Samsung Galaxy Camera by VikramKujur


									                       Samsung Galaxy Camera
We've been watching phones evolve at a breakneck pace with smartphones all but taking over, while
cameras were stuck in the 20th century. Well, no more - the Samsung Galaxy Camera aims to stir the
point-and-shoot market the way the iPhone did the phone market.

Samsung Galaxy Camera GC100 official images
Unsurprisingly, Android is just the OS chosen for the task. You see, the Galaxy Camera is a Galaxy S III
that was grafted onto a point-and-shoot camera, which gives it abilities unmatched by any device in either
individual category.
No smartphone has the 21x optically stabilized zoom lens and the powerful xenon flash of the Galaxy
Camera and no camera has access to the Google Play Store with all its hundreds of thousands of apps.
You know what they say, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
You can think of the various apps as building blocks, which make the Samsung Galaxy Camera one of
the most versatile digicams in existence. If you need a certain functionality, just grab an app - or several
of them - and you've turned the Camera into just the tool for the job, any job.
Before we go on, let's talk pros and cons. Yes, even something like a Galaxy S III with optical zoom has

Key features
    Point and shoot camera with 21x optical zoom and optical image stabilization
    Wide-angle 23mm lens, 1/2.3" sensor, 16.3MP resolution
    Xenon flash
    1080p HD video recording at 30fps; 720p High Framerate video recording at 60fps; 768x512
     120fps slow-mo
    4.8" 16M-color Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution;
     Corning Gorilla Glass 2
    Android OS v4.1.2 with TouchWiz launcher
    1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos 4 Quad chipset, 1GB of RAM
    100Mbps LTE (market dependent)
    Quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
    Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass
    microHDMI TV Out
    Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
    Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
    8GB internal storage, microSD slot
    File manager comes preinstalled
    Extremely rich video and audio codec support
    Accelerometer and gyroscope sensor
Main disadvantages
   Image quality leaves a lot to be desired
   Lens is not dust tight
   Big for a point-and-shoot
   Small 1,650mAh battery
   No video light
Apps are what powered the explosive growth of smartphones and there's a good chance that they'll do
the same to "connected" cameras like the Samsung Galaxy Camera (note that Samsung has a line of Wi-
Fi connected Smart Cameras that do not run Android).
Of course, early smartphones had their fair share of issues and feature phones often outperformed them
in the key area of being a phone. Will this be the case with the Galaxy Camera and regular point and
shoots? Well, it's quite possible, but you'll have to read on to find out.
We have to say that the 21x zoom lens is very impressive (even for a camera) and thanks to the Optical
Image Stabilization, you can get a steady shot of distant objects and smooth videos. The 720p@60fps
high framerate videos are quite exciting too and just in time for the boom of this technology - The Hobbit
was shot at 48fps and 60fps is rumored for the next Avatar.
We usually do phone and tablet reviews and the Samsung Galaxy Camera is, well, a camera. Still, its
review will read very much like the Samsung Galaxy S III review, mostly because the two are almost
identical in terms of software.

Samsung Galaxy Camera in our office
Except the Galaxy Camera has a really cool custom camera interface - the manual controls will give you
the DSLR experience (if not image quality). The hardware would be indistinguishable from that of a
regular camera, if it wasn't for the 4.8" big 720p display (that's unmatched in the camera world).
Now that we've whet your appetite, you can jump over to the next page to see what else is unique about
the Galaxy Camera.

GENERAL 2G                GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
            3G            HSDPA 850 / 2100
            4G            LTE (market dependent)
            SIM           Micro-SIM
            Announced     2012, December
            Status        Available. Released 2013, January
BODY     Dimensions 143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm (5.63 x 2.78 x 0.36 in)
         Weight        140 g (4.94 oz)
DISPLAY Type            Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
           Size         1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
          Multitouch     Yes
          Protection     Corning Gorilla Glass 2
                         - HTC Sense UI 4+
SOUND Alert types        Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
        Loudspeaker Yes
        3.5mm jack       Yes
                         - Beats Audio sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot          microSD, up to 32 GB
          Internal        16 GB (11 GB user available), 2 GB RAM
DATA   GPRS            Yes
       EDGE            Yes
       Speed           HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
       WLAN            Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
       Bluetooth       Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
       NFC             Yes
       USB             Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
CAMERA Primary           8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
          Features       Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging,
                         face and smile detection
          Video          Yes, 1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
          Secondary      Yes, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURES OS                  Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2 (Jelly
           CPU               Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
           GPU               Adreno 320
           Sensors           Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
           Messaging         SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
           Browser           HTML5
           Radio             TBD
           GPS               Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
           Java              Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
           Colors            Black
                             - SNS integration
                             - Dropbox (25 GB storage)
                             - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
                             - TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
                             - DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
                             - MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
                             - Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
                             YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
                             - Organizer
                             - Document viewer/editor
                             - Photo viewer/editor
                             - Voice memo/dial/commands
                             - Predictive text input
BATTERY                   Non-removable Li-Po 2020 mAh battery

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