January 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung CES press conference yesterday didn’t wow me, but later that evening, I got to see something that does interest me – the new line of Samsung cameras that will be linkable to an Android device.
Samsung showcased a number of point-and-shoot cameras that support WiFi direct, a feature that links two devices directly to each other. That then enables someone to transfer files between the two, or even start live interaction. A Samsung rep gave me a demo that showed the phone acting as a remote viewfinder, so he could see exactly what the Samsung camera lens sees, zoom in or out, or use other controls from the Android device. Instead of trying to go back and forth to adjust the camera, an Android phone can act as the controller.
Think of all the times you’ve been taking family photos on timed delay and had to return to the camera because the timing was off or the camera was out of focus. Or maybe you wanted to take a self-portrait and getting the right shot proved difficult. With one of the upcoming Samsung smart cameras and an Android phone, you won’t have to do that.
Here’s a demo of the feature below. It’s one of those things that, while not amazing, is still cool and may provide some useful functions when it debuts later this year.
Note: the camera used in the featured image of this article is not a WiFi Direct compatible device. The only compatible devices will be those with model numbers that end in ‘F’ like the Samsung WB850F, WB150F, ST200F, etc.