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.