Simply shoot, edit and share photographs with the touch of a button on this Android camera with wireless internet connectivity
It is beyond doubt that mobile phones with decent photo-taking features have replaced compact digital cameras for many consumers and are cited by industry watchers as the main reason that camera sales have plummeted within the past year. Led by the Apple iPhone, mobile phones with built-in cameras are taking over the role that has traditionally been held by simple-to-use snapshot cameras. But a new photography trend is emerging these days that has the ability to connect directly to the internet and upload pictures or video right from the camera. We are talking about Android cameras with wireless internet connectivity enabling users to not only share photos, but also download apps.
While traditional camera companies are scrambling to innovate and win back the point-and-shoot crowd, Samsung is offering instant sharing of images through mobile or Wi-Fi connectivity, powered by Android platform, equipped in one beautiful device. For the uninitiated, the camera runs on the kind of operating system you would usually see in a smartphone or a tablet. Users can also shoot, enjoy, edit and share video from anywhere, at any time through the Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100), priced at R29,900. However, it doesn’t come with call making capabilities.
We got hands-on with the new device and let’s look at the tech specs. The Galaxy Camera has a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, a 21x optical zoom lens, an optical image stabilisation system, an 8 GB internal memory and a microSD memory card slot. There’s a smartphone-style 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor onboard and a 4.8 inch touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels (or 1,843,200 dots, as the screen uses a PenTile matrix).
Quite frankly, the Galaxy Camera is unique and an interesting concept. By sticking a high-end smartphone onto a digital camera, Samsung has combined high performance photography features with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and the freedom of wireless connectivity to create a full-fledged internet device. Using Wi-Fi or cellular data network to connect, users can browse the Web, send text messages and share images on social sharing networks such as Flickr, Facebook and Google +.
Even though the camera is mostly made from plastic, build quality is good. The test-unit that came to us had a very cool looking white body, with a rubber hand grip. The 4.8-inch high definition touchscreen fills the