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Samsung Galaxy Camera sells for PHP 23,990; why would you want one?

The Samsung Galaxy Camera (PHP 23,990) is a vagabond of sorts — not in the definition that it is impoverished, but because it wanders the thin line between being an Android device and a camera. Usually the definition for an Android phone unsurprising to include a camera but in this case, this device IS a camera.

The specs can actually be confused for a smartphone:

Quad-core 1.4GHz CPU (w/ Exynos chipset, a favorite of Samsung)
4.8″ Super Clear LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 2)
16MP CMOS sensor with Xenon flash for evening shots
8GB storage with microSD slot for 32GB
1650mAh battery
Dimensions: 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1mm
Android Jelly Bean
3G / WiFi

So why would you want one? This is definitely your Android device that isn’t phone-centric. It shifts the focus of using your Android apps from the phone to that of a camera so you can, say — focus on Instagram and Snapseed on your “camera” while you use your smartphone for other daily tasks, while keeping them both synced up because they share the same Google account. It is actually the perfect gift for the shutterbug as you also get a “free” 4.8 inch Android device.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is, to be honest, a proof of concept of more things to come in the future. Android is fast becoming the platform of choice for smart appliances so expect your vacuum cleaner, coffee maker and refrigerator to all be running on Android in the near future.

We’re not sure about how long a full charge will last, as most touch screen cameras can really just pull in about 2 hours of constant recording (like the T-series of Sony) but I would like to remain hopeful.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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