Samsung launches first android camera

No doubt this is just the first of many smart cameras to come

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Showing no hesitation after last month’s courtroom beat down at the hands of Apple, Samsung’s back to grabbing headlines and taking names this week with the announcement of the company’s new Galaxy Camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is the first smart camera on the market

Basically, it’s a small, compact digital camera that runs on Google’s Android technology, specifically, Jellybean 4.1, the latest Android OS to date.

For all those scratching their heads out there right now thinking, Isn’t this thing just an overly-glorified smartphone? — yes, it is. It just can’t make any calls.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is not a phone

Cool apps and widgets aside, Samsung’s Galaxy Camera rocks some impressive specs. It features a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and includes 1080p video recording technology. Also, it has a 4.77” high-def touch-screen LCD screen, 23mm lens with a 2.8 aperture, and a rather gnarly-if-I-do-say-so-myself 21x optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy Camera technology

The Galaxy Camera offers some additional perks that helps it avoid the connotation of being “just another camera”. For instance, it features wireless connectivity with 4G/LTE capability (on selected regions, obvi, as not everywhere supports this kick-ass service just yet). Also, it offers cloud storage back-up for photos the moment they’re taken — sayonara to the days of having to scramble for new memory cards!

Early reviews are in and here’s what the general consensus: yes, the physical specs on the Galaxy Camera are impressive. I mean, how could they not be — they’re the only true “smart” camera on the market. But its performance is severely lacking. There are reports of shutter delay. Also, some are saying that the Jellybean software isn’t exactly jiving with the hardware as well as it should — lots of error messages popping up time and again when users are trying to taking a photo.

But if expert reviews and opinions aren’t for you, then you might be interested in hearing a bit more about some of the device’s flashly highlights — Samsung’s Galaxy Camera allows users to take a picture using voice control, edit images on the touchscreen, and share photos right away on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

Interested in buying it? Well, let ye be forewarned that the Galaxy Camera does not fall into the category of affordable electronic gear like our finely crafted portable mini speakers – Samsung announced that they’ll be on sale in the UK next month for £399, about $500 here in the States.

Thanks, but I think I’ll stick with my camera phone for now.

Thanks but no thanks

Learn more about the new Samsung Galaxy Camera.

The reason hardware companies are failing

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The consumer electronics market has quickly deteriorated into a case where it is Apple and everyone else.  Everyone else includes Sony, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Motorola, RIM, Logitech and Samsung.  Of these major companies, all except Samsung have seen decreased sales and loss of market share.  Why are these companies failing to get me lusting for their products?

Mostly because my gadget arsenal consists of an essential list including a Macbook Air, and iPhone, and Boombot speaker.  If you tap into my audio, I have some Sennheiser headphones and a Yamaha component system.  I could live without the Yamaha system, but I couldn’t even pull $200 on Craigslist for it… so it stays.  Having said that, the essentials include a smartphone, laptop, headphones, and portable speaker.  If you are hardware company not successfully manufacturing and marketing one of these four hardware items, your company is dying.

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