IFA 2012: Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung puts a green Android chap inside your next digital camera.

This camera has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before your phone does.

This camera has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before your phone does.

We’re used to Android powering a smartphone but now Samsung thinks it’s time for Android to run your camera too. The new Samsung Galaxy Camera follows the Nokia S800c by using Google Android to provide the smarts that run the digital camera.

Providing all the usual clever picture snapping and video shooting abilities, the camera also includes all the Android apps and internet sharing features you’re used to on your phone. That’s to say you can snap an image and then share it from the camera to Facebook over a 3G, 4G or wireless connection.

Running the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s likely to be more advanced than your expensive phone. As a camera it uses a 16.3MP 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor with a whopping 21x super-long zoom lens and ISO sensitive up to 3200. Video support is Full HD 1080p at 30fps, or 720×480 at 120fps for super slow-motion playback.

An impressive 4.8-inch display boasts an 308ppi, showing your shots and video off in incredible clarity. The whole lot is powered along by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and has 8GB of storage that can be expanded via the SD/SDXC slot. For a camera it’s certainly not small but then, this is no ordinary camera.

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