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Samsung’s Android-based camera experiment continues, but fundamental issues persist.

The promise of a true Android-based camera isn’t difficult to wrap your head around. A billion people use Android devices, many of which to take and share photos every single day. A cottage industry of apps, services, and social networks for capturing, editing, and sharing photos has sprung up. An Android camera could fill in the missing piece: killer camera hardware.

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  • Design Handling
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Sample Gallery
  • Features
  • Conclusion
  • By the Numbers
  • Color Accuracy and White Balance
  • Resolution
  • Noise
  • Continuous Shooting
  • Video Performance

The problem? Android is a horribly fragmented platform, and app developers—including Google itself—have a hard enough time building software that works with hundreds of different devices with varying screen sizes, processors, operating systems, and cameras. Adding in support for even basic camera functionality like shutter buttons, optical zoom, and interchangeable lenses is an expensive, laborious process with little guaranteed payoff.

That hasn’t stopped Samsung, however, which is back once again with the Galaxy Camera 2 (MSRP 449.99). With improved specs, an updated Android operating system, and a slightly different design, the Galaxy Camera 2 improves on the (somewhat surprising) success of the original Galaxy Camera. Though the Galaxy Camera 2 still has some of the same issues of its predecessor, it’s still the best option for people who want a dedicated camera that runs Android apps.

Design Handling

A stranger in a strange Galaxy.

Compared to most cameras, the Samsung Galaxy 2 camera is the height of minimalism, eschewing these funky things you may have heard of before: buttons. It sports a mere three physical controls: flash release, power, and shutter release with a toggle for zoom, leaving the rest to for the touchscreen to handle. If you’re an experienced photographer used to physical controls, it’ll simply frustrate you. But if you’re using the Galaxy Camera 2 instead of a smartphone, it’s actually an improvement, especially when using the zoom toggle and shutter button instead of just the screen. That’s good, because the screen picks up fingerprints better than a seasoned FBI agent and glare is a battle anytime you’re shooting during the day.

Design

  • Slide 1 of 10 The Galaxy 2 sports a 4.1-86.1mm lens.
  • Slide 1 of 10 Close up of 21x logo on Samsung Galaxy 2 camera.
  • Slide 1 of 10 Close up of flash release on Samsung Galaxy 2 camera.
  • Slide 1 of 10 Samsung Galaxy 2 has a built in pop-up flash.
  • Slide 1 of 10 The power button is one of the few true buttons.
  • Slide 1 of 10 All rear controls on the Galaxy 2 are touchscreen.
  • Slide 1 of 10 The shutter release also has the zoom toggle attached.
  • Slide 1 of 10 Samsung Galaxy 2 camera battery port also houses HDMI port and SD slot.
  • Slide 1 of 10 There is a micro-USB port for charging and various adaptors.
  • Slide 1 of 10 Speakers – on the left side – are easily blocked if holding with left hand.

Navigating the menus with the touch screen is unfortunately quite the headache, as you almost always click the wrong thing sending you hurling back to the start of the menus to repeat the process. This isn’t helped with the fact that the manual controls are buried within two submenus that you must go through every time to make changes. There are smaller quick settings at the top to “quickly” change shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation, but they are so small you rarely get the one you want first try. If you do manage to get the right setting to change, the scroll to change that setting is very unresponsive and you end up clicking out of the scroll and have to repeat once again. This is extremely frustrating and if you’re shooting anything remotely spontaneous, potentially causing you to miss your shot.

Once you get past the navigation and touch screen, the camera is refreshingly basic. There is a pop-up flash that snaps to attention when you hit the release, like a tiny cobra waiting to strike. There’s also a zoom toggle, but it’s awkwardly designed and seems to lack throttling control, making small changes difficult. Ultimately it’s an improvement on most smartphone cameras, but it’s nowhere near as easy to operate as even a basic point-and-shoot.

