Well done Samsung. Most commenters are overlooking the business/commercial use of cameras in many industries and the importance of informative and productive management of images. The first Samsung Galaxy Camera running Mobile Data Studio software by CreativityCorp is excellent for integrating images with data for reports and databases.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera running Mobile Data Studio is particularly useful where subjects for images require an optical zoom and higher quality images than captured by Smartphone. For example surveys of advertising boards, audits of power infrastructure, identification of tree overhang of power lines, forensic investigations, home inspections.
While the first Samsung Galaxy Camera covers the imaging needs for many businesses, the Galaxy NX may suit some niche requirements for high quality images.
Recreationally, I am using my Samsung Galaxy Camera more than my Canon and Nikon DSLRs because of convenience for sharing excellent images.
NeilBart: Thanks for an informative review DPR.
The camera world has changed. The viewing of images in Albums on the iPad and at Flickr and similar sites has overtaken the old family photo album. The 8 by 10 inch print for a photo frame is no longer a test of a family cameras competence. If the Smartphone camera is a bit slow for action, then turn on the video on the Smartphone for the magic moments. These are the facts of life for family photography in the digital age of converged devices.
And the web is replacing colour print magazines with lower quality images at 72 rather than 300 dpi suitable; indeed 72 dpi is the standard. Location opportunity will continue to produce the best images for 24 hour news on the web.
Another area where the Smartphone camera is proving a winner is the capture of images alongside text for business use in home inspections, asset tracking, safety audits and many other applications. Check out Mobile Data Studio for that use at http://www.creativitycorp.com
Megaresp makes a valid point re viewing of images on Smartphones and Tablets. Increasingly the images are both being captured on a Smartphone and viewed on somebody elses Smartphone or Tablet. Either direct or via web pages. For most such viewing the mobile device screen is relatively small, between 3.5 and 10 inch. Thus both dpi and 'pixel peeping' detail are irrelevant for most digital imaging in a mobile world.
The main point in my initial comment relates to the practical business use of cameras in Smartphones to capture images alongside other business-related data for reports. They work well with software that combines the two.
As a 'gadgeteer', I should add that recreationally I currently enjoy Canon G1X and Canon S100, and also have DSLRs. But either the iPhone 4S or Galaxy Note is always in my pocket. I look forward to testing the new Samsung Galaxy Camera (run in Android 4.1) with Mobile Data Studio.
Thanks for an informative review DPR.
An excellent article on the type of camera that is now the most commonly used for digital photography. Most of the comments appear to overlook the potential for business productivity use of cameras in Smartphones and Tablets. Using software such as Mobile Data Studio, useful images for reports can be captured alongside data, and images can be sketched on to highlight aspects for attention back in the office. Cameras in Smartphones and Tablets are being used worldwide for home inspections, asbestos audits in buildings, asset tracking, graffiti identification and removal, weed identification, safety hazard recording and many other applications which cannot be efficiently performed by using a DSLR disconnected from associated detailed data collection. Such images and information are sent through the mobile phone system for real time publication of reports in secure webs and in print. Look up from pixel peeping folks, a whole new world of practical digital photography has arrived.
Perhaps in these comments the business productivity use of the Galaxy Camera is being overlooked. The Galaxy Camera has a lot of potential used with Mobile Data Studio software in Android where images can be captured alongside text, numeric and other data, and the images can also be sketched on to highlight issues. The images and data are then sent back to the office or base via the mobile phone system or WiFi. This higher quality camera than on a Smartphone, combined with Mobile Data, secure communications, GPS, mapping and other functions will be valuable for environmental surveys, asset tracking, home inspections, security checks, asbestos audits, graffiti survey and removal, weed identification and many other commercial and government applications. And it will also be fun to use after work.
Good device for business use. This full specification camera combined with image, text and data capture using Mobile Data Studio will be excellent for home inspections, safety audits, graffiti logging, environmental surveys, person ID and similar mobile data requirements where smartphone cameras are often weak. Well done Samsung.