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Samsung has released another of its Galaxy series products in the country and this time it’s the Galaxy camera. The camera is a hybrid between a smartphone and a point and shoot, offering 16.3 MP sensor. The device is first of its kind, featuring Android 4.1 and SIM card slot.

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The camera allows you to do everything a smartphone does, except for calling and SMS functionality. It even provides access to Google Play Store to download and run any app on its 4.8 inch,  720×1280 screen. This can come in handy, as there are many camera apps available in the Play Store, making the camera experience richer than ever.

The phone offers 21.1 mbps HSDPA (no 2G we’re afraid) to upload those high resolution pictures immediately on Facebook without the hassle of going through cables and PC. There’s also a quad core 1.4 GHz processor along with 1 GB RAM to power the device. The camera has 8 GB inbuilt memory along with expandable storage. On the camera front, there’s a 16.3-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backside illuminated CMOS sensor with optical image stabilization, ISO 100-3200, and a 21x optical zoom. The device also features WiFi, Gyroscope, accelerometer and most of the things you’d expect from a modern smartphone. There’s a 1650 mAh battery to power the 300g device .

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As stated in most of the reviews, Samsung has rather priced the device too steeply. Several entry level DSLRs (and some mirrorless ones too) available at this price range  are way better than this point and shoot when it comes to things cameras are actually meant for (we mean photography). Sure casual photographers and beginners who don’t like carrying a bulky camera around their neck all the time would find this device pleasing just for the customization and editing options this camera allows, but veteran users would rather stick to their DSLRs for the superior photography. One can find cameras with similar specs (just the camera part) priced almost Rs 10,000 below this.

Still, we believe this is a start by Samsung in the right direction and with the pace of advancement in technology these days, a DSLR hybrid shouldn’t be really that far away.