Samsung's Android Camera Posts Photos Online With A Mobile Data Connection

The Galaxy Camera is Samsung's answer to the great connected camera problem brought on by smartphones. How do you make the perfect Wi-Fi camera? Give it a data plan.

What we have here is essentially the Samsung Galaxy S III stuck to the back of a generic point-and-shoot camera. It has a 4.8-inch touchscreen, 1.4GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As for the camera, it sports a 1/2.3-inch, backside-illuminated image sensor and shoots 1080p video.

The Galaxy Camera also comes in both 3G/Wi-Fi and 4G/Wi-Fi versions -- that's what really makes the difference between this camera and other Wi-Fi cameras. No more clumsy connectivity -- the Galaxy Camera is basically a phone. Combine connectivity with Android, and suddenly you're posting to Instagram and Facebook with a real camera. It also comes equipped with an auto-backup feature that sends your photos to the cloud using your data connection. It's loaded with GPS and Bluetooth too.

Unlike Samsung's other Wi-Fi cameras, which don't use Android, the Galaxy Camera sews together a smartphone and a point-and-shoot camera. And since it already has Jelly Bean, Nikon's newly announced Android 2.3 camera is facing stiff competition.

The two-in-one functionality means that the Galaxy Camera will not be as light or as thin as a smartphone. It weighs nearly 312 grams and it's 19.1mm thick -- more than twice the Galaxy S III's proportions.

No word on pricing or availability yet, but the cost will no doubt be the most important consideration for potential buyers, especially if you're paying for an additional data plan to keep it connected.



    Guys at XDA are modifying the rom to include voice calls, all you need is a micro-usb to usb handset and you can use this camera as a phone. Genius! Oh wait...

    We are getting closer to no on board storage.

    I'd be curious to see if there's a Wifi only version. I'm usually within range of a wifi connection, so I don't absolutely NEED to be always connected to the net.

    Though the fact that it has Jelly Bean is good

    why not just make a phone with an awesome camera bolted on?

      great photos are all about the size of the lens not the megapixels. keep slapping megapixels on that tiny pin hole camera on any phone it'll never be as good as a standard hand held camera. more light make better photos.

        Yeah, so what they should have done is made a camera which has a dock interface for a Galaxy S3 (I mean look, the screen on this camera is even the same size as that phone's screen!) over USB. That way, the awesome camera part could be cheaper as it wouldn't need an SIM or SD card, wouldn't need WiFi or 3G or 4G antennae, wouldn't need a CPU or GPU (just very specialised silicon for turning that image into data to push into the phone as quickly as possible). They could just release a new camera application that includes controls for all the zoom levels and other stuff you usually have in a dedicated camera. Might have to wait until phones use USB 3.0 though, I don't know if such high resolution images can be pushed across USB 2.0 very quickly.

    With something called the "Galaxy Camera", I actually expect gravitational lensing to be involved.

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