The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes in two versions — a Wifi only version for $449 and a 3G/4G-connected version for around $500 to $550. The network-connected versions are currently available only on Verizon or AT&T and require access to a data plan and possibly an activation fee, depending on the carrier. Data usage also applies, so you have to be mindful of how many photos or videos you're transmitting over the network; however, it's fairly easy to control whether your photos upload via WiFi or network in the device settings.
The camera, available in black or white, offers 16 megapixels with a CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom and a 23-mm-wide zoom lens. The focal length of the lens is equivalent to a 35-mm camera lens that is 23-483 mm. The video is full HD video. It has a flash, an HDMI port to connect it to a TV at full resolution, a tripod mount and headphone jacks.
A 4.8-inch “Super Clear Touch LCD” screen, as Samsung calls it, gets you to the Google Play store for Android applications. You can download the Chrome Internet browser, your favorite email apps or even Angry Birds, among all the thousands of choices on the app store.
Included with the camera are apps like Photo Wizard with 35 editing tools, the Smart Content Manager to help you organize your photos, Paper Artist to add effects and Video Editor for deleting and rearranging video scenes and adding music or text.
Each camera purchase also gives you 50 GB of Dropbox storage on the camera, as well as integration with Samsung's AllShare, a method the company uses to integrate your Samsung devices so you can see your photos on each one that you own.
For more information, go to Samsung.com, www.verizonwireless.com or www.att.com.
Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Staff Writer