Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100 16.3 Megapixel Compact Camera – Wi-Fi Android 4.1 OS
Samsung Galaxy Camera – WiFi EK-GC100 digital camera – Android Tablet
Can be used as Android Yablet.
– White Color
– 4.8″ Touchscreen LCD –
– 21x Optical Zoom – Optical IS
– 4608 x 3456 Image
– 1920 x 1080 Video – HDMI – HD Movie Mode
Samsung Galaxy Camera – WiFi EK-GC100 digital camera
Record video at an amazing 120 high-resolution frames per second. The crystal-clear, slow-motion playback is magical.
At 4.8 ”, the HD display is big and gorgeous, with ample space to frame and compose images. Your photos just might reflect a whole new level of creative freedom.
Intuitive at every turn
The Galaxy Camera features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It ’s a powerful, yet simple, operating system that supports lots of creative apps.
Shoot it in slow-mo
Record video at an amazing 120 high-resolution frames per second. The crystal-clear, slow-motion playback is magical.
You’re in control
Drag and drop to move applications wherever you like. Use Instagram a lot? Move it to the home screen.
|Megapixels (Effective)||16.3||A camera’s image sensor resolution measured in millions of tiny dots (pixels). Effective megapixels — the number of megapixels actually used to capture the image — is typically slightly lower than the number of total available megapixels.|
|Optical Zoom||21x||This is your lens’ true zoom capability. The lens does the work by reducing or enlarging the field of view. The greater the optical zoom, the closer you can get to the subject you are shooting.|
|Digital Zoom||None||This is not true zoom, it is merely simulating zoom by enlarging the existing image’s pixels by cropping. The actual length of the lens does not change. Digital zooming results in reduced image quality, and should generally be avoided or turned off on your camera altogether. Optical zoom is recommended to ensure crisp, detailed photos.|
|Lens Features||Wide-angle zoom lens|
|Lens Focal Length(s)||23mm||The distance (in millimeters) from a camera’s image sensor to its lens, usually given in terms of the 35mm (film camera) equivalent. Cameras with optical zoom have a range of focal lengths, while cameras without optical zoom have a fixed focal length.|
|LCD Screen Size||4.8″||Size of the LCD screen, in inches, measured diagonally from corner to corner.|
|Viewfinder||LCD only||Provides the photographer with an approximation of what the lens is seeing. In addition to a conventional optical viewfinder, most digital cameras also provide a color LCD panel.|
|Image Stabilization||Yes, optical||Digitally compensates for camcorder shake so videos appear steady.|
|Burst Mode||Yes||Also referred to as continuous shooting, burst mode captures multiple shots in rapid succession with a single click of the shutter. This is a useful feature when shooting subjects in motion.|
|Internal Memory||8GB||Memory that is built into a digital camera for storing images.|
|Compatible Memory Formats||microSD|microSDHC||Number of images that can be stored on a digital camera’s built-in memory and/or included removable memory cards. This number varies depending on the resolution of each image. The higher the resolution of the image, the more storage space it takes up.|
|Shutter Speeds||Auto: 1/8 – 1/2000 sec.; Manual: 16 – 1/2000 sec.||The rate (typically measured in fractions of a second) at which a camera shutter opens and closes to capture an image.
Slow shutter speeds are used for low-light conditions, while faster speeds are best for action shots.
