AT&T launches Samsung Galaxy Camera — the Android point-and-shoot

You’ve got smartphones.

Are you ready for smart cameras?

Samsung has a new Galaxy Camera and AT&T will give it wireless connectivity first. It uses the latest Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, that you’d find on the latest and greatest Android smartphones like the uber-popular Samsung Galaxy S III.

But this is a true point-and-shoot camera, not a text machine — although it’s a point-and-shoot that has a Skye-ready microphone and a point-and-shoot that you can also use to download Doodle Jump from the Google Play Market.

Perhaps Samsung is counting on this fact: with more people using smartphones to take photos, the interest in photo taking and photo sharing are all time highs, and maybe people want a better camera than you can get in a smartphone. So  you get 21x optical zoom, no shutter delay, fast auto-focus. You know, camera stuff.

It’s easier to take sharper and clearer photos with this thing, but it’s also like a Jelly Bean tablet with an odd-shaped rear section (when looking at the screen). Samsung is popular for creating devices, throwing them against a wall and seeing what sticks.

This is not a bad experiment. It’s so back-to-the-future that Galaxy Camera may, in fact, stick like Spider-Man.

Here’s AT&T’s press release:

AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile)1 today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera™ coming to AT&T.  The Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and AT&T 4G mobile internet connectivity, resulting in a powerful point and shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to all of your favorite Android applications from the Google Play™ market.

The Galaxy Camera is a perfect fit for those who wish to shoot, edit and share brilliant photographs and video easily and quickly without connecting to a laptop or PC. The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen, boasts a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP BSI CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. This device is powered by a quad-core 1 GHz processor for quick and responsive performance ensuring you can capture the shots you want. It also includes powerful features like Smart Pro Mode technology, which allows you to toggle through a series of pre-set options that simplify the processes for taking professional-level images.

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