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Samsung Galaxy Camera review

Android apps on a 'proper' camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Responsive touchscreen controls
  • Social integration
  • Advanced and auto modes
  • Great apps
  • Impressive images

Against

  • A little big for some
  • Can't use it as a phone
  • No macro shortcut

Generally speaking the Samsung Galaxy Camera produces nice-looking images that are correctly exposed and sharp at normal viewing sizes.

As from some other Samsung compact cameras, the results can look a little hit and miss when examined at 100% on screen. Some look detail-rich and nice and sharp, while others taken in similar circumstances are a bit softer.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

Noise is generally pretty well controlled, with little sign of coloured speckling even in images captured at the maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 3200.

There is, however, some softening of detail to conceal the noise, but nothing out of the ordinary and within acceptable levels. Dropping to ISO 1600 sees a significant improvement in detail reproduction.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

Colours are normally well represented when the camera is in its standard configuration in one of the expert modes. Switching to Landscape shooting modes boosts blues and greens, however, and blue skies and water look a bit too intense and oversaturated to appear natural.

Our lab tests show that the camera's dynamic range is respectable rather than impressive, since it can't quite match the Panasonic TZ30. This is borne out by our real-world images, some of which have burned out areas of sky as well as a cyan band that merges into blue.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

As a compact camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera uses contrast detection autofocus, and it copes pretty well with most subjects. It only starts to struggle in very dark conditions, or when the subject has very low contrast.

Because the whole screen is available for AF point selection, it is usually possible to find a suitable area within the scene to achieve sharp focus.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

It would be easy to assume that the 21x zoom lens is compromised at one end or the other, but it performs well throughout the entire range, with no point delivering appreciably softer images than another.

Fringing is also controlled well, just subtly appearing along a few backlit edges towards the edges of the frame, and then only really being noticeable if you look for it when images are at 100% on the screen.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

We particularly enjoyed using Best Face mode. In this mode the camera instructs you to hold the camera steady (and you need to tell your subjects to pose) while it takes a sequence of up to five shots. It takes a few seconds to process before displaying an image with boxes around the faces.

Tapping on each box in turn brings up the shot options for each face. Simply tap on the version you want for each face, to create a composite image. Obviously it will struggle to cope if the subjects move around a lot, but we found it does a great job of merging the image.

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyGalaxy
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom21x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size12.2 cm (4.8")
Video Formats3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, WebM, WMV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Flash Memory Capacity3.87 GB
Minimum Focus Distance100 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeBSI CMOS
Total Camera Resolution17 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC), microSDHC Card
Height70.8 mm
Width128.7 mm
Depth19.1 mm
Focal Length4.10 mm to 86.10 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAMR, 3GA, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, AAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Fix, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelEK-GC100
Product NameGalaxy Camera, White
Product LineGalaxy
Manufacturer Part NumberEK-GC100ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung Galaxy Camera gives you the magic of professional digital photography with the powerful intelligence of the Android Jelly Bean OS. It's the smartest camera ever, with stunning photographic output and a range of exceptionally rich professional shooting modes, editing features and various apps. Up close or far away, bright lights or dim lights: tricky scenes are no match for the Galaxy Camera, which instantly turns memories into award-winning photography. Using the Samsung Galaxy Camera is incredibly intuitive and a lot of fun. The timeless Minimal Organic Design is perfect to hold and the 121.2mm (4.77") HD Super Clear Touch Display is simply gorgeous. Go ahead, make everyone jealous. Use the new and powerful editing features with just the tips of your fingers to turn photos and videos into masterpieces. No Wi-Fi? No cables? No problem! Stay connected wherever you are. Instantly share pictures or transfer them back to home base for back-up.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker