In the smart pro mode which can be accessed via the mode button on the touch screen users get access to 10 different scenarios, such as the waterfall trace and night trace options, which slow down the shutter speeds when shooting daylight or evening photography.
An application called Best Group Pose will automatically select the ideal portrait of you and your friends, while Share Shot lets you use WiFi Direct to send content to your friends who also own a Galaxy camera or smartphone.
The Galaxy Camera's 21x zoom lens and a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor runs rings around most other compact cameras and because Samsung has a built in 1.4GHz quad core processor functions are performed quickly.
The 21x, f/2.8-5.9, 23-480mm lens delivers enough lens options for both consumer and business use. Images are sharp even when shot in low light and in macro mode.
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|Shoots great images: Balmoral Beach|
A big advantage with this device is the inclusion of a SIM card this allows a user to shoot images and automatically download them to a Dropbox account which means that if the camera is stolen or lost the images are safe.
Another big advantage with this device is that you can make VOIP calls using the Skype application. All you have to do is go to the Google Play Store which appears on the screen when you hit the home button, download the Skype application, plug in a pair of headphone with inline voice controls and you can immediately place Skype calls.
In my initial testing I got between six and seven hours battery life and that included heavy use of the device as a camera and video recorder.
Because of the inclusion of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean you can easily access favourite imaging apps from Google Play. On the opening screen Samsung has already included Paper Artist and Instagram as well as Video Editor.
Also on board are native sharing and sorting options, including a device-wide search tool that lets you locate shots based on a face tag, location or time.
The Auto Cloud Backup feature delivers real time redundancy by sending your photos wirelessly as you shoot, though you do have to be connected to a wireless network to activate this feature.
It's innovative, easy on the eyes and highly functional in the hand, It also shoots excellent images and video. With the Galaxy 4G EK-GC100 Samsung has taken camera management to a new level by the integration of software that allows users to better understand the functions of the device and above all instructions on how to use these functions to get a better digital picture experience.
The fact that it has a 14GHz quad core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a big advantage but the real heart and soul of this device is that it is a digital camera that will put pressure on traditional camera companies to lift their game.
This is a 5/5 device.
What's missing is accessories such a decent camera case or mini tripod. A slot for a hot swap flash would also be an advantage especially if you want to use a stronger flash with its own battery pack.