Jan 10 AT 3:16 PM Nick Gray 4 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 hands-on video, pictures

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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.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Richard Evans

    A well written article. I completely agree with you that The Galaxy Camera 2 didn’t get the attention it deserves.
    I own a Sony DSLT and a fine collection of Minolta lenses. I use this when I am on a photo expedition. I wouldn’t carry it around with me all day and certainly not anywhere like the beach where blowing sand could get inside and cause serious damage. Also I need a wide range zoom because I don’t want to change lenses. But more importantly I want an Android camera. The original idea for Android was to use it as a camera. This new SGC2 is perfect for me and I’ll bet it will sell very well, even more than the original.
    I rarely use my cell phone but I do want access to apps. I just refuse to pay the high prices (not to mention sign a two year contract) for data service. This camera has a full Android computer. If Samsung listened to the naysayers and offered a camera with a tiny zoom limited to mostly portrait use and a large sensor the price tag would have to be higher and it wouldn’t sell. Prosumers who want a large sensor in a smaller camera already have plenty of choices. This one is for us, Android users who want a crazy long zoom and an affordable price tag in a compact design.

  • NeoJesus

    Can you use this as a phone?