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Wi-Fi version of Samsung's Galaxy Camera to sell for $450

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When launched in August of last year the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera raised an interesting conundrum for consumers who might be interested in a new breed of smartphone/compact camera hybrid, but its 3G/4G connectivity also forced buyers (at least those in the U.S.) to consider whether the new device was also worth the cost of additional connectivity. Samsung's February announcement of a Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Camera seemed like a step toward solving the dilemma, but we waited to hear just how much more affordable the new version would be. 

Today Samsung has announced the Wi-Fi model will be priced at $449.99 -- $50 less than the version with both 3G/4G and Wi-Fi currently available through AT&T and Verizon. The Wi-Fi model will be available later this month through Samsung's website and Samsung retailers.

Even with a $50 price break, the Galaxy Camera remains a bit of a strange duck: it offers some features a smartphone can't, such as its 21x zoom lens, as well as functions most compact cameras don't, like a flexible Android operating system and the ability to edit and share images on the go. Yet it is also lacking on both ends -- you can't make phone calls (though technically, Skype can be used to do this), and in our in-depth review we felt the image quality still ranks below other compact cameras in this class.

A Wi-Fi version of the device does make it slightly more affordable, but this version also puts limitations on one of the Galaxy Camera's most important attributes: connectivity.

Comments

Total comments: 9
peevee1
By peevee1 (Apr 7, 2013)

$450 for a bad P&S? ;)

1 upvote
tjdean01
By tjdean01 (Apr 6, 2013)

Poor image quality yet it's one of the hugest P&S cameras on the market. Only fan boys who really know nothing about photography will buy this, I'm guessing. Look at the size: http://j.mp/ZFfVQe

2 upvotes
dpmaxwell
By dpmaxwell (Apr 5, 2013)

Headline should read "Wi-Fi version of Samsung's Galaxy Camera to be offered for sale for $450"; in reality, it will "sell" for $300 or so.

1 upvote
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Apr 5, 2013)

I very much doubt this line will succeed like Samsung is hoping it will, but I am sure that there are some customers out there for this, somewhere ...

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Apr 5, 2013)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA....omg! Samsung thinks they own the market and can stipulate the price as they like. HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.....soooooo jokes!

1 upvote
Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Apr 5, 2013)

$50 less. They can't be serious. I thought this thing was a great idea when it was announced. It never occurred to me they'd sabotage it with absurd pricing.

0 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Apr 4, 2013)

I keep scratching my head trying to figure out who is the target customer group for this product. Image quality is nothing to write home about, the interface is awkward (for a camera) and you can not use it as a phone .

It may well trigger a development of similar products with more usable features, but at this stage I would rather get medium size tablet or just use a 'normal' digital camera with WiFi and have the photos transmitted to ,y smartphone if I have the need to share them on the fly.

3 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Apr 4, 2013)

It's a shame its not worth half that.

4 upvotes
Kevin Ha
By Kevin Ha (Apr 4, 2013)

It's $550 at Verizon, not $500.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=6272

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Total comments: 9
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