Earlier today at IFA 2012, Samsung theoretically unveiled what will be their first point and shoot form factor camera performing Android 4.1. The product is named the Samsung Galaxy Camera, and so works Android 4.1 atop an Exynos 4412 SoC functioning at 1.4 GHz
This turns up soon after Nikon’s public story of a stage and even shoot of their own personal titled the Coolpix S800c which we have been still looking to obtain more details about. Both video cameras are bodily quite same, and may include a 16 MP CMOS sensor that is certainly 1/2.3″ format.
Two years ago I had been advised from a quantity of unique smartphone vendors plus old school digicam SoC marketers to anticipate an increase of small point plus shoot form factor video cameras functioning Android. I’ve been anxiously waiting for that point ever since, and therefore almost gave up expect right up until this latest unexpectedly timed double announcement by Nikon and even Samsung. All the other major competitor in this area is needless to say the Nokia PureView 808 which doesn’t operate Android although furthermore is really a point and shoot in the design aspect of a touch screen phone.
Inside, the Galaxy Camera tends to be much the same to the Samsung Galaxy S 3, for example the same pair of local wifi connection choices (dual band WiFi with 40 MHz channels, BT 4.0, GNSS), plus mobile phone connection that could possibly involve LTE. Samsung ambiguously points out “4G” on the spec page, making me believe that this might be a further CMC221 based solution for instance the Galaxy S 3 for Korea with LTE.
Coming from an visual standpoint the Samsung seems to have a bit of an edge at F/2.8 when at its widest, compared to F/3.2 with Nikon. Regardless, I’d count on the Nikon to have an edge on the Galaxy Camera purely mainly because there may well be more die area on that SoC (which often we’re attempting to achieve further information on) specific to ISP than you are on the Galaxy Camera which merely designed by Samsung and features an Exynos 4412 inside. Oddly enough, the PureView 808 nevertheless consists of a bigger CMOS than either point and shoot, although it after all carries a permanent focal length and absolutely no optical zoom.
Point and shoot cameras operating Android appear to be the next logical evolution for camera manufacturers. As an aside it truly is remarkable how the point and shoot organization is moving progressively towards mobile phone, and the smartphone side is moving significantly in direction of point plus shoot level efficiency. There may be a all new saying that the best digital camera is the one you could have with you continuously, and then both sides are contending over who can manage that slot.