Samsung seemed to be taking a chance when it introduced the original Galaxy Camera, but the device’s following was enthusiastic even if reviews weren’t. The later Galaxy NX20 added a larger APS-C sensor in an interchangeable lens form factor with its own mobile OS. Today’s announcement of the Galaxy Camera 2 and a refreshed Galaxy NX20 should please fans.
The concept for the Galaxy Camera is simple: take a good point-and-shoot and pair it with solid smartphone components to facilitate sharing. For the Galaxy Camera 2, only one half of that equation is warmed over to bring us this update. The original’s 1.4GHz Exyos 4 Quad system-on-a-chip is swapped out for the 1.6GHz variant first seen in the Galaxy NX. Updates to the image signal processor bring additional image quality improvements, but the sensor and optics seem to be unchanged. That means it has the same point-and-shoot-sized 1/2.33″ sensor and 21x zoom. Such a platform should produce better images than most smartphone cameras.
Speaking of proper DSLRs, the Galaxy NX20 was among the first interchangeable lens cameras running a mobile operating system (Tizen-based in this case). The updated NX30 benefits primarily from an updated image signal processor software package and from being packaged with a copy of Adobe Lightroom 5. That software package might be a big boost to value if it had been packaged with the Galaxy Camera 2; with the much more expensive NX30, though, it’s a shame to miss out. If you’re looking for a similarly specced phone running Android, Samsung also offers the Galaxy NX.
The Galaxy Camera 2 is running Android 4.3, thoroughly skinned by Samsung for a very camera-focused experience. Meanwhile, the NX30’s Tizen-based software is loaded with its own sharing suite. The other addition gracing each of these shooters is NFC, which allows you to share pictures between the devices and a compatible smartphone.
A cellular connected, mobile OS-based camera isn’t a concept without merit. Skepticism of the concept is high, though, so what would you do with a solid point-and-shoot, running Android and equipped with an LTE connection?
SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA 2 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Image Sensor 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.33″ BSI CMOS
Display 121.2mm (4.8-inch), HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
AP 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad
OS Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Additional Features Built-in Pop-up Xenon flash
Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
Smart Mode : 28 modes (Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best Photo, Selfie Alarm, Continuous shot, Best face, Color bracket, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound&Shot, Interval, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace)
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Plus , Google Hangouts,
Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Plus Photos, Google Chrome, Google Play Books,
Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Google Play Games,
Google Newsstand, Google Setting
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)GPS, GLONASS (Support A-GPS), NFC
Memory 8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB) ＋ microSD slot (up to 64GB) 2GB RAM
Bundle Software Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac)
Battery 2,000 mAh