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Samsung Galaxy GC110: Camera, Android device, or neither?

Derrick Story | Aug. 29, 2013
With a lot of strengths and a few key weaknesses, the hybrid phone-camera could be your ideal all-in-one or a hamstrung all-in-none.

Finally, you could use a card reader to pull images off the MicroSD card, but that won't help you with images that are saved to the camera's internal memory.

All in one or all in none?
The Samsung Galaxy GC110 is an ambitious product. The camera takes good pictures—with a few nits concerning white balance and focusing—and has an amazing optical zoom. The LCD is beautiful, especially when using the GC110 as an Android device. But in bright light, it's hard to compose photos. And the touchscreen-only approach still isn't as convenient as well-placed buttons and dials. As a camera, it's definitely more urban than country.

I think those who come to love the GC110 will think of it as a multifunctional Android device first and an everyday camera second. It's most useful when Wi-Fi is within reach. If you don't want to tote an iPad or Android tablet, but you want the pretty screen and software capabilities, the Galaxy is a good choice. And when you do need to take pictures, you'll have a 16-megapixel sensor, 21X optical zoom, and plenty of bells and whistles to help you capture the moment.


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