Performance

Marginal improvement

On paper, the Samsung Galaxy 2 camera is almost identical to its predecessor. It has brought what is typical in the mobile world – a software update a new body – to the camera world. The changes are as follows: upgrading from Android 4.1 to 4.3 and upgrading the 1.4 GHz processor to a 1.6 GHz processor. That is about all. It has the same lens, same sensor, same performance, same. you get the picture. Since it is basically the same camera, we predicted it would get mostly the same test results and it did not surprise us there.

Noise was a strange test when it came to the Galaxy 2. The noise levels stayed below our cutoff for image quality through the entire ISO range, which seems great. However, the Galaxy 2 has heavy noise reduction and that causes the heavy loss of quality at a Rapid rate. If you look at the photo below, you will notice detail with Rosie the Riveter drop around ISO 400 and continue exponentially as you raise the ISO. Hardly the “riveting” performance we were hoping for:

Things only get worse when looking at a much more detailed crop. Here the Cheshire cat is about the only thing smiling, not that you can really tell with detail dropping as soon as ISO 200:

Most fine details are lost as soon as your raise the ISO.

Other than aggressive noise reduction at higher ISO speeds, the main culprit here is the lens. It has a 21x optical zoom, which gives you far, far more range than any smartphone on the market, but it’s not a particularly great lens. Details in the center are fine at base ISOs, but when you actually zoom in the overall level of detail drops dramatically.

We also found multiple occurrences of “pincushion” distortion and chromatic aberration at each focal length. You can not select color modes on the Galaxy 2, so you are pinned down to using the default mode. However, this mode isn’t all that bad with a color error (∆C00 corrected) of 3.09—anything around 3 is considered average for an entry level point-and-shoot—and over-saturation of 109.8%, but it gets the job done. You can compensate the color accuracy with multiple effects that shuffle up color significantly.

Sample Gallery

  • Slide 1 of 11 “Silhouette Mode” is also a fun mode to get skies to turn out just right.
  • Slide 1 of 11 The dedicated Black and White mode produces a dramatic scene.
  • Slide 1 of 11 An HDR effect – combines multiple exposures into one – is an onboard and easy yo use.
  • Slide 1 of 11 The “Rich Tone” setting gives a contrasty and epic feel to images.
  • Slide 1 of 11 The colors don’t pop as much as we would like without edits.
  • Slide 1 of 11 Fully zoomed the Galaxy 2 is stable and easy to use.
  • Slide 1 of 11 Macro mode is fun, but the minimum focusing distance could be better.
  • Slide 1 of 11 Beep Boop Boop Beep Beep Boop.
  • Slide 1 of 11 Flowers are always pretty, right?
  • Slide 1 of 11 The “Faded Colors” effect gives a film like look that is great for #instagram.
  • Slide 1 of 11 “Vintage Mode” gives a distinct color to help separate your photos from others.

Video performance was also mediocre. It is basically the exact same as the original Galaxy camera, which isn’t a great surprise given that the components here are essentially unchanged. Artifacting, trailing, sharpness, and lowlight sensitivity all offered middle of the road results, comparing well to point-and-shoots but lagging behind better cameras. It’s not much better than what you’ll find on a flagship smartphone, except for the ability to use the zoom lens.

Features

#SharingMachine

Since the Galaxy 2 camera runs on Android 4.3, you have a practically limitless potential for adding in cool extras and neat features. You can download apps such as VSCO Cam or Photoshop Express to greatly increase your editing options, and use the default apps or something like Instagram for capturing photos.

As a result the real strength of the Galaxy 2 is its ability to share these photos quickly over numerous social media and photo sharing networks right from the camera. Instagram, Google, or even apps are far more polished here, with interfaces that are light years ahead of the half-baked social media integration found on most cameras. You can also stash away photos or sync them between devices with apps such as Dropbox, which comes with 2GB of free web storage or 50GB if you already have a Galaxy smartphone.

Running the Android OS opens up many apps for use on the Galaxy 2.

