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
  • Image:
    JPEG format
    16M, P14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 10MP, 9.2M Wide, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
  • Video:
    MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
    Full HD 1920×1080 /30fps, 1280×720 /60fps, 1280×720 /30fps, 640×480 /60fps,
    640×480(30fps), 320×240(30fps)
    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)

Camera features

  • 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?

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