|Aperture Range||f/2.8 – f/5.9||The range, expressed in f-stop numbers, from a camera’s largest lens opening setting to its smallest. The greater this range, the more manual control and creative license available to the photographer in regard to light and focus.|
|White Balance||Auto, tungsten, night, dawn, custom||Settings that assess and compensate for color conditions in any given lighting to ensure true-to-life color. Most digital cameras feature automatic white balance settings as well as the option to manually override such settings.|
|Flash Range||1.6′ – 12.5′ at ISO Auto (wide); 6.6′ – 5.9′ at ISO Auto (telephoto)||Distance over which a flash will adequately light a subject.|
|Flash Modes||Auto, off, on, red-eye reduction||Flash settings. Common modes include Auto (camera decides when the flash is needed), Red-Eye Reduction (minimizes eye reflections) and Fill (reduces deep shadows in bright sunlight).|
|Focus Range||Normal: 2.6′ – 19.7′ (wide), 6.6′ – 9.8′ (telephoto)||Distance over which the camera is capable of focusing on the subject.|
|Movie Mode||Yes||Captures short, low-resolution video clips, sometimes with sound.|
|ISO Equivalent||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200||Measurement of a digital camera’s light sensitivity, which is equivalent to a conventional camera’s film speed. The higher the ISO, the clearer the image in low-light conditions.|
|Camera Dock||Not included|
|Image Storage Capacity||Varies||Number of images that can be stored on a digital camera’s built-in memory and/or included removable memory cards. This number varies depending on the resolution of each image. The higher the resolution of the image, the more storage space it takes up.|
|Imaging Sensor Type||CMOS||Type of element used to convert light into a digital image. The most common types are CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor).|
|Imaging Sensor Size||1/2.3″||Size of the CCD or CMOS image sensor, usually measured in fractions of an inch (e.g., 1/1.8″ or 2/3″). In general, the larger the sensor, the better the picture quality.|
|HD Movie Mode||Yes|
|Removable Memory Included||No|
The Samsung Galaxy Camera measures 70.8×128.7 x19.1mm, which means that its best stored inside a camera bag rather than a pocket, and weighs a manageable 300g without battery and card, making it about 25% bigger and heavier than the WB850F camera. Its undoubtedly a large device that will definitely get you noticed, especially given the attractive white finish and the large, protruding zoom, so it’s not as inconspicuous as the ubiquitous smart-phone. Having said that, the ability to zoom-in to 483mm using a relatively compact device means that you will be able to capture lots of moments that no smartphone can reach.
With what feels like a higher proportion of metal in the build than plastic, the Galaxy Camera’s sleek and stylish exterior certainly looks the part. It actually features something approaching a proper handgrip with a subtly textured surface to one side of its faceplate – a feature usually jettisoned in favour of cameras that pander more to sleek styling. This thereby suggests that sharp shots towards the telephoto end of its zoom range just might be that much more achievable. Other than the 21x lens and the handgrip, the only other feature on the sparse front of the Galaxy Camera is a small porthole shaped window housing the AF assist lamp/self timer lamp, positioned just above the lens.
This uncluttered presentation is due, in part, to the integral flash being moved to the top plate where it is neatly of the pop-up variety. If we’ve one gripe though it does seem to take an age to charge from cold before it can be fired. This wait might not be more than a few seconds, but it can take three squeezes of the shutter release before it will fire off a shot in flash mode.
Looking down on the Samsung Galaxy Camera’s top-plate with its back facing us, at the left hand edge is the aforementioned pop-up flash, with a manual switch for its activation provided on the left-hand flank. So the flash won’t automatically fire unless you have raised it first. Give this a press with a fingertip however and the flash pops up with a satisfyingly solid metallic clunk. Simply press the spring-loaded contraption back down to deactivate. Located below the flash button is a pair of microphones.
Also on the top-plate is a tiny inset power button. Hold this down for the first time and the Galaxy Camera stutters into life, taking almost 30 seconds to display a series of graphical screens and then extending the lens from within its body housing to maximum wideangle setting, while the rear screen switches to camera mode a couple of seconds later. The startup time from Standby is thankfully much quicker at just under 3 seconds, roughly what we’d expect from a point-and-shoot camera, although no speed demon.
A half-squeeze of the tactile shutter release button and a central highlighted AF point appears in green along with the customary confirmation ‘bleep’ that the user is free to go ahead and take the shot. Do so either by using the shutter release button or with a tap of the screen and in default single shot mode a full resolution, Super Fine (top) quality image is committed to either th built-in 3.87GB memory or a micro-SD card in one to two seconds, which is impressive. You can even take a picture using the power of your own voice, with “capture”, “shoot”, “smile” and “cheese” commands all available. Voice control can also be used to zoom the lens, fire the flash, set the timer options, and change the shooting mode, amongst other settings.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera’s shutter release button is encircled by a lever for operating the 21x optical zoom; with a nudge from the forefinger the lens mechanics take five seconds to propel the user from maximum wideangle to extreme telephoto. While, once again, it’s not the quickest response ever, this was still sufficiently responsive to enable us to quickly frame up the shot we saw in our mind’s eye.
