Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100) Review
Samsung's latest experiment is the first camera to support both Android and 4G mobile broadband.
The Galaxy Camera is bigger than you may be imagining from pictures, and the clean, Apple-ish design leaves little room for ergonomic features. On the front panel, at least we get a hand grip, but it doesn't have enough stick and doesn't protrude far each to latch onto properly. Otherwise, the body's hard corners are uncomfortable, and either your knuckles or your left hand are necessary for holding up the hefty device.
Things are much worse on the rear panel, since the LCD monitor is the rear panel. The oversized touch-sensitive panel leaves nowhere to safely plant your thumb, further encouraging a two-handed grip. Accidentally touching the screen with either hand is routine, and constantly leads to triggering touch-to-focus, or a menu, or even backing out into Android mode by accident. Much of the shooting experience's frustrations can be traced back to this poor design choice.
Buttons & Dials
Other than the mechanical flash release on the left side of the body, the only buttons you'll find on the Galaxy Camera are the shutter release and power button. These buttons feel fine, though the zoom lever surrounding the shutter release is a bit flimsy, but our main complaint here is the lack of buttons. The camera's all-touch interface slows down the shooting process considerably.
Every manufacturer knows that nothing sells a smartphone more than a sexy screen. Samsung has apparently leveraged this knowledge for use in the Galaxy Camera, because the rear LCD is a thing of beauty. This is a high definition panel, and at almost 5-inches diagonally, it's much larger than any on-camera monitor we can think of. Brightness is fantastic, saturation is vibrant, and color accuracy is lifelike in camera mode.
But...and this is a big "but," since the entire rear panel is dominated by the screen, this can mean only one thing: the dreaded all-touch control interface. Aside from the flash release, the Galaxy Camera has only two physical buttons, leaving all remaining control to touch. This is sure to cause problems later in the review.
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