An unprecedented number of Android powered phones and tablets made their debut at CES 2014. Unfortunately, that meant the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 failed to grab the attention it deserves. The Android-powered camera features an impressive 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 21X optical zoom capable of capturing 1080p video, a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,000mAh battery, 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot and connectivity options that include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
Like most other connected cameras, the NFC functionality can be used to pair the device with an Android phone or tablet. This allows the paired Android device to act as a remote view finder for the Galaxy Camera 2, something we’ve seen from Sony and other camera manufacturers over the past few months. Naturally, the congested airwaves at CES did not allow us to connect the Samsung Galaxy Camera to our phones, but the Samsung rep assured us that it worked quite well under normal circumstances.
On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 runs on Android 4.3 with a tweaked version of TouchWiz. This gives users access to Google Play, allowing the user to share images captured by the Galaxy Camera 2 directly to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Google+.
Compared to the original Galaxy Camera, the new device has a much more refined design. The body of the camera is slim and the 21X optical zoom lens is more compact. The one thing we wish Samsung would have done is reduce the size of the display on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. The 4.8-inch 720p display on the device is crystal clear, but a smaller display would help increase battery life and reduce the footprint of the camera.
Samsung is not willing to talk about pricing quite yet, but we have a feeling the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will come to market with a sticker price of around $400.