Galaxy Camera Release Date is Dec. 13, Get 1 for Free With Promotion

Verizon announced yesterday that the Galaxy Camera release date is set for Dec. 13 and that it will cost $549.99. However, there is a way to receive one of these advanced point-and-shoot cameras free of cost.

Samsung and Time Out magazine are running a special promotion called the "Share Your Now" challenge that asks New Yorkers and Londoners to submit their favorite photo of their respective home city. Every week one lucky photographer will receive a Galaxy Camera free of cost and will get to travel across the Atlantic.

Verizon confirmed that it would be releasing the Galaxy Camera in a press release yesterday.

"The Galaxy Camera will be available for $549.99 and come in two colors, Cobalt Black, exclusive to Verizon Wireless, and White," wrote the carrier. "Innovative technology needs an innovative plan. Users will be able to add the Samsung Galaxy Camera to their Share Everything account for the promotional price of $5 per month."

The Galaxy Camera is a unique point-and-shoot camera that comes with a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD Screen. It also boasts a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality images close up and in low light conditions. It is powered by a quad-core 1GHz processor and runs Android 4.1, JellyBean software with 4G connectivity on Verizon.

The Galaxy Camera can also send still images taken to other Samsung and Android devices instantaneously, including the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note from 200 feet away with the Share Shot feature.

AT&T also began carrying the Galaxy Camera earlier this year.

"Wirelessly enabling Samsung's Galaxy Camera will create a significant shift in how consumers share and communicate with photos and videos," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president of AT&T Emerging Devices.

AT&T currently offers the Galaxy Camera for $499.99 with a new 2-year contract. However, its version does not run on the carrier's LTE network.