The Samsung Galaxy Camera will soon come to Verizon Wireless for $549.99 with no contract.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is Samsung’s first attempt at a smart camera running Android. The camera has a 16MP sensor with a 21x optical zoom lens, and it also runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera can run almost any Android app, though the big draw is it can use apps like Instagram for photo sharing and Dropbox for photo storage.
On December 13 the Galaxy Camera will come to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, so users can use the camera to upload photos from just about anywhere. The camera comes with a promotional deal that makes it only cost an extra $5 a month when added to a Share Everything plan. Typically a device like the Galaxy Camera would cost $10 per month on Verizon’s share plans.
The Galaxy Camera also has Wi-FI built-in so users can use that to upload photos as well. Using Wi-Fi will help cut down on data usage for those who don’t want to up their data caps for the camera.
Samsung also offers the Galaxy Camera on AT&T. AT&T charges $50 less for the Samsung Galaxy Camera, though it doesn’t offer any promotional deals on adding the phone to a shared data plan like Verizon.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera uses a 4.8-inch 720p and a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor to run Android, much like the international version of the Galaxy S III. The camera has 8GB of internal storage, but also includes a microSD card slot for expanded storage so it’s easy to always have space for more photos.
As an Android device the Galaxy Camera should have no problem running any app in the Play Store. It’s performance as a camera is questionable, however. The camera received mixed reviews so far, with critics saying it’s not as good as other cameras in the price range, and not as convenient as just using the camera on a smartphone.