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Galaxy Camera First Thoughts

The camera industry has recently been hit with a blow, point and shoots are no longer needed. The camera on your phones are better for our ever connected world. The concept is simple, take everything that’s good about a standalone point and shoot. Than combine it with the sharing capabilities of a smartphone. Then you have somethings perfect for sharing quick shots, but not limited by an interface, sensor size, or the general lack of options offered by smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is not the first Android powered camera, but appears to be the one with a complete package. It boasts a 16-megapixel sensor, a 21x optical zoom, 3G/4G connectivity, WiFi, GPS, a 4.8-inch touchscreen display, all powered by a Quad Core CPU running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

It’s hard to know how to approach the Galaxy Camera, or what market Samsung is going for. Despite the price tag, it’s clearly not aimed at the traditional photography enthusiast, as there’s no RAW shooting and the small sensor limits image quality. But who else would be willing to shell out US$500 on a camera?

Watch this video to see the camera in action:

In the coming weeks I am going to test the camera, image quality, and also how useful the camera is. The Galaxy Camera is a $200 point-and-shoot with some fantastic sharing and editing features, that has a $300 premium. What are your thoughts about the camera? Tell us in the comments below, and we will see how they compare to your thoughts.

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