IFA: Samsung shows digital camera with Android

Following Nikon, Samsung has announced a digital camera that runs on Google’s Android operating system. The camera will be positioned in Samsung’s Galaxy range of products.

The Galaxy camera is based on a 16.3 megapixel 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. It has a maximum lens opening of f/2.8 and offers 21x optical zoom. A 4.8-inch screen is integrated into the back of the device. ISO values of up to 3200 are supported and the camera can also be used to record HD video, even in 1920×1080 resolution (30 fps). In a lower 720×480 resolution, it can record up to 120 fps. The camera has 8 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with microSD(HC/XC) cards.

What makes the camera unique is that it uses the Android 4.1 operating system and contains a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. This gives the camera smartphone-like features, such as powerful image editing options on the device itself. The 3G and WiFi connections allow images to be synchronized to cloud services, while the GPS sensor provides image geotagging.

The fact that you can make, edit and send photos using a single device is what makes the Galaxy Camera revolutionary, Samsung claims. A future test will have to show how the device holds up against conventional compact cameras, as well as luxurious smartphones.

The table below outlines all specifications of Samsung’s Galaxy Camera.

Image Sensor 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS
Lens F2.8, 23 mm, 21x Optical Zoom Lens
Display 121.2 mm (4.77″), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Network 4G, 3G (HSPA? 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Processor 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
Memory 8GB + memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
Image JPEG format 16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
Video   MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920×1080 30fps
Slow motion Movie 720×480 120fps
Video Output HDMI 1.4
Value-added Features      Smart Pro : 10 modes (Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace,
Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, Vivid Fireworks)
Share shot, Auto Cloud Back-up
Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Movie Wizard
Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest
AllShare Play, Family Story, Drop box
Google Mobile Services    Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Google Chrome browser,
Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Connectivity   WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 1,650 mAh
Dimension (WxHxD) 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
Weight 305g

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