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Is this the ultimate camera?

Published: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Bit Depth
The Samsung EK-GC100 is many things, far more than you’d expect in a device that looks like a standard point and shoot camera, but it isn’t a phone. PHOTO COURTESY SAMSUNG

“I’d like a SIM card for my camera, please.”

 

I have to say; the lady behind the counter didn’t bat an eye.

 

In fact, she batted the statement back with considerable aplomb, catching me by surprise. 

 

“Does it have a keypad?”

 

The Samsung EK-GC100 is many things, far more than you’d expect in a device that looks like a standard point and shoot (P&S) camera, but it isn’t a phone.

 

What it is, though, is likely the herald of more advancements in digital cameras that advance the merging of phones, computing devices and image capture into one package that does everything with minimal compromise.

 

The rather clumsily named EK-GC100 (http://ow.ly/uDUBd) is part of a line of devices from Samsung which graft the brain of an Android tablet into the standard form factor of a P&S. 

 

On boot, it declares itself to be a Samsung Galaxy Camera, so that seems as good a way to refer to it as any.

 

After the rather lengthy startup process that’s typical of Galaxy devices, the camera switches directly into P&S mode, filling the screen with an image of whatever the lens happens to be pointing at. 

 

Overlaid on the live view are a few buttons at right, to go quickly from video to stills and a mode view that allows manual control as well as the camera presets that appear on all Galaxy camera phones.