Samsung unveils faster, more powerful, Galaxy Camera 2


With CES just around the corner, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Camera 2, a follow-up to its popular Galaxy Camera, which was the world’s first Android-powered digital camera to fuse smartphone functionality with a point-and-click camera.

As you’d expect with any yearly refresh, Samsung has improved up the spec list in several areas – so instead of 4GB onboard storage (upgradable to 64GB via SD) you now get 8GB of storage. RAM has doubled, too, meaning Android 4.3 Jelly Bean zips along at a fair old pace alongside the new 1.6GHz quad-core processor.

One area where Samsung hasn’t improved upon, though, is the 4.8-inch display, which is the same as the last model.  Oddly the Galaxy’s camera sensor is the same 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that you’d find on the old 2012 model too – which on the face of is a bit disappointing.

Elsewhere Samsung has kept the cameras’ impressive 22x zoom, whilst the snapper’s chassis has shed a few millimeters and grams along the ways too. Battery life has also been upped, despite its lighter build, and now comes with a 2000mAh battery, which is a good jump from the original’s 1650mAh unit.


Sharing is made even easier with the new model as there’s Wi-Fi and NFC. The new Tag & Go feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphone for easy sharing.

Where you’ll find the main bulk of improvements, though, is the shooting modes, where The Verge “found a ton of new smart scene modes” – 28 apparently – which should help users set up shots much more easily. The camera is also able to shoot 1920×1080 HD video and is capable of capturing slow-motion video at a sloth-like 120 frames per second.

Pocket-lint concluded that while some of the improvements to the new Galaxy Camera 2 are noteworthy, you’d probably be better served picking up the original, which apparently is “still available for £200 from Jessops” – whereas the new model will probably set you back double that.

We’ll have to wait until the camera is shown off at CES next week for details on the release date, or the price.

IFA 2012: Samsung Galaxy camera

Having warmed up the crowd with their announcement of the Galaxy Note II, the next product to be ‘unpacked’ by Samsung was the Galaxy Camera – a product that the firm hopes will redefine the digital camera category.

On first impressions it’s unlikely to redefine anything in terms of design as it looks very much like any other camera. The basic camera ‘stats’ include a 21x optical super long zoom with image stabilization and a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. However, things became a little more interesting when they announced that it will run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and will come with 3G, 4G and WiFi connectivity. Furthermore, the back of the Galaxy camera is almost entirely taken up with a 4.8” Super Clear HD LCD touch display.

In terms of software features, the camera comes with a number of easy point-and-shoot modes. These include things like ‘Action Freeze Mode’ for those fast moving situations, ‘Light Trace’ for making cool draw-with-your-torch effect photos and ‘Blue Sky’ mode for, well… taking nice sky photos of course!

In terms of the camera’s video capability, the one feature that stood out for us was the slow motion video mode. This enables you to catch slow motion video at 120 frames per second at a resolution of 720×480 – ideal for filming water balloons being burst if nothing else.

Another ‘cool’ feature (presuming it can hear you over the noise of your friends/family) is the camera’s voice activated functionality. This, as you’ve probably guessed, allows you to say things like “zoom in” and “take photo” which would be ideal for when you want to be in the photo rather than behind the lens.

After the presentation we had the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with the Galaxy camera. Our initial reaction is that it’s pretty big and heavy – at least in comparison to your average point-and-shoot camera. The screen on the back is beautiful and the shooting modes seemed to work well. However we did struggle a little in terms of navigating between the camera’s ‘desktop’, the camera mode and the video mode. It will no doubt appeal to those want all the bells and whistles, but we’re not sure how well it will sit with your average digital camera consumer.

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