Samsung Galaxy Camera release date announced

The Samsung Galaxy Camera release date of 8 November has been confirmed in an official announcement, and the camera will be available to buy from selected retailers from 7 November.

The official release date of the Samsung Galaxy Camera is the 8 November, but Samsung stores will get a slight head start, selling the gadgety camera from 5pm on 7 November. Other retailers including Carphone Warehouse and Jessops will stock the camera the next day, for a cool £399.99.

What you get for the money is a camera that melds the photographic skills of a dedicated digital camera with the flexibility and fun of the Android operating system, used more commonly in smartphones and tablets like the Google Nexus 10. The Samsung Galaxy Camera runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is just one step away from the very latest version of the software, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Back on the photography side, the Samsung Galaxy Camera features a 16.3-megapixel 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, the same size sensor used in the Pentax Q. Its lens has a superzoom-grade 21x optical zoom and has an aperture of f2.8.

8GB of internal storage is included as standard in the Samsung Galaxy Camera, but there’s also a microSD slot to let you expand the memory cheaply.

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera’s photographic specs aren’t too bad, but its Android-y features are flat-out impressive. It has a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, a huge 4.8-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel screen and almost all the wireless connectivity you could ask for.

There’s GPS for tagging photos, Wi-Fi for uploading them to the net and even 3G to transfer shots while you’re out and about. All it misses out on is NFC, which in some other Samsung Galaxy devices to transfer data.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a full range of Google apps and features pre-installed.  You can download apps and games from Google Play, find out where you are in Google Maps and make the Galaxy Camera double as a GPS navigation system with Google Navigation. It can do almost everything a Samsung Galaxy S3 can.

However, the Samsung Galaxy Camera may catch from flak from photo purists noting that for the same price you could buy either a compact system camera like the Sony NEX-F3 or an entry-level DSLR such as the Nikon D3100.

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