Since the dawn of time (or maybe just within the last ten years) mankind has tried combining cell phones with cameras, with varying results. Early attempts were quite laughable, producing pictures that even a mother couldn’t love. More recent attempts at marrying smart phones with cameras have been better, but still fall short of true awesomeness. There’s just never enough manual controls on the things, no way to adjust lighting in hopes that your over/underexposed photos will actually come out looking right.
But there’s hope on the horizon. While sitting at lunch one day feasting on a bowl of bibimbap, someone at Samsung must have said, “What if we marry a real deal camera with a smartphone….and just take out all the phone parts!” And that’s how I imagine the Samsung Galaxy Camera was born.
If you were to duct tape a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to one of Samsungs cameras, you’d have a pretty good approximation of what the Galaxy Camera is all about. From the front, the Galaxy looks like any other camera you’d find in Samsung’s stable. There’s a pop up flash, Zoom toggle button, a button to control the shutter, and flash to illuminate those night time shots you’re bound to take. The back of the phone, however, is an entirely different story. It features an enormous edge to edge 4.8-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel (308 ppi) touchscreen display that can be used to control the camera’s settings, focus, viewfinder, and more. That in and of itself isn’t news worthy as there have been touch enabled cameras in stores for years. What is news worthy, though, is that this touch controlled camera also runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Jelly Bean.
This means that the days are fast approaching where you’ll be able to play Angry Birds on just about everything imaginable, including your camera. It also means you can install something like Instagram and upload shots taken with a real camera.
Other smartphone like features included are 3G or 4G and various flavors of Wi-Fi. The connectivity options not only allow you to quickly and easily share photos with friends, loved ones, or anonymous strangers on Craiglist, but also means you can do things like surf the internet on the back of your camera. Samsung has also thoughtfully decided to include both a microSD slot and a ,1,650 mAh battery meant to last for 7 hours even with all the bells and whistles turned on.
The Samsung Galaxy Cmaera will be launched sometime in October. No word on pricing but you might want to start checking between your couch cushions for money right….now.
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