Samsung is not the first to come up with an Android-powered camera. However, as the strongest player in the Android smartphone market, it does bring a fair few things to the table with the Galaxy Camera. For the most part, this device is an Android powered 16.3 MP digital camera with a bunch of other features for the click-happy. But, while you can check emails, browse online, and download and use a host of apps, the device does not allow you to make calls. Here’s a look at some of its features.
At first glance, the device looks like a digital camera, with a zoom lens and shutter on the front. It’s also shaped and sized like a standard camera, and is slightly heavier (at 300g) and larger than you would like a smartphone to be. The top sports a power button and a shutter button (that also helps operate the 21x zoom lens). The camera also has a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker and a flash that pops out at the top when turned on- all true-blue digital camera features. However, once you flip this device over, you’re faced with the quintessential Android touchscreen- for users accustomed to using the Android OS and who are averse to using complex camera functions on advanced cameras, this a definite plus. The back of the device houses a 4.8 inch, 308 ppi, 1280 x 720 pixel HD screen. A microSD card (up to 64GB), a mini HDMI port and of course a SIM card slot are some of the device’s other features.
On the software front, the device runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS- bringing with it the ease-of-use of a Samsung Android phone, Google Now and the ability to download and use apps from Google Play. The device also entitles you to up to 50 GB of free storage on Dropbox for two years.
On the surface the device provides a camera icon, video icon and a mode button that lets you choose between three camera modes- auto, Smart- that gives you another set of cascading options such as selecting the best picture, panorama mode, etc. The third mode- Expert- as the name suggests, allows you to adjust the zoom lens, focus and light settings. The device’s inbuilt camera widget also lets you choose from modes such as Macro, Beauty Face, Rich Tone, Silhouette, Night, Action Freeze, Indoor, among others, to help customize the camera’s settings without manual adjustments. This ties in nicely with the CMOS sensor and a f/2.8 to f/5.9 aperture and a shutter speed that is variable (from 16-1/2,000 of a second). The phone also has video recording capabilities, image and video editing software, and voice control.
While the Samsung Galaxy camera is not a replacement for a phone (or a camera replacement for serious photographers), it is a nifty device that gives you seamless connectivity, and on-the-go editing and sharing capabilities. Want to share pictures on Facebook straight from your camera? Why not.
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