New Android Camera to Be Released on Friday – Are you Sold on this Idea?

10 years 10 months ago #260791 by PhotographyTalk

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It was only a matter of time before your smartphone and point and shoot camera became even more integrated. That is the goal of the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Camera, whose design is primarily camera-based with smartphone features as a secondary afterthought of sorts. This new camera will have a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with a 21x optical zoom lens and a 4.8-inch touchscreen interface. Sounds just like your point and shoot camera, right? But that's not all. The Galaxy Camera will also have a quad-core processor running Android's latest 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, as well as Wi-Fi capabilities and 4G LTE connectivity through AT&T, but reportedly no support for GSM voice communication. All of this will be packed into 10.76 oz and sold for $499 beginning on Friday.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera was first announced in August 2012, which was when Nikon announced its first Android Camera, the Coolpix S800c. Nikon's camera also features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Android app support. However, it came with an outdated Android system, which was a curious move.

All told, this new slew of Android cameras is likely aimed at social media customers eager to take higher quality photos and immediately upload them to the web. However, it doesn't come without an additional cost, as Time points out, Galaxy cameras users will likely have to pay an additional $10 per month to use the device on AT&T. For many, especially those with DSLR cameras, we imagine tools that allow photographers to upload images via their DSLR cameras, such as Wi-Fi SD cards and DSLRs with Wi-Fi capabilities, will likely prevail.

What are your thoughts on enhanced camera mobile phones? Will these ever be useful, or would you prefer enhanced Wi-Fi capability for your DSLR alone?

10 years 10 months ago #260810 by John Landolfi
WiFi on DSLR.

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10 years 10 months ago #260816 by Scuba Mike
Looks more of consumer camera, not sure :lurk:

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