More Android innovation now fresh from the big tech-fest in Berlin. Whilst I may have mulled over the necessity of Nikon’s Android-driven compact camera a couple of weeks back on here before, ultimately and perhaps inevitably, being won over, still it came as a surprise to happen across another app snapper in the hallowed halls of the IFA Expo.
Unveiled at the show by Samsung, the Galaxy Camera comes packing 16.3-megapixels, has a 21x optical zoom, a razor sharp resolution 4.77-inch HD Super Clear Touch Display LCD display, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage (expandable via micro SD), Wi-Fi, and both 3G and 4G data compatibility. At its heart beats Android 4.1 Jelly Bean meaning, of course, all manner of apps can be downloaded and displayed, including those for photo editing and social network sharing – two elements previously missing from the struggling digital camera market, the arrival of which may now work to save it.
Adding to the camera cool, should you also wish to be in the photo you’re taking, the Sammy can also connect with your smartphone, letting you can use your device as a viewfinder to see the live image and line up as required, then use voice control to snap away.
Due out in the UK around mid-October for £399, could this and the Nikon be just the start of a whole new trend in Android commanded cameras, or are they just photographic fads destined to fade quicker than a Polaroid pic left in the sun? Thoughts below please people.