Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.33" sensor
  • 21x zoom
  • 4.8" touchscreen
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • Runs Android apps
  • New 1.6 GHz processor
  • 28 Smart Scene modes
  • 1080p HD video
  • 350 shot battery life
  • Release Date: 2014-01-02
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
16 megapixel 1/2.33" sensor; 21x zoom; 4.8" touchscreen; Wi-fi and NFC; Runs Android apps; New 1.6 GHz processor; 28 Smart Scene modes; 1080p HD video; 350 shot battery life
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Samsung has made a few updates to their connected compact, the Galaxy Camera, with the introduction of the aptly named Galaxy Camera 2. The most notable is a better processor, which should help boost the image quality some. It's also sporting a new retro look with a faux-leather wrap that does offer a more comfortable grip. The new model also features almost twice as many smart shooting modes, after the positive response from its predecessor's settings. The camera still includes wi-fi and Near Field Communication with an Android operating system, as well as a good 21x zoom. There's no word on price yet or the official release date, but the first was released at around $500 and the Galaxy 2 will probably follow that line. We would have liked to see a bigger sensor for the price, since the camera features the same 1/2.33" sensor, but Samsung is hard to beat in terms of connectivity.

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Samsung Reviews

Known more for their smartphones than their cameras, Samsung offers the most connected line of imaging products for those who love the instant uploads from their cell phone but want to step up in quality.

Samsung has lead the way in the camera industry when it comes to sharing digital images—and even taking them. The Samsung NX3000 has a feature that allows you to wink at the camera to snap the photo, designed for selfie lovers. Some of their latest models can share images with a phone just by tapping the two devices together.

For those looking for the best image quality with the most connectivity, Samsung's mirrorless models are the way to go. While they feature the connectivity of a Samsung, they have large sensors and decent processors too. You'll likely pay a bit more over a camera without wi-fi or any connectivity, but for many the difference is well worth it.

Samsung's Galaxy cameras go beyond just connecting with wi-fi and add 3G so users can upload without sending it to a smartphone via wi-fi. Samsung offers a few budget models too, and while you get what you pay for applies to the image quality, not very many budget cameras include wi-fi.

Samsung has also taken style to heart. Many of their cameras feature a faux leather wrap, giving them a classy look.

If you are looking for a connected camera, Samsung is the manufacturer to consider.

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