community build up behind this one.)
- Full Google applications suite including maps, mail, calendar, online storage, Chrome browser and more.
- Wifi B/G/N, Bluetooth 4.0 and various cellular options
- HDMI out and USB
- Voice control
- 308ppi 4.8” viewfinder/touchscreen
The Samsung Galaxy Camera appears to be dropping into the high-end-travel class. Its sister device, the WB850F Smart camera retails for $399 so don’t expect the Galaxy Camera to come in anything below $499. With the processing platform, larger battery and cellular modules costing serious money and with Samsung being one of the first in the market, we’re expecting something over $600 and we won’t be shocked if it launches at a RRP of $699.
As we said before though, photo journalists and bloggers are going to want to test this new technology out. Developers could get interested in the new convergence too. We expect a big community to build around this phone and we must not remember, cross-device applications compatibility is going to drive even more innovation in the software sector here. Apps that work on the Galaxy Camera is likely to work on the Nikon S800C too!
Availability remains unknown at this point but do remember that if will be a country-by-country roll-out due to different carrier and radio approval processes.
We’re attending Photokina in September and hope to bring you more information, test photos, hands-on thoughts and more.
Full specifications list below.
16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
F2.8, 23 mm, 21x super long zoom
121.2 mm (4.8"), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
4G, 3G (HSPA? 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
8GB ? memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
JPEG format 16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920×1080 30fps
Slow motion Movie 720×480 120fps
Smart Pro : 10 modes (Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace,
Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, Vivid Fireworks)
Share shot, Auto Cloud Back-up
Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Movie Wizard
Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest
AllShare Play, Family Story, Drop box
Google™ Mobile Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Google Chrome browser,
Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm