After unveiling the Galaxy Zoom and Galaxy NX last year, it seemed that Samsung had moved on from the original Galaxy Camera, instead content with creating higher-end stand-alone Android cameras or hybrid phone/camera device. Apparently not.
With 2014 just at its beginning, Samsung has officially announced it is finally releasing a direct successor to the Galaxy Camera. Although the processor and built-in storage isn’t’t dramatically better with the GC2, the camera has now received quite a few improvements that should provide a much better picture-taking experience.
Specs and features
1.6GHz Quad core processor
2GB of RAM
8GB internal memory (2.8GB free), microSD
Image Sensor:16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS with OIS
Apps: Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON, Story Album, Xtremera, Paper Artist, S Voice, and many Google Play services
As you can tell, there’s a lot of awesome features here. While the sensor resolution is still just 16MP with 21x zoom, the camera now has f/2.8 instead of f/4.1 and has a few added goodies like NFC, optical image stabilization, and a bigger 2000mAh battery. There also appears to be quite a few software enhancements as well.
Release date and pricing
At least for now, there’s no word on pricing or even when the Galaxy Camera 2 will be released. All we really know is that Samsung plans to show this bad boy off at CES next week, where we’ll be sure to get a closer look.
Judging by the original Galaxy Camera however, we’d imagine that the Wi-Fi only variant wouldn’t cost any more than $500 — but again that’s just speculation on our part. What do you think, interested in the second-gen Galaxy Camera or not?