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Ilse Jurriën : June 26th 2013 - 10:10 CET

Samsung Android Camera review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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

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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.

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