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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 official, will be shown off at CES
After unveiling the Galaxy Zoom and Galaxy NX last year, it seemed that Samsung had moved on from the original Galaxy Camera, instead content with creating higher-end stand-alone Android cameras or hybrid phone/camera device. Apparently not.
With 2014 just at its beginning, Samsung has officially announced it is finally releasing a direct successor to the Galaxy Camera. Although the processor and built-in storage isn’t’t dramatically better with the GC2, the camera has now received quite a few improvements that should provide a much better picture-taking experience.
Specs and features
- 1.6GHz Quad core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 8GB internal memory (2.8GB free), microSD
- Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS with OIS
- Lens: 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T)
- Display: 121.2mm (4.8-inch), HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
- ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
16M, P14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 10MP, 9.2M Wide, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920×1080 /30fps, 1280×720 /60fps, 1280×720 /30fps, 640×480 /60fps,
Multi Motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA, x1/8, x1/4, x1/2, x2, x4, x8) /120fps
- Audio: AVI, MP4/3GP, WMV, FLV, MKV, WEBM
- Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, Bluetooth® 4.0, NFC
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor(for OIS)
- Dimensions: 132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3 mm
- Weight: 283g
- Battery: Li-on 2000mAh
- Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Smart Mode : 28 modes (Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best Photo, Selfie Alarm, Continuous shot, Best face, Color bracket, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound&Shot, Interval, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace)
- Built-in Pop-up Xenon Flash
- Apps: Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON, Story Album, Xtremera, Paper Artist, S Voice, and many Google Play services
As you can tell, there’s a lot of awesome features here. While the sensor resolution is still just 16MP with 21x zoom, the camera now has f/2.8 instead of f/4.1 and has a few added goodies like NFC, optical image stabilization, and a bigger 2000mAh battery. There also appears to be quite a few software enhancements as well.
Release date and pricing
At least for now, there’s no word on pricing or even when the Galaxy Camera 2 will be released. All we really know is that Samsung plans to show this bad boy off at CES next week, where we’ll be sure to get a closer look.
Judging by the original Galaxy Camera however, we’d imagine that the Wi-Fi only variant wouldn’t cost any more than $500 — but again that’s just speculation on our part. What do you think, interested in the second-gen Galaxy Camera or not?