Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-On: Please Bring This Bizarre Camera To Australia

Last month, Samsung showed us a glimpse of its Galaxy Camera: A weird and wonderful mashup of the Samsung Galaxy S III and a long-zoom point-and-shoot. Now, we've finally seen one of the first up close.

Even though what you're looking at above is just a prototype, the camera works far better than you'd expect from a Frankensteinish combination. It's running the silky Jelly Bean OS over the same core specs as the Galaxy S III: the same 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen, the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The addition of a 1/2.3-inch image sensor and a 21x optical zoom doesn't slow the camera down at all. The pictures we saw taken with the camera looked sharp and beautiful, and the full-manual camera controls built for the touchscreen interface are very well designed.

Overall, we're impressed at what Samsung built, but the only problem is that we've got no idea when we might actually see this camera for sale in the United States. Samsung wants to bundle it with a data plan so that you can instantly share your photos to Instagram and Facebook, or upload them to your favourite storage locker service. So far, there's no carrier on board for the camera. Pricing for a data plan will be tricky. But based on what we've seen, the sooner they figure it out the better.



    That's one awesome point and shoot Might be a little slow for from the hip but looks to have it covered from "Just picked up a camera" to "I'm a pro and want manual everything"

    As long as it has the option to upload to a network share for home/corporate wireless networks then I'd love it. I think it'd be great to have the files available as soon as you get back to the office without requiring a data plan or cloud storage.

    i want too. everyday i get up sign on my computer to see if there is any news when they are going to be sold in the US.wonder how this data plan thing is going to work, i have all my other gadgets hooked up to verizon wireless.

    The GUI is terrible still; scroll options for aperture and exposure length would be irritating when trying to take a series of photos in different conditions.
    The albums layout is also silly, as it doesn't allow you to easily see the photos at the side (I'm of course assuming you'd only want to see the whole album if you wanted to find a particular photo).
    Picture in picture on a camera is also...of highly questionable practicality. Why you'd want to watch a video while shooting or editing another picture is beyond me.

    So, great idea on network connectivity, as it would eliminate cords and be quite frankly awesome for sharing family shots, but seriously, Samsung, cut the stupid gimmicks and make it a camera and not a media centre.

    It's coming to Aus mid (which probably means late) october!

    Can you make calls on it as well? My long term aim in 1 thing in my pocket and to be able to take great pictures without having to remember to bring my camera.

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