There are also a great amount of options to sync the Galaxy 2 directly with other devices. You can use “MobileLink” to automatically send any photos taken with the Galaxy 2 to your phone without the need of a shared Wi-Fi connection. The easiest way is to take advantage of NFC – Near Field Connection – technology to connect directly to your NFC-compatible phone, laptop, mobile phone, desktop computer, and even your Smart TV. (Apple’s iPhones don’t currently support NFC, but could in the future) Once connected you can also use this link to let your phone function as a remote viewfinder and controller for the camera, which is perfect for framing group shots with the camera across the room.

When it comes to the actual camera hardware you’ve got a 21x optical zoom. The camera is much more stable than you’d expect, which makes the full zoom easy to use. The one caveat to that is that the zoom and hardware shutter button don’t work with every app—apps have to be specifically coded to recognize and take advantage of the Galaxy Camera 2’s hardware. Since most apps haven’t done that, you’re stuck using on-screen controls alone whenever you want to snap a pick with an app like Instagram. It’s probably the biggest strike against the very idea of an Android-based camera, as most app developers won’t go to the trouble to code in support unless Google’s own API makes it dead simple to do.

Conclusion

A small step forward, but it has a long way to go

Samsung seems pretty hell-bent on producing a camera that takes advantage of the Android platform and, all things considered, it isn’t doing a terrible job. The Galaxy 2 does a great job of giving users the ability to take a photo and get it out to the world instantly, as long as you’re using Samsung’s own proprietary applications. And even putting that caveat aside for a moment, the fact that you have access to endless apps on the Android market makes this basically a one-stop-shop for web photographers. You no longer have to get to a laptop or take photos with your phone to get images out there. You can snap, edit, upload, and bask in the glory of internet photography fame. or send a selfie to your mom. #HiMom

Close up of 21x logo on Samsung Galaxy 2 camera.

While the features and connectivity make up a huge portion of the MRSP of the Galaxy 2, the hardware is on par with most entry-level point-and-shoots. We certainly recommend this to anyone that needs to stay connected and get that instant gratification from posting fast and furiously. However, if you are someone that isn’t tethered to the web, then I would say there are better cameras in the price range. The Canon Powershot S120 is a much better camera (albeit with far less optical zoom) in the same price range with less connectivity. You could even find a Canon Powershot S110 for around 250 and get better images.

Ultimately, the Galaxy Camera 2 is sure to be popular given the success of the first Galaxy Camera. That’s great, because the promise of an Android-based camera is tantalizing, to say the least. With the original Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy NX, this makes the third time Samsung has tried to make this a reality. Though things seem to be getting better, the fundamental issues–such as the lack of hardware support in the Android apps you’d actually want to use regularly—still remain. Can Samsung hash those out? Maybe not, but the Galaxy Camera 2 is at least an indication that the company isn’t giving up on the idea just yet. If you’re willing to live with the growing pains in order to have a truly connected camera, then the Galaxy Camera 2 is a fine choice. There may be better cameras for the money, but there’s no better Android-based camera today.

By the Numbers

The Samsung Galaxy 2 camera is a not much of an upgrade from its predecessor. Samsung upgraded the processor, Android software, and made a few design changes – though all of them are merely cosmetic and not functional. As with the original Galaxy camera, the ability to load any Android app you want on it is clearly the biggest draw. Just about anything photo-related you can do on a smartphone you can do with this camera.

That said, our lab tests revealed that this is still little more than a pretty good point-and-shoot dressed in Android clothing. After putting it through the paces, we also didn’t notice much of a difference at all between the original Galaxy camera. The Android functionality may make this a unique camera, but the image quality is pretty par for the course.

Color Accuracy and White Balance

There are not multiple color modes on the Galaxy 2, so you don’t have many options in the default app for adjusting color production. With the default settings we found the camera had an average results with a ∆C00 (saturation corrected) of 3.09 and saturation of 109.08%. Anything around ∆C00 3 is an average score for a point-and-shoot, so nothing notable or disappointing here. Of course, you have unlimited options for adjusting color via Android’s library of apps, though Samsung at least augments the included selection by the “effects” feature. At least you have a decent starting point, with important colors such as skin tones, green grass, and blue skies all looking accurate. Sunsets will be extra punchy, but that isn’t really a bad thing.

