Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 adds processing power
Samsung has released its newest Android-powered Galaxy Camera, aptly named the Galaxy Camera 2. While the GC2 retains the slim form factor, 21X zoom lens (23-483mm equiv.), and huge 4.8-inch touchscreen LCD of its predecessor, it adds a faster quad-core processor, double the memory, a more recent version of Android (4.3), and a more powerful battery. The Galaxy Camera 2 offers latest and greatest Samsung 'Smart' features, including a 'selfie alarm'. Naturally, the camera has Wi-Fi built-in (with NFC) — although the initial press release makes no mention of a 3G/4G version this time around.
The Galaxy Camera 2 will be available in black and white colors. Pricing and ships dates was not available.
Featuring an Android platform and a lightweight retro design, the GALAXY Camera 2 allows avid photographers to capture and share even more, with superior quality and speed
SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced the GALAXY Camera 2, a successor to the award winning GALAXY Camera which combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with sharing capabilities and an intuitive design to match the most up-to-date smartphones. The GALAXY Camera 2's revolutionary technology, which includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform makes it faster and easier than ever for users to shoot, edit and share high quality images with friends and family. With a lightweight, retro design, the GALAXY Camera 2 is the ideal option for photographers who do not want to sacrifice style for technology.
"Consumers love the GALAXY Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience," said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. "The result is a more powerful and portable device which continues to embrace the public's passion for the social features of smartphones, yet also provides superior image control and quality. We are dedicated to making it easier for more people to achieve great results and with the GALAXY Camera 2's host of creative features, anyone can capture stand out images."
Fast and Superior Performance
The GALAXY Camera 2 lets users enjoy the full benefits of the Android platform. Intuitive to use and faster than ever before, users can navigate the GALAXY Camera 2 functions with ease-of use and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer period of time and have the ability to take even more beautiful pictures.
A high performance camera, the GALAXY Camera 2 produces images of exceptional quality, unrivalled by smartphone photography. Its 16M BSI CMOS Sensor produces vivid images which are both rich in color and sharp in detail, allowing memories to be captured and reproduced in perfect clarity. With a huge 21x Optical Zoom, photographers can get closer than ever to their subjects. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor, supported by a massive 2.0 GB of RAM, the GALAXY Camera 2 operates at ultra high speed so that the array of intuitive features can be accessed without delay. This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loaded Dropbox app, an exclusive offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for up to two years, so that passionate photographers need never worry about running out of memory ever again.
Simple Sharing and Easy Use
Sharing is made simple with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the GALAXY Camera 2. The all-new innovative ‘Tag & Go’ feature makes it easy to connect the GALAXY Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera and devices will be automatically paired and transfer images swiftly using a host of clever functions. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.
The GALAXY Camera 2's 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD provides users with a beautiful way to view and edit images. Shots are displayed in intense color and detail, while its large size makes it easy to navigate the many apps and features available on the camera. With a lightweight design, the GALAXY Camera 2 is a highly portable option making it the perfect choice for both day to-day, as well as special occasion photography.
With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes all designed to address different shooting scenarios, which will allow a professional touch or creative twist to any image. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand in securing those winning shots. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery, objects, and then instantly recommends the optimal Smart Mode to ensure that the perfect shot is always captured. New Smart Mode Selfie Alarm guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve. It takes five consecutive, high resolution images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on their favorite social media site.
Videos can also be given a unique twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and create speed up or slowed down movies. Ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster, this feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The GALAXY Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.
Please visit our CES booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung's product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at http://www.samsungces.com, http://www.samsungmobilepress.com, or mobile site at http://m.samsungces.com, http://m.samsungmobilepress.com as well.
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1984 x 1488, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Processor||1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||23–483 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.8 - F5.9|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Normal focus range||80 cm (31.5″)|
|Macro focus range||10 cm (3.94″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Touch screen||Yes (Touch AF, Touch Shutter)|
|Screen type||HD Super Clear Touch Display|
|Minimum shutter speed||16 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Xenon)|
|Flash range||3.80 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill-in, slow sync, flash off, redeye fix|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Videography notes||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 or 60 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Storage included||8GB (2.8GB available)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0|
|Battery description||Built-in 2000 mAh battery|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||400|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||283 g (0.62 lb / 9.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||133 x 71 x 19 mm (5.24 x 2.8 x 0.75″)|
|GPS notes||A-GPS, GLONASS|