Samsung Galaxy Camera – it broke


Using the Samsung Galaxy Camera – it broke
14th January 2013

The camera had a short life as it arrived Saturday morning, and after setting it up and taking about 10 photos it broke on Sunday night! The Lens stopped moving, extending and closing the cover. A message is displayed saying the focus isn’t working (see photo below). So now I’m waiting to see how to return it and get a replacement, and when we do we will continue with the posts on this camera. At least now I can write about Samsung Customer Support 🙂


Please note : photos take with a Nokia Lumia 900


Using The Samsung Galaxy Camera – Part 1


Using The Samsung Galaxy Camera – Part 1
13th January 2013

As you read in a previous post, the Samsung Galaxy Camera arrived on Saturday. I had seen the camera in a tech shop and had a look at it and liked the fully functioning Android 4.1, and could only take photos in the shop and view them on the cameras screen. I wanted to take it outside and see what it could do. But now I can, I have one. So, this will be a multi-part post of photos the camera took and click on them to see the full res versions and let me know what you think! Comment now and comment often as we want to hear your opinion.

“Is that a phone or a camera?” Well, it’s certainly not the best camera, nor is it a passable “phone,” but for this early adopter, at least, it was nice. It is not a bad little unit to hold and carry as well, and as its winter and I wear a wear a jacket, and it slipped easily into the pocket. It is very easy to use with a big screen android interface on the back. After unboxing I snapped a photo of a flower in the window and then took a walk around and snapped some more in the evening with the camera set on ‘auto night’, then a flower photo in daylight and a street scene in the day with a multitude color variations and shadows. . So first the specs:

  • Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS
  • Lens: F2.8, 23 mm, 21x Optical Zoom Lens
  • IS: OIS
  • Display: 121.2 mm (4.77″), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Network: 4G, 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • Processor: 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Memory: 8GB + memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
  • Image: JPEG format  16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
  • Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC); Full HD 1920×1080 30fps; Slow motion Movie 720×480 120fps
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.4
  • Value-added Features: Smart Pro : 10 modes (Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace, Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, Vivid Fireworks); Share shot, Auto Cloud Back-up; Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Movie Wizard; Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest; AllShare Play, Family Story, Drop box
  • Google™ Mobile Services: Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Google Chrome browser, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
  • Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40; GPS/GLONASS; 
Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Battery: 1,650 mAh
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
  • Weight: 305g
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Close up without Flash – Samsung Galaxy Camera
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a Nokia Lumia 900 – taken by Samsung Galaxy Camera
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21x Zoomed in – taken with Samsung Galaxy Camera
Inside Pizza Shop with no Flash
Building, no flash, night settings
Building, no flash, night settings
Building, no flash, night settings
Building, no flash, night settings
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first outside day photo and first flower
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first outside street scene


Samsung Galaxy Camera (with Android 4.1)


Samsung Galaxy Camera (with Android 4.1)
12th January 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Camera that we won by submitting a photo in a competition arrived today. The weight behind it is nice and just personally gives me quality feel to it. The camera comes in black and white, they sent me a white version. This camera is the first with Android 4.1 installed and what you have in your hand is small tablet with a large lens on the front. It has a memory card and a SIM card slot. Samsung hasn’t been shy in just trying anything in the tech area and seeing what sticks. Look at the Galaxy Note – who would have thought they would have sold 10m of those and started a whole new genre of device. Same for this camera. Will others follow? Its now on to fully charge and after go out and take photos, which will be posted here. So here is the Samsung Galaxy Camera being unboxed (photos by Nokia Lumia 900) and turned on for the first time, and in the next posts will follow photos taken with it.

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