In 2013, Samsung manufactured the Galaxy Gear, which had an inbuilt camera. The Galaxy Gear set the bar for what smartwatches could do. You had the opportunity to take pictures from your wrist.
The Galaxy Gear was released to be an accessory to the Galaxy Note 3 and was only compatible with it at launch.
It connected to the Galaxy Note 3 via Bluetooth and had other features such as an accelerometer and a gyroscope. And it had an internal 315mAh battery, enough to provide 24 hours of battery life per charge.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear had a camera built into the watch’s strap, captured pictures in 1.9 megapixels, and recorded 720p videos. This meant that you could not change the straps of the smartwatch.
The smartwatch had 4GB of storage, so video recordings had a maximum limit of 10 minutes. The Galaxy Gear was designed to be something you use when your smartphone is not handy.
Though the quality of photos and videos taken with the Galaxy Gear was questionable at that time, due to the technology’s limitations at that time, Samsung had gone on to improve on its smartwatches with cameras. After the Galaxy Gear, Samsung rolled out the Gear 2, which also had an inbuilt camera.
Samsung did not go on to release more smartwatches with inbuilt cameras in them but configured smartwatches that allow you to control the camera on a connected phone.
The Galaxy smartwatches do not have cameras inbuilt into them but they are configured in a way that they can control your Galaxy phone’s camera.
You could do more than just send text messages and tell the time. You are able to see what your Galaxy phone’s camera was seeing, so it was great for taking group pictures as you could see how it was before you took the picture.
This was made possible through the Wear OS app. The app was supported on the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy S9 and up only. If you happen to use any phone model launched before the Note 10 would need a software update.
I would now like to run you through how to control your Galaxy phone’s camera with the Galaxy Watch Active2. The first thing is that you need to ensure that the software on your Galaxy Watch Active2 is up to date.
- Tap the Galaxy Store icon on your Galaxy Watch Active2.
- You then tap “Search”
- Search for “camera controller”
- Tap on “camera controller” and then install.
- Grant permissions and click “ok”
- Once installed, launch the Camera controller app on your Galaxy Watch Active2.
- You would then have the camera app on your mobile device launch automatically.
- Select your preferred camera mode and position the subject in the frame.
- You then tap the camera shutter button on your Galaxy Watch Active2 to take the photo.
- You can then tap the thumbnail to view the photo on your Galaxy Watch Active2 screen. The photo would be saved in the Gallery app on both your Galaxy Watch Active2 and mobile device.
- To return to the camera, you press the “Back” button.
- You can set a 5-second delay to the shutter by tapping on the timer icon at the top of the screen on your Galaxy Watch Active2.
- To take a video, switch to the video mode in the Camera app on your mobile device. You can then use your Galaxy Watch Active2 to start and stop the video recording.
As earlier pointed out, the Samsung Galaxy Gear was the first Samsung watch with inbuilt cameras that allowed you to take pictures from your wrist. Then the Gear 2 smartwatch, also with an inbuilt camera was rolled out.
Samsung had gone on to release watches that are able to take pictures but without inbuilt cameras in them. Examples are the Galaxy smartwatches that allow you to control your Galaxy phone’s camera. You get to call the shots and angles from your watches.
The Samsung Watch 4 cannot take pictures. But the smartwatch comes with some unique features. First, there are two models; the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
The Watch 4 is powered by Samsung’s new 5nm chipset, with 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. You also have a smartwatch with a 20% faster CPU, 50% increased RAM and 10 times improvement in Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for better transitions. The watch also offers users better display and TE (eSim) connectivity on select models.
The Galaxy Watch 4 comes with Samsung’s BioActive Sensor runs on a single chipset and includes three health sensors to measure optical heart rate, electrical heart rate, and bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor.
You also have a smartwatch that introduces the first-ever body composition measurement, including skeletal muscle, fat mass, body water and base metabolic rate. Other features include advanced sleep management, continuous blood-oxygen tracking and support for viewing workouts and other vitals on a Samsung Smart TV but this is currently available only in Canada, Korea, the UK and the US.
You get to rock the Galaxy Watch 4 in 40mm and 44mm sizes and in Black, Silver and Green colours, though the 40mm is only available in Pink Gold.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is available in 42mm and 46mm sizes in Black and Silver colours.
There are definitely a lot of features for one smartwatch, which can make you ignore the fact that the Watch 4 cannot take pictures. But bear in mind that the Watch 4 is configured in a way that allows you to control your phone’s camera app when connected.
Apart from the Galaxy Gear and the Gear 2, the first two smartwatches rolled out by Samsung, which had inbuilt cameras that allowed users to take pictures and record videos, Samsung has not rolled out smartwatches with inbuilt cameras again.
The unique feature now introduced is that smartwatches when connected to a supported smartphone can control the camera app on such a smartphone with the Camera Controller app on the smartwatch.
So the only way you can have a Samsung smartwatch record a video is when you use it to control your phone’s camera app.
Based on the great features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, it is currently the only Galaxy smartwatch with the most advanced features.
The Galaxy Watch 4 offers a versatile design with a sporty look. There is also the “classic” model. The Watch 4 is powered by Samsung’s new 5nm chipset, with 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. You also have a smartwatch with a 20% faster CPU, 50% increased RAM and 10 times improvement in Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for better transitions. The watch also offers users better display and TE (eSim) connectivity on select models.
The Galaxy Watch 4 also comes with Samsung’s BioActive Sensor runs on a single chipset and includes three health sensors to measure optical heart rate, electrical heart rate, and bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor. You also have a smartwatch that introduced the first-ever body composition measurement, including skeletal muscle, fat mass, body water and base metabolic rate.
The Galaxy Gear, which was Samsung’s first smartwatch manufactured in 2013, is the cheapest Samsung watch, and you could tie this to the fact that it is an old product or perhaps because its sales have been declining over the years.
Although the Galaxy Gear provides you with the option to take pictures and record videos with its inbuilt camera, it just does not enjoy a popular adoption rate due to the increased demand for new technology. The Galaxy Gear’s general functionality is substandard compared to any of the Galaxy smartwatches.
Unfortunately, Samsung has removed this feature from their newer smartwatches. However, they are now more focused on integrating the features on their phones rather than having them on the smartwatch.
As previously mentioned, you can still take pictures or record videos with your smartwatch, but now you will have to use the camera on your smartphone.
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