The Samsung Galaxy is an interesting proposition because it offers all the capabilities of a high-end smart phone (except make calls to key … more about that later) with a camera capable point and shoot. It is a new type of product, a point-and-intelligent action of the camera if you want. But how smart is it? Spend some quality time with a find.
Although not the first camera with Android to hit the market, the Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100 camera appears (at least on paper) to be the most complete package. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, 3G/4G connectivity, WiFi, GPS, a 4.8-inch touch screen, all powered by a quad-core CPU with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
- 16.3 megapixels
- 1/2.3 inch type CMOS sensor (6.2 x 4.6 mm)
- F2.5-5.9 4.1-86.1mm lens (23-483mm equivalent in 35mm format)
- ISO 100-3200
- Continuous shooting at 4 fps
- Android 4.1 Jellybean
- WiFi + 3G/4G connectivity
- 4.8-inch HD touchscreen
It is difficult to know exactly how to focus the camera Galaxy, Samsung or what the market is looking for. Despite the price tag, it is clearly aimed at enthusiasts of traditional photography, as there are no RAW shooting and small sensor limits image quality. But who else would pay U.S. $ 500 in a camera?
Well, after a week of using the Samsung Galaxy as my carry everywhere camera, I have come to the conclusion that – despite not go ahead with it for the first day or two – it’s a great choice for mobile avid photographers. There is something liberating to share images instantly anywhere, and the 21x optical zoom is a huge advantage over any other camera always connected.
The first thing you notice about the Samsung Galaxy is that it is big. It is much larger than most compact cameras. This is because the back is full of huge touch screen – bigger than I can remember seeing in any camera – which makes the whole experience of composing shots in a much nicer LCD. Although this is similar to smartphones bulging pocket, not slip it into your jeans pocket.
While the screen makes the Galaxy camera bigger than a compact camera, which makes it bigger than a smartphone is the 21x zoom lens protruding (giving a 35mm equivalent focal length format of 23 -483mm) extending as expected when zooming.
Despite its size and unusual shape, the camera fits well in the hand. The finger-grip does its job and means that the camera is less likely to get out of hand, while also making it easier to hold the camera still when shooting. When using the camera intelligent not to take the photo-features, the lens automatically closes and provides a comfortable grip to hold the device.
Available in white or black (and a WiFi-only version also comes in pink), solid feeling camera also features a pop-up flash, again unlike what most smartphone cameras.
Which begs the question: why was not carrying the Android camera designed to be used as a phone? While it has 3G/4G capability and can be used to send messages or make VoIP calls from applications like Skype, which connects the camera lacks the ability to make cellular calls. The answer is probably not as simple as wanting to lose Samsung camera sales … or be known as the brand that brought this look to the high street!
Because this is essentially a review of the camera, I will not go into too much detail about how the camera works like Samsung Galaxy Android a versatile device. Suffice to say I feel energetic enough running some application that I care to throw at it, and if you ignore the lens on the front (or should be after using it that way?) It feels like it could be using any high end smartphone.
When initially setting up the Samsung Galaxy, it takes much more time than any other camera I’ve used recently to be ready to shoot, because Android is booting. But waking up from sleep mode that feels much more like a standard point and shoot digital and can be ready to go relatively quickly.
In camera mode the camera is different from Samsung Galaxy cameras most Android devices, since you have the ability to shoot on automatic, intelligent or Expert mode. Unsurprisingly, Auto does all the work for you, while Smart gives you the option of using one of 15 presets. These range from things like taking settings Falls Night scenes.
Other modes include the best smart interesting face, which has a quick burst of five images and lets you select the best facial expressions of the people pictured, before merging them all into one picture. This can be great for group shots where you can not guarantee everyone will be smiling at the same time. Panorama mode stitches a series of images, and outbreaks continued 20 photos in five seconds for fast-moving subjects.
In expert mode, users have PASM (program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual) options, which are controlled through a virtual lens barrel on the screen. Although this is a nice visual touch, which adds a small delay in the imaging process, especially if you are a person who likes to play with the settings between shots.
While you can take a picture using the touch screen, there is also a physical shutter button – they can focus on a media outlet – and the ability to use his voice. This voice control was more useful than I expected (not just a gimmick), and in low light situations where you are using a slow shutter speed, is good to be able to hold the camera firmly with both hands.
Auto Focus (AF) speed is good in bright light conditions and on par with most mid-range budget compact cameras. However, it does struggle in low light and fast-moving subjects. The zoom control (around the shutter button) is a welcome addition … although with a big screen to compose shots, I felt like I was using a phone and kept trying to pinch to zoom.
It seems strange to say of a camera that I enjoyed using, but allowing the Samsung Galaxy down more is the image quality. In good lighting and appropriate topics, the camera may be some high-quality images with good detail and resolution – but as soon as it gets dark, the classic problems of small sensors begin to occur.
While the images tend to look good on the screen of 4.8 inches, about the size seen in most social networking sites, can suddenly seem very smartphoney when opened correctly on a computer. However, depending on how you use your photos, this may or may not be a problem.
