Samsung claims no smartphone-camera will surpass the Galaxy Camera

A new day, a new surprise. Like the press release Samsung just gave out, at the moment of the presentation in Berlin, about the Galaxy Camera, claiming no smartphone-camera will be better than it. Looking at the specs, that's not entirely true though. Or maybe I should write: not true at all.

But it looks quite interesting in itself. It's the first camera on Android (4.1 Jelly Bean even, and that is nice), it offers 16MP resolution and has 21x optical (!) zoom. You can share your pictures on all available social media on Android (that's just about all there are), directly via 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi. It even has voice control. I'm sure it will make for a very nice and versatile compact camera, but will it be better than the Nokia 808 PureView?

Many people will prefer Android Jelly Bean over Nokia Belle, no doubt about that. With a 21x optical zoom I'm sure you can get really close, and the  BSI CMOS sensor that´s inside sounds pretty cool. With voice control you just say "zoom in/zoom out/shoot" to your cam and your picture is there.

But 16MP is no 34MP or 38MP, and there is no PureView technology (so no "pixel binning oversampling"). But to me the most surprising thing - seen Samsung's own comparison with the "smartphone-camera" - is that you can't make phonecalls with the Galaxy Camera. So this is more like a true "smartcam" in the way that I mentioned the Nokia 808 PureView before, but although it needs a simcard for 3G/4G connection, it can't make phonecalls over the GSM network.

You might use Skype, of course, but still, it is not the same combination of smartphone and high-end camera. In other words: you will still need to bring your phone if you choose this Galaxy Camera. It is not as converged as the Nokia 808 PureView is. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but comparing it with smartphone-cameras is a bit strange than, isn't it? It's definitely smarter than the compact camera we have known until now, and I can't wait to compare it with the Nokia 808 PureView!

Update: if you are interested in how the Galaxy Camera looks, here is a first short hands-on with the Galaxy Camera by My first impression: it's much bigger than I expected. The more I think about it, the less I understand the comparison with the smartphone.