There’s been a dramatic uptick in amateur photography over the past few years — more people want to share more photos, and faster. This has led users to demand more and more from their smartphone cameras, while at the same time cheap DSLRs and the birth of Micro Four Thirds and other interchangeable-lens systems have put stupendously high-quality cameras in the hands of the everyman.

There’s always been a disconnect between these two movements, however, and Samsung wants to be the first to cover all of the bases. The concept is simple — take everything that's good about a standalone camera and combine it with the sharing capabilities of a smartphone. What you should be left with is something that's perfect for sharing quick shots, but not limited by interface, sensor size, or the general lack of options offered by smartphones.

What we actually have is the Samsung Galaxy Camera, a 16-megapixel point-and-shoot camera with a motorized 21x zoom, a 4.8-inch touchscreen, and 3G / Wi-Fi connectivity. It's not the first camera to claim to be "smart" — Samsung itself sells cameras under that banner — but it is one of the first to run an established OS, Android 4.1. Often, when companies attempt to unify two product categories something has to give. Can we really have the best of both worlds?