After a leaky past couple of days, Samsung took the wraps off of its new Galaxy Camera today. The new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean camera features a 1/2.3″ 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 21x optical zoom lens (23-480mm equivalent).
The backside of the camera is all touch screen with a 4.8″ LCD that shows off camera apps and widgets, as well as other Android-powered widgets. You can also use popular Android-based camera apps like Instagram with Galaxy Camera. (Hopefully, the coming onslaught of Android-powered point and shoot cameras like the Galaxy Camera and recently announced Nikon S800c will pave the way for a more robust camera app base in the Google Play Store.)
The Galaxy Camera also features Auto Cloud Backup, which saves images to Samsung’s AllShare portal as soon as they are taken. Additionally, ‘Share Shot’ allows images to be automatically shared on social networks as soon as they are taken. Samsung achieves this connectivity through WiFi and cellular connections over 3G and 4G network – separate 3G and 4G models will be available.
Expect to see the camera available in October; however, there’s no word yet on pricing.
Samsung Galaxy Camera Key Specs
- 16.3MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor
- 21x zoom (23-480mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9) lens
- 1080/30p HD video
- 720 x 480 video at 120fps
- 8GB internal storage and micro SDXC memory
- ISO 100-3200
- 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
- Bluetooth 4.0