The photographic and mobile device communities went wild late last year when Samsung announced its Galaxy Camera, the first camera in the world to be powered by the current version of the Android processor (Jellybean). So, with Samsung openly saying that the Galaxy Camera could do anything a tablet or phone could do (sans making calls), a lot of people had high expectations.
So, does the Galaxy Camera deliver the goods?
Digital Photography Review (DPR), one of the web's most-trusted resources for a ll things digital photography, has just completed its in-depth review of the Galaxy Camera. The reaction: an innovative concept. But an overall mixed bag.
First, the good. For starters, the Galaxy combines both of Samsung's latest camera and phone technologies, the Galaxy S3 smartphone and WB850F camera, the best the company has to offer in its latest cameras and phones, combining the latest Android operating system and a 21x zoom lens. Obviously, with the Android processor, the Galaxy Camera can do anything a regular Android device can do: search the web, share to social networks, use apps, and all the rest. On the mobile technology front, there is a lot to like here.
As for the bad, there's lot here, too. First up: when compared to other cameras, the Galaxy underwhelms on the image quality front, which is a big negative for people looking for a camera before a mobile device. As for controls, the Galaxy lags a bit here too, with overall slow operation and some rather odd characteristics, such s reverting to default setup each time the camera is turned off. To top it off, the camera sells for around $600.
Overall conclusion? An average (at best) camera but the Android operating system could, for many, single-handedly make the Galaxy Camera the perfect buy. In other words, if taking pictures is your top priority, look elsewhere, but if you want to do all the things Android can do plus be able to take pictures, look no farther.
Want one yet?
Looking to buy photo gear in the Cleveland area? Well, there's Cleveland-based Dodd Camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. For such an unusual model as the Galaxy, though,you'll have to go to an AT&T dealer.
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