Smartphone cameras are getting better. In fact, on Flickr, they hold their own against some of the very best standalones in terms of numbers of images posted. While many users opt to use their smartphones to take the majority of their snaps, though, in terms of performance and quality, they aren’t even in the same league, and if you ever find yourself appreciating the camera of your S III or iPhone 4S just a little too much, a quick look at the proper DSLR will soon bring you back down to earth.

While there has been plenty of on-off rumor regarding Apple bringing some kind of standalone effort to the photography market, it’s now emerging that Samsung might try its hand by introducing a Galaxy S Camera. Now, whilst the company is by no means a specialist when it comes to building cameras, it does have previous, and by going with the Galaxy branding, it would appeal to the tablet and smartphone market immediately.

At the moment, it’s nothing more than a floating rumor, but GSM Arena seems to think the Galaxy S Camera might be announced alongside the eagerly-awaited Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012. Like the Apple talk of an iCamera – instigated by the words of Steve Jobs – Samsung has been rumored to be bringing an Android-based camera for quite some time.

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In recent times, it has been a dying rumor, and just before it was about to be thrown onto the scrapheap of dormant tech murmurs, the IFA seems to have prevented the perfect excuse for the gossip to commence once again.

For what it’s worth, the purported device is described as being like a "Galaxy S3 glued to the back of a point-and-shoot camera," and may be up to twice as thick as the current flagship smartphone. If you’re struggling to draw a picture in your mind, here’s a visual representation.

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Those with a feint belief it will materialize seem to think it’ll pack a 16 MP sensor and run Android 4.0 (ICS), retailing as WiFi-only as well as 3G.

We’re not holding our breath.

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