Because the sensor 1/2.3-inch type in the Samsung Galaxy is closer to the compact cameras and smartphones quality budget DSLR or mirrorless camera systems, you will always struggle to get enough light in all but in the best conditions. With high ISO settings (the camera offers 100-3200) no noise noticeable and unpleasant. This really begins to work around ISO 800 … despite some noise reduction also brutal and clumsy detail captured impacts.
Another problem for people who like to edit your images on a computer before uploading (it is not certain that the intended audience for this camera lens) is that images can be shot in RAW.
Most cameras connected (and I mean smart phones) have no optical zoom lens of the camera and the Samsung Galaxy is a fantastic addition to the mobile photography enthusiasts as it opens a new world of photographic possibilities.
The F2.8-5.9 lens 4.1-86.1mm zoom is not just any little old, is a 21x zoom, which means that you can get in almost all but the most distant subjects. Providing a format of 35 mm equivalent focal length of 23-483mm that is wider than the Galaxy S3 at the wide end, and positively monstrous at the telephoto end.
While the large lens slows to F5.9 at telephoto focal length (ie, greater depth of field and shutter speeds longer), remains competitive with conventional cameras long zoom and could be big as a travel camera.
The aim is also good for macro shots where you can learn about the subject and capture in detail with a depth of field.
With Full HD 1080p and 720p video recording at 30 fps, the Samsung Galaxy has all the video options you would expect in a high-end Android device. Again, what separates smart phone video recording is the zoom lens that is well supported by the optical image stabilization does work when hand holding telephoto zoom. While there is no microphone, the sound quality is decent and comparable to other compact cameras.
Another interesting feature is the video in slow motion, it records at an impressive 120 fps. Although it also means dropping the recording resolution up to 768 x 512 (WVGA) mode is ideal for capturing fast action, or look at something from a new perspective. When played back at 30 fps gives a 4x slow motion effect. There is also the option of applying a selection of filters to the video recordings.
What makes the Samsung Galaxy stand out from all those other compact cameras on the market is the fact that because it is a device connected, you can share your photographic efforts instantly, and because it is powered by Android is therefore able to run many of the applications in the Google Play store.
A camera application is not being able to play Angry Birds while waiting for the perfect shot (although you can). There are many apps that can be added to the photographic potential of the device, and others that are only useful to take a connected device is carrying around.
Again, because this is a review of the camera on the device – and because applications run as they do on any smartphone – I will not go into detail about having used Facebook, Twitter, Kindle and applications Google Maps on the Samsung Galaxy.
Assistant Pre-loaded applications include photos that are creative for on-the-go editing and video editor, which as its name suggests, allows you to remove and rearrange the video scenes, add music and insert text. Artist paper which offers a selection of “artistic effects” with which to display their creativity … or ruin your photos based on your perspective. Also installed application mobile favorite photographers (and people who like to take photos of their food everywhere), Instagram!
There are also a number of other interesting cameras and applications available on Google Play store, and although I’ve tried all seemed to work well on the device, it’s worth double-checking what sizes they support. Some applications are only capable of supporting images smaller than that 16-megapixel camera produced by this.
The exchange of images can be done through a WiFi or 3G/4G if you have a micro-SIM inserted and an appropriate data plan. And if you’ve ever used a smartphone to share an image online (and who does not?), This will be immediately familiar. Out of the box the camera comes ready to share via email, Google, Dropbox, or directly through Bluetooth, but unsurprisingly adding new options is as easy as installing the application.
There are a couple of interesting ways to share images of Samsung style. Shot Share lets you share images with up to eight other WiFi devices directly, while the share of friends photos automatically tags faces existing contact photos devices, making it easy to share with them.
The capability to automatically back 3G/4G images through the cloud will be welcomed by anyone who has had their camera stolen while on vacation, or suffered at the hands of a corrupted memory card … assuming you have a large plant data adequately.
As I mentioned before, I really do not get along with the Samsung Galaxy when I started using it, in fact I hated it positively! It was not as sensitive as a traditional compact camera, and the image quality was not at all what you’d expect from a $ 500 camera.
But once you realize that a large proportion of the price tag is going on in the non-camera device – think of it as a Samsung Galaxy S3 crossed with Samsung WB850F – is easier to forgive his smartphoney images quality. And the more you use it, the more I began to like.
This is a completely different type of camera, bringing together elements of experience with traditional camera smartphone. Personally, for me it was always available connectivity, it was the stand-out feature – rather than the ability to run Android apps – and changed the way I wanted to use the device.
There were pictures of a sudden I wanted to take and share what I had not previously taken either because my smartphone camera would not be at the level (mostly due to lack of optical zoom and manual controls) or because they have had the ability to share directly from my camera dedicated. The Samsung Galaxy DSLR will not replace anyone, but neither is trying.
However, although I loved seamless connectivity, I’m not sure I could justify the adoption of an additional monthly data plan just to share my photos. Personally, I would have liked the opportunity to get rid of my regular phone and look like an idiot talking to the camera while walking around – and the amount of time I spend on voice calls, I would be willing to take that hit.