“A best in class, first-to-market Android 4.1 Jelly Bean camera with wireless network connectivity – letting users shoot, edit and share images easily anywhere, at any time”
“Samsung Electronics a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies has today announced the launch of the GALAXY Camera. Developed to fit the changing ways we communicate, the GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography with the latest Android 4.1 platform – Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a brand new type of device.” The Samsung Galaxy Camera was launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note II earlier this week.
“Today we are doing more with less and as a result, people are using their smartphones not only primarily for calls and connectivity but also for enhanced functionality – including the likes of a camera,” says George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa. “In fact, the ability to take professional photos and to customise communications has become a critical consideration when choosing a device globally and in many cases across Africa. It is for this reason that we have bridged the gap in the market through the GALAXY camera – offering consumers the ability to do just this, take photos, customise their communications and obtain instant gratification through the sharing of experiences – wherever they are.”
Most people these days take the majority of their photos using their smartphones, opposed to a dedicated camera. But what if your camera had all the functionality of your smartphone? The Samsung Galaxy Camera offers its users just such an experience. Installed with the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean, you have all the functionality of your smartphone, including apps, email, video, GPS, SMS, Wi-Fi and Web Browsing. In addition to the software benefits, you’ll also find a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, and Mali-400MP GPU inside. This means you’ll really be able to enjoy the full benefits of a smartphone on your camera, although without the ability to make standard voice calls. The Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, with a 4.8”, 720x1280px resolution display. It also features a 1,650mAh Li-Ion battery.
Despite the impressive hardware and software specifications, the Samsung Galaxy Camera is after all, first and foremost, a camera. This means that it sports a 16.3MP, autofocus, 21x optical zoom, pop-up Xenon flash and AF light. It also features a wide-angle 23mm lens, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation, and 10 shooting modes. These include Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace, Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, and Vivid Fireworks. You can also capture video at 1080p@30fps and 720p@120fps.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available with 3G (early estimation of between R5000 and R7000), with an LTE version due later this year.