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Samsung announces Wi-Fi-only version of Galaxy Camera

By dpreview staff on Feb 19, 2013 at 18:03 GMT

Samsung has announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Galaxy Camera. It shares the same feature-set as the 3G and 4G versions announced last August, including a 21x, 23-481mmm equivalent zoom lens on the front with a 4.8" touchscreen on the back. It runs Android 4.1 (known as Jelly Bean), the latest version of the operating system. There is currently no information on price or availability.

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Press Release:

Samsung presents ‘Camera. Reborn.’ – the GALAXY Camera

February 19, 2013: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today launched the Samsung GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi), the newest addition to the GALAXY Camera lineup. Like the original GALAXY Camera, the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) combines high performance photographic features with Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, making shooting, enjoying, editing and sharing images from a single device easier than ever before.

The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) has all of the innovative and practical features that the GALAXY Camera offers but without a 3G/4G connection. This makes the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) more affordable for a user who does not need the always- connected benefit of the GALAXY Camera. With the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi), users can use the dual-band Wi-Fi technology embedded in the device to share photos with family and friends through email, social networks or mobile communication services like Samsung ChatON right from the device, as well as enjoy the luxury of backing-up pictures instantly to cloud services when connected.

With a 21x Super Long Zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS, the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) combines superior compact camera hardware with a simple and comfortable design. Taking professional-looking images is made easy with 19 different integrated Smart Modes, which allow users to choose from a series of preset scenario options such as Light trace or Action freeze to ensure the perfect shot is captured every time.

The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) revolutionizes photography with its Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, providing the familiarity of the largest Smartphone OS with advanced picture taking ability. Users can customize their camera and choose which of the 700,000+ Android™ apps from Google Play they wish to download.

For enjoying and editing images, the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) boasts a large and vivid camera display – a 4.8” (121.2mm) HD Super Clear Touch Display. The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) comes preloaded with powerful photo and video editing tools, ‘Photo Wizard’ and ‘Video Editor,’ allowing for professional style edits to be made right from the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi). • Connectivity for the Samsung GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) is supported by a quad-core processor that enables fast web- browsing and multi-tasking, as well as high-speed image processing without a significant impact on battery life. The stylish curves of the camera’s ergonomic design further aid image capture by placing all of the key controls right at your fingertips.

Samsung Galaxy Camera specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Processor1.4GHz Quad-Core
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)23–481 mm
Optical zoom20.9×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size4.8
Touch screenYes
Screen type308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Scene modes
  • Macro
  • Rich Tone
  • Action Freeze
  • Waterfall Trace
  • Light Trace
  • Beautiful Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Natural Green
  • Silhouette
  • Vivid Fireworks
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes1920 x 1080 (30fps), 720 x 480 (120 fps)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesmicro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC
Storage included8 GB
Connectivity
HDMIYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesWith Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Weight (inc. batteries)300 g (0.66 lb / 10.58 oz)
Dimensions129 x 71 x 19 mm (5.08 x 2.8 x 0.75)
Other features
GPSBuiltIn
GPS notesA-GPS, GLONASS

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Comments

Total comments: 24
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Feb 20, 2013)

I say wait for Galaxy S IV camera instead of this consider the IV phone is going to be out in a month. This is Samsung so you are not going to have support for item older than 6 months so might as well get the newer one.

2 upvotes
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Feb 20, 2013)

I saw this thing last week. This camera is BIG, a lot bigger than a compact. I rather bring my DSLR over this. The good things about Samsung Galaxy Camera are connectivity, Android OS and gigantic screen.

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Feb 19, 2013)

*Yawn*

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (Feb 19, 2013)

"It runs Android 4.1 (known as Jelly Bean), the latest version of the operating system."

In fact the latest version is 4.2.2.

0 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Feb 19, 2013)

meh...

1 upvote
Photato
By Photato (Feb 19, 2013)

This is a clever move by Samsung. Thank you.
Pair this baby with a portable hot spot and you are connected anywhere when you need to contract free.
Would have been great to have also WiMax.
This is what Apple needs to do with the iPod Touch.

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
1 upvote
gsum
By gsum (Feb 19, 2013)

DPReview: Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for specifying the sensor size in mm.

4 upvotes
monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (Feb 19, 2013)

I agree, much clearer. Why are sensor sizes so often given in inches when film size is in mm anyway?

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 20, 2013)

the term "sensor size" refers to two things - the image circle diameter that the sensor is designed for - this is a bit larger than the sensor, is a legacy measurement, and thus expressed in the same units as it was back in the day... but you also get it's actual (true) size (dimensions), and this is expressed in modern units, mm.
I feel that this is good, because you can distinguish which it is simply based on the unites used: if you see a dimension in inches, you know that it's not it's real size, and if you see a mm X mm you know it is the sensor's actual dimensions. The former allows you to place sensors into a same category, even if the dimensions may vary slightly.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 7 minutes after posting
1 upvote
mikiev
By mikiev (Feb 19, 2013)

They took out the 3g/4g, but left in the GPS? Sweet!

Now if only Apple had done that with the iPod Touch I would have already bought one.

But because the Samsung has a better sensor & lens -and- GPS without 3g/4g - I'm going to take a very close look at this.

2 upvotes
sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (Feb 19, 2013)

Samsung is angering me. Why not go the other way and give this... ummmmm.... PHONE CAPABILITY????????????

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 19, 2013)

Google Voice or Skype will be available.

1 upvote
immutability
By immutability (Feb 19, 2013)

Google Voice or Skype wouldn't make this an all-in-one device to replace one's phone completely.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 19, 2013)

Depending on the network choice, it certainly could. You can get a dedicated phone number with either service and make calls to any regular phone.

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 20, 2013)

@t... not quite, because you don't get wifi everywhere.

but personally, I wouldn't care to talk on my camera anyways... that would be a reminder of Get Smart where he was talking into his shoe!

1 upvote
sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (Feb 21, 2013)

@timbits... if your cell phone has a camera on it... you already talk into your camera regularly :)

I still think the marriage of the cell phone and camera hasn't been fully fleshed out. This thing along with a conventional cell phone is an absolute no brainer. ESPECIALLY with a full size SD card instead of the dumb microSD crap. Add the capability for an expandable battery pack, I would buy the whole thing TODAY.

1 upvote
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (Feb 19, 2013)

Makes more sense than one with a $120/year 3G service plan. When is someone so desperate to upload photos that they can't wait for wifi access?

0 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (Feb 19, 2013)

Why wait? connect through your smartphone.

2 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (Feb 19, 2013)

Touche.

1 upvote
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Feb 19, 2013)

I still can't figure out why people can't wait until they get home and just plug the memory card into their computers.

Is it really that vital that you post a photo of your lunch on facebook before you eat it?

6 upvotes
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Feb 20, 2013)

@marty - it's the feel.. hehehe. That's what today's kid do, share everything they do all day online.

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 20, 2013)

hahahaha way to go Marty! you tell 'em!
I soooo totally agree with you!

1 upvote
HBoss26
By HBoss26 (Feb 20, 2013)

Ahahaha @Marty4650 its a bittersweet comment! you are definitely right!

1 upvote
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (Feb 24, 2013)

I want Google Glass!
Why waist time on bringing up you camera/phone or phone/camera (separated or combined) when
What-You-See-Is-What-You-Share
WYSIWYS (TM)

0 upvotes
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