Wow, this one caught us by surprise. We already knew Nikon was going to offer an Android-powered camera, but now Samsung’s in on the game too. We just spent a few minutes with the company’s brand new “Galaxy Camera,” an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered shooter and we’re in love. The 16-megapixel device offers Wi-Fi or 3G/4G (HSPA+) connectivity, 21x optical zoom, a 23mm wide-angle lens and a large 4.8-inch 1280 x 720-pixel HD display.
It’s a big camera — larger than most point and shoots we’ve used — but it packs some serious features. It has a Smart Pro shooting option that provides 10 easy controls, best group shot, a photo wizard, a video wizard, Samsung Share Shot (the same tech used in Samsung’s latest phones and tablets), auto backup to the cloud, voice controls and 35 different editing options. We love that it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, especially because you can actually surf the web, download apps (Instagram!), check your email and do anything that you’d expect from an Android tablet or phone all right from the camera itself.
The sample shots we took (but couldn’t keep) looked pretty solid and the camera took photos pretty quickly, too. Samsung didn’t say which carriers it plans to partner with just yet, but the Galaxy Camera is due out during the fourth quarter of this year so we’re certain to hear more soon. We’re also not sure how much it will cost, although we’re guessing that it’s not going to be too cheap. Check out our full gallery below!