The Future of Digital Cameras

Digital cameras have so far stayed out of the smartphone sphere. While smartphones have cameras and social sharing features, digital cameras have remained purely for photography. Until now.

A New Era of Cameras

Samsung has recently released news of their Galaxy camera, which is basically a digital camera in the front, and a smart phone from the back.

The 16.3 megapixel Galaxy is powered by Andriod 4.1 Jelly Bean, and has 3G, 4G, and dual-band WiFi connectivity abilities. This allows users access to a whole range of abilities that were previously closed to digital camera users. Andriod allows users to immediately edit their photos in Photoshop Touch, or whatever photo editing apps they choose from the Play Store, on the 4.77 inch HD touch display, which has 308 pixels per inch.

After editing, users can immediately upload their photos to their favorite social media platform, making the shooting, editing, sharing process very streamline and efficient. Even if you are not able to connect to 3G, 4G, or WiFi, there is 8GB of internal storage, and a Dropbox app, which can sync to your cloud account when you regain 3G, 4G, or WiFi connection.
Outside of what were previously thought of as smart phone abilities, the camera also has voice control, auto cloud backup, slow motion video, and a 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor.

The Galaxy and the Future of Cameras

The Galaxy makes it pretty clear that Samsung is serious about changing digital photography. They’ve connected our constant need for social media with our more serious interests in photography, while not crossing over into the smartphone realm. This camera was designed with social media in mind.

When Samsung released news of the Galaxy on Aug. 29, 2012 in Berlin, the President of IT &Mobile Communications Division at Samsung, JK Shin, said this, “The Galaxy Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the Galaxy Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication.”

This camera is made to revolutionize the way pictures are taken and shared. It allows users to take photos, and share all, some, or none of them whenever they choose The instant connectivity abilities allow users to instantly share, and geotagging allows all their friends to see where they are. The inclusion of the auto cloud backup demonstrates that Samsung is aware of the fact that users need to be able to access their information and pictures from anywhere.

As society continues to progress in social sharing, it will be interesting to see if the Galaxy sets the tone for camera technology. It is estimated that the Galaxy will be around $500, and at that price, there will be plenty of users who spend their money on higher quality cameras, rather than one on which they can use Instagram.


About the author - James is a blogger from Seattle who enjoys technology, social media, and snowboarding. He writes this article for Staples