Samsung has announced the Galaxy Camera 2 today. This is a follow-up to the Android-powered point-and-shoot Galaxy Camera that launched last year.
As for specs, the Galaxy Camera 2 sports a 4.8-inch touchscreen display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage — Samsung says accessible memory is approximately 2.8GB — and can hold up to 64GB with a microSD card. It also sports WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC connectivity and an improved 2000mAh battery, and runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). Overall dimensions are 132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3mm, and weighs in at 283 grams, with plastic-like leather that’s found on the Note 3.
The 16MP 21x Optical Zoom shooter sports the same sensor as the original Galaxy Camera, but now with improved image processing system that “produces images of exceptional quality, unrivalled by smartphone photography.” The focus of the Camera 2 is on sharing as Samsung has embedded a new “Tag & Go” feature that makes it easy to transfer files via NFC with other connected devices. In addition, Samsung has also included 28 different “Smart Modes” that “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.”
Recognizing the power of selfies, Samsung has created the “Smart Mode Selfie Alarm” that they say “guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve.” The camera takes five hi-resolution pics, selects the best one and immediately shares it on your favourite social media site.
The Galaxy Camera 2 will be on display at CES 2014 next week and pricing and availability have not been revealed. If this lands in Canada, we’ll probably see it priced around the $600 mark for the cellular-connected model.