Nikon D7100 Canon EOS Rebel T5i Nikon D3300 Canon EOS 1200D Sony A5000 Nikon D4S
Nikon D7100 Canon EOS Rebel T5i Nikon D3300 Canon EOS 1200D Sony A5000 Nikon D4S
  News Headlines Apple Canon Casio Fujifilm HTC LG Nikon Nokia Olympus Panasonic Pentax Ricoh Rollei Samsung Sony  
Lets Go Digital
 
     
Powered by True
Counted by OneStat.com
Samsung Android Camera review
Ilse Jurriën : June 26th 2013 - 10:10 CET
Digital Camera Review Test Appareil Photo Numerique Prueba camara digital Digitale Camera Test Dijital Kamera Incelemeleri Digitalkamera Test Digitalkamera
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 review : With the Galaxy Camera, Samsung has introduced a completely new compact camera to the market. Unique for a camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera has the Android 4.1.2 operating system, which makes completely new camera applications possible with the same operational ease as a smartphone. Moreover, this digital camera is equipped with WiFi as well as 3G support, so that you can share your photos and videos with friends and family at any given moment. We test this Android camera out in practice for an extensive period. You can read whether Samsung truly offers the best of two worlds with its Galaxy Camera in the following Samsung Galaxy Camera review.

Samsung Android Camera review
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is available in white and in black. We tested the black version. The Android camera has a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor and a 23mm wide -angle lens that has an impressive tele-range of 481mm, thanks to its 21x optical zoom. The 1.4Ghz quad-core processor contributes to fast data processing. The large, 4.77-inch HD Super Clear screen dominates the back of the camera, and full operation is via the touch screen. Just like a smartphone, there are more start screens available, which you can arrange according to preference. Due to the large screen, the Samsung Android Camera has a bit of a long design, for a compact camera, the Galaxy Camera is quite large. With 300 grams it is not exactly the lightest camera; yet the camera is easy to handle, thanks to the sturdy grip on the righthand front side.

Samsung Android camera review

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Smartphone
There is almost always a camera function on a smartphone. Despite that the resolution is nearly equal to that of a compact camera, the same not true of the image quality. A smartphone has a small image sensor and does not have an optical zoom lens. In contrast, it is much simpler to share photos and videos with a smartphone. There are compact cameras with a WiFi function, but 3G makes it possible to always remain connected to the internet. The Samsung Galaxy Android Camera offers both functionalities; a SIM card can also be placed in the camera. By contracting a data subscription, you will always be connected to the internet with the Android camera. The only difference with a smartphone is that this compact camera does not have a calling function; that was apparently just a bit too much for Samsung. That is actually too bad.

Samsung Galaxy camera

Samsung Galaxy Android Camera
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system offers many possibilites. The Google Play Store is accessible to download the apps of your preference. You can download, among other things, many types of photo editing programs. Furthermore, this camera, just like a smartphone, can play videos and music, and it is even possible to play games on the Galaxy Camera. Just like the advanced Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy Camera also has Voice Control, and by speaking to the camera, functions are automatically completed. ´Zoom-in’ means that the camera starts to zoom in and by saying the word `Shoot`, it takes a picture immediately. Via Bluetooth, Share Shot and WiFi Direct, you can immediately share your photos and videos, and you can set up an email account or place photos on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Further, Dropbox is always pre-installed, and this service can easily be used as a backup for all of your content. It all works surprisingly fluid and fast.

Android camera

Photo functions on the Galaxy Camera
In contrast with an average smartphone, the Galaxy Camera is equipped with countless photo functions. As soon as you open the camera menu, you can select the right photo mode. Next to a regular Auto mode, the camera has a Smart Pro mode, whereby the camera automatically determines the right settings for you, according to 15 pre-programmed shooting situations. Next to standard settings such as `Landscape`and `Sunset`, you can also choose 'Macro', ‘Action’, and ‘Continuous shooting'. Taking Panorama photos can also be selected. For those that already have some photo experience, the exposure modes PSAM are available, however these cannot be selected by a settings dial on the top of the camera, you will have to use the touch screen, just as all settings (except for the zoom). This takes some getting used to, but the user-friendly interface does give extra infromation about certain settings changes. For example, if you want to adjust the f-stop, the following notification appears: `Lens opening - adjust the amount of incoming light and background blur by increasing or decreasing this value`. The notification is not distracting, partially thanks to the fact that it does not slow down the operation. It is a handy way to increase your knowledge of photography in a playful way.

