Yesterday evening we had the chance to play with the new concept from Samsung, the Galaxy Camera, a hybrid between smartphone and compact camera. Galaxy Camera is a compact camera equipped not only with a huge touchscreen, 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi, but also an Android Jelly Bean system. Having Android embarked on this camera provides access to a variety of applications usually reserved for smartphone starting with Dropbox for example!
At first contact, the gadget is quite unusual! We are not used to have a touch screen as large and responsive on a camera. Photo side, even if the version tested is only 70% completed, there are some very good ideas, especially at the interface which allows for example in manual mode to change very quickly all the settings such as aperture or the shutter speed, but also the physical zoom controlled by a pinch of the screen.
Application side, we tested Instagram, and it is true that taking a photo directly in the application, apply filters and send it over the net from the camera is pretty funny! Technical side, the Galaxy Camera features a 1.4 GHz Quad Core processor, a BSI CMOS sensor 1/2.3” (approximately 16.3 effective megapixels) and a lens F = 4.1 – 86.1mm ( 35mm: 23 – 483mm), f2.8 (wide angle) – f5.9 (telephoto).
In short, the Samsung Galaxy Camera seems to be a good idea, and this is the most advanced connected cameras. Not enough time for thorough testing of the camera itself, but the concept is really nice!