Updated 23 May, 2013, 1:46 pm IST
Alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Camera
| by Naina Khedekar
One of the highlights at the IFA this year was Samsung’s Galaxy Camera running on Google’s Android Jelly Bean. The South Korean company decided to take on its Japanese rival, Nikon (who already launched the S800c running on Android), with its nifty product that makes on-the-spot sharing a breeze. The Galaxy Camera is all about seamless connectivity with options for both 3G and Wi-Fi, combined with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It lets you back up all your photos directly to the cloud so that you don’t have to worry about storage space on the device and also shoot and share in real-time. You can indulge in the 21x long zoom, 16 megapixel sensor and also record slow motion videos. All this can be easily viewed on its large 4.8-inch touchscreen display. One glance at the Galaxy Camera’s spec sheet and you will instantly realise that ‘you don’t need to go back and connect the camera to a computer to share photos.’ Just click and share it instantly, it’s that simple. The Galaxy Camera has been launched in India for a whopping Rs 29,900. Now the question is – is it worth the price? Well, this depends on what you are looking for in a camera. Just so you know your options before making a buying decision, we found some point and shoot cameras bundled with connectivity options.
Android-based camera from Nikon
Feature-packed, connectivity at lower price
The next contender is the Canon IXUS 240 HS with Wi-Fi capability for sharing images on-the-go. Using the IXUS 240 HS, you can instantly transfer and share your photographs and videos with your friends. It also supports options like directly uploading to popular social network sites like Facebook. Apart from connectivity, the HS system ensures great low light images with its 16MP CMOS sensor, Digic 5 processing and Intelligent IS for steady shots in every situation. Wi-Fi will also enable you to connect and share photos to your Wi-Fi-enabled phone. Some more specs are support for watching full HD movies, Face ID to recognise faces and a 3.2-inch touchscreen with Touch Shutter. Here’s the complete list. It has an extremely competitive price of Rs 15,995.
Connectivity meets affordability
Now, if you look at the above mentioned cameras, they are all available at lucrative price points compared to the high-priced Galaxy Camera. There are umpteen point and shoot cameras and even entry-level DSLRs available at a similar and even lesser price. However, what sets the Galaxy Camera apart from others is its robust connectivity, which includes support for 3G + Wi-Fi. Now, as we know, Wi-Fi may not be available wherever you go, but 3G connectivity ensures that you can share photos instantly anytime, anywhere. So, it clearly depends upon what you are looking for. If you are a photography enthusiast for whom connectivity is of utmost importance then the Galaxy Camera could make a great option. If you are looking for a feature-loaded, value for money device and aren't too keen on instant sharing and uploading then the other Wi-Fi only options seem pretty cool. Which one of these connectivity-imbued cameras would you prefer?
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