The Galaxy Camera is as snappy as the Galaxy S III. The Touchwiz UI is butter smooth, without any lag. It’s excellent as a portable media player and mobile Internet device. However, being a digital camera primarily, what’s most important is the quality of photos and videos it captures. For the price at which you can easily buy a DSLR or an enthusiast-class digital camera, it’s very fair to expect a similar level of performance. But the quality of photos this camera took in our tests failed to impress us. They look excellent on the camera’s vibrant display or when scaled to the monitor’s resolution—very good for sharing on social networks or online photo galleries. But the flaws stand out when photos are viewed at full resolution without rescaling. Even at the lowest ISO, the results were grainy and lacked fine details. At ISO 400, the results are as grainy as you’d get with a prosumer camera at ISO 800. And at ISO 800, the photos are blotchy with strong artefacts and colour noise.
The overall quality of photos is similar to what you’d get with an entry-level point and shoot or a high-end smartphone. The quality of video recording was good, but not exceptional—again, the same as what you’d get with a high-end smartphone. You have to pan very gradually to avoid jitter and the picture was a tad noisy.
A 100 percent crop—check out the noise in distant objects at ISO 100 - click for full view
Looks good due to 30 percent scaling and a bit of sharpening
Patchy detailing strikes again! click for full view
Shots taken using filters look good
Verdict and Price in India
No doubt the Samsung Galaxy Camera is an outstanding concept, but the question is, do you need such a smart camera? Or would you be better off with a DSLR or a premium compact or a super-zoom digital camera and still be left with a few thousand bucks!. If you want great-looking photos along with the ability to share them instantly on social networks, you’d be better off with a high-end smartphone, except that you’ll have to compromise on the optical zoom. At least, the smartphone will fit in your pocket and you’ll be able to make calls with it! Considering the feature set, the Galaxy camera isn’t overpriced at Rs 29,900. But from a photographer’s perspective, for whom pristine image quality is paramount, it doesn’t quite make the cut.
Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 9:20 pm IST
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