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Samsung Announces Galaxy Camera 2 – 16.3MP Camera Sensor, Quad-core Processor, 4.8″ Display, and Android 4.3

Gal Cam 2

Samsung announced the sequel to last year’s Galaxy Camera this morning, the Galaxy Camera 2, not even waiting for next week’s CES to go down first. While it doesn’t matter when exactly they announce it, now we can at least be certain that the device will be on display in Las Vegas, and we will have a chance to play with the newest Android-powered shooter. For being a sequel, it appears that Samsung didn’t add in too many new bells and whistles, but the device should be an better experience overall than the 2013 model. 

The camera features a 16.3MP BSI CMOS sensor, a 21x optical zoom, 23mm Wide Angle, F2.8 lens. It features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and plenty of Samsung’s photo software to help you take a few great shots. As for the device and Android side of things, the Galaxy Camera 2 features a 4.8″ Super Clear Touch LCD screen, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory (user memory approx. only 2.8GB), a microSD slot for storage up to 64GB, Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean,” and only a 2,000mAh battery.

While this may not sound like the biggest and best update to a device year over year, the design is at least a bit less “boxy,” and we will see how well the new one holds up against the 2013 model. In fact, we quite liked the original Galaxy Camera, so we’re excited to hopefully try the new one out.

Full specs and device gallery can be seen below.

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Galaxy Camera 2 Product Specifications:

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

AP – 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*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

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

Value-added Features – Smart Mode : 28 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 Pop-up Xenon Flash, Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON, Story Album, Xtremera, Paper Artist, S Voice, Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games, Google™ Mobile Services, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Plus , Google Hangouts, Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Plus Photos, Google Chrome, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Google Play Games, Google Newsstand, Google Setting

Note – The availability of each service may differ by country. Connectivity – WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth® 4.0, NFC,

Sensor – Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor(for OIS)

Bundle Software – Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac)

Dimension – (WxHxD) 132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3 mm, 283g

Battery – Li-on 2000mAh

Via: Samsung
  • Ckburks

    Gps?

  • QPHALO

    Maybe its just me and I’m sure a lot of you will disagree cause of how thick it is but, with everything it has already, why not throw in the ability to make calls and mobile data? We have phones with a camera, why not cameras with a phone?

  • normmcgarry

    I bought my wife the 2013 model and she absolutely loves it. It keeps her from just taking pictures of our kids on a crappy smartphone. Much better to have her take them on a real camera like this and she can still easily share them to Facebook and send them to family. I don’t mind Touchwiz when it is on the camera, but 90% of the time, you’re not really doing much outside of the camera app. The camera software on it is fantastic too.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      My G2 probably takes better pics

      • normmcgarry

        You’re so cool.

      • Mike Hilal

        Your G2 doesnt even take better pictures than the note 3.

        • Brooke Adams

          Go note takes Awesome shots so impressed!!!!!

  • shkrmkr79

    Hated touchwiz on the S4 as an android skin, so I switched to a moto x. But…I did love the camera on the S4, though. Perhaps TW would be bearable as a camera vs phone. Maybe I’ll keep an eye on this and pick one of these up to throw in my bag for a decent point and shoot to complement my DSLR.

  • schoat333

    Sorry, but a camera with full blown android is not needed. My DSLR takes pictures just fine with its clunky camera software.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      This is more about the social aspect, taking photos and immediately putting them in facebook, G+, instagram, snapchat, twitter, etc. While it’s possible to do that via Wifi of the newer DSLR’s, it’s not as easy as with this.

  • Maxim∑

    Might as well buy a cannon DSLR…

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Having the first model I can say that if they got rid of Touchwiz and kept the camera software it would be awesome. I get great pictures. Touchwiz just gets in the way.

  • Jared

    8GB of storage but only approximately 2.8GB useable by the user? That’s insanely low. I know, expandable memory is typical for cameras, but wow, 5.2GB for “system files” just seems large, even for TouchWiz.

    • zionlion02

      At the end of the day though, it’s a camera. What’s standard on-board for cameras, 128 MEGABYTES? Something like that. So I’d say that’s pretty generous. Totally get your point though. I just think the norm for cameras is almost no onboard memory. Which is different from the phone world.

      • Jared

        You are absolutely right about what is standard on typical cameras. The point I’m trying to make is that 5.2GB out of the purported 8GB is insane for system files for a mobile OS. I installed Ubuntu on a computer yesterday and it didn’t take up 5GB of space on the hard drive. It’s just a lot of space.

  • MistaButters

    I just can’t imagine why anybody could justify this over the Sony RX100 (same price). They are leagues apart in photo quality.

  • Josh Rahn

    Why only 8GB of storage? I get that you can get a microsd, but 8GB???? That’s not many pictures @ 16MP.
    Is there an option to have them save to microSD automatically or do you have to move them manually?

    • Adrynalyne

      Better yet, why microSD? Isn’t standard SD still mostly used in photography?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Vs regular sized SD? Good Question I guess… though it’s pretty easy to get an Adapter

        • Adrynalyne

          I’ve had mixed results with adapters, but true.

      • Josh Rahn

        Everything seems to be going micro now days.

        • Adrynalyne

          Typical of Samsung.

          Someone should let them know that you cannot buy 128GB micros….yet you can with standard SD.

          • Josh Rahn

            I’m sure they will release them soon enough. I would kill to get a 128GB micro SD for my gopro. Instead, I carry 3 different 64GB micro SD cards.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            I can take about 2,000 RAW photos using my 64GB CF card on my 5D Mark III, I doubt you’d really need 128GB right now.

          • Adrynalyne

            That isn’t the point.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    All depends on the price.

  • moelsen8

    i still don’t get it.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I mean just forget the Android part. It’s a camera first. Camera interfaces aren’t the greatest, android may work better.

  • Alix8821

    Still gunna cost an arm and a leg? Need some Nexus type pricing on these “smart cameras”

    • Ej McCarty

      Yeah a nexus camera. Then everyone would complain about its main use.

      • Alix8821

        Well I meant cheaper pricing. But yur Right too… People are dumb

  • Colton

    just cut the lens off and make it attachable/detachable for my s4

  • Ben Murphy

    All for the low price of $1,500.

    • Adrynalyne

      Hope not. That is DSLR range, and this won’t be DSLR quality.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Ill take a Sony RX100 II over anything

    • Shane Redman

      For that….I’d rather get Google Glass

      • Maxim∑

        Not sure you would want that just yet

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Yeah, ill wait for final hardware so they can upgrade it.

        • Shane Redman

          I’m just saying….if I had a choice between this and Google Glass….I’d got Glass off sheer innovation

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Probably about $500. :)