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Posted by / 03-Oct-2017 23:18

The Galaxy Camera’s sensor is a 1/2.3" unit, and although it’s backlit (which helps image quality) it’s very small.

You’ll find bigger and better sensors in every camera in this price range, and cheaper high-end point-and-shoots like Canon’s high-end S100 have larger 1/1.73" sensors.

It's not the first camera to claim to be "smart" — Samsung itself sells cameras under that banner — but it is one of the first to run an established OS, Android 4.1. It shares a lot of design DNA with Samsung’s regular cameras like the equally-attractive WB150, and apart from its enormous 4.8-inch touchscreen doesn’t look markedly different from anything already on the market.

Often, when companies attempt to unify two product categories something has to give. It is very wide compared to regular point-and-shoots, though, measuring over five inches across, a figure that can largely be attributed to the aforementioned screen.

I wish Samsung had made the body thicker and less wide; it would’ve made for a more comfortable one-handed shooting experience, and also would’ve put some weight behind that massive lens.

You’ll find just four buttons on the Galaxy Camera: a standby button, a two-stage shutter key, a zoom toggle, and a final side-mounted mechanical key that pops up the built-in xenon Flash.

It’s pretty sparse, but that’s because Samsung wants you to use the touchscreen for almost every task.

The built-in handgrip is a little too shallow for my tastes, and although it’s covered in easy-grip soft-touch plastic, the material ends well before the grip joins the front of the camera.

That’s where my, and I imagine most people’s, fingers instinctively grip, making it less comfortable than it should’ve been.

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There’s always been a disconnect between these two movements, however, and Samsung wants to be the first to cover all of the bases.