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As promised, today sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Camera in the U.S., where it's now available to buy from AT&T. The Android-powered point-and-shoot camera features a 16-megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor with 21X optical zoom, and runs Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) out of the box, along with Samsung's own customizations. At $499, it's not the cheapest point-and-shoot around, but it is backed up by Samsung's latest smartphone tech, similar to what's found in the Galaxy S3.

In addition to Wifi, the Galaxy Camera supports AT&T's 4G (HSPA+) network, and the carrier's offering the following plans for use with the camera -- though the device is also available to buy with no commitment. 

  • 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

If you're interested in picking up a Galaxy Camera on launch day, you'll find more details over at the source link.

Source: Galaxy Camera on AT&T

 
There are 20 comments

turdbogls says:

are you guys planning on doing a review of this thing? or should i scour the other sites for dedicated camera reviews :)
I just enjoy reading your guys' reviews more than any other sites.

jyemenai says:

I'm trying to debate on whether or not i REALLY want this. It looks and sounds soooo amazing, I just wanna make sure I'll actually use it besides just a few pictures here and there (and then end up filling it with music to use as a back-up MP3 player). I think If I were to move or travel more, this would definitely be for me.

jeffreytz says:

I already know I really want it :) My question is, is it completely unlocked? I noticed on AT&T's website that it has AT&T Locker pre-installed (hopefully no other bloatware crap) so they've had some input to the device. I don't want any ties to AT&T, just want to use my StraightTalk SIM when I want to.

Touchpaddle says:

I just wish that Samsung will make a new refrigerator powered by Android Jelly Bean.
Possible uses:

It's pretty cool to use my phone to see the contents of the inside of my fridge,
while I'm inside a grocery store.

whosaidwhat says:

That's not a bad idea.

Built-in cameras does sound useful, especially when you accidentally lock your kids inside the fridge.

Dutchmasta says:

LOL that happen often?

Xbbfan73 says:

I love this idea. Sounds like a winner. Keep developing and pitching.

Toss in a Samsung Stove with Jelly Bean, that might prove useful next week.

*ping* Your turkey is burning!

aaronwe says:

I'd be the first in line if I could make phone calls with it and not have to carry around a separate camera with a zoom lens.

But as a secondary device? There are equivalent cameras for less money, or much better cameras for the same money.

So who's the target market for this thing? Android fans with money to burn? Instagrammers who want an expensive camera before they make their photos look like they were shot with a toy camera?

I just don't get it as a secondary device.

mtmerrick says:

GrooveIP? Its not perfect but it works.

whosaidwhat says:

This thing will fail. $500 + a data plan? The concept is great but people are not ready to pay this kind of money for a point and shoot, even with Android on it.

Most people will see this and go "wow!, that's cool" but then walk away after they see the price and required data plan. People walking into ATT stores aren't there to buy $500 phones, they are there for the Free - $199 phones.

Hmm, what's this do that a phone+real camera+eye-fi doesn't? On the other hand, if they ever get around to doing 4.2 on this camera, PhotoSphere could be really amazing on it! But then on the other other hand, this will probably be the last on the list to get 4.2.

nighthawk700 says:

Hopefully when the next generation camera comes out, this will drop down to a reasonable price. Does look like a nice camera, just more than I can afford for a camera.

this here is a phone that I would love to have! smartphone and powerful camera at the same time,wonderful!

sledgie#AC says:

Gosh, $299 and id seriously consider it. This sounds like AT&Ts pricing though...$499 might as well get a Nexus 10 32GB at that price. This sounded really great at the time it came out.

Awake says:

If you guys want to test out the camera I'd suggest making a trip to Bestbuy and try out the Samsung WB850F, it's pretty much the same camera minus touch screen and Android OS. I owned the WB850F for one day and took it back, the pictures weren't that much better than a top of the line Android phone.

jeffreytz says:

Dang, by the time I got over to the AT&T store around the corner (Kinsey and Clark, Chicago) they were already sold out (they got 5 of them). They checked inventories at State St. and Michigan Ave. and both are sold out as well. Between this and the Nexus 4 I'm having a lousy product launch week :(

mtmerrick says:

Grrr...
I would be buying one of these for CES if it were more affordable, or if there was a wifi only version....

Gearu says:

If you buy this you are a sucker.

Pictures are terrible for the price.