Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 300g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Released February 2013
  • Other Name is Wi-Fi
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung Galaxy Camera summary

Samsung Galaxy Camera is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally revealed on February of 2013. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is also known as "Wi-Fi" in certain regions.

The Galaxy Camera is ranked #45 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #496 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung Galaxy Camera history

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Samsung Galaxy Camera Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Samsung Galaxy Camera based on factors which are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
does have HDMI out
does have microphone support
great minimum ISO (100)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Optical)
incredible zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
lighter than competitors in class (300g)
long zoom (481mm)
manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
really wide (23mm)
screen has good resolution (922 thousand dots)
touchscreen enabled
very good size screen (4.8")
can't use external flash
does not have a selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
missing headphone support
missing Timelapse function
screen does not articulate
slow at tele end (f5.9)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Samsung Galaxy Camera Sensor info

The Samsung Galaxy Camera features the 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor. The sensor specification on the Samsung Galaxy Camera is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the Galaxy Camera's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Galaxy Camera sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Samsung Galaxy Camera sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung Galaxy Camera dimensions

Samsung Galaxy Camera weighs 0.66 lb (300 grams / 10.58 ounces) & has exterior size of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Samsung Galaxy Camera is less heavy when compared with other rivals.

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Here is a image of the Samsung Galaxy Camera alongside a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Samsung Galaxy Camera dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button design on the Galaxy Camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera topview buttons dials

Samsung Galaxy Camera Lens info

The Galaxy Camera features a fixed lens providing a focal range of 23-481mm giving it a 20.9 x zoom which is significant and is going to make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 23mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.8 and that's fairly slow and not very good for low light situations and you might find it hard to get good bokeh. You could also need to increase the ISO resulting in noisy images. At the tele end, 481mm is excellent zoom and comes at f5.9 making it very sluggish and you would need to set slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Connectivity

The Galaxy Camera has the following connectivity:

  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy files and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Video info

The max video resolution on the Samsung Galaxy Camera is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance for video quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. While the camera contains a microphone port, it is missing a headphone port which means you won't be able to monitor your audio levels.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Weather Sealing

Samsung Galaxy Camera does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions may ruin the camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a 4.8 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to switch focus points as well as change settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Samsung Galaxy Camera are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are very useful.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with only integrated flash lacking external flash support.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Autofocus info

Samsung Galaxy Camera has not got Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung Galaxy Camera boasts manual focus in case it is needed for low light situations or you want to have more exact control on focus.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life for this group of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the best battery life:

Samsung Galaxy Camera for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration gives a summary of the Samsung Galaxy Camera for specific kinds of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Samsung Galaxy Camera as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung Galaxy Camera receives a points tally of 40 which is awful, and means the camera is simply not acceptable to use for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
MP count decent (16MP)
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Samsung Galaxy Camera as a Street photography camera

Getting a nice score of 61, the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a good choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (300g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Samsung Galaxy Camera as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography score of 50 means the Samsung Galaxy Camera is fairly suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Samsung Galaxy Camera Travel photography info

Weight is super crucial when selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung Galaxy Camera gets a very good 69 as a travelling camera which is a good pick to take with you on your vacations.

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lighter than competition in class (300g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
great reach (481mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Samsung Galaxy Camera Landscape photography details

When you are looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung Galaxy Camera and it's modest score of 50 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate among its competition.

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focusing manually
really wide (23mm)
bigger than average screen (4.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode

Samsung Galaxy Camera Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Samsung Galaxy Camera is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a awful rating of 37.

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pretty wide (23mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic jack
lighter than competition (300g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly

Samsung Galaxy Camera Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the Galaxy Camera, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the Galaxy Camera vs it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may look at as alternatives. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Also called
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
1.4GHz Quad-Core
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
23-481mm (20.9x)
Largest aperture
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
16 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
300 gr (0.66 lbs)
129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7")
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC
Card slots
Cost at release