02
Jan
Galaxy Camera 2 2

Samsung assures us the last Galaxy Camera was a rousing success. It was so successful, in fact, Samsung has opted to make a new version of the Android-powered camera. Note that this is the regular camera with Android, not the Android phone with a big camera (Galaxy Zoom) or the high-end camera with Android (Galaxy NX). The new Galaxy Camera 2 comes with a few upgraded camera specs and a newer version of Android on-board.

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If you're still in the market for a standalone camera, the Galaxy Camera has reasonably good specs:

  • Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel
  • Lens: 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T) with OIS
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC); Full HD 1920x1080 /30fps, 1280x720 /60fps, 1280x720 /30fps, 640x480 /60fps,
    640x480(30fps), 320x240(30fps); Multi Motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA, x1/8, x1/4, x1/2, x2, x4, x8) /120fps
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • OS: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Storage: 8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth® 4.0, NFC
  • Battery: 2000mAh

Since this is a camera first and foremost, it's good to see the lens getting a solid update. It is now f/2.8 instead of f/4.1. The sensor resolution of 16MP and the 21x zoom are the same as the last-generation device, though. The Galaxy Camera 2 also adds NFC, which should make for easier image sharing. The battery is also a big step up from the old 1650mAh cell. Some of Samsung's specs are a little vague, like the quad-core ARM chip of undetermined origin and the "HD Super Clear Touch LCD." The last device was just "Super Clear Touch" – 720p. So perhaps this one is 1080p?

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Samsung only includes 8GB of storage in the device, which leaves you with a scant 2.8GB of space, plus the microSD card slot. The Galaxy Camera 2 does come pre-loaded with Dropbox and 50GB of free space for 2 years. You're also looking at Android 4.3 with Samsung's usual array of S Features and Google services. There is no pricing or release timing, but Samsung is going to be showing the device off at CES next week.

[Samsung]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Sean Lumly

    I really, really hope that the "quad-core chip" in the Galaxy Camera 2 is one of the newer Exynos chips, and not the old 4412 of yesteryear x2. There are amazing things that can be done with this camera and GPU-compute (ie. Renderscript), but this is only realistic on more modern SoCs with GPUs that support compute.

    But I doubt it, as the newer Exynos 54xx would likely be advertised as an 'octa-core'. Still, even a quad core CPU would be useful with renderscript kernels, and likely much easier and more efficient than trying to wrangle hand optimized threaded code.

    GPU compute is a very exciting prospect for cameras, and a great reason for putting a general-purpose OS on one!

  • Cesar

    "8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB)"

    Jesus! How much bloat can you stuff into a camera?

    • Joris Griffioen

      That is just insane. Consider that AOSP + GAPPs is just ~200mb

  • Danny Holyoake

    I really hope the price is right on this, unlike the last one.

    I would absolutely LOVE a point-and-shoot running Android. I have a £200 Sony PaS and it's amazing - but I don't benefit from things like AutoUpload or AutoAwesome.

  • Stefan van Manen

    A boring update if you'd ask me. I've got the original Galaxy Camera and apart from the faux leather it looks the same. Battery is bigger and it needed to be because the one on the original camera was too small. I wonder which SoC they choose because I know the Snapdragon 600 or 800 doesn't run on 1,6 GHz so that leave either an overclocked Snapdragon 400 or Exynos 4 series SoC.

    • Arthur Dent

      Probably Exynos 5.

      • Stefan van Manen

        Quad A15 seems very unlikely with a 2000mah battery on a camera.

      • Stefan van Manen

        Yeah I'm 99% sure now, kernel is 3.0.31 like all the Exynos 4 chipsets.

  • Floris

    Now, if they would use those software buttons on their phones..

  • TY

    1/2.3" BSI CMOS... I would rather get the Sony QX10 if the price is similar to the last generation.

  • Knersis

    No RAW, no use.

  • Fahad Beg

    only 30 fps at 1080p? cmon samsung

  • Marcell Lévai

    Let me sum it up: Android 4.3 (seriously o_O), only 30 FPS 1080p recording, and a lot of bloatware. No, just no.

    • Jerry

      Actually when comes to video, there is 30 fps at 1080. 1280x720 at 30 fps 1280 X 720 60 fps 1280x20 30 fps 64x80 30 fps and a few more.

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Wow, that actually looks really good!

  • Nivki

    This is interesting and with all those updates the older model had, certainly this one will get the same amount of attention.

    ..............

  • Ezzy

    Please, please let people make calls with the 3G/4G version...

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