We’ve been waiting for word on when we’ll be able to buy Samsung’s Galaxy Camera. And today AT&T said that the device will be coming to their network on November 16th, this Friday. According to our records this is the first camera the carrier has sold, but rightfully so as you’ll need a data plan to take full advantage of its features.
If you recall the Galaxy Camera is camera then phone. Or more like camera then smartphone, minus the phone part as you won’t be able to directly make calls. That is to say you can instantly upload pictures to the web, be it Facebook, Flickr, or really anywhere your heart desires. The Galaxy Camera will ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), though Google will release 4.2 this Tuesday when it ships their Nexus 4 – when the update will roll out to all devices is always TBD.
AT&T is asking $500 of your hard earned money. You won’t have to sign a contract, which is to say this appears to be the retail price of the camera. And if you so opt, you don’t have to get a data plan – you can use the Galaxy Camera as a camera and since it has WiFi built-in you’ll still be able to blast your photos to the Net, provided of course you’ve got a connected device near by – how well it will work with all smart devices is still unknown.
Hardware wise, the Galaxy Camera has a 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor and a dedicated real-deal flash. So shooting in low light, which often results in grainy and blurry photos with a smartphone, will be a thing of the past. Other features include a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, a 21x optical zoom, and a hole host of “expert settings” that will accessible via the Galaxy Camera’s Android menus.
According to AT&T, if you buy the Galaxy Camera with a Samsung smartphone and sign a 2-year contract, they’ll give you an extra $100 back, which drops the effective price to $400. Data plans for the camera start at $15 a month, which nets you 250MB, though it looks like you might be able to share a data plan for $10 and siphon off your existing one.
SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA AVAILABLE ON AT&T’S 4G NETWORK BEGINNING NOV. 16
For a Limited Time, Buy any Samsung Galaxy Smartphone and Receive up to $100 off a Second Connected Samsung Device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera1
DALLAS, NOV. 12, 2012 – AT&T* today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the 4G connected camera, will be available for customers beginning Nov. 16 for $499.99.2 For a limited time, AT&T customers will receive up to $100 off the purchase of a second Samsung Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone (w/ two-year agreement incl. qualifying voice and data plans).
The Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and AT&T 4G mobile internet, resulting in a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to Android applications from the Google Play™ market.
The Galaxy Camera is a perfect fit for those who wish to shoot, edit and share brilliant photographs and video easily and quickly through social networks without connecting to a laptop or PC. The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD™ screen, boasts a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. This device is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor for quick and responsive performance. Galaxy Camera includes powerful manual controls with its Expert Mode, which allows for manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Smart Mode gives amateurs the tools of the pros, with Rich Tone HDR mode, Light Trace for ‘light painting’ photos and features like Best Face and Best Photo, which help users pick the best shot.
“By connecting the Samsung Galaxy Camera through the AT&T wireless network, users can instantly share photos, giving family and friends a glimpse into their favorite holiday moments,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. “Customers will receive $100 off the purchase of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone, making the Samsung Galaxy Camera the perfect gift this holiday season.”
In addition to being able to share to social networks and cloud services on-the-go, consumers can harness the speed and connectivity of AT&T’s wireless network to share images and videos between Galaxy Camera and a range of Galaxy devices including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1. 3
Customers purchasing Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets and other compatible devices. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans. 4
The full range of data plan options include:
· AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
· AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
· AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
· AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
The Galaxy Camera will have access AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use photo and video sharing service for AT&T customers. AT&T Locker users get 5 GB of storage for free – enough for 5,000 average sized photos. AT&T Locker provides users the ability to upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail. Users can create and customize albums for photos and video on the device or online in the AT&T Locker website.