Originally announced in August, the Galaxy Camera from Samsung had photographers and Android fans anticipating the marriage of high quality compact camera and mobile phone. The Galaxy Camera runs Android 4.1 and has 3G/4G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi. Though not a fully functional mobile phone, the Galaxy Camera can run applications such as Skype to make and receive voice calls. Its 16-megapixel camera has 21x optical zoom and comes with built-in “photo wizard” editing software.

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For £399, customers in the UK can buy a Galaxy Camera on November 8th or as early as 5 p.m. on November 7th if they go to a Samsung store to enjoy a lovely evening of champagne and canapés (really).

Bubbly and finger food aside, the release of the Galaxy Camera is an important step in mobile photography. As we mentioned earlier this year, the Galaxy Camera has the potential to be a game changer, as it will allow for instant Cloud back up and emailing of photos from any place that has network access. This combination of high quality capture and editing with direct sharing could mean a new era in photojournalism and hobby photography.

The Galaxy Camera’s price of £399 may be a turn off for some—it’s more expensive than what may be its nearest competitor, the Android-based Nikon CoolPix S800c—but the release of this camera is creating excitement for mobile photographers as we look forward to a 3G/4G DSLR or mobile phone with optical zoom.

U.S. availability has yet to be announced.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera has 16 megapixels and comes with either 3G and Wi-Fi or 4G and Wi-Fi.

Full press release:


Samsung brand store customers to get new connected camera from 5pm on November 7th 

5th November 2012, London, UK – Samsung Electronics has today announced the Galaxy Camera will be available across the UK from November 8th. Samsung brand store customers will get the opportunity to buy it earlier, from 5pm on November 7th. First seen in Berlin at IFA 2012 in August, the new connected camera combines high performance photography with the cutting-edge design of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone range.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "The initial response to the Galaxy Camera has been amazing and we are really looking forward to offering our customers a completely new type of digital photography device. The Galaxy Camera is a fantastic example of our continued passion for innovation and we are excited to be evolving our Galaxy range even further."

The Samsung Galaxy Camera features a 21x optical zoom lens, the latest Android OS (4.1 Jelly Bean) and 3G connectivity so it's possible to go online and share photos with friends and family anytime anywhere. Plus photographs and videos can be edited and shared easily and spontaneously wherever you are.

A 21x optical touch zoom lens and super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor means it's possible to take high quality pictures with the Galaxy Camera and its 'Smart Pro' technology guarantees the end result is a professional-looking, stunning shot every time. The Galaxy Camera's 16-Megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor makes sure that every image is captured in brilliant colour and resolution, and even wide-angle shots are possible thanks to the 23mm aperture lens. With the world's largest and most vivid camera display – a 121.2mm HD Super Clear Touch Display - photographs are always crystal clear.

The Galaxy Camera will be available exclusively at the Samsung Brand Store with champagne and canapés on offer from 5pm on November 7th and it will then hit a range of high street stores and online retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and Jessops on November 8th.