Samsung Galaxy Gear camera

The Samsung Galaxy Gear goes a step further than just about every other smartwatch we've seen in that it also has a 1.9-megapixel camera tucked into its band. It's capable of shooting still pictures at 1392-by-1392 or 1280-by-960, and video at 640-by-640 or 1280-by-720.

By no means will this replace your smartphone camera, but it is a little fun. Let's take a look at some example shots.

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There are 20 comments

Amir47 says:

Not terrible. Still not worth $300

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NoNexus says:

Yup

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reeper55 says:

Better than I anticipated for sure.

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NoNexus says:

This

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gotta agree with you on that.

Carl Depeine says:

Not bad at all

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brendilon says:

This is the stupidest idea I've ever seen. And holy cow is that ugly.

xlDeMoNiClx says:

Trololol

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K White1 says:

Most of the photos look OK, but the last few shots make my eye twitch.

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TenshiNo says:

Like most cell-phone-sized CCD's, it definitely struggles in low light.

As much as I like the idea of a "Smart Watch" I still can't fathom a use-case where I would want a camera on one...

tdizzel says:

I was worried when I saw you were posting pictures from a camera mounted on your wrist. I'm quite relieved now

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Noxzoul says:

I would have spent all day at that pool.

Smartwatches just aren't for me, but I was pleasantly surprised by the camera quality here. Definitely better than I was expecting.

muddy13 says:

What happens when the band or clasp eventually break? How much will it cost to replace with that fancy camera embedded in the band?

prlundberg says:

Wow, it's like going back in time. I haven't seen shots that bad on a device that expensive since my Palm days.

I fail to see the point. A front facing camera for video chats, now that would be something. But as designed it is pretty much completely useless, given that this watch is a companion to a phone and not really a stand alone device. Why anybody would want to use this when they already have a far superior phone camera in their pocket is beyond me. Of course, I don't understand why anybody would want this watch in the first place.

It's like Samsung just threw a bunch of parts together without any thought of how a smart watch should be used. I'm guessing they panicked after hearing the rumors of Apple's watch and rushed this POS to market.

frettfreak says:

better then i thought... but i thought it was going to be REALLY bad. would NEVER EVER use this feature even if i wanted to buy the watch... but i dont.

crxssi says:

>"The Samsung Galaxy Gear goes a step further than just about every other smartwatch we've seen in that it also has a 1.9-megapixel camera"

And yet the Omate has a *5* MP camera. And works with every smartphone. And has a better screen, and tons more RAM, and tons more storage, and SD slot, and a sapphire crystal face, and a full working phone option, and a zillion other things....

And costs less

http://www.omate.com

judasmachine says:

Shrugs. I would just pretend it was a laser and shoot people with it.

Chaddinho says:

Not bad, better than I expected

someguy01234 says:

This is the first time I heard of people taking photos with watches (without being a spy agent).