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Another Android Smartphamera! This Time, From Samsung.

Last week, Nikon announced a new digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix S800c, which runs on an Android operating system to offer shutterbugs the same fast sharing capabilities that they get from their smartphones.

Not to be outdone, Samsung Electronics has announced its own Android-based digital camera with a newer operating system and greater optical zoom than Nikon’s Android “smartphamera.”

It’s called, of course, the Galaxy Camera.

The Galaxy Camera is heavier than the Nikon, measuring 2.7 inches by .75 inches, and weighing 10.7 ounces. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and eight gigabytes of onboard storage, with an SD card slot for more.

It has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, boasts a 21x optical touch zoom lens, and has a 4.8-inch HD LCD screen. It also has voice control, which lets the photographer shoot pictures and zoom in and out using voice commands.

Some other notable specs of the camera: It includes built-in editing features and automatic cloud backup, shoots full HD video and has Bluetooth capabilities in addition to Wi-Fi.

The Galaxy Camera was unveiled today at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany. Its price point and launch date are still unclear, but I’ll update when I have more information.


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