Samsung’s first Galaxy Camera was a neat experience, one that showed a lot of potential in a point-and-shoot market that was struggling to compete with the growing popularity of smartphones. The integration of Android in a dedicated shooter was near-perfect; unfortunately, the camera only produced mediocre quality, not to mention it was priced fairly high compared to other point-and-shoots. Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Camera 2 is meant to address every problem users had with the first iteration, with a stronger build, better internals, and even better software. We had a chance to try it out at CES 2014, and immediately fell in love.
When the Galaxy Camera 2 was first announced, the company said a lot of focus was on its design, which was much more solid than the previous iteration. The camera is now lighter than the first Galaxy Camera, and it feels more svelte, easier to hold and wield; it’s much more pocketable than Samsung’s other Android camera, which felt blocky and a bit cumbersome. On the inside, the Galaxy Camera 2 comes equipped with a 16.3-megapixel camera, 21x optical zoom, 4.8-inch SuperClear Touch HD display, Android 4.3 and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Additionally, it sports 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (microSD expandable) and 2,000mAh battery.
Pricing and release date are still unknown, so we’re not quite sure when to expect the device. Price will be a huge factor as to whether or not this device will be successful; the first iteration was priced out of range for a lot of people. Will Samsung come at the market with a similar price? That remains to be seen.