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IFA 2012: Samsung unveils Galaxy Camera; Like the S3 with a 21x optical zoom & a 16-mp sensor

Samsung generated quite a buzz earlier today during its Unpacked event when it announced a very capable camera with a hardware specifcation list that bears many similarities with a top end smartphone.

The Galaxy Camera has features commonly found in a mainstream compact camera; a 16-megapixel 1/2.3in BSI sensor, a 21x optical zoom (equivalent to 4.1mm to 86.1mm, with an f/1:2.8-5.9 aperture), a Smart Pro Mode, Standby and Sleep mode, fast shooting capabilities, 4.8in HD Super Clear Touch LCD, an integrated pop-up flash plus four Smart modes (Waterfall Trace, Action Freeze, Light Trace, Blue Sky) and a nifty voice control mode.

Other features include full HD video with a slow motion mode, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad core system-on-chip, probably an Exynos 4412, the same that runs in the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, 8GB onboard storage, possibly 1GB of RAM (because of JB), a microSD card slot, a HDMI port, A-GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,650mAh battery, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G.

The Galaxy camera is 19.1mm and weighs 305g. We are not sure whether it comes with Bluetooth or a microUSB port (we haven’t seen them).

There’s no phone capabilities but we guess that one should be able to make calls using Skype which can be downloaded from Google Play.

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