There’s no doubt Samsung has had a sensational last year from both a creative and financial standpoint, but not every Galaxy member added to the family in 2012 has become a star. And one of the fairly high-profile devices that didn’t get to break through in the mainstream was the Galaxy Camera.
Be honest, do you know a single owner of the G Cam? Probably not. I don’t. And it’s not exactly a puzzle why the gadget didn’t make it. For one thing, it has been and still is too expensive for what it can offer.
And talking about what it can offer, the truth is the Galaxy Camera is not much better at taking photos than most high-end smartphones these days. All while not supporting GSM voice communication.
So is the smart camera niche worth the trouble for Samsung if the first attempt at glory proved a flop? The Koreans definitely seem to think so, if we are to trust a report from the local press. According to unnamed sources, a Galaxy Camera 2 is already in the works, but it will only debut in September during IFA in Berlin.
With close to six months to go until the supposed unveiling, you can imagine we’re a little short on specifics. In fact, we only know the second-gen smart cam will come with 4G LTE speeds and “superior specifications” compared to its predecessor (duh!).
We could also make a couple of assumptions based on the statement of a mystery Samsung executive, according to which the Galaxy Camera “will be one of the most innovative products”, but let’s just focus on the facts for now, shall we?
And one of the facts is Samsung has recently applied for a “Galaxy NX” trademark, which could mean the second G Cam will not be called the Galaxy Camera 2 after all. As for specs and features, we’d rather hear from you on what Sammy could improve to make the upcoming gadget attractive. That is, if you think there’s a little spot under the Android sun for smart cameras. Do you?
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The idea behind the cam is good, but the camera in it self is bellow average at it price point (according to reviews), which kills the point of buying a camera in the first place
Hopefully the next gen will deliver.
It should have an instant shoot mode instead of having to wait for Android to boot. Problem is, you can’t always keep it in standby mode, and it’s not very practical that turning on and off takes long time for a camera.
there’s a quick boot option that reduces boot time to about 2 seconds if you used the camera in the last 24 hours.
Lower price, interchangeable lenses, then its a go for me. Sell the body for $200 and buy the lenses separately.
Wow if the new galaxy camera has at least the same performance as the nx1000, it would be quite a beast.
I know at least three people with Galaxy Camera here and they love it. If they can keep the same screen size in a smaller, lighter and thinner shell, and sell it for much cheaper price, that will be a success for them.
I tried one. If they would actually give it a large image sensor, rather than touting tons of megapixels, it would be a great device. And they could have ditched the enormous zoom and make the device thinner as a result. I don’t need 20X zoom. I just want awesome photos in a smartphone package. Megapixels truly mean next to nothing.
I own one ( I know 3 other people with one!!) and I admit it’s a fantastic ‘gadget’ to own, certainly a head turner. It doesn’t take ‘amazing’ pictures but then again it doesn’t take bad pictures either! People moan about the price, but you are getting more than an object to take photographs on. You more or less get a Galaxy SIII strapped to the back, and aside from making phone calls (though there are workarounds) you can do everything the SIII can. I love it and will be keen to see what version 2 has to offer.