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AT&T selling Samsung Galaxy Camera for $500 starting Nov. 16

The 16-megapixel Samsung Galaxy Camera has a 4.1-86.1mm-equivalent lens with F2.8-5.9 aperture. It offers manual controls and allows for third-party apps on its Android 4.1 operating system.

Quickly following its UK release, Samsung announced that it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Camera in the U.S. on the AT&T 4G mobile network on Friday, Nov. 16. 

The 16-megapixel camera has 21x optical zoom and comes with built-in “photo wizard” editing software. The Galaxy Camera is expected to change mobile photography by introducing 3G/4G and Wi-Fi capability with the Android platform to a point-and-shoot camera. This means that the camera will work like a smartphone in terms of connection and the ability to add third-party applications, but with photographic capabilities beyond all current smartphone industry standards.

The Galaxy Camera runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Its 1.4 GHz processor promises quick image capture and editing on its 4.8-inch screen.

Samsung touts the Galaxy Camera’s manual controls in “Expert Mode,” which allow control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Its automatic “Smart Mode” captures with HDR mode, light painting and features like “Best Face” and “Best Photo,” which are designed to help photographers pick the best photo out of the bunch. 

Buyers interested in purchasing the Galaxy Camera can do so on Friday, Nov. 16, for $499.99 from AT&T’s website or select retail stores. Samsung is offering $100 off the Galaxy Camera for customers who buy a Samsung Smartphone. The AT&T version of the camera will offer a HSPA+ connection, not the faster LTE system. Data plans are sold separately. 

Full Press Release


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 Camera

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.  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.

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.

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

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in select AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide and online

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Total comments: 31

The real problem is that the price isn't actually $500, it is a lot more. If you go to the AT&T web site and add the Camera to your shopping cart to see what happens, you find you can't buy it without also buying a 2 year data plan. Apparently Wi-Fi only isn't an option (at least till AT&T's exclusive contract runs out).


$500? Are you serious? You can buy a much better camera at that price!

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????? who at ATT thought of this????? Aimless Tech Trash.


Put your $500 towards a real camera and a laptop. If you are a true photo journalist in the field just use your existing cell phone to get those emergency on the scene street shots back to the bureau. Don't anyone give me that load of crap about how this will change the world of photography.


This is a fake post right ? $500 ?? what a joke!

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Why did Samsung gut the cell phone subsystem out of this camera?

The best camera is often the one you have with you, and just about everyone carries a cell these days.

Pinhole phone cameras are great, but this one might be able to do indoor shooting under natural light.

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I don't understand all the negative comments on here. Think about it: Suddenly, your camera's smart -- very smart. Anything you want your camera to do, it's an app away.

Remember all the noise made when Panasonic cameras were hacked? This time, the software side of things is wide open. Think it's a big deal that Canon firmware can be patched to do edge-detection? Guys, this is just the first camera. Sony's edging this way, but they're only allowing apps created by Sony. How stillborn is that?!

wkay, this is still news. Spoorthy, it's a quad core 1.4 GhZ processor.

Geesh, what a crotchety lot! People used to think that the iPad was just a large iPod Touch, but look at how things have changed. It's all got to start somewhere. Give it a chance.


Remember how many people complained Nikon D90 being a DSLR but with a primitive 720p movie mode? Now video mode is an important feature for every DSLR. It takes times for users to adapt. Not all products can hit home run in first attempt like the iphone. Even Android didn't get any traction until 2.2. I don't think I will buy the Galaxy but I like the idea.


If this had a pureview sensor with a f2.2 4x zoom lens and a dual core processor then it would be worth $350. Way overpriced and underpowered


This is at least 200$ overpriced. It should have been priced like another compact mega zoom but you can olso use it as an android. At this price you can get a nexus 7 and a super zoom. I at least they had the sense to open source the software


It's android so it's open source


A generic android is open source, the details of the specific hardware drivers are not necessarily open source unless the manufacturer feels like it (apparently Samsung does feel like it, but Nkon doesn't).


A few things - first, when will y'all do a shoot out between this and the Nokia 920? Seems like in many ways these are the two main competitors unless you can afford to go with a true PureView experience.

Second, the Galaxy Camera can be used as a phone with programs such as Skype or GrooveIP. I use Skype on a wimpy single-core Android so I can avoid having a voice and data plan. With the AT&T Data Plan and a Skype Unlimited plan you'd probably still save money over the normal AT&T plan.


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Early result seems to praise the 920 for its superior low light picture quality but so so in bright environment. It won't match Pureview 808 but it is also a lot thinner.

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I bet it'll be on Groupon for a 70% discount within a year.

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This is an industrial dream-come-true: buy a camera and keep on paying. I think I'll stay old-fashioned. :)


If this has the 1/2.3" sensor that is in all the current cheap P&S cameras that produce horrid looking pix even in bight outdoor light, this thing is overpriced even if it has the "smart" functions.


am I getting this right?
They put a Galaxy Smart phone and a camera together.
Now you have a Galaxy Smart Camera but you cam't make a call?



Just what we need, another mediocre point and shoot...


OMG, you better have a healthy data plan.

But, if I have a Eye Fi card in my camera and can send photos to the Smartphone I already have....I don't understand why I need one of these.

Just my .02 worth :)

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LOL!! Hilarious.

Anyway, its camera "news" apparently.

Richard Butler

Pricing and availability of products that have generated a lot of interest sounds a lot like news to me.

Perhaps we have different senses of humour.

Gordon W

Maybe because it actually is a real camera, photophile. Just happens to also include a phone. What's so amusing about that?

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My mirth was directed towards the disparity between what it is ( a phone with a lens/sensor) vs the price tag. A gadget ? yes. Generates a lot of interest (as R Butler suggests) ? - possibly. But hardly a breakthrough technological device worthy of a 21st century equvalent of the Dickensian "extra, extra read all about it" urgency. Daily Mirror ? Maybe. Nature ? No.


It isn't a phone at all. It's a camera with 4G capability built in for uploading photos. And running Android so you can edit those pictures and potentially control the camera in interesting ways. It's badly overpriced for its limited camera abilities so I don't expect them to sell many, but there will no doubt be cheaper and better models to come. Some may even be phones.

I'd rather carry two devices than one. A decent compact camera with built-in phone would work for me, even if it was a bit clumsy. I don't use my phone much and I'm not self-conscious.

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This is wonderful news! Now the internet can be even more stuffed with lame snapshots that no one wants to see!


I don't get your lame and condescending complaint.
You the only one who make "art" piccies.

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Without a contract so if I want to use the 3G function I have to pay a monthly fee as well? Pay as you go makes no sense consider AT&T charges $2.00 per MB. A single photo would cost $6.00 to upload.


500 dollars ? This can only be a joke

David Hull

Now all it needs is a built in phone :-) (Maybe it DOES have one, I just scaned the article w/o reading carefully).

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Nope, it does not and I think it's a pretty stupid move.

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