Samsung Galaxy Camera unveiled – 16MP, optical zoom… and Android

The Samsung Galaxy Camera has been unveiled at IFA 2012. It’s a camera, with the usual roster of camera-centric features. But it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has smartphone-like connectivity and can download apps. Confused? Us too.

If you’ve every complained that your Android phone is no good at taking photos, the Samsung Galaxy Camera could be just the ticket. It offers a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 100-3200 ISO range, optical image stabilisation and a massive 21x optical zoom. From the front, it looks just like a larger compact camera, but from the rear it appears much more like an Android phone, thanks to its giant 4.8in “HD Clear LCD” display.
Samsung Galaxy Camera
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is, essentially, a merging of an Android media player and a camera. It can download apps from Google Play, has Wi-FI, 3G and – surprisingly – 4G connectivity. The latter makes us think that this bizarre device may not make it to the UK, though – not only is it unusual, but 4G is yet to roll-out here.

Geared towards enthusiastic photographic beginners, the Galaxy Camera offers various “Smart Pro” modes that optimise your shots depending on the kind of piccie you’re after. Blue Sky mode ensures the sky looks… you guessed it, very blue. The Samsung Galaxy camera also offers voice control, making remote control easy.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera captures 1080p video, and offers a slow-mo mode that can manage high-speed filming at up to 120fps (at 720 x 480 pixels). It’s feature-rich, should be friendly to use thanks to that large display, and lets you share your photos very easily – and save them to the cloud.

But is it a bit mad? Or does it make perfect sense?

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