We’ve seen one or two rumors pop up surrounding Samsung’s follow-up to its point-and-shoot Galaxy Camera, but now there’s some official news from Samsung; CEO Shin Jong-Kyun has stated that the company will be unveiling its mirror-less Galaxy Camera 2 at the Premiere 2013 event in London on June 20th.
In our own review the original Galaxy Camera scored well for the extra connectivity features thanks to its Android operating system. Even though the camera quality isn’t quite up to scratch with the top of the line competitors, it offers better quality images than the standard smartphone cameras we’re used to. However, Samsung is aiming to take its camera technology even further with the introduction of its mirror-less Galaxy Camera 2.
But why is this a big deal, and what difference could this make compared to the old version?
Those vaguely familiar with camera technology will know that DSLR cameras are pretty much the go-to type of camera when choosing something to take high-quality snaps. The benefit of these devices comes from their flexibility and the ability to choose from a wide range of lenses, not to mention their reputation for producing the best quality pictures, but there are definitely drawbacks in terms of size and price.
At the other end of the market there’s common Point and Shoot cameras, like the Galaxy Camera, which are light and portable, but are limited to small sensors and lack quality or changeable lenses due to their size, resulting in comparatively lower quality pictures than DSLR cameras.
As for the Galaxy Camera 2, mirror-less cameras are also much smaller and weigh less than DSLRs, but often offer better quality sensors than small Point and Shoot cameras. Being closer to the size of typical compact cameras they’re much easier to carry around, but previously it’s always been a trade-off between portability and picture quality. However, successive improvements in compact image sensors have narrowed the gap in quality between the two.
Another major benefit is that the mirror-less camera could also come with interchangeable lenses, if Samsung is serious about capturing interest from more experiences users. A high quality compact camera with interchangeable lenses backed up by our favourite Android operating system would be an extremely interesting product, especially for consumers looking for something superior to a standard smartphone camera.
Of course we’ll have to wait until the event to find out exactly what Samsung has planned for its next Galaxy Camera.