Samsung Galaxy S Camera-Niche Camera with Narrow Appeal (Product Tests)

TEST: Samsung Galaxy Camera not just a digital camera. It is a digital camera with Android 4.1 Jelly bean and 3 g.

Why reviewer our site a digital camera?

A relevant question when our main activities mostly relates to cell phones, tablets and accessories.

But Samsung Galaxy Camera was not entirely indispensable. It is not just a digital camera in the traditional sense, but a digital camera with high optical zoom, Android 4.1, WiFi and 3 g.

Yes – You read that right “3 g” – in other words, there is a possibility to put a sim card in the camera and on the way to connect to the outside world, where not just WiFi connectivity.

But what must it then be used to, one could rightly ask. Just as is the case with smartphones, so can the Samsung Galaxy Camera upload pictures and video directly to the cloud-solutions or send them via our site mail.

The next obvious question would be: why not just use its smartphone?

It will also, in many cases, be enough for most, but the Galaxy Camera has some advantages, which you can’t get with its smartphone.

First, a look at some of the dry facts

Samsung Galaxy Camera similar to many other compact-or semikonpakt-cameras to confusion. However, there are some significant differences, as neither is completely insignificant.

On the back of the camera is a huge touch screen on 4.7 inches, which works in the same way as on an Android phone. You can install apps, browse the Web and even leading conversations via Skype.

The only Samsung Galaxy Camera cannot is to make calls via the mobile network, otherwise the operating system essentially exactly the same as on a telephone.

One could perhaps imagine that the camera would then be just as thin as a mobile phone, but it’s not quite the case. Samsung has chosen to equip the Camera with a lens Galaxy with 21 x optical zoom physically takes up a little.

The lens is at 23 mm and has a zoom area on 4.1 – 86.1 mm (equivalent to 23-483 at 35 mm), as well as an aperture from f/2.8 – f/5.9.

The large span in the zoom-area provides the camera every justice. This means that there can be zoomed really far into on objects that are far away. It happens also without significant degradation of the video reception.

Overall, the main specifications of the camera looks like this:

-Size: 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
Processor: 1.4 GHz quad-core
-Screen: 4.7 inch HD Super Clear LCD-1280 x 720 pixels
-Memory: 8 GB – can be expanded with micro-SD, up to 64 GB
-Battery: 1650 mAh
Lens: 21 x optical zoom – f/2.8 – f/5.9
-Beetle Destabilization: Optical
-Billedesensor: 16.3 Megapixel (effective)
-Flash (Flash): Built-in
-Video: Recording in Full HD 1080 p
-Connectivity: WiFi, 3 g, WiFi-Direct
-OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

How it works – almost like a phone

The camera can be operated totally like any other smartphone with Android. There are menus, home screen, apps, and more.

Where the camera stands out, is on the photo part. When you press the camera icon changes the screen into a large viewfinder, IE. the screen displays the image as the camera is able to take, exactly as we know it on the cell phone.

There is the possibility to choose between three different recording modes: Auto, Smart and Expert.

Auto says almost themselves. Here the camera selects all settings from the camera can gather information about lighting conditions, etc.

Smart-fashion is a way to take pictures at, where Samsung has a lot of predefined settings that match some specific scenarios.

In Smart mode, it is URf.eks. possible to select:

“Beautified face”, which corrects imperfections automatically when shooting portrait images.

“Best picture”, allows you to select the best picture out of a series of images

“Fireworks”, fits well to the inclusion of fireworks at night.

“Best face”, allows to take group pictures and then select the best face for each person, which they URf.eks. not have their eyes closed.

“Macro” is particularly suitable for close-ups.
The above are just some examples of billedeindstillinger under Smart-fashion.

Expert is the last recording mode you can select. Here comes an animated lens on the screen, as one can make various manual settings on, like photo-enthusiasts know it from SLRs.

It is possible to set the camera to one of the following functions during Expert: M, P, A, and S.

When you choose URf.eks. M (Manual) it is subsequently possible to set the aperture, closing time and ISO.

The setting is done by turning on more animated rings.

Common to all three configuration options is that they are easy and intuitive to navigate in.

However, I must admit that I quickly fell for Smart mode, which lets the user find a recording situation, is appropriate for the object you want to photograph.

It irritated me enormously, however, that the camera takes a long time to start up. You have not used the camera in a few days, it almost goes into hibernation.

This means that when there suddenly arises a situation you want to photograph, so episode is usually over before the Galaxy Camera is booted up and ready for the shot. Really too bad, because on many other points, it is a very fine camera.

Such will be the pictures – beautiful, lifelike colors

I am not in any way photo expert, but has a great interest in taking pictures. Out from my user account is the end product, namely pictures, very nice, with nice saturated and vivid colors.

Here you can even browse the photos taken in the testing period. Judge for yourself!

Android for finishing and sharing

Until now we have seen on the camera and the way in which the pictures will be recorded. But there is much more to download of Samsung Galaxy Camera.

The whole Android interface and the user interface can be used for URf.eks. After processing images, editing video and sharing via various online services.

In other words, there is a free choice to choose her favorite app for editing images. Whether you prefer Instagram, Camera Zoom or another app, then it is just to install them via Google Play.

Sharing of images can be done in several different ways. One of the easy is upload to DropBox, there is a cloud-service, how similar images can be stored and shared with other users.

Upload can happen automatically, either via WiFi or via 3 g, if you’re on the go and don’t have WiFi access.

There is also option to share via Samsung’s AllShare, which allows the camera to connect to URf.eks. a smartphone from Samsung. After both units are connected, the images recorded with the Galaxy Camera shortly after appears on the mobile screen.

A very fancy feature, but I’m not sure that it will be used as much in practice.

Conclusion-niche product with narrow appeal

No doubt that Samsung has created a really good camera that takes great images, but I think they appeal to a narrow target audience, which has a very specific needs for sharing photos in good quality.

It that stands out by Galaxy Camera is the large zoom, combined with the possibility of uploading via 3 g.

The operation seems intuitive and easy and the touch screen responds quickly and accurately, both when navigating around in the traditional Android menus, and when the camera itself to be operated.

The camera can also record video and after dealing with this. It combined with the 3 g may appeal to bloggers, insurance loss adjusters and other people who might have the need to send images and video in high quality.

Since the camera uses 3 g reduces the batterietiden, and I have experienced in the testing period, that it was necessary to charge the camera daily to it could hold power.

However, I hope that Samsung will have success with their Galaxy Camera, because it is clearly a product they’ve had some good thoughts about.

PLUS
-21 x optical zoom
-Nice sharp pictures
-Upload via 3 g

MINUS
-Slow boot-up time
-Take up a lot in your Pocket
-Swallow much power

Samsung Galaxy Camera works as promised, but I fall not on the tail of the product. Galaxy Camera gets 4 out of 6 stars.

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If you want to know more about Samsung Galaxy S Camera, you can here see Samsung’s own presentation video