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Thursday, 30 August 2012 08:21

Samsung Galaxy camera goes official

Written by Peter Scott

16-megapixel smartcam with Galaxy DNA

Not content with smartphones and tablets, Samsung is now gunning for the smart camera market, with an interesting mid-range snapper with some Galaxy DNA under the bonnet.

The Galaxy Camera features a 16-megapixel sensor and 23-481mm lens coupled with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor. The smartcam measures 128x70x19.1mm and weighs 305g, so it is pretty compact given the spec.

GALAXY Camera_Right

What sets the Galaxy apart from the rest of the point-and-shoot crowd is of course Android. The camera runs on Android 4.0 and features a 4.8-inch 308ppi screen, probably borrowed from the Galaxy S III. There is no voice functionality, but the Galaxy comes in 3G and 4G flavours, although most users will probably stick with wifi.

GALAXY Camera_Back2

The camera features 8GB of internal storage and there’s also a microSD slot on board. Of course, with a proper OS and data connectivity, cloud storage is always just a swipe away.

There is no word on pricing and it probably won’t come cheap. Still, smartcams are probably the only way point-and-shoot cameras will survive in a world of cheap SLRs and increasingly capable smartphone cameras.

Peter Scott

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