Android

Samsung Galaxy Camera image quality
The 16 megapixel resolution and the 21x optical zoom make the Android Camera a full compact zoom camera. The Samsung Galaxy Camera also has a built-in flash. The camera takes nice shots and has a simple operation. However, ‘professional photography’ as Samsung claims, is out of reach for the Galaxy Camera. With its f2.8 lens, the camera clearly captures more light than a smartphone, and that will also deliver better image quality, but that does not mean that the camera is comparable with a compact camera. Noise already becomes visible at ISO 400 and 800, and high ISO values (1600 and 3200) are practically unusable. Focusing is especially troublesome at focal points that are further away. Nevertheless, the 23mm lens delivers nice wide-angle images and the 21x optical zoom is still a clear added value. The touch screen with 16 million colors is so clear that the photos are more colorful on the screen than when you view them full-sized on a PC. A nice pre-installed application is the Photo wizard app. This allows you to apply a large number of effective filters and creative decorations afterwards, such as a frame, a sticker, or drawing. In addition to taking high resolution photos, the Samsung Galaxy Camera can also record Full HD videos with an image speed of 30fps.

Android camera review

Samsung Galaxy Camera review conclusion
In the current digital age, it is increasingly more important to be able to share content with others immediately. With the Android Camera, Samsung has made this possible in a clever way. By combining years of expertise in the areas of mobile calling and digital photography, Samsung offers a unique device with the Galaxy Camera. The Samsung Android Camera offers all the functionalities of a modern, high-end smartphone, but unfortunately with the exception of the calling function. Thanks to the Android operating system, a world of new possibilities arises, and moreover, the clear, 4.8" touch screen offers easy and fast operation. Also, the Galaxy Camera at least achieves the image quality of the smartphone, but the Galaxy Camera is unfortunately a less than average digital compact camera. We think that this is a point that Samsung can improve, for future Android cameras. With the introduction, Samsung announced that this is the first Android digital camera, and that more will follow. We are very curious to see where this new development will lead to. The Samsung Galaxy Camera is currently priced at around € 475.-. That is a lot of money for a compact camera, but this digital camera does deliver more than only the camera function.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review rating
• User-friendliness : 85
• Features : 90
• Image quality : 75
• Design : 75
• Price : 75
Rating : 80 out of 100

Samsung Galaxy Camera review
Samsung Android Camera review
Samsung Android Camera test photos
Samsung Android Camera test videos
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera specifications
Samsung Galaxy Camera prices

Samsung Android Camera test pictures
The following Samsung Galaxy Camera test pictures were taken in JPEG format with a full production camera, the pictures are taken on various locations in the Netherlands and Turkey. The test photos are shown in a compressed size, you can download the original test pictures via the link under the images.

Samsung Galaxy Android Camera photo gallery

Android Camera

Original test photo : Android Camera

Samsung Android Camera

Original test picture : Android Camera

Samsung Android

Original test photo : Android Camera

Review Android Camera

Original test picture : Android Camera

Android Camera review

Original test photo : Android Camera
   Sony NEX-6 review
   Nikon D5200 review
   Android tablet review
   Next  Sony Xperia Z Ultra
   Previous  Apple OS X Mavericks
   News by brand:Samsung
   News by category:Digital camera reviews
   News by brand and category:Samsung Digital camera reviews
   Canon EOS 700D - $619.00
   Nikon D7100 - $819.00
   Nikon D5300 - $649.99
   Sony Alpha 6000 - $679.95
   Canon EOS 70D - $818.00
   Samsung NX300 - $499.00
   Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II - $649.00
   Sony CyberShot DSC RX100 III - $798.00
   Panasonic Lumix DMC LX7 - $219.00
   Nikon D3300 - $458.00


LetsGoDigital digital camera magazine
Latest Samsung announcements
Samsung NX1
Samsung extends Olympic Games partnership
New distributor for Samsung Mobile accessories
Samsung Smart TVs with adaptive video acceleration
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Award
Samsung wearable technology into Trek Bicycles
Samsung Galaxy K zoom
Samsung Galaxy S5 promotion video
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Samsung Curved UHD TV available for pre-order
Samsung Milk free radio service
New Vice President public relations at Samsung USA
Samsung Ultra High Definition 4K monitor
Samsung mobile audio products
 
Twitter LetsGoDigital
Latest news headlines
Canon 7D Mark 2 Digital SLR camera
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS test pictures
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon D-SLR camera lenses
Canon EF 400mm telephoto lens
Canon EF 24-105mm zoom lens
Canon EF-S 24mm wide-angle lens
Canon Cleans Lakeland County Park in Islandia
Canon PowerShot digital compact cameras
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon PowerShot G7X compact camera
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Canon PowerShot N2
   
CanonCasioFujifilmNikonOlympusHTCSamsungSonyPanasonicNokia
  Accessories Android Apps Camcorders Digital cameras Mobile phones Smartphones Software Tablets   CES CeBIT Gadgets IFA Photokina PMA