We were big fans of the first Galaxy Camera here at TheEffect.net HQ. For what we do, the speed and freedom at which you could attend an event, take high quality photos / video, write a post and submit it live all from a camera was staggering, and well, unheard of! Now Samsung are back with an upgraded version, now known as the ‘Galaxy Camera 2’.
The main things that have changed this time is the processor, an upgraded version of Android and a sleeker case. There’s now a Quad Core 1.6ghz processor, 2gb of RAM, Android 4.3, a 2000mAh battery and an impressive 21x optical zoom that points to a 16mp BSI image sensor (which is a good thing!)
We can’t wait to get some hands on time and see what these improvements mean over the original, so check back soon for a full review. If you’ve any questions before that, get in touch and we’ll do what we can to answer them.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announces 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.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said: “Consumers love the Galaxy Camera and this next-generation version is designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience. 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 standout 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 before, users can navigate the Galaxy Camera 2 functions with ease and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), users can enjoy the photography experience for longer and take even more 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 colour 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 colour 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 and 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 analyses the scene at hand; recognising 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 favourite 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 favourite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalise their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.
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)|
|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 format16M, 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,|
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, Colour 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|
|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 HT40GPS/GLONASS|
|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|