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A 21x compact shooter brought to life by Android

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The Galaxy Camera proves that Android on a point-and-shoot is no gimmick. But until the price drops closer to the level of other compacts, it's not a very practical purchase.

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Critic reviews

7.3
15 reviews
  • Image quality
    7.1
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    6.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Durability
    6.9
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    7.7
  • Ease of use
    7.8

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User reviews

8.7
3 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 14, 2012

The combination of decent compact camera hardware and the latest version of Android is not only powerful; it's also seriously enjoyable, and it may result in the casual photographer spending far more time perfecting and sharing their pictures than they ever did before.

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8.0
CNET Nov 16, 2012

Outside of its relatively high cost of ownership and average point-and-shoot picture quality, the Samsung Galaxy Camera definitely delivers the shoot-and-share experience of a smartphone with the features of a compact camera.

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7.0
AllThingsD Nov 26, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is the best Android-based camera that’s currently available, but consumers should weigh the cost commitment that comes with being always connected.

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7.0
PC Mag Nov 27, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Camera combines the functions of a Android device and a dedicated camera quite well, letting you whisk your photos and videos to the Web instantly. But this first-gen design also shows room for improvement.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 25, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Camera combines the functions of a Android device and a dedicated camera quite well, letting you whisk your photos and videos to the Web instantly. But this first-gen design also shows room for improvement.

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6.0
Gizmodo Dec 13, 2012

Should You Buy It? Maybe, actually. For all its foibles, the Galaxy camera is a lot of fun to use. Maybe this thing's nothing more than a toy, but it's a really entertaining toy. People want to instantly share an image—they just don't want to sacrifice quality to do it.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 19, 2012

Taken into context as an all-in-one photography, editing, and social sharing studio, however, and it’s a different matter, occupying a niche sweet spot between the flexibility (but underwhelming photos) of a smartphone, and the quality (but cumbersome sharing options) of a camera.

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8.0
CNET UK Nov 23, 2012

Spot-on for anyone who wants an easy way to share their pictures without being restricted to smart phone resolutions and quality levels, and very fairly priced considering the specs and features. The best Android camera yet, and one that competitors will have to work hard to beat.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 27, 2012

There's too much going on for successful cohesion. It's like Samsung's taken all its best possible devices and thrown them in a pot with the belief that it would make for the greatest camera ever. It could have, but it hasn't.

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7.0
TechHive Aug 28, 2013

If you don’t want to tote an iPad or Android tablet, but you want the pretty screen and software capabilities, the Galaxy is a good choice.

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8.0
T3 Dec 12, 2012

... the Galaxy Camera is a more pleasurable experience to use than Nikon’s fractionally cheaper S800c and arguably more versatile; but whether you might be better off keeping your existing snapshot and spending what’s being asked here on an actual tablet instead is entirely a choice for you.

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8.0
Steve's Digicams Jun 21, 2013

Samsung gave this camera some nice features, including Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity and a 21x optical zoom lens. The primary drawback with the Galaxy Camera is that its image quality is similar to a basic inexpensive point-n-shoot camera, which makes it tough to justify the $450 price tag.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Dec 19, 2012

While poor battery life is a fairly common problem for devices of this type and can be controlled to a certain extent by either switching off certain features or carrying a spare battery, some of the image quality flaws are less forgivable – especially the inconsistent white balance.

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7.0
HotHardware Mar 11, 2013

Overall, we had a great time using the Galaxy Camera and see a lot of fun scenarios where we would enjoy having a connected camera that also has the ability to take great photos.

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8.0
USA Today Nov 21, 2012

Galaxy Camera is a better shooter than the smartphone in your pocket, and having wireless is a major convenience. But not everyone will want to spend the extra loot for apps and features that are perfectly well-suited, and duplicated, on your phone.

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9.0
pricci pricci

At first look this camera is expensive, but if you are like me, and want to get quality photos from a mid-range camera and be able to share them the instant you have a Wifi Connection, then this is amazing! Dont bother with the data plans as they are just too expensive, and really in most major...

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9.0
jeffreytz jeffreytz

I love my Galaxy Camera. I purchased an imported unlocked European model and actually saved $50 (and tax). The image quality is good and while it doesn't compare to my Canon PowerShot S95 it still takes pictures that look great up on Facebook. The 21X zoom is amazing and provides decent pictures...

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