Samsung has announced the second-generation Galaxy Camera, an Android-based point-and-shoot with enhanced connectivity options. The camera has been announced just days before CES, so we expect more details to emerge at the show that starts next week.
The Galaxy Camera 2 is not that big of an update to its predecessor if you look at the camera specs. It’s got the same 16-megapixel image sensor and the 21x (23-483mm equivalent) lens as the camera which was announced last year. There’s a hinged flash, which Samsung claims can support bounce flash by being tilted back.
There are also some camera software improvements along with newer connectivity options. Smart shooting modes have been given a facelift and there are now 28 modes to choose from. Users can separate exposure and focus, controlling each independently. There’s a Smart Mode Suggest feature which handholds a user in securing the best picture and a new Selfie Alarm mode brings some refinement to shooting self-portraits.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera 2 looks just like its predecessor
It's going to ship with the latest version of Jelly Bean i.e. Android 4.3, but there's no word on if KitKat is coming to the Galaxy Camera 2.In terms of processing power, we expected a quad-core processor and Samsung has duly obliged. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz quad-core processor (make and core unspecified) and supported by 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy Camera 2 should be quite quick when it comes to shooting. The rear display is the same 4.8-incher that we first saw in the Galaxy Camera. Support for NFC has been added, which should make it easier to connect with other Samsung devices. In addition, there’s a larger 2,000mAh battery.
The 8GB internal memory is supplemented with 50GB of free storage on Dropbox for up to two years. Pricing and availability for the Galaxy Camera 2 has not yet been announced, but we expect that to come at CES.