When shooting video, the zoom takes more than twice as long to move through the same range, no doubt to minimize the already fairly quiet operational buzz. While this is fine, the initial response could be quicker. Press the virtual record button on the LCD screen and wait a couple of seconds while the 16:9 ratio screen display blanks out and then re-appears before recording begins – by which time the subject you were attempting to frame may well have moved on.
The Smausng Galaxy has an array of beginner and more advanced shooting modes. The subject recognizing Auto setting is point and shoot all the way, the camera getting it mostly right, although – typically – busier scenes can confuse the auto-focus and the shutter will still fire even if the image is noticeably soft, so you can occasionally come away with blurred results. No matter, re-compose the shot and simply try again. The Smart setting is essentially a range of 15 different clever scene modes, including the useful Macro and Panorama modes. There are also 13 creative filters available which are accessed by pressing the arrow icon at the botoom of the touchscreen, useful for previewing and adding a not-too-cliched effect.
The other available shooting modes are the familiar program mode plus the unexpected bonus of aperture, shutter priority and manual modes, which are grouped together in the Expert option along with the Video mode. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed and exposure compensation are all cleverly set via virtual dials on the touchscreen LCD, which in reality is a lot quicker and more intuitive than it might first sound.
|Memory Card Slot||Battery Compartment|
The Wi-Fi options here are many and varied, and include the ability to sync up with a handset in order to use your phone as a remote viewfinder. There’s also the ability to let the camera search for a local wireless network in order to directly upload imagery to the likes of Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and the ilk, or connect to a wireless network to email a selected picture to an email account – the address input within the camera with the aid of an on-screen ‘qwerty’ keypad. There are further automatic wireless back up (either to your desktop or a cloud service) and TV link options for those who have the relevant tech at their disposal.
Pressing the Home icon in the top-right of the screen fires up the Galaxy Camera’s default screen, which displays the time and date, allows you to perform a Google Search, includes icons for the Paper Artist, Instagram, Photo Wizard, Video Editor, Camera, and Gallery apps, plus Dropbox, Play Store and a further Apps icon which accesses all 41 default apps and the Widgets screen. Having the ability to connect to a wi-fi network (or cellular data if using as SIM card), then edit your images and video with either the Samsung apps, Instagram or any one of hundreds of other Android apps, and then upload them to your favourite online network quickly becomes compulsive and makes the traditional process of downloading to acomputer seem laborious and old-fashioned. If only all cameras offered the same out-of-the-box connectivity of the Galaxy Camera.
At the back of the Samsung Galaxy, in the expected absence of any optical viewfinder, stills and video are composed with the aid of a HD Super Clear LCD rather than AMOLED screen (as on the Galaxy S III). Samsung does of course have expertise in screen technology, and here that gives rise to deeper blacks and better contrast when both composing and reviewing shots, which, coupled with a respectable 614,000 dot resolution, to our eyes results in a more-than -life-like picture being relayed. The downside is that images may not look quite as dynamic as they did at the point of capture when subsequently viewed on your desktop PC. On the positive side, a sharp screen image ensures that menu options and function icons also look clean, crisp and legible.
With the 4.8-inch screen swallowing up the entire backplate of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, there are very few other physical controls. A plastic flap protects a port for AV/USB output on the right-hand side, with a metal hoop for attaching a wriststrap just below and a headphone port just above. On the bottom of the Galaxy Camera is a metal screw thread for a tripod provided slightly off-centre, and alongside this a catch operated compartment holding both the supplied battery, mini-HDMI port and a vacant slot for a micro-SD memory card and the rechargeable 1650mAh battery
Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity
- Wi-Fi – 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz / 5GHz
- Wi-Fi Direct -Yes
- Bluetooth – Profiles4.0
- Connectivity Support – DLNA, HDMI 1.4
- PC Sync.KIES, KIES Air
- OSAndroid 4.1.2 (Jellybean)
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