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Samsung Galaxy Camera Arriving On AT&T November 16th

While the Samsung Galaxy Camera just launched in the United Kingdom last week, us in the United States have been quite jealous. Regardless, the Galaxy Camera is now headed to the United States on AT&T’s network. Here in the United States, the Galaxy Camera is going to cost you a good $499 whether you get a data contract or not when it launches this Friday on November 16th. The Samsung Galaxy Camera is running off of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sports a 16-megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor with 21X optical zoom. The camera is powered off of the same 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos chip that you can find in the International variant of the Galaxy S III. For you folks that aren’t tech savvy, it’s a fantastic processor and will definitely pull its weight in the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

When it comes to connectivity, you’ll be getting the standard Wi-Fi option along with 3G and 4G coverage through AT&T’s network. The press release that was sent out today made not mention of LTE, so you’re only going to be getting the standard HSPA+ speeds. Although, I think LTE wasn’t needed on the Galaxy Camera. If the user is taking it on long trips away from a charger for vacationing and just out seeing the sights, I doubt that user would want LTE hogging up all of the camera’s battery. LTE speeds are nice, but definitely aren’t needed on a camera like this. On top of that, it would just made this camera a whole lot more expensive than $499, which is pretty expensive to begin with when you can get a Canon T3i DSLR for $150 more.

As was mentioned earlier, you have the ability to get the Samsung Galaxy Camera for $499 without any sort of two-year contract agreement, but if you are looking for a data plan, AT&T offers a few for you to pick from.

  • AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
If you’re already on the Mobile Share plan, it sounds worth it, but I’m not sure I would want to spend extra dollars on something I can quickly do over Wi-Fi. You could use the argument that you can only get Wi-Fi in certain places. To that I would say, a lot of us are on a 5GB plan for our smartphones which comes with the Mobile Hotspot and tethering. That said, you technically have Wi-Fi everywhere. Adding a data plan to your camera just seems a bit expensive, especially at the price the Galaxy Camera is going for.
There is also a current AT&T promotion that will allow you to get $100 off of a second Samsung device, including the Galaxy Camera when you go out and buy a Samsung Galaxy smartphone from AT&T. This promotion is great in timing since the Galaxy Note II just launched on their network. So, if you were planning on getting the Note II and Galaxy Camera, you may just want to take advantage of this promotion from AT&T.

Do you plan on picking up a Samsung Galaxy Camera at its launch? It’s definitely no average point-and-shoot camera, but is it worth it for $499? You can check out the press release below.

SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA AVAILABLE ON AT&T’S 4G NETWORK BEGINNING NOV. 16

For a Limited Time, Buy any Samsung Galaxy Smartphone and Receive up to $100 off a Second Connected Samsung Device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera

DALLAS, NOV. 12, 2012 — AT&T* today announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the 4G connected camera, will be available for customers beginning Nov. 16 for $499.99.2  For a limited time, AT&T customers will receive up to $100 off the purchase of a second Samsung Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device, including the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone (w/ two-year agreement incl. qualifying voice and data plans).

The Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and AT&T 4G mobile internet, resulting in a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to 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 through social networks 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 backside illuminated CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. This device is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor for quick and responsive performance. Galaxy Camera includes powerful manual controls with its Expert Mode, which allows for manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Smart Mode gives amateurs the tools of the pros, with Rich Tone HDR mode, Light Trace for ‘light painting’ photos and features like Best Face and Best Photo, which help users pick the best shot.

“By connecting the Samsung Galaxy Camera through the AT&T wireless network, users can instantly share photos, giving family and friends a glimpse into their favorite holiday moments,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. “Customers will receive $100 off the purchase of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera when they purchase any Samsung Galaxy smartphone, making the Samsung Galaxy Camera the perfect gift this holiday season.”

In addition to being able to share to social networks and cloud services on-the-go, consumers can harness the speed and connectivity of AT&T’s wireless network to share images and videos between Galaxy Camera and a range of Galaxy devices including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1. 3

Customers purchasing Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets and other compatible devices. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans. 4

The full range of data plan options include:
·         AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
·         AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
·         AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
·         AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

The Galaxy Camera will have access AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use photo and video sharing service for AT&T customers.  AT&T Locker users get 5 GB of storage for free – enough for 5,000 average sized photos.  AT&T Locker provides users the ability to upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail.  Users can create and customize albums for photos and video on the device or online in the AT&T Locker website.