Samsung has launched a Wi-Fi-only version of its Galaxy Camera. The connected camera essentially combines components from Samsung's Galaxy S3 flasgship smartphone and the WB850 compact camera to create a 21x zoom compact camera that is running the Android operating system, therefore allowing you to install apps, edit images on the go and share them wirelessly.

The new model is essentially identical to the original Samsung Galaxy, but lacks 3/4G connectivity, relying on Wi-Fi only and therefore making the device more affordable.

Given that despite its 3/4G connectivity you cannot use the original model to make a phone call or text and therefore still have to carry a phone, the Wi-Fi only version makes a lot of sense. Some users will be happy to  postpone their image sharing until they are within reach of a Wi-Fi-hotspot, others can tether the Galaxy Camera to their smartphone and use the latter as a hotspot.

We were quite impressed by the Galaxy Camera's feature set in our recent in-depth review but thought at $600 the new device would probably struggle to find many buyers. So if the removal of 3/4G connectivity makes the Galaxy Camera more affordable, this looks like a smart move by Samsung. Unfortunately we haven't got any details on pricing and availability yet.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a 21x zoom lens ...
... and runs the Android 4.1 operating system.