Samsung to bring the Galaxy camera to India by Diwali
Riding on the success of it's Galaxy Smartphone series, Samsung announced the Galaxy Camera last month at IFA in Berlin, Germany.
Recently, Samsung announced that it will be launching the Galaxy camera running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the Indian markets. The camera is expected to go on sale around Diwali.
The Galaxy camera has a 16 Megapixel sensor with F2.8 aperture and a 23mm-480mm lens. The lens will give you up to 21x of optical zoom. With such high optical zoom, you can expect some high quality images, even for zoomed shots. As far as videos are concerned, the Galaxy camera can record Full HD videos (1080p) at 30 fps and 720p videos at 120 fps.
Besides this, the camera packs some serious specifications under the hood too. A 1.4GHz cortex A9 quad-core Exynos processor powers the camera which is the same processor that powers the Galaxy S3 smartphone. The camera has a massive 4.8-inch, 307 ppi Super LCD Capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.
Though the camera comes with the support of 3G connectivity (using a Micro-SIM), it doesn't double up as a phone. The camera has also got Wi-Fi connectivity that lets you share your images instantly on various social networking sites or via e-mail. The Wi-Fi connectivity also gives you access to various Android Apps just as you would use on your Android powered phone. The camera also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
President of IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics,JK Shin said, The Galaxy Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the Galaxy Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes more vivid and lively with high-quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime.
The Galaxy camera also offers some neat features as the auto cloud backup, that backs up all your images online, as soon as they're taken. Another feature is the Smart Pro that lets you capture images in 10 modes (Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace, Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, Vivid Fireworks).
The camera comes with an internal storage of 8 GB which can be increased by up to 32 GB using a Micro-SD card. This move can confuse many photographers as Samsung decided to do away with traditional SD cards in lieu of Micro-SD cards, even though Micro-SD cards are quite slower than the traditional SD cards.
Another downside of the camera can be it's 1650 mAh Li-ion battery. Though Samsung claims that it can last up to 7 hours, how much it actually runs with the 3G connectivity turned on, remains to be seen.
The price of the camera is yet to be revealed in India.
The Samsung Galaxy camera is a point-and-shoot camera that offers a lot of features of an Android smartphone. How well this combination works for Samsung? Only time will tell !
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