Smartphone manufacturers are showing more and more concern with the digital imaging capabilities of their handsets. Perhaps no one’s making a more public display of its devotion to this idea than Nokia, with both the PureView 808 and the Lumia 920 addressing camera performance in different ways. While Nokia attempts to raise the bar when it comes to cameras on smartphones, Samsung’s decided to broach the challenge from the other side, and instead of bringing high-quality imaging to a smartphone, has brought smartphone tech to a standard digital camera. We’ve had our eye on the Galaxy Camera for a couple months now, and in early October, AT&T revealed that it would be hosting the Camera on its network sometime this fall. Today, the carrier comes through with the details on just how the Galaxy Camera will arrive.
AT&T will sell the Galaxy Camera for just shy of $500, beginning this Friday, November 16. When we last spoke about the Camera, we wondered if AT&T might think up some new data options for a device like this, but it has instead elected to stick with its usual tablet data offerings; that means $15 for 250MB, $30 for 1GB, and $50 for 5GB.
If you plan on getting a new Samsung Galaxy-series smartphone from AT&T, the carrier will give you $100 towards the purchase of another Samsung model, including the Galaxy Camera. That sweetens the deal a bit, but we’re still not quite sure if the Galaxy Camera will deliver in a way that makes it worth the high price tag; will it be a best-of-both-worlds situation, or will it fail to be as useful as the pairing of a regular point-and-shoot camera and a stand-alone smartphone?