Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 ups the Android camera ante


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In case you haven’t noticed, Samsung wants to have a presence in nearly every personal electronics category there is. The launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Camera tipped us off to that much, and now the South Korean company is bringing us a sequel that they hope will do just as well as their phones will. So what does this thing have over the original? Here’s a quick tale of the tape:

  • Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS
  • Lens: 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T)
  • IS: OIS
  • Display: 121.2mm (4.8-inch), HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Application Processor: 1.6GHz Quad Core Processor
  • OS: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Memory: 8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 2GB RAM
  • 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 Format: AVI, MP4/3GP, WMV, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Of course, Samsung is banking on the image manipulation and photo sharing features they can provide with the power of Android and TouchWiz, highlighting things like Photo Beam, Mobile Link and more for sharing your photos and videos with family and friends. Creative photo tools include Smart Mode — a collection of 28 presets for capturing the right scene with the right settings — Selfie Alarm, Multi Motion video and more.

Pricing and availability information has yet to be disclosed, though we might learn more once we head to CES next week to see the new camera for ourselves.

[via Samsung]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. The first Galaxy Camera was brilliant, then they released the Galaxy S4 Zoom I believe? Which was shockingly bad in design and compared the the first Camera worse in specs, this does look better, although not much of an upgrade from the first one

    1. i actually see only 2 real improvements.
      1GB RAM extra, and newer software.

      the 1st was never really an issue with the galaxy camera, the 2nd could’ve been easily added without bringing out a new expensive device.

      the galaxy S4 zoom seemed OK to me though.
      the specs on the phone side are a little low and i already had the galaxy camera, but otherwise i would’ve liked having one.

  2. I hope the software updates come to the original model too, felt a bit cheated when it seems like they’d given up for support for it, but wouldn’t be too hard for them to push out the same software as the v2 if the hardware is near identical.

  3. They should have added a camera in the back/front to do the dual camera shots like on the sgs4.

  4. Selfie alarm? I suppose it’s too much to ask that this relates to a matching algorithm that compares what you want to take against a database of known cliche selfies and then refuses to take the shot? :P

  5. The ability to never have to transfer files from a SD card to a computer puts a smile on my face.

  6. no RAW format ?

  7. Sell it directly or through third party retailers right away and stay away from AT&T exclusives.

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