Longing for a taste of smart cameras, eh? If you live up north of the 49th parallel (actually a few degrees south for the majority), then the Samsung Galaxy Camera is coming your way. Samsung has announced the launch of their smart camera in Canada in time for the holiday season.
Starting December 7, Samsung’s first ever Android smart camera will start selling through Black’s Photography and Samsung’s own Samsung Store located at the Metortown Mall in Burnaby, British Columbia. This is exactly a month after Samsung released the camera in the UK
As a refresher for those who have forgotten what the Galaxy Camera is all about, here are a few specs and functionalities:
- 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
- 8GB built in storage, support for microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
- 4.8-inch capacitive touchscreen HD Super Clear Touch Display
- 16.3 megapixel BSI sensor
- 23mm equivalent F/2.8 lens with 21x optical zoom
- ISO settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Mobile data: 3G (HSPA+ 21 Mbps) and 4G capable: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0
- 1,650 mAh battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box
The Galaxy Camera also come shipped with special features and apps, such as Samsung’s own Smart content manager, photo and video wizards, voice-control, auto cloud backup, slow-motion video, S Planner, S Suggest and Best group pose feature. The Galaxy Cam also comes with support for AllShare Play, Family Story and Dropbox, among other cloud-sharing features.
For serious photography hobbyists or professionals, the Samsung Galaxy Camera may not exactly be a good replacement for your digital SLR, as it is intended to be more of a point-and-shoot camera. But as a smart device, the camera sure packs enough punch for the casual photographer and social network user. As a connected device, you will be able to instantly upload photos to a photo-sharing service without the need to move photos to a computer. Photos can be instantly backed up, too — particularly with the 50 GB storage that Dropbox is offering Galaxy Camera owners for free.
Of course, one of the main advantages of the Galaxy Camera over regular digital cameras is its support for Android Apps, which let you do just about anything you can on an Android smartphone, except perhaps make calls.
No pricing has been announced, although the Galaxy Camera sells for $500 in US greenbacks south of the border, so expect pricing to be within the vicinity.
The Ultimate Connected Camera Begins with the GALAXY Camera
The Samsung GALAXY Camera ushers in a new era of visual communication, with instant sharing powered by Android platform
MISSISSAUGA, ON – November 22, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Canada, the global leader in Android™ smartphones, today announced that the GALAXY Camera will be available at Canadian retailers on December 7, 2012 in time for the holiday shopping season.
The GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography features with Android™4.1 (Jelly Bean)and the freedom of3G+ Wi-Fi connectivity to create the world’s first truly Connected Camera. The GALAXY Camera ushers in a new era of visual communications, allowing users to shoot, 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 evolution in the history of the camera and we are extremely excited to make it available to Canadian customers today,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions at Samsung Canada. “Combining world class mobile and digital imaging technologies, The GALAXY Camera gives users the total freedom to take vivid, high quality pictures and videos and share them instantly through their favorite social networking sites or with family and friends without the restrictions of a conventional camera.”
What sets the GALAXY Camera apart as the first truly Connected Camera is the 3G+ Wi-Fi connectivity, opening 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, Twitter, Pinterest, and the pre-installed Instagram app has never been easier. The GALAXY Camera functions on Wi-Fi with Dual Band and Channel Bonding for extra speed. Available in glossy white, simply shoot, edit and share with the touch of a button.
The GALAXY Camera also delivers outstanding photography on the go which easily outperforms any smartphone camera available. Boasted by a 21x super long zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, the GALAXY Camera also 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 with the GALAXY Camera effortless and enjoyable.
Once captured, users can enjoy their images on the GALAXY Camera’s 4.8”(121.2mm)HD Super ClearTouch Display. However, the GALAXY Camera’s beautiful display can be used for more than just viewing. Users can quickly and easily make professional edits to their photos using the integrated ‘Photo Wizard’; a comprehensive set of 35 photo editing tools powered by the GALAXY Camera’s ultrafast quad-core processor. User can also use ‘Paper Artist’, an app that became popular on the GALAXY Note II, for quick and unique photo edits.
The GALAXY Camera ships 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 browsing support and the ability to customize your camera to suit your creative needs.
The GALAXY Camera will be available on December 7th at Black’s Photography and The Samsung Store, located in Metrotown Mall in Burnaby, B.C. For specific pricing details, please visit your nearest retailer. For more information on the GALAXY Camera, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada markets a broad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, IT, telecommunications and home appliance products. The Canadian arm upholds Samsung’s global mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung has become one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. In 2012, Samsung was ranked #9 in the Interbrand “100 Best Global Brands” breaking the top ten for the first time, and was named as one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011″.