Samsung Galaxy Camera 2: The same, but different for CES 2014
The market for a mobile-broadband-connected camera may still be small, but Samsung's Galaxy Camera definitely didn't go unnoticed when it arrived in late 2012. That attention likely benefited the Wi-Fi-only version that followed in 2013. And now we have gen two.
The Galaxy Camera 2 doesn't stray too far from the original formula, though. It has the same 21x zoom wide-angle lens and 16-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor as the first-gen model. Its giant 4.8-inch HD touch screen remains as well.
It's now wrapped in leatherette and trimmed in metal saying, "Look at me, I'm a camera, not a smartphone." Still, it is running on Android 4.3 Jellybean, so it can do all of the stuff that a newer Android smartphone can do. That's especially true thanks to a new speedier 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Oh, and NFC joins the camera's Wi-Fi to simplify pairing with NFC-enabled devices.
You'll find some new shooting modes, too, and a desperately needed larger battery pack as well. You can read more about its features in this slideshow or wait till it arrives in stores. I'd love to tell you when that is, but Samsung didn't announce availability or pricing (though I'd expect it to be around $500).
January 2, 2014 8:00 AM PST
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