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April 04, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Camera Wi-Fi Edition Hits U.S. Shores

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

While the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy Camera has already been available for quite some time from both AT&T and Verizon (News - Alert), those not looking to get a data plan alongside the Android-based device have had to wait patiently. However, the wait is now over as the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Camera is making its stateside debut today for $450, a $50 discount from the mobile data version.

Other than that one difference, the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Camera is virtually identical to the Verizon and AT&T (News - Alert) versions.

As such, the device sports Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will obviously provide a user interface very familiar for Android phone or tablet users, with full access to the Google (News - Alert) Play app market.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen, a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor, which allows for high-quality images even in low lighting conditions. The camera also comes equipped with processing power to match its imaging hardware, in the form of a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor.

Of course, the Galaxy Camera also comes with a number of shooting modes — Rich Tone HDR (News - Alert) mode, Light Trace, Best Face and Best Photo — to make snapping the right photos much easier for the uninitiated, while an Expert Mode provides full manual control for the more experienced photographer.

Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Camera boasts platinum certification from UL Environment. The Galaxy Camera is actually the first digital camera to receive this certification, which is based on UL2810 sustainability requirements for digital cameras.

The only caveat regarding the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Camera is that it's so closely priced to the 4G version that most may be better off spending the extra $50 to have the option of a mobile data connection. But for those not interested in such a feature, this version of the camera still provides an excellent point-and-shoot experience.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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