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Can someone please help me. I need to find a camera or info about cameras with built in GPS, touchscreen, Wifi, and Android 6.0 or higher (preferably Oreo) OS operating system. I am a property inspector and have used the Samsung Galaxy 2 for the last 6 years. I can no longer use it because the app I have to use to take photos (InspectorAde) now requires at least an Android 6.0 or higher OS. I was recommended to use a new phone. I tried it and it is horrible. Need a designated camera similar to what I had, not a phone. I cannot find a list anywhere that includes cameras operating systems. Most cameras don't even list their operating systems in their specs. Please help me.

I need a dedicated camera that has a zoom lense of at least x10 preferably x20, gps (all photos have to be GEO tagged for location), a touchscreen (preferably at least 4-5 inches), wifi, and has to have an android operating system of 6.0 or higher to use the app that I am required to take my photos with.

To answer some of your questions: I cant use my current camera any longer because the app I have to use to take my photos with (InspectorAde) now requires an android 6.0 or higher operating system, my current camera is an older/lower version operating system. What was horrible- slow, uncomfortable, inefficient, etc. I have to take many photos quickly. 8-10 hours a day. Holding it alone is very uncomfortable and actually hurts after 2-3 hours of use. phones are not designed to fit in your hands in the position to take pics, There is great risk of dropping a 400 phone, no wrist straps available. It is not able to zoom clear enough to take a photo of address numbers on properties i cannot enter and must take from public right of way. To use the touchscreen zoom is very clumsy and time consuming instead of having a designated zoom button in the natural position of your hand/fingers as a camera would have. These are just a few reasons. The new phone I tried by recommendation was the moto z3 play, with the Hasselblad zoomx10 Moto Mod. The mod slows down the camera and there is about a 6 -9 second delay after each photo.

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    "used the Samsung Galaxy 2" ..... "Need a designated camera similar to what I had".... These two statements are inconsistent. I may be wrong, but I don't think there are any Android camera-only devices out there. But, pretty much any modern Samsung tablet or phone runs Android (there are other manufacturers, too) and meets all your other conditions other than "not a phone" (well, the tablet meets that condition, too). Most, if not all, actual dedicated cameras use the manufacturers proprietary firmware/software - generally not even what could be called a full operating system. – twalberg Jan 30 at 12:09
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    is there a reason you can't just continue to use the app version that worked? – ths Jan 30 at 12:54
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    I suggest getting a new phone that works for you. You didn't specify what was 'horrible' about what you tried, but there are many options to choose from. If you don't actually want/need the phone functionality then don't activate it. – BobT Jan 30 at 14:48
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    Which new phone specifically did you try and find not to be acceptable? In what way was it bad? Many new phones have excellent cameras, but not all of them -- it's possible a different new phone would get the job done for you. – Nate S. Jan 30 at 17:27
  • Presumably you were using the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2? Don't know if there is any newer equivalent. – vclaw Jan 30 at 23:07
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Sounds like you're in a bind given the requirements. Could you list out what you need exactly? The GPS feature is available on many SLRs (but drains your battery), and is available on many P&S cameras. I don't believe you'll find a single SLR running android, nor will you find a Point and Shoot. Instead you'll be stuck on android phones.

The GPS information can be added to a photo later (tagging).

Luminix makes cameras that are decent for battery life, but before recommending a single brand its important to know what contractual requirements you have for what you're asking. You might not need what you think you do.

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  • I need a dedicated camera that has a zoom lense of at least x10 preferably x20, gps (all photos have to be GEO tagged for location), a touchscreen (preferably at least 4-5 inches), wifi, and has to have an android operating system of 6.0 or higher to use the app that I am required to take my photos with. – Ted Jan 30 at 19:23
  • Gotcha. So the 'have to use' is a hard and fast requirement for your job. Are you an independent contractor or is your phone part of your company profile? You aren't going to find a phone with that zoom, and I'm not conversant about the app to know more. Let me see if I can get some free time to loo kat it for a go. – J.Hirsch Jan 30 at 21:24
  • Thank you, your help is very much appreciated. – Ted Jan 31 at 6:21
  • Thank you very much for your assistance/time, it is very much appreciated.I am an independent contractor. – Ted Jan 31 at 6:39
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To answer some of your questions: I cant use my current camera any longer because the app I have to use to take my photos with (InspectorAde) now requires an android 6.0 or higher operating system, my current camera is an older/lower version operating system. What was horrible- slow, uncomfortable, inefeccient, etc. I have to take many photos quickly. 8-10 hours a day. Holding it alone is very uncomfortable and actually hurts after 2-3 hours of use. phones are not designed to fit in your hands in the position to take pics, There is great risk of dropping a 400 phone, no wriststraps available. It is not able to zoom clear enough to take a photo of address numbers on properties i cannot enter and must take from public right of way. To use the touchscreen zoom is very clumbsy and time consuming instead of having a designated zoom button in the natural position of your hand/fingers as a camera would have. These are just a few reasons. The new phone I tried by reccomendation was the moto z3 play, with the Hasselblad zoomx10 Moto Mod. The mod slows down the camera and there is about a 6 -9 second delay after each photo.

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    Does your app require that the photos be taken on the same device, or is it possible to take photos on something else, transfer the files and then use them in that app? Because I think the exact device you're looking for -- a proper camera running Android -- doesn't exist, but there are lots of solutions for transferring photos from a proper camera to an android device. – Nate S. Jan 30 at 21:04
  • The hand ergonomics and lanyard problems could potentially be solved with something like this: just-mobile.com/products/shuttergrip – Nate S. Jan 30 at 21:07
  • And there are others as well: wiki.ezvid.com/best-smartphone-camera-grips – Nate S. Jan 30 at 21:08
  • You could potentially combine that with something like this to get you the reach you need. The quality may not be amazing but if all you need to do is read numbers from a distance it's probably fine: amazon.com/CoPedvic-Samsung-Android-Telephoto-Telescope/dp/… – Nate S. Jan 30 at 21:15
  • Thank you Nate for your help, I appreciate your suggestions. – Ted Jan 31 at 6:33
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I may be wrong, but I am fairly confident no dedicated camera uses Android.

Two major reasons:

1)All major camera manufacturers were in existence quite some time before Android OS came out.

Therefore they developed their own specialized OSes for the specific devices they make.

Android instead is a general-purpose operating system (although targeted mostly at mobile devices).

2) No dedicated camera manufacturer would go to the trouble of basing their device on a general purpose OS, since it would contain so much dead weight features. Which could also break. Plus, it would run much slower. And unless using some RTOS -- unpredictably slower at any particular moment.

So, your best bet would be to use a dedicated camera with a Bluetooth/NFC connection to your phone, for automatic upload of photos to phone, and have on the phone that software you need access existing gallery images rather than phone's camera.

If that is not possible, the only alternative is a better mobile phone. Some of them are reasonably better at taking pictures and might even have optical zoom.

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  • IIRC many sony models ARE android based internally - but they do not present it to you as a generic android device. – rackandboneman Mar 2 at 23:14
  • @rackandboneman even if they are, they should be stripped-down versions and I would be very surprised if they didn't go for adding real-time features as well as probably not following original Android updates. There is a difference between Android-based and Android-compatible. – Gnudiff Mar 3 at 6:30

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