We’ve seen digital cameras struggle to survive in an area they once triumphed, at least before smart phones took over; almost on a daily basis, we’re greeted with news of a new smart phone making headlines around the globe, which’s not replicated in the case of digital cameras for a single reason, today’s smart phones have or even exceed photography capabilities of digital cameras. It’s therefore very interesting to see a digital camera with most of smart phone features embedded such as Samsung GC100 Galaxy Camera, instead of having a compromised snapper on a handset typically 8MP for high-end devices, how about borrowing those important features of a smart phone and mashing them inside a dedicated digital camera. Galaxy GC100 Camera is the first of its kind packing desired features from both cameras and phones; you’ll get Android v4.0 Jelly Bean OS, logical optical zoom feature as well as access 3G networks on this device
Most electronic firms such as Nikon and Sony are said to be releasing app-enhanced cameras soon and this could just be that magical innovation this segment desperately needs to survive, GC100 is so far the first device to offer decent camera features with phone-like data connection over 3G or 4G networks. Not everything is however impressive on this camera, you’ll need to save more to afford it, initial reports indicate it’ll cost just over $500. Its design is not remarkably different from ordinary cameras, at least before its turned on; you’ll be welcomed with grid placed icons familiar to anyone who’s had a smart phone. Android apps separate Galaxy GC100 from the rest of cameras we know of, just like many smart phones from Samsung and other makers; the Galaxy Camera is powered by Google’s Android OS and not just any but its latest Jelly Bean OS.
Samsung GC100 Galaxy Camera supports up to 21x logical optical zoom making it suitable for snapping distant images with workable details whether you’re on a hike, watching sports or just getting a clear view of those tall buildings. And by zooming out, the GC100 will surprise you with just how much it can capture nearby; the 23mm aperture lens can get wider so you fit your subject as you want it. The 4.8inch display panel is definitely one of the biggest we’ve seen in this segment; it comes in handy by rendering a bigger canvas so you can easily compose and edit your photos, you can even watch videos and TV shows on it. Under the hood is a 1.4 Quad-core processor that’s way bigger than most smart phones out there, it’s enough to tackle most droid apps without experiencing lags. With the Galaxy Camera, you need not be a pro to snap decent images as the camera offers handy automatic modes that recreates images for you.
Samsung Galaxy GC100 Camera Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v4.1 Jelly Bean
- Processor: 1.4GHz Quad-Cortex-A9 Processor
- Display: 4.8inch (720x1280p pixels) (306ppi) Super Clear LCD. 16m colors
- Camera: 16Megapixel, 21x optical zoom, Xenon Flash, Auto-focus, Video:1080p
- Storage: 8GB Internal, 50GB Dropbox, 1GB RAM Up to 64GB MicroSD card
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC
- Internet: HSDPA 21Mbps, HSDPA 5.76Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Hotspot
- Other ft: Touch-focus, Geo-Tagging, face & smile detection, gyro, compas, accel
- Battery: Standard Lithium Ion 1650mAh
Samsung Galaxy GC100 CameraPrice in Kenya: from Kshs.43600