Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung today reminds us that its Galaxy Camera, erm, camera will be available in the United Kingdom this week. Samsung-branded stores get it first, starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, celebrated with canapes and champagne, no less. Stores such as Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4U and Jessops and Clove will sell the Galaxy Camera starting Thursday.

The Galaxy Camera, like NIkon's Coolpix S800c, is the electronics manufacturer's first foray into the traditional point-and-shoot market. It sports a 16.3-megapixel BSI sensor, F/2.8 23mm lens with a 21x optical zoom, and is all powered by Android 4.1. Wifi and GPS are built in, of course, and cellular options are available. There's 8GB of storage on board, with microsSD expandability. 

The Galaxy Camera costs £399 inc. VAT,  £332.50 excluding VAT. In the United States, AT&T has pledged to carry the camera on its network.

More: Our hands-on with the Galaxy Camera; sample pictures

UK AVAILABILITY OF SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA ANNOUNCED FOR 8th NOVEMBER

Samsung brand store customers to get new connected camera from 5pm on November 7th

5th November 2012, London, UK – Samsung Electronics has today announced the Galaxy Camera will be available across the UK from November 8th. Samsung brand store customers will get the opportunity to buy it earlier, from 5pm on November 7th. First seen in Berlin at IFA 2012 in August, the new connected camera combines high performance photography with the cutting-edge design of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The initial response to the Galaxy Camera has been amazing and we are really looking forward to offering our customers a completely new type of digital photography device. The Galaxy Camera is a fantastic example of our continued passion for innovation and we are excited to be evolving our Galaxy range even further.”

The Samsung Galaxy Camera features a 21x optical zoom lens, the latest Android OS (4.1 Jelly Bean) and 3G connectivity so it’s possible to go online and share photos with friends and family anytime anywhere. Plus photographs and videos can be edited and shared easily and spontaneously wherever you are.  

A 21x optical touch zoom lens and super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor means it’s possible to take high quality pictures with the Galaxy Camera and its ‘Smart Pro’ technology guarantees the end result is a professional-looking, stunning shot every time. The Galaxy Camera’s 16-Megapixel 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor makes sure that every image is captured in brilliant colour and resolution, and even wide-angle shots are possible thanks to the 23mm aperture lens. With the world’s largest and most vivid camera display – a 121.2mm HD Super Clear Touch Display - photographs are always crystal clear.

The Galaxy Camera will be available exclusively at the Samsung Brand Store with champagne and canapés on offer from 5pm on November 7th and it will then hit a range of high street stores and online retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and Jessops on November 8th.

 

Reader comments

UK gets the Samsung Galaxy Camera this week

11 Comments

For journalists this could be fantastic, but most UK data contracts make it an utterly crazy proposition.

If Samsung did a professional Digital SLR version I think theyd be able to change the face of photojournalism.

"The Galaxy Camera, like NIkon's Coolpix S800c, is the electronics manufacturer's first foray into the traditional point-and-shoot market."

Am I missing something in this statement? I owned a Samsung camera three years ago and there are plenty of Samsung camera at Walmart. Which part am I missing?

You missed the part where this is a phone site, not a camera site, and apparently there isn't a single editor here who has ever laid eyes on a camera that wasn't strapped to the back of a cellphone (or the front in some recent cases.) Take that for what you will, but there are places more "suitable" to gain knowledge on new and upcoming cameras.

The part that you are missing, or not missing because the article doesn't neccessarly mention, is the fact the Galaxy Camera and the Nikon Coolpix S800c are the "first foray into the traditional point-and-shoot market" that run Android. That is what is the first here.

I really want one of these unlocked (not tied to AT&T or with a contract) so I checked Expansys-USA hoping it would be $500 or less but sadly it's listed at $735 which is just too much (to me anyway) for what this is.

Update: I noticed there was another Galaxy GC100 on the Expansys site and it's black, not white - it's listed at $565 and appears to be the exact same camera, only black (which I would prefer anyway). Not sure why there's a nearly-$200 difference, but for some reason I'm thinking I could pop for that. Maybe. Says they're not in stock for another 9 days so I think I'll wait and see some reviews first.