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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.

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Press release: 

Samsung Launches the GALAXY Camera 2, a Powerful Successor to the GALAXY Camera

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. 

Creative Capture

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.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1984 x 1488, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Processor1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG
Image parameters
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Color
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)23–483 mm
Optical zoom21×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range80 cm (31.5)
Macro focus range10 cm (3.94)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size4.8
Screen dots1,036,800
Touch screenYes (Touch AF, Touch Shutter)
Screen typeHD Super Clear Touch Display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed16 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Smart
  • Expert (P/A/S/M/User)
  • My Modes
Scene 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 flashYes (Xenon)
Flash range3.80 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill-in, slow sync, flash off, redeye fix
Self-timerYes (2, 5, or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 or 60 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesmicroSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage included8GB (2.8GB available)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBuilt-in 2000 mAh battery
Battery Life (CIPA)400
Weight (inc. batteries)283 g (0.62 lb / 9.98 oz)
Dimensions133 x 71 x 19 mm (5.24 x 2.8 x 0.75)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltIn
GPS notesA-GPS, GLONASS

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Total comments: 20
kiekie21
By kiekie21 (3 months ago)

The ultra-compact idea is gone away without 3G features version. unlike the successor which can take nice photo and uploaded directly to social media. Handy and useful to go everywhere even cannot make a phone call with it.

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DStudio
By DStudio (3 months ago)

This isn't a camera. It's a device to make Android photo and video apps much more powerful. Suddenly you have a proper zoom lens and a decent sensor. You combine this with the power of a quad-core processor. This makes it ideal for applications like live video streaming. The power of this product is in how powerful it can make an Android application become.

The main weakness of this model is the lack of 4G capability. The main problem with the previous version was the fragile lens zoom mechanism (which, unfortunately, appears to be carried over). This camera is conducive to tripod use in locations where it can easily be knocked over or blown over by the wind. And it will almost certainly break on the first fall - even if it falls on grass.

The new, larger battery is also welcome (the old one could overheat). Normal photographic concerns, like its average sensor size and 2+ stop aperture variance, are not big issues here. It's an impressive technological package with the proper app.

0 upvotes
jackson4
By jackson4 (3 months ago)

Samsung promised an improved and a much better version of the galaxy camera and hence they started 2014 with the release of the Galaxy camera 2. The camera has a 16.3 MP sensor with a great 4.8” display running on a quad-core processor and the android 4.3 OS.
http://www.gadgetride.com/review/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-review.html

0 upvotes
MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (3 months ago)

No mechanical/tactile controls for key features such as exposure/ISO/WB = fail, sorry - no matter the image quality.

Sticking with my superb all conditions EX2F!

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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utomo99
By utomo99 (3 months ago)

The sensor size is small. Lens is slow.
I suggest Samsung to include the camera 360 by default.
And user will be happier to play with the images

1 upvote
Mojojo
By Mojojo (3 months ago)

...and Instagram too.

0 upvotes
2eyesee
By 2eyesee (3 months ago)

Missing form the press release: Image quality will be crap.

0 upvotes
WJMWJM
By WJMWJM (3 months ago)

Hmmm....is that toutet 'selfie-alarm' too embarrassing then, for both author & editor to explain, and for readers to ask about?

Markedroid puzzlements and consumers bewilderment/embarrassment, right from scratch.

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (3 months ago)

This camera is made for people who have never owned a real camera and want all these features, without knowing they'll never use them, and all the disadvantages they bring.

Here's how I'd design the perfect GALAXY Camera.

1. Same specs as their flagship (such as the S4). This is #1 turn off for me when there is no clear advantage for buying a product over another. It should simply be the same phone as a S4, except with a camera and a camera form-factor.
2. Great lens. I'd rather have an edge-to-edge sharp 28mm (equiv) F8 fixed focus, than a useless 21x zoom.
3. People who buy such a thing place image quality at a high priority. A noisy, heavy-handed noise removal at ISO 200 (or even ISO 400 for that matter) is an instant deal breaker. It is the quintessential perfume on a pig. A great 8MP capture is better than a useless 16MP picture that doesn't meet quality standards for any enthusiast.
4. RAW. A person who would buy one probably cares about extracting the best image possible.

0 upvotes
Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (3 months ago)

Unfortunately, if you ask people about camera purchase, most two important things are:
(1) number of pixels
(2) zoom ratio
So, I am sure that this camera is geared up for those group of people, which are most common around us - that is, there are not photographers at all.

0 upvotes
ludwik123
By ludwik123 (3 months ago)

The Sony hx50 with a 20 mega pixel sensor and 30X zoom lens still has the edge!
However many people are also interested in the size and quality of the LCD screen. Since they do not print or download to a computer. The 4.8 inch screen on this Samsung is brilliant for showing off snaps!

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

"While the GC2 retains the slim form factor...."

What?!? Have you seen the Galaxy Camera? It's HUGE, not slim. It's closer in size to a Canon G16 than anything. It outright lies with the 19mm thickness spec because that's the thickness of the camera body, not the grip or the lens protrusion.

http://camerasize.com/compare/#370,383

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cinemascope
By cinemascope (3 months ago)

Actually have YOU ever seen one in person?
It looks a lot smaller in person than in photos.
And it is a lot slimmer than the fat G series.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

I looked at one at best buy recently, in fact, as I was interested in it based on specs. In person, It's HUGE. That 5" screen makes the WxH the largest of any compact and the depth is easily 50% thicker than a regular slim compact, like a Canon ELPH for example. It's wider than a G by a fair bit, no less tall, and only a tiny bit slimmer.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
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cinemascope
By cinemascope (3 months ago)

Funny. I had the opposite reaction when I saw it at a local store. Thought it looked way smaller than what I expected from looking at photos. I was pleased with the overall design and would have bought one for my wife if it could do 25fps PAL video. Was hoping this new one would as the Galaxy NX does, but it seems like it doesn't.
Interestingly, also saw it again at our local pub few days ago, as an older lady in her 60-70s who sat on the table next to us had one. Probably not the target demographics but I can see how it could be useful for a grandparent trying to keep in touch etc...

0 upvotes
thomasw333
By thomasw333 (3 months ago)

I am on the "it looks huge side." It is huge and slow, slow to do everything, and the pictures do not look good. Unless it can make calls, or gets a bigger screen, I do not get this product line. But that is my impression of the first gen, maybe this one is a lot better, but I doubt it.

0 upvotes
knize10
By knize10 (3 months ago)

This one will be easy to catapult to the landfill site.

Happy New Year

8 upvotes
jhendrix
By jhendrix (3 months ago)

Looks to bulky to fit in my pocket.

4 upvotes
bloodycape
By bloodycape (3 months ago)

I'd rather take a short zoom range for a larger sensor and/or faster lens. Essentially, an Android version of the EX2F they make.

2 upvotes
Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (3 months ago)

Also should shoot Raw + and be a smartphone too, then I ll give them my money. Must be all in one

2 upvotes
Total comments: 20