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Always On: Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Camera

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Always On: Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Camera

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Molly Wood unboxes the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which features Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean, an HD-resolution touch screen, and a 16-megapixel camera.

I'm super excited about this, because this is one nerdy camera. In this box is the Samsung Galaxy Camera which is the first to come equipped with wi-fi. It runs Jellybean and you can even get it with a data plan. [unk] Galaxy Camera, power adapter-- all right, look at this guy. I love it. It's a pretty big camera. It's pretty good size. I like the white though and you got a little handle. Okay. Let's see what else we have here. Quick Start guide, all the cables are white, I like that nice touch. Got our international power brick here and some adapters for those and nice white pleather wrist strap and our battery-- I'm still looking in the box because I don't see an SD card and I hate that. It's like, why did you give me a camera without SD card? Come on, let's put the battery. There you go. Let's fire it up. It's like a phone or something like all the actions happening on the back screen. It's also just like a phone because when you take it out of the box. You gotta go through the setup. All right. Let's do some of that while I go through setup and get it on the network and all of that. Let's talk a little more about what this guy can do. The Samsung Galaxy Camera is 16 megapixels with a 21x optical zoom and a 23 mm wide angle lens. It records 1080p video. There's a 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen on the back and the touchscreen is actually pretty high res, 128-x720 pixels. There's a handy headphone jack here that you can also plug a microphone into. It charges over micro USB, charges and transfers. There's on-board wi-fi and Bluetooth and also GPS. This thing is decked out. It runs Android 4.1 or Jellybean. It has a quad-core processor inside. There's 8gigs of storage with 1gig of RAM to power its features. It does have MicroSD, not standard SD so you will have to buy new cards if you have a collection of SD card. It's expandable to 32 gigs. And it's 3G enabled. You just pop in a sim card anywhere you go. The price on this guy is $499. Now that's a little bit steep but not as bad as $549 smartphone. Because this thing is running a full version of Android, you can download all Android apps to it. You can of course upload directly to Instagram from the camera and it has voice control. It allows you to zoom, zoom in and also take photos without touching the camera. Cheese. Plus you can pair it with the Galaxy S3 and unlock even more tools. Nerdiest camera ever. Now I got to admit I'm having a full on nerd-gasm over this phone except this as the part of the show where a buzz kill you a tiny bit because despite being a super awesome internet connected camera that act just like your awesome Android smartphone, apparently this camera doesn't take great photos. That's a bummer. You would expect that since it is $500, the camera quality would be pretty good and at 16 megapixels. But apparently, our reviewers have noticed some muddy photos, some problems with low light that kind of thing. Now it does have a nice collection of controls. In fact, you can even enable a manual mode and try to get more granular. That way that could improve the picture quality. I don't know though I have to say, the pictures are probably good enough for me because this thing is awesome. Talk about innovating on a point-and-shoot. I'm definitely digging it. You should go over to cnet.com though and read our full review before you make up your mind. It's been a really long time since I got this excited about a camera. I want it.

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