Samsung Galaxy Camera to be launched Nov. 16 for $499.99

Samsung has had huge sales success for the Galaxy S III, and sales of the new 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II have been solid as well. Today, AT&T announced that it will begin selling the next major smartphone from Samsung here in the US on November 16th.

AT&T's press release states that the Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available on that date for $499.99, which is the same with or without a data plan from AT&T. The device is a full Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) smartphone that has a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor. It also has a 16 megapixel camera which has a 21x optical zoom lens.

The press release adds:

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.

The megapixel amount in the Galaxy Camera doesn't match that of the 41 MP that's on Nokia's 808 Pureview,  However, the fact that this new device has a full Android OS, with a powerful processor and a high end zoom lens, certainly makes it attractive for people who are tired of their current smartphone camera images and want something more.

People who purchase the Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T will also get five GB of free cloud storage space via the AT&T Locker service.

Source: AT&T press release | Image via Samsung

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Pretty cool to have a camera with all the Android apps.

Instagram or post it right away, Dropbox backup... it's just awsome.

That's a nice product, overall, but pretty expensive!
But we might seeing here the possibility of android, used in all sorts of devices.
Now TVs!

Godness.... and I just bough the RAZRi, I always wanted to ditch my old camera portable palm size camera, but no phone would offer me such a nice lens, this product actually does that.... it's literally a camera that can take above the average photos definitely, avoiding to pack up also a full size camera with you...

I wouldn't be too concerned with Megapixels, which have become something of a marketing gimmick. The fact that Samsung is clearly putting function over form with their camera indicates it will likely outperform the Pureview's camera in most areas.

You know how many people carry a camera with their phone still? More than you might think. If they can work this in to a better price plan it could sell to that market quite easily. Not really my thing, but I think of people like my mother who sees herself as a photographer and finally learned how to use an iPhone...this seems like something she would want.

I'd like one of these... my camera on my optimus S really sucks.... and I am in the market for a new camera.... but I don't wanna take both with me all the time.

remixedcat said,
I'd like one of these... my camera on my optimus S really sucks.... and I am in the market for a new camera.... but I don't wanna take both with me all the time.

All cellphone cameras suck mostly due the lens... Now this, proves that you can have a camera that can actually make calls, I wanted that quite a while ago... too late and bought my current phone just last friday

remixedcat said,
I'd like one of these... my camera on my optimus S really sucks.... and I am in the market for a new camera.... but I don't wanna take both with me all the time.

Yea, i had the optimus v(the virgin mobile version of your phone) for a while and the camera on that phone was nearly worthless unless you were outside on a bright and sunny summer day.

Blackhearted said,

Yea, i had the optimus v(the virgin mobile version of your phone) for a while and the camera on that phone was nearly worthless unless you were outside on a bright and sunny summer day.

yep and its hard to find good phones on prepaid...

cingular used to have a phone like this made by sony. didnt have optical zoom tho, i dont think. anyone else remember it?

Well, at least it's gonna make Note owners not look like they're the most ridiculous ones answering their phones.

This is pretty cool I guess, Samsung's experimenting to see what sticks with people, Note was laughed at but it's proved to be hugely successful, on the other hand there was also the Beam...

If Apple announced this it would be seen as revolutionary, yet Samsung will probably be hard pushed to get this much attention. Regardless, it's nice to see a product like this make it to market, even though it's not the sort of thing I would buy (it's just too bulky and unstylish).

siah1214 said,
Was I the only one that checked to make sure that the source wasn't the Onion?

they were speaking of such devices for long. point and shoot cameras with full OS.

can this even be used as a phone? Nokia's 808 at least looked like a bulky phone.
why release this under Galaxy brand?????

you will clearly not want to use it as your primary phone. so its just a fancy android camera.