Samsung Galaxy Camera is superzoom Android in hands-on video

Samsung's glued two gadgets together, creating the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera. Check it out in this vid.

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Mash two gadgets together, and under normal circumstances all you'd get is broken tech and shards of silicon under your fingernails. Samsung's playing Frankenstein however, and has created the Galaxy Camera -- an Android-powered smart phone-snapper hybrid... thing.

Click play on the video above to see some hands-on footage of the Galaxy Camera, as well as a run-down of all its tempting specs and features.

Powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core chip, this camera is more powerful than most phones, and with 3G, Wi-Fi and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, plus a 4.8-inch display, it would actually make a seriously tempting smart phone.

However, clamped onto the front there's a whopping great camera lens competent enough to compete with many superzoom snappers. The camera's hardware includes a 23mm aperture lens and a distance-defying 21x optical zoom which should make photographing your neighbours birdwatching a breeze.

The theory is that by sticking Android and a big screen onto a camera, you give photographers access to tonnes of apps, which can be used to edit and share photos. The thought of taking a decent-quality snap, then tinkering with it in an editing app and uploading it straight to Facebook -- all from your camera -- is an appealing one.

The downside? I'd wager this snapper will cost more than your average compact, so best start saving your pennies. During my hands-on time I noticed some software glitches and a sluggish zoom, though it's possible that these will be fixed before it goes on sale.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think. Is the Galaxy Camera a perfect blend of tech, or more like a gone-wrong science experiment? Stick your opinions in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.

 

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