updated 02:16 pm EDT, Wed August 29, 2012
New camera runs Android 4.1
Samsung has revealed a new smart camera at IFA, the Galaxy Camera. The Android-powered camera had been rumored to debut this week alongside the Galaxy Note II, and Samsung has indeed revealed the device, but with some previously unanticipated features.
The Galaxy Camera features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom. It will run Android 4.1 upon release, and it has a 4.8-inch HD Clear LCD touchscreen. The Galaxy Camera will come with three connectivity options, 3G+Wi-Fi, 4G+Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi only. It is 2.7 inches wide, 0.75 inches in depth, and weighs 10.7 ounces. Inside it has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of storage, which can be expanded with an SD card.
The new camera features a Smart Pro Mode allowing users to select the type of picture they want to take. Among other options, this feature includes an Action Freeze Mode allowing for crisp pictures of fast action, Light Trace Mode allowing for better light recognition for pictures taken at night, and a Blue Sky mode that makes sure images of the sky aren't washed out when they appear in pictures. It also features voice control allowing users to zoom in, zoom out, and take pictures using vocal commands. It captures full HD video and is capable of slow-motion recording at 120fps.
The Galaxy Camera also has a smart content manager that organizes photos by time and location. Users will also have the option of immediately sharing photos to social networks without the need to interact with a separate app. It also features a Shared Shot mode, allowing it to share a single shot to multiple devices, and a Remote Viewfinder mode allowing users' smartphones to remotely control the camera.
The Galaxy Camera is set to ship in October, and it will be sold through camera retailers and carrier outlets. Samsung has not yet released details on pricing for the device.