Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy GC100 / EK-GC100
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Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 (Wi-Fi)
4 July 2013
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Camera combines the functions of a Android device and a dedicated camera quite well, letting you whisk your photos and videos to the Web instantly. But this first-gen design also shows room for improvement.
Pros: Gorgeous 4.8-inch display. Runs Instagram and other Android apps. Long 21x zoom range. Good high ISO performance. Wi-Fi.
Cons: Pricey. Big. Touch-based control system is unusual and unwieldy for a camera.
Summary: For $500 to $600 you can currently get higher quality (in the photographic sense) cameras with interchangeable lenses, but you do not get any connectivity, a great OS and the ability to access hundred of thousand of applications. Across the board, the Samsung Galaxy Camera delivers good image quality and, as a connected device running Android, it offers a ton of benefits that a traditional digital camera will never provide, including seamless photo-sharing on multiple...
Excerpt: In the past three years, the quality of smartphone cameras has gone up exponentially thanks to better sensors, lenses and apps. People love taking pictures on their phones not only because it's convenient, but because they can edit or add filters then share photos instantly without connecting to a computer. For many, owning a smartphone means no longer needing a separate camera for everyday use or even vacations.
Summary: Galaxy Camera is Samsung's attempt to strap a camera-sized sensor onto the Galaxy S III, whilst stretching it out a little. We received this camera not in a box made of cardboard, but in a case made of doubt and disbelief. We had very little faith in this camera, but after playing with it for many days we're very surprised as to how well this camera performs, not just as an Android-powered device, but also as a camera. But is it worth the Rs. 29,850 price tag?
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Excerpt: With smartphones packing in cameras with higher megapixels count, the going has not been easy for the point-and-shoot cameras. What's more, with instant sharing on social networking sites being the order of the day, the point-and-shoot cameras have been losing out to smartphones. However, with the launch of its Galaxy Camera, Samsung is attempting to infuse life into the slowly waning point-and-shoot camera space.
Summary: Considering all the photos and videos that are uploaded to social networks from smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 seems like a smart idea. You get a higher resolution than most camera phones, plus a 21x optical zoom and built-in editing apps. Plus, the Galaxy Camera offers a host of sharing features. However, $499 plus $10 per month is a lot to ask for a camera that's not only bulky but doesn't support AT&T's fastest 4G LTE speeds.
Conclusion: Creating something like the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a risk: Because it’s a hybrid device, there’s the chance it’s both a crappy Android device and a crappy camera. This isn’t a perfect camera; it could have a bigger sensor and a better lens. And, of course, while you can use video or voice chat apps for calls, this isn’t actually a phone and using it as such is awkward, at best. But none of that denies how compelling it is.
Pros: Incredibly fun to use, Features galore, The camera’s connectivity inventive and useful, Manual mode is approachable, Great Android interface, Powerful hardware
Cons: The lens isn’t very sharp, Slow image processor, Not much point in using this for voice or video chat, Somewhat heavy
Conclusion: Is the Galaxy Camera a game-changer? Yes, and no. In itself, it's the best of the Android-based cameras, though that's hardly a well-stocked category. Judged purely on its photography abilities it struggles, falling short of what similarly-priced rivals can produce while costing significantly more than the point-and-shoots it's quality is on a par with.