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The Samsung Galaxy Camera launched in the UK last week, and now it's headed to the U.S. on AT&T. Stateside, the Galaxy Camera will set you back $499 with or without a data contract when it launches this Friday, Nov. 16. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered point-and-shoot features a 16-megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor with 21X optical zoom, and is powered by the same 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos chip found on the international Galaxy S3.

Connectivity-wise, you've got Wifi and 3G/4G coverage through AT&T. Today's presser makes no reference to LTE, so presumably we're dealing with good old-fashioned HSPA+ here.

As we mentioned, you can pick up the Galaxy Camera for $499 without a contract, but if you want a data plan, AT&T offers the following --

  • AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

A current AT&T promo also allows you to get $100 off a second Samsung device, including the Galaxy Camera when you buy a Samsung Galaxy smartphone from the carrier.

Thinking of picking one of these up at launch? $499 is no small amount of money, but the Galaxy Camera is no ordinary point-and-shoot. Let us know what you think in the comments.

More: AT&T Galaxy Camera hands-on

SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA AVAILABLE ON AT&T’S 4G NETWORK BEGINNING NOV. 16

For a Limited Time, Buy any Samsung Galaxy Smartphone and Receive up to $100 off a Second Connected Samsung Device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera

DALLAS, NOV. 12, 2012 — AT&T* today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the 4G connected camera, will be available for customers beginning Nov. 16 for $499.99.2  For a limited time, AT&T customers will receive up to $100 off the purchase of a second Samsung Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone (w/ two-year agreement incl. qualifying voice and data plans).

The Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and AT&T 4G mobile internet, resulting in a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to Android applications from the Google Play™ market.

The Galaxy Camera is a perfect fit for those who wish to shoot, edit and share brilliant photographs and video easily and quickly through social networks without connecting to a laptop or PC. The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD™ screen, boasts a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. This device is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor for quick and responsive performance. Galaxy Camera includes powerful manual controls with its Expert Mode, which allows for manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Smart Mode gives amateurs the tools of the pros, with Rich Tone HDR mode, Light Trace for ‘light painting’ photos and features like Best Face and Best Photo, which help users pick the best shot.

“By connecting the Samsung Galaxy Camera through the AT&T wireless network, users can instantly share photos, giving family and friends a glimpse into their favorite holiday moments,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. “Customers will receive $100 off the purchase of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone, making the Samsung Galaxy Camera the perfect gift this holiday season.”

In addition to being able to share to social networks and cloud services on-the-go, consumers can harness the speed and connectivity of AT&T’s wireless network to share images and videos between Galaxy Camera and a range of Galaxy devices including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1. 3

Customers purchasing Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets and other compatible devices. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans. 4

The full range of data plan options include:
·         AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
·         AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
·         AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
·         AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

The Galaxy Camera will have access AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use photo and video sharing service for AT&T customers.  AT&T Locker users get 5 GB of storage for free – enough for 5,000 average sized photos.  AT&T Locker provides users the ability to upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail.  Users can create and customize albums for photos and video on the device or online in the AT&T Locker website. 

 

Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Camera coming to the U.S. on AT&T Nov. 16

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Nobody in their right mind would put a 16 mega pixel camera on even the most expensive data plan, and putting it on a cheap data plan is flat not going to work. The wifi version may sell, but why would anyone want to buy that from AT&T?

This is the wrong camera for the job for people who take photos for a living and need instant transfer. And people who don't do that for a living aren't going to buy a data plan for something they use occasionally when they already have that capability in their phone.

I really can't see what market segment this device is aimed at.

I agree with this. What I think would work much better would be a great camera with WiFi/Bluetooth/NFC/cloud print that's designed for quickly transferring photos to another device (phone, tablet, computer, printer) and then let the second device handle the rest of the work.

I agree completely. Who in their right mind is going to pay $500 for a point and shoot nowadays. 21x optical zoom is very good for a point and shoot, but I paid less than half that price for a brand new Panasonic Lumix ZS-20 and the same price for an Olympus Pen with more than 3 different lenses. It would probably sell pretty well at a more competitive price and I would put in about the same category as the Lumix ZS-20. If they decided to sell it for $300, I think it would sell pretty well, but $500 is SLR and micro four thirds territory. Like I said, you can get a good little micro four thirds like a Sony Nex or Olympus Pen with a few lenses for that price.

