Earlier today at IFA 2012, Samsung officially announced what will be their first point and shoot form factor camera running Android 4.1. The device is named the Samsung Galaxy Camera, and runs Android 4.1 atop an Exynos 4412 SoC running at 1.4 GHz

This comes just after Nikon's official announcement of a point and shoot of their own named the Coolpix S800c which we're still trying to obtain more information about. Both cameras are physically pretty similar, and include a 16 MP CMOS sensor that is 1/2.3" format. 

Two years ago I was told from a number of different handset vendors and traditional camera SoC vendors to expect an influx of small point and shoot form factor cameras running Android. I've been anxiously awaiting that time ever since, and almost gave up hope until this recent interestingly timed double announcement by Nikon and Samsung. The other main contender in this space is of course the Nokia PureView 808 which doesn't run Android but likewise is more of a point and shoot in the form factor of a smartphone. 

Inside, the Galaxy Camera appears to be very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S 3, including the same set of local wireless connectivity options (dual band WiFi with 40 MHz channels, BT 4.0, GNSS), and includes cellular connectivity that might even include LTE. Samsung ambiguously cites "4G" on the spec page, which makes me think this might be another CMC221 based solution like the Galaxy S 3 for Korea with LTE. I've put together a comparison table below with the details:

Camera Emphasized Smartphone Comparison
  Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100) Nikon Coolpix S800c Nokia PureView 808
CMOS Resolution 16.3 MP 16.0 MP 41 MP
CMOS Format 1/2.3", 1.34µm pixels 1/2.3", 1.34µm pixels 1/1.2", 1.4µm pixels
CMOS Size 6.17mm x 4.55mm 6.17mm x 4.55mm 10.67mm x 8.00mm
Lens Details 4.1 - 86mm (22 - 447 35mm equiv)
4.5 - 45.0mm (25-250 35mm equiv)
8.02mm (28mm 35mm equiv)
Display 1280 x 720 (4.8" diagonal) 854 x 480 (3.5" diagonal) 640 x 360 (4.0" diagonal)
SoC Exynos 4412 (Cortex-A9MP4 at 1.4 GHz with Mali-400 MP4) ARM Cortex A5MP1(?) 1.3 GHz ARM11
Storage 8 GB + microSDXC 1.7 GB + microSDHC 16 GB + microSDHC
Video Recording 1080p30, 480p120 1080p30 1080p30
OS Android 4.1 Android 2.3.6 Symbian Belle
Connectivity and GNSS WCDMA 21.1 850/900/1900/2100, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n with 40 MHz channels, BT 4.0, GNSS No cellular, WiFi 802.11b/g/n(?), GPS WCDMA 14.4 850/900/1700/1900/2100, 802.11b/g/n, BT 3.0, GPS

From an optical standpoint the Samsung appears to have a bit of an edge at F/2.8 when at its widest, compared to F/3.2 with Nikon. That said, I'd expect the Nikon to have a leg up on the Galaxy Camera purely because there will be more die area on that SoC (which we're trying to obtain more information on) dedicated to ISP than on the Galaxy Camera which simply includes an Exynos 4412 inside. Interestingly enough, the PureView 808 still includes a larger CMOS than either point and shoot, though it of course has a fixed focal length and no optical zoom.

Point and shoot cameras running Android seem to be the next logical progression for camera makers. As an aside it is interesting how the point and shoot business is moving increasingly towards mobile, and the smartphone side is moving increasingly towards point and shoot level performance. There's a new adage that the best camera is the one you have with you all the time, and both sides are fighting over who will control that slot. 

Sources: Samsung Galaxy Camera, Nikon S800c

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  • Malih - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    All that announcement about their new devices from Sony, not a single one of them is mentioned in AnandTech.
    I wonder if Sony is banned from AnandTech for some political reason.
  • Malih - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Okay just seen the article, please ignore this, but still I wonder if AT will post a review on the Tablet S.
  • Malih - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Back to topic of this article, I wonder if it will be better to release a front-camera only phone with an optional accessory that snaps to the phone and add this level of back-camera with extra batteries, I'd buy it.
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    You mean these? http://www.anandtech.com/show/6212/sony-xperia-t-v...

  • Malih - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Sorry & thank you for pointing that out
  • Alchemy69 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Didn't Apple invent the camera?
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Not yet...
  • Spunjji - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Ha :D
  • iamkyle - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    QuickTake 150 ;)
  • name99 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    I know you think you are being oh so clever with this remark, but, sadly for you, this statement mainly reflects your ignorant because, Apple, DID in fact sell the first color consumer digital electronic camera, the QuickTake, in 1992.

    There were digital cameras sold before that but they were not mass market items; Kodak, for example, sold the DCS-100 for $13,000. There was a thing called the Dycam 1 released in 1990 which is a little closer to consumer; it cost "only" $1000, produced BW pictures, and looked so dorky that it makes a QuickTake look positively sleek.

    You can hate on Apple all you like, but you will look a little less ignorant while doing so if you actually accept that they have had a notable role in computer/CE history, and your snark would benefit from some fact-checking before it was posted.

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