Samsung Galaxy Camera User Manual & Quick Start Guide

Below are the User Guide and Quick Start Guide for the Samsung Galaxy Camera:

User Manual:

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Quick Start Guide:

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Sample Images

A series of images captured on the Samsung Galaxy camera.

Click on each one to enlarge.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

Our thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Camera

Watch the review for a fuller tour and opinion on the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Unboxing

The Android camera from Samsung gets unboxed

We take a look at the hotly anticipated and innovative Samsung Galaxy Camera.  Take a look what you get in the box.  Full review coming soon.

Is 3G on the Samsung Galaxy Camera worthwhile?

Do you really need 3G on a camera?

Whether you see the point in an Android camera (in comparison to a compact or smartphone camera) or not , it is now available and many will buy it for the capability that it brings. 

Ignoring the product features, image quality and how it compares to other cameras does it need or warrant 3G connectivity over and above WiFi that is now becoming more prevalent in cameras?

imageSome will say yes, some will say no, but many I am sure if you think about this will sit on the fence with uncertainty.

The addition of 3G connectivity means that providing you are in an area with phone signal you can share your photos with world, there is no need to wait until you are back to a WiFi or cable internet connection and a computer.

But of course to do this you need a 3G enabled data SIM in the camera and this brings additional costs.

In a commercial situation say a surveyor or a mobile worker, there is a strong argument for business where paying for the monthly cost of a SIM in a camera will pay for itself.  It will make the sharing of images easier and simpler and the business can normally afford the associated costs.

There will to be a similar argument for professional photographers and avid enthusiasts.

However, the average person who walks the street and takes pictures of their friends, families and events, would they use the 3G, I believe all would like to but I am inclined to think many won’t and here is why.

The confusion between camera and smartphone.  We all carry a phone and many now use the phone camera instead of a compact camera.  The compact camera or SLR comes out only at special events in many family scenarios. The Galaxy camera is a smartphone without the phone function thus does someone now carry a smartphone and the Galaxy camera or do they carry the smartphone and the Galaxy camera only to the events they would normally have taken their compact camera too? The Galaxy camera will take a better picture than a conventional smartphone, but isn’t likely to come up to par with a Digital SLR.  I put my money on most using the Galaxy camera as a replacement to their compact camera (unless they have a specific requirement).

Having a separate data SIM is costly.  Whilst there are those that can afford it or those who will be willing to pay, the cost of having a data SIM in a camera will be too expensive. Bearing in mind the type of data you will be uploading, it is advisable to have  minimum monthly allowance of 1GB.  Thus you are looking at a minimum monthly cost in the region of £10.  You may even wish to opt for more data (quite advisable) thus pushing the £15-£20 marker.

Many now use a smartphone with a data plan attached.  They generally have a monthly data allowance and often pay a reasonable fee to get this, thus it makes sense to take advantage of this.  Modern smartphones allow you to share the data connection on your phone with other WiFi enabled devices, so  the need for a SIM in the camera is reduced.  However anyone who intends to do this may want to be considerate of their data plan.

WiFi is in abundance.  You do not need to go far to find a WiFi hotspot a large number of which are FREE.  How important is the 3G connection.  Will the 2 hours until you get to a WiFi hotspot make all the difference? If it does why not use your 3G enabled smartphone to take the picture and share, is the increased quality that important?

On the other hand, the capability of the camera may mean opting for a smaller or more basic mobile phone and the camera becomes the daily driver, you just use the phone for calls and text messages?!

I think that 3G on a camera is a great option and it is better to have the option as standard and choose whether you use it or not than not to have it at all. 

What it really comes down to is data plans are just not cost effective enough to make it feasible for the average user.  I want to see a network allow you to have multiple SIM’s under one account but offer a pricing structure more in line with standard mobile contracts.

Samsung Galaxy Camera v Nikon Coolpix S800c

How do two Android cameras compare?

At the time of writing the Samsung Galaxy Camera is just hours away from arriving into stock (you can order HERE).

Whilst it looks to compete with other compact cameras, even digital SLR cameras and those cameras found on smartphones, it does have one one direct competitor, the Nikon Coolpix S800c.

We recently had hands on, and reviewed the Nikon Coolpix and we were fairly impressed but by no means blown away.  It came across limited in some places and lacking for the price point, although the image results were pleasing.

Whilst we will make a fuller comparison soon between the two, how technically do they compare?

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Samsung Galaxy Camera available to pre-order, due end of October

UPDATE 28/9: We now have the black and white colour variants available for order.

We have now made the Samsung Galaxy Camera available to pre-order, having received information to say that it will be available at the end of October, priced at £332.50 (£399 inc. VAT). Placing a pre-order on the Clove site will not result in your card being charged, but will give you priority once stock is available.

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The Galaxy Camera is the first ever 3G camera to launch and, other than its inability to make GSM phone calls, has the same functionality as a top of the range Android smartphone. However, the Galaxy Camera does have a SIM-slot and the ability to connect to the 3G network, so communication could take place via the data network when out and about. This means that you could theoretically carry it instead of a handset for the day if you do not have a heavy reliance on making calls.

The enhanced camera and powerful feature set of the Galaxy Camera will catch the eye of both Android and digital camera enthusiasts. Other than the Nikon S800c, which runs Android but has a far inferior feature set, there are no other devices on the market to rival the Galaxy Camera. Here’s a reminder of the mains specs it has to offer:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.8″ super clear touch screen
  • 16MP Image Sensor
  • Pop-up Xenon Flash
  • 21X Optical Zoom
  • ‘Expert Mode’ for manual adjustments
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD slot
  • 50GB Dropbox storage free for 2 years
  • Wi-Fi, 3G (data not voice)
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm port
  • MicroUSB port (for charging and data transfer)

Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on videos

The newly Samsung Galaxy Camera is a gadget that both Android and digital camera fans will want to give a try. Here are a couple of hands-on videos filmed with the camera, from TechnoBuffalo and Samsung Mob!ler Dom.

TechnoBuffalo hands-on

 

Expert mode demo with Samsung Mob!ler Dom

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 & Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung continue to hit the headlines having released 2 very special devices amongst others within the last 24 hours.

The most talked about has to be the much rumoured Note 2, the successor to the original Note, yet the second generation got bigger and better going from a 5.3” display to 5.55” and from a dual-core to quad core processor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Features
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
  • 5.5″ Display
  • S Pen Stylus
  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • MicroSD slot
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage
  • 16:9 aspect ration (perfect for movie playback)
  • 3100mAh battery

Also announced was Samsung’s answer to Nikon’s Coolpix S800c. A 16 megapixel compact camera powered by Android.  A fantastic sounding product, the features and opportunities such a camera brings is quite incredible.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Features
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.8″ super clear touch screen
  • 16MP Image Sensor
  • Pop-up Xenon Flash
  • 21X Optical Zoom
  • ‘Expert Mode’ for manual adjustments
  • Wi-Fi, 3G (data not voice)
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm port
  • MicroUSB port (for charging and data transfer)

We have not yet had confirmation on availability or price for either of these product, but if you like these as much as we do, it is worth heading to our product pages to register your interest. We will then email you as soon as we have more information.

CLICK HERE to register your interest for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

CLICK HERE to register your interest for the Samsung Galaxy Camera

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