I got to play with this last week at my local mall's Samsung kiosk. While it's nice, I imagine the number of people willing to pay an extra $10 a month (or more) for their camera is tiny.

when this is only $150 dollars cheaper than a Canon T3i DSLR I don't think sales will be that good. Not a good move on Samsung's part in my opinion.

If this had ph call capabilities I would most definitely buy it!!!

This thing would very such a beast of an actual smartphone!!!

Completely agreed. I would gladly rock an S3 with a super zoom lens hanging off it. It blew my mind that they didnt include phone services... it'll happen eventually.

In fact, a super zoom phone is exactly what Sony should do to regain interest in their handsets.

I agree. If this were a phone, I would be willing to pay a subsudized $500 with 2-year contract for it. But I'm not going to pay more for a point and shoot than I did for my Olympus Pen with 3 different lenses or more than twice as much as my 20x optical zoom Lumix. I simply cannot see this camera selling at all. I would be surprised if 1000 of these sold in the US. I know our great country is full of morons that would happily pay $50 for a $10 shirt, but if Samsung is hoping to attract those customers, they should put an Apple logo on it.

Exactly. It not being able to make phone calls is the only reason I'm not purchasing it. If I could move my sim back and forth between it and my SGS3, it'd make the perfect vacation device!

You nailed it for me.

If I could take this and this only, I could use this as my international vacation device. This would almost make up for the extra cost since I wouldn't have to carry my phone as well. I'd use the WiFi at the hotel for most uploads.

I could see buying one, but the price isn't a good enough deal for me.

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For anyone who cares; with a $15 data plan AT&T wants to charge you, equates to no more than 50 16MP pictures you can upload/send.

I also cannot see how $500 for a point-and-shoot is justified.

This device is almost 3x the price it should be.That's in addition to the Verizon-esque data plan prices. Still, I could see the potential.

I can go to Costco and get a DSLR Bundle for about 100 bucks more than this and it will produce way better photos. I think they shot themselves in the foot on this one.

I love the idea of the Galaxy Camera so much that I would have even gone to $399 for wifi only even though I've never paid more than $299 for a camera. But there is no wifi only option.

I actually hope this bombs so I can pick it up for cheap in the inevitable firesale. Maybe next time they'll go the wifi only route. This whole thing smells like the first Galaxy Tab all over again.

Surely this will firesale, I just hope the average consumer is savvy enough to realize it takes horrid images, we're relying on them to do so.

I'd get one for $100, and sit it on the coffee table, because what this camera does best is look nice as an ornament.

Some interesting comments here but I think many are missing the point. I haven't seen any reviews to the contrary and I believe the specs for this should justify the price.
No, I don't want this thing to also do phone calls. I would only purchase it for WiFi connectivity but I like the resolution and low light capabilities. Knowing the capabilities of other Galaxy Phone Cameras (I have a Galaxy Epic and an S3), I believe this could be a great camera for this price. Think of the ability to take photos in low light, edit them, and send they to your photo processor, Flickr or Facebook.
I'll reserve more comment until after I purchase mine or read a good report from someone who knows how to do camera reviews, such as DPReview.com.

BTW: I would prefer to purchase this from someone like BestBuy rather than AT&T and perhaps save $50 for a camera without 4G.

I'm actually excited about this product. I think Samsung is just testing the waters with this, but I think it could sell well if it were also a cell phone. Consumers will not want to carry this and their phone around at the same time, but if it were all together, then that's possible.
I think Samsung has proven that large phones like the Note and Note II can be hot sellers and I think high quality camera mated to a phone can be a hot seller as well. The Galaxy Camera is for consumers that like to take better photos with their phone. It is not for professional.
Would it be a little bulky or ackward placed next to your head for a call? Probably, but users will get used to it for the benefit of higher quality photos. Now higher quality photos are not important to everyone, but for those who value that, this will be the answer.
Pricing is high t $500, but I can see paying $200-300 for this with a cell contract, not just data. Let's see where this goes.