Camera quality within smartphones has increased exponentially over the last few years, to the point where the discussion "Will smartphones replace compact cameras?" has actually become valid. In light of this trend, AT&T has announced plans to release the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The new device will look to create its own smartphone sub-genre combining all of the functionality of a camera with the wireless connectivity and OS of a Samsung smartphone.
The Galaxy Camera will offer a 21x optical zoom lens and a bright 16MP BSI CMOS sensor that will allow for high-quality images even when close up and with low-lighting conditions. The device will also offer a 4.8-inch HD LCD screen and quad-core 1GHZ processor.
Sharing will also be easy on the Galaxy Camera thanks to its 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. Users will be able to upload and link photos and videos without the need of a computer.
In addition direct access to social networks, users will be able to share content with a litany of other Samsung devices via AllSharePlay, which will let users link content over a Wi-Fi network. The Galaxy Camera is also going to offer Share Shot, which will allow users to automatically send images to other Galaxy Camera, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II units from up to 200 feet away.
While it is known that AT&T will be the first U.S. carrier to introduce this device, currently the price and exact release date remain in question. However AT&T and Samsung assured consumers that as we near the release date, which is expected to be sometime in the next couple of weeks, more information will be provided about pricing and availability.
Our sister site Digital Camera Review has a preview of the Samsung Galaxy Camera.