Here’s How Samsung’s Galaxy Camera Stacks Up Against An iPhone 4S And A DSLR

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Camera brings the Android operating system to a decent compact camera, basically creating a smart camera.The concept is cool, though the camera doesn’t feel like it quite fully realises its potential. 

That said, the camera can take solid pics and it has some cool automatic settings that go beyond typical offerings. 

A Silhouette mode that keeps foreground dark and backgrounds properly exposed is great for beginners who don’t know how to achieve that look. The Panorama mode is fun for panorama shots. But at the end of the day most of your time will probably be spent in Auto.

We took the Samsung Galaxy Camera out for a spin along with our iPhone 4S and our DSLR, a Canon 60D. The Samsung performed better than the iPhone (but not a ton) and not quite as good as the Canon, especially in terms of speed and handling. 

All in all, there are better options out there for higher quality images at a cheaper price and if you really want the Android operating system you should probably just get an Android phone.

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