The Samsung Galaxy 2 camera was announced just prior to CES 2014. It follows the original Samsung Galaxy Camera as an Android-powered camera running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and includes the TouchWiz UI.
The camera features a 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The lens is a long 21x optical zoom lens, yet it has a very slow f/5.9 aperture at the long end. Frankly, I think the camera would be more attractive if Samsung would opt for a larger sensor and a shorter 4x-5x lens that keeps it roughly the same physical size (see, e.g., Sony RX100).
The screen a bright 4.8″ HD touchscreen LCD. It looks great and works well. Notably, Samsung only mentioned WiFi and NFC connectivity in its announcement. It is unclear at this point whether or not Samsung will offer a version of the Galaxy Camera 2 with built-in 4G connectivity.
I’m still not sold on the Android camera as a dedicated camera, but I’m less opposed to it than I previously was. The second generation Galaxy Camera seems to have a little more polish to it based on my very limited time with it; however, I still prefer a dedicated point and shoot camera over it, and certainly prefer the better image quality you get from a larger sensor over the extend zoom range and tiny sensor combo in the Galaxy Camera 2.
The biggest head scratcher is if Samsung brings the Galaxy Camera 2 out as a WiFi-only camera with no option for 4G connectivity when you are away from a hot spot. It seemed that 4G connectivity was the feature that set the original Galaxy Camera apart. So, if we only have WiFi in the Galaxy Camera 2, it becomes a much closer call with all the other WiFi cameras out there (even if they aren’t running full Android OS.
No word on pricing or release date yet, but will have more when it becomes available.