The Galaxy 2 gets most colors down, but pushes oranges which makes the overall score suffer.

SAMSUNG Galaxy Camera 2

In both custom white balance and auto white balance tests, the Galaxy 2 performed spectacularly. This results in more accurate colors when using auto white balance, which most people using this camera probably will. All forms of light, with the exception of auto tungsten, were accurate to within 72 kelvins or less. It struggled, as almost all cameras do, with incandescent light and was off by around 1600 kelvins on average there. The biggest issue we had during these tests was how inaccurate the metering could be, but this is common among point-and-shoot cameras.

Resolution

The Galaxy 2 sports an impressive 21x optical zoom with an aperture range of f/2.8-5.9. We shot tests at 4.1mm, 16.5mm, and 81.1mm throughout the aperture ranges. We saw that there was a fair amount of sharpening happening in-camera, but it was not overly aggressive. That said, the images themselves aren’t much better for it, as the shots can be quite soft when zooming in.

If you’re zoomed all the way out and using the aperture at its widest settings, your center image will be quite sharp. That’s about as good as it gets, with the camera resolving detail as fine as 2,000 line widths per picture height. If you’re zooming in, closing the aperture, or looking away from the corner you’ll see decreased performance. When scooting out toward the corners, it dropped down to as low as 1100 LW/PW as you can see clearly in the photo below.

The Samsung Galaxy 2 camera is more hazy than sharp.

Once we start to zoom in the center drops slightly in sharpness, but stays just above 2,000 LW/PW. About halfway to the edges the image actually sharpens up, but it is inconsistent and the in-camera sharpening is most likely to blame. Once we get to full 21x zoom, 81.1mm, the sharpness has evened out. The center is at its lowest—around 1800 LW/PW—but the edges are at their highest—1400 LW/PW—as the camera’s sharpening algorithm picks up the slack.

Noise

Like all point-and-shoots, low light is a struggle for the Galaxy Camera 2. Less light means the camera has to amplify the incoming light, resulting in grainer shots. The Galaxy Camera 2 combats this by applying noise reduction to even these grainy spots out, but it also destroys a ton of fine detail. In fact, the noise actually never gets over our typical cutoff for noise contamination of 2%. However, the resulting images have most of the fine detail wiped out in the name of keeping that noise number down, so the quality drops almost immediately.

If you take a look at our model, Rosie, you will see the low quality you get out of these images. It diminishes quickly after you leave the base ISO of 100. We wouldn’t recommend climbing much higher than ISO 400 if you want to preserve any detail, even in the best conditions. If you’re only going to be putting the images online or making very small prints then higher ISOs are fine, but for large prints or images you really care about the Galaxy Camera 2 can be a bit disappointing in low light.

If you take a more detailed look at our Alice chart, you will see that the Galaxy 2 never truly captures fine details – even at the lowest ISO settings. The fact that you can not control noise reduction means you will never be able to pull the fine details outside of the lowest ISO setting. You simply don’t have control over what the Galaxy Camera 2 produces in low light, which will be frustrating for shooters of all skill levels.

Most fine details are lost as soon as your raise the ISO.

Continuous Shooting

The Galaxy Camera 2 is not much of a speed demon, as it churns out images at a mere 3.7 FPS. Most point-and-shoots in this price range can manage between five and 10 frames per second for about 10 shots. Where the Galaxy Camera 2 distinguishes itself is in its capacity, as it can shoot at its fastest speed for as many as 87 shots before stopping to buffer.

