Samsung Galaxy Camera finally lands in our lab, first test shots posted


posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM EDT

Among the many cameras announced this year, the Samsung Galaxy Camera stands out as genuinely different. We've been intrigued by the possibilities of a camera with a full-blown Android operating system and built-in cellular data connectivity ever since the Samsung Galaxy Camera was announced, and were keen to put one through our rigorous testing. When our review sample arrived yesterday, we didn't waste any time sending it down to the lab, and we're pleased to offer the first fruits of their work. Our first Galaxy Camera sample photos are now online, both as part of our upcoming Samsung Galaxy Camera review, and in our Comparometer.

Our initial test shots with the Samsung Galaxy Camera show some blooming/flare at the top left of bright areas that are adjacent to darker ones.

Having taken a look at the samples, we do see one issue that's prompted us to request a second copy of the camera. Bright highlight areas of our sample photos show blooming on the top / left side of the highlight. The problem is particularly noticeable along the edge of the Samuel Smith label, as you can see in the crop above. It's very similar to an issue we saw in our first copy of the Nikon Coolpix S800c, which coincidentally is also based on Google's Android operating system. Our second sample of that camera showed a significant improvement, so we're hoping the same will be true of the Galaxy Camera. Stay tuned, we'll update you once we've gotten a second sample, hopefully sometime next week, after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US.

What do you think about a camera with a full mobile OS and cellular connectivity? Would you buy a camera specifically to get this feature?  What do you think of our first test shots from the Samsung Galaxy Camera? Share your thoughts or ask any questions you might have for us in the comments area below.

The Galaxy Camera might be Android-based and have built-in 3G/4G connectivity, but it doesn't look remotely like a smartphone.