When launched in August of last year the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera raised an interesting conundrum for consumers who might be interested in a new breed of smartphone/compact camera hybrid, but its 3G/4G connectivity also forced buyers (at least those in the U.S.) to consider whether the new device was also worth the cost of additional connectivity. Samsung's February announcement of a Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Camera seemed like a step toward solving the dilemma, but we waited to hear just how much more affordable the new version would be.
Today Samsung has announced the Wi-Fi model will be priced at $449.99 -- $50 less than the version with both 3G/4G and Wi-Fi currently available through AT&T and Verizon. The Wi-Fi model will be available later this month through Samsung's website and Samsung retailers.
Even with a $50 price break, the Galaxy Camera remains a bit of a strange duck: it offers some features a smartphone can't, such as its 21x zoom lens, as well as functions most compact cameras don't, like a flexible Android operating system and the ability to edit and share images on the go. Yet it is also lacking on both ends -- you can't make phone calls (though technically, Skype can be used to do this), and in our in-depth review we felt the image quality still ranks below other compact cameras in this class.
A Wi-Fi version of the device does make it slightly more affordable, but this version also puts limitations on one of the Galaxy Camera's most important attributes: connectivity.
- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%
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