Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 adds processing power

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Samsung has released its newest Android-powered Galaxy Camera, aptly named the Galaxy Camera 2. While the GC2 retains the slim form factor, 21X zoom lens (23-483mm equiv.), and huge 4.8-inch touchscreen LCD of its predecessor, it adds a faster quad-core processor, double the memory, a more recent version of Android (4.3), and a more powerful battery. The Galaxy Camera 2 offers latest and greatest Samsung ‘Smart’ features, including a ‘selfie alarm’. Naturally, the camera has Wi-Fi built-in (with NFC) — although the initial press release makes no mention of a 3G/4G version this time around. 

The Galaxy Camera 2 will be available in black and white colors. Pricing and ships dates was not available.

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Samsung Launches the GALAXY Camera 2, a Powerful Successor to the GALAXY Camera

Featuring an Android platform and a lightweight retro design, the GALAXY Camera 2 allows avid photographers to capture and share even more, with superior quality and speed 

SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced 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. 

“Consumers love the GALAXY Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “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 stand out 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 ever before, users can navigate the GALAXY Camera 2 functions with ease-of use and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer period of time and have the ability to take even more beautiful 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 color 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 color 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, as well as special occasion photography. 

Creative Capture

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 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. 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 favorite 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 favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.  

Please visit our CES booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at,, or mobile site at, as well.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 specifications

Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1984 x 1488, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
File format
  • JPEG
Image parameters
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Color
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 23–483 mm
Optical zoom 21×
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 80 cm (31.5)
Macro focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 4.8
Screen dots 1,036,800
Touch screen Yes (Touch AF, Touch Shutter)
Screen type HD Super Clear Touch Display
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.8 – F5.9
Minimum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed 16 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Smart
  • Expert (P/A/S/M/User)
  • My Modes
Scene 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 flash Yes (Xenon)
Flash range 3.80 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill-in, slow sync, flash off, redeye fix
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Videography notes 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 or 60 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Storage types microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage included 8GB (2.8GB available)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Built-in 2000 mAh battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 400
Weight (inc. batteries) 283 g (0.62 lb / 9.98 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 71 x 19 mm (5.24 x 2.8 x 0.75)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS BuiltIn

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No mechanical/tactile controls for key features such as exposure/ISO/WB = fail, sorry – no matter the image quality.

Sticking with my superb all conditions EX2F!


The sensor size is small. Lens is slow.
I suggest Samsung to include the camera 360 by default.
And user will be happier to play with the images


…and Instagram too.


Missing form the press release: Image quality will be crap.


Hmmm….is that toutet ‘selfie-alarm’ too embarrassing then, for both author & editor to explain, and for readers to ask about?

Markedroid puzzlements and consumers bewilderment/embarrassment, right from scratch.

Michael Ma

This camera is made for people who have never owned a real camera and want all these features, without knowing they’ll never use them, and all the disadvantages they bring.

Here’s how I’d design the perfect GALAXY Camera.

1. Same specs as their flagship (such as the S4). This is #1 turn off for me when there is no clear advantage for buying a product over another. It should simply be the same phone as a S4, except with a camera and a camera form-factor.
2. Great lens. I’d rather have an edge-to-edge sharp 28mm (equiv) F8 fixed focus, than a useless 21x zoom.
3. People who buy such a thing place image quality at a high priority. A noisy, heavy-handed noise removal at ISO 200 (or even ISO 400 for that matter) is an instant deal breaker. It is the quintessential perfume on a pig. A great 8MP capture is better than a useless 16MP picture that doesn’t meet quality standards for any enthusiast.
4. RAW. A person who would buy one probably cares about extracting the best image possible.

Charlie Jin

Unfortunately, if you ask people about camera purchase, most two important things are:
(1) number of pixels
(2) zoom ratio
So, I am sure that this camera is geared up for those group of people, which are most common around us – that is, there are not photographers at all.


The Sony hx50 with a 20 mega pixel sensor and 30X zoom lens still has the edge!
However many people are also interested in the size and quality of the LCD screen. Since they do not print or download to a computer. The 4.8 inch screen on this Samsung is brilliant for showing off snaps!


“While the GC2 retains the slim form factor….”

What?!? Have you seen the Galaxy Camera? It’s HUGE, not slim. It’s closer in size to a Canon G16 than anything. It outright lies with the 19mm thickness spec because that’s the thickness of the camera body, not the grip or the lens protrusion.,383


Actually have YOU ever seen one in person?
It looks a lot smaller in person than in photos.
And it is a lot slimmer than the fat G series.


This one will be easy to catapult to the landfill site.

Happy New Year


Looks to bulky to fit in my pocket.


I’d rather take a short zoom range for a larger sensor and/or faster lens. Essentially, an Android version of the EX2F they make.

Juraj Lacko

Also should shoot Raw + and be a smartphone too, then I ll give them my money. Must be all in one

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