updated 06:53 pm EST, Thu January 9, 2014
Galaxy Camera grows up in 2014
At first glance the Galaxy Camera 2 appears to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, featuring the same 16-megapixel sensor, 21x zoom lens and 4.8-inch LCD display. However, a closer inspection reveals several notable improvements that take this camera beyond the first generation.
The Galaxy Camera 2 boasts a 2000mAh battery, up from the previous 1650mAh battery in the last generation, as well as NFC for faster phone pairing. Unlike the original Galaxy camera users can now pair to a phone simply by tapping the devices together. No more digging through menus and settings in order to create the link.
Performance has also gained a boost thanks to the new 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Jumping around the camera's various features is silky smooth, and in our short testing we didn't experience any noticeable lag. You won't find the latest version of Android on the Galaxy Camera 2, but it has been upped to Android 4.3, which introduces separate controls for autoexposure and autofocus, as well as 120fps slow-motion video recording.
Samsung has also upped the internal storage from 4GB up to 8GB, although only about 2.8GB of that will be available to the user. Fortunately, like the original, the Galaxy Camera 2 features a microSD slot for expanding memory up to 64GB.
Despite the internal improvements, Samsung has actually managed to slim down the camera's overall footprint. While the size adjustments are minimal, the Galaxy camera 2 is ever so slightly thinner and has been reduced in weight from 300g to 283g. The front of the Galaxy Camera 2 has also received the same faux-leather treatment that is found on the Note Pro, which gives the camera a nice feel.
Owners of the original Galaxy Camera probably won't be jumping at the chance to upgrade to this year's model, but the refinements may be enough to convince someone who was previously on the fence to take the plunge. Due to the restricted testing environment we can't comment on the image quality, but look for a full review once the camera hits the market.