The Samsung Galaxy Camera is an Android 4.1 device with a large touch screen on one side, a 21x zoom lens on the other, and networking abilities in the middle. That last point is key: one of the big advantages of smartphones is that you can do something with the photo immediately after taking it -- sharing with friends on Facebook, for example.
The camera's 16-megapixel sensor uses backside-illuminated (BSI) technology for better low-light performance. The lens starts at a wide-angle equivalent of 23mm; it zooms smoothly but not rapidly through its 21x range to 483mm on the telephoto end.
With the full Android operating system, photographers can use the usual range of apps -- Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+.
In addition, Samsung supplies its own Photo Wizard and Video Wizard software and another tool designed to get good group shots. The camera also has some cloud-based backup services.