Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Camera review

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We now have a production sample of the Galaxy Camera and our full review in on its way. The camera has a high-quality feel and although it has lots of options and some pretty advanced controls, it's very easy to use.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will have a full price of around £399 (around $630) in UK, and will be available from around mid-October.

The 16 million pixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor should be capable of capturing images that are on a par with other compact cameras and significantly better than those from the average smartphone. However, the lens has a wide zoom range (21x) and it will be interesting to see if this compromises the image quality at all.

When asked if the camera can be sold sans data plan, or unsubsidized, Hanna Tong, the director of the product group for the Galaxy Camera, was unable to comment. Though she did state that AT&T will make an announcement very soon that will contain such details.

We're looking forward to receiving a full-production sample for our full Samsung Galaxy Camera review. As well as testing the usual photographic aspects, looking at sharpness, dynamic range and the like, we'll try out a few apps and share images via the Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyGalaxy
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC), microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom21x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size12.2 cm (4.8")
Video Formats3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, WebM, WMV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height70.8 mm
Width128.7 mm
Depth19.1 mm
Focal Length4.10 mm to 86.10 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelEK-GC100
Product NameGalaxy Camera, White
Product LineGalaxy
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual Exposure
Manufacturer Part NumberEK-GC100ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung Galaxy Camera gives you the magic of professional digital photography with the powerful intelligence of the Android Jelly Bean OS. It's the smartest camera ever, with stunning photographic output and a range of exceptionally rich professional shooting modes, editing features and various apps. Up close or far away, bright lights or dim lights: tricky scenes are no match for the Galaxy Camera, which instantly turns memories into award-winning photography. Using the Samsung Galaxy Camera is incredibly intuitive and a lot of fun. The timeless Minimal Organic Design is perfect to hold and the 121.2mm (4.77") HD Super Clear Touch Display is simply gorgeous. Go ahead, make everyone jealous. Use the new and powerful editing features with just the tips of your fingers to turn photos and videos into masterpieces. No Wi-Fi? No cables? No problem! Stay connected wherever you are. Instantly share pictures or transfer them back to home base for back-up.

Limited Warranty1 Year