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# 111780 14-Nov-2012 17:12
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This looks like it might be the way to go.....for photography. :-)  

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57502333-94/samsung-bets-on-android-powered-networked-camera/




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  # 717515 15-Nov-2012 09:51
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Just received:


Age of the ‘Connected Camera’ Begins with launch of the GALAXY Camera
GALAXY Camera offers instant photo sharing through 3G & Wi-Fi connectivity, powered by Android

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – November 15, 2012 – The traditional camera has been re-invented. Samsung New Zealand today announces the launch of the GALAXY Camera, the company’s first camera to combine high performance photography capability with an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and the freedom of 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity.

Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications for Samsung New Zealand, says the new GALAXY Camera is ideal for New Zealanders who want to shoot, enjoy, edit and share high quality images and video from anywhere, at any time through a single device.

“The GALAXY Camera marks the next stage of camera evolution. What makes this camera so great is that it provides users with total freedom to take vivid high quality pictures and videos wherever and whenever they wish – it also enables them to share them instantly with family and friends without the restrictions of a conventional camera,” he says.

What sets the GALAXY Camera apart as the first truly ‘Connected Camera’ is its 3G+ Wi-Fi connectivity, which opens users up to a world of near limitless sharing and smartphone-like activities.

Posting high quality images to your favorite social networking sites, such as Facebook, and using the pre-installed apps such as Instagram and Paper Artist has never been easier. Simply shoot, enjoy, edit and share with the touch of a button.

The GALAXY Camera also delivers outstanding photography on the go. Boosted by a 21x super long zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, the GALAXY Camera features Samsung’s ‘Smart Mode’ technology; a series of 15 default modes and settings that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve. No matter what the occasion, the GALAXY Camera’s ‘Smart Mode’ delivers stunningly detailed images that make photography effortless and enjoyable.

Once captured, users can enjoy their images on the GALAXY Camera’s 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear LCD screen. The GALAXY Camera’s beautiful display can be used for more than just viewing. Users can also quickly and easily make professional edits to their photos using the integrated ‘Photo Wizard’ – a comprehensive set of photo editing tools powered by the GALAXY Camera’s ultrafast quad-core processor. It also features Samsung’s ‘Paper Artist’ app, which features on the GALAXY Note II, for quick and unique photo edits.

The GALAXY Camera comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), giving users access to over 600,000 apps currently available on Google Play. The Android OS also provides full Internet browsing capability and the ability to customise your camera to suit your creative needs.

The new Samsung GALAXY Camera will be available at selected retailers nationwide in late November in white.

Samsung GALAXY Camera Product Specifications

Image Sensor
16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
Lens
F2.8, 23 mm, 21x Optical Zoom Lens
IS
OIS
Display
121.2 mm (4.77"), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
ISO
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Network
3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Processor
1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
OS
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Memory
8GB + memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
Image
JPEG format  16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
Video
MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)

Full HD 1920x1080 30fps

Slow motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA) 120fps
Video Output
HDMI 1.4
Value-added Features
Smart Mode : 15 modes (Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Best face, Landscape, Macro, Action freeze, Rich tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace 
Share shot
Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Paper Artist, Video Editor
Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest
AllShare Play, Family Story, Drop box

Google™ Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Google Chrome browser
GPS
A-GPS, GLONASS
Connectivity
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40

GPS/GLONASS
Bluetooth® 4.0
Battery
1,650 mAh
Dimension (WxHxD)
128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
Weight
300grams
 




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  # 717519 15-Nov-2012 09:59
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This is also the first camera you could use as a phone!

 
 
 
 


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  # 717545 15-Nov-2012 10:33
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I'm tired of charging my phone everyday, and I really don't want to charge my camera overnight too.

So rather NO THANKS, than YES.




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  # 717575 15-Nov-2012 11:11
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So according to the verge this has been out in Germany for 2 months and suffers greatly from lag.

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  # 717577 15-Nov-2012 11:13
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I've had a play recently and didn't notice any lag.

The only problem is the battery life and picture quality.

It's as heavy as a brick so I would rather take my DSLR to grab better photos.

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  # 717584 15-Nov-2012 11:26
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kobiak: I'm tired of charging my phone everyday, and I really don't want to charge my camera overnight too.

So rather NO THANKS, than YES.

Surely you wouldn't leave this on 24/7....

Looks like a great idea to me.

Probably not.interested in the first generation but in a few years this will be very normal.







 
 
 
 




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  # 717610 15-Nov-2012 12:06
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kobiak: I'm tired of charging my phone everyday, and I really don't want to charge my camera overnight too.

So rather NO THANKS, than YES.


For the cool functionality I get I'm very happy to charge my phone every day. Or even twice / day. 

But I carry a very compact 4500mah portable battery store with me and can charge my phone in my pocket. No hassle at all. 




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  # 717616 15-Nov-2012 12:15
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tonyhughes: 
Looks like a great idea to me.

Probably not.interested in the first generation but in a few years this will be very normal.


Agreed.

I used to lug around a S-VHS analog camcorder to events. Transitioned to a relatively decent (at the time) Lumix TZ7 to handle the job (video capability was the main priority). Still meant I needed to lug a 2nd device around, but, it was a lot less hassle.

Never underestimate the appeal of a convenient multi-purpose device.

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  # 717628 15-Nov-2012 12:34
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I read this earlier this morning - seemed a balanced review to me:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/14/samsung-galaxy-camera-review/




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  # 717633 15-Nov-2012 12:39
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Interesting. Wonder if they would define this as a mobile phone for the purposed of the ban on phone use while driving




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  # 717634 15-Nov-2012 12:45
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ajobbins: Interesting. Wonder if they would define this as a mobile phone for the purposed of the ban on phone use while driving


I doubt it, because it can't actually make phonecalls.






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  # 717995 15-Nov-2012 22:08
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ajobbins: Interesting. Wonder if they would define this as a mobile phone for the purposed of the ban on phone use while driving


I doubt it, because it can't actually make phonecalls.


You might be able to Skype or Viber via the thing.....It *must* have a microphone....and some kind of speaker for playing back video. But maybe they can't be used at the same time. 




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  # 725348 30-Nov-2012 23:47
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i heard on CNET that thisc amera is pretty much the WB850F . i am getting myself the WB850F as i have a S2 and can use remote viewfinder :D. (not sure what is the same tho).

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These are now in NZ. Harvey Norman have them for $749 http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/samsung-galaxy-camera-3g-white.html

At that price I won't be getting one but if they were half that it would have been a no-brainer for me. Just the thing to take on a summer beach holiday. 

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