If you need faster shooting then you will have to find an Android app to fill the gap. It does not offer a burst mode at lower resolution, like many point-and-shoots tend to. We actually dropped the resolution to 3MP – in the hopes that it would speed up the FPS – and it actually slowed down. Like most of the other tests here the performance has its high points, but overall there’s not much that separates this from your average compact camera.

Video Performance

The Galaxy is a great option for capturing video and sharing it quickly. You can capture video up to 1080p 30FPS and share it via YouTube or even Instagram as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. The video it captures isn’t quite cinema level, but it is more than enough to produce videos for sharing on the go.

When we tested video sharpness, the Galaxy 2 was able to distinguish around 450 line pairs per picture (LPPH) height of detail both horizontally and vertically in bright light. That isn’t that great – even for a point-and-shoot – but it will get the job done if sharing on the web or smaller formats. We also tested it in low-light conditions (60 lux) that translate well to the real world. In this test, the sharpness plummeted to 350 LPPH horizontally and 375 LPPH vertically.

The next test we tossed the Galaxy 2 through was the motion test, which looks for trailing, artifacting, and ghosting. The Galaxy 2 performed admirably with only small traces of these showing up. The Galaxy 2 can record both 720p and SD up to 60 frames per second, but it doesn’t offer anything in the way of 120FPS for slow motion shots. Basically, the video quality gets by, but doesn’t stand out.

The last video test was low light sensitivity, and the Galaxy 2 once again put in a mediocre performance. We got down to 12 lux before the image dropped below 50IRE, a broadcast standard for a usably bright image. That lux level is just a little brighter than a sunset, so dim indoor scenes and late-night videos won’t look great. For the best results we also recommend zooming out so you can open the aperture all the way to f/2.8, as zooming in will mean you’ll need even more light.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual for Samsung’s Best Shoot-and-share Camera

Ease and simplicity is important to access certain information. This is why we provide the Table of Content below. With this Table of Content, you can go to certain part of this writing about Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual User Guide simply by clicking on the sub topic below.

The Introduction to Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual

When it comes to the question of what is the most important part of an electronic product especially digital camera product, we say it is the manual. It is because with the manual, both users and enthusiast will be able to get the needed information about a certain product. With this manual too, the learning process upon the camera product is started.

So, we can say that manual is the best reference when we want to understand the digital camera product. This is what motivates us to bring Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual User Guide here, with this manual we hope that we can help you understanding this Samsung camera product better than before.

Overall Look of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Camera

It is generally known that look is something important that becomes a consideration for people in buying digital camera product. With the look, People can instantly attracted to a certain digital camera product. than that, sometimes the choice of camera look is also reflecting the personality of owner as well as the classiness of the camera itself. So, before we hit the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual User Guide directly, now we are going to talk about the look of this camera first.

In Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the company makes some improvements from the predecessor. The device is lighter than before but it’s a bit larger too. The material that is used for the body is plastic, the tough one. The base and top-plate which is brushed with metal effect gives a classic touch to the body.

The faux-leather textured on the body is just like what Samsung NX300 has. Still, the issue of not having enough amounts of physical controls from the first one is here. All the settings are controlled via the touchscreen. The good thing about this-version touchscreen is the speed and the response. The operation is much faster and responsive.

The Specification of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Specification is one of the considerations for people when buying digital camera product. The higher the specification that a product has, the bigger people desire to buy this product. And apparently this thing is realized so much by Samsung.

This is proven by giving high level of specification in this Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. As we know, Samsung has a great success in combining camera with smartphone. The market has been entertained with the amazing products from this brand.

But, it doesn’t mean that Samsung is the only one who has this combination design; there are some other brands who tried to compete but not good enough to stand face to face with Samsung Galaxy devices. This time, Samsung did it again with the second version of Samsung Galaxy Camera. It is Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. The first one is so popular in the market.

Based on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual, this camera has a huge 4.8inch screen which is the reason of the size that is much larger than any other compact camera in the market. There were some issues that are experienced by many users in the first version of this camera.

Some other improvements in this Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is the processor. Still form the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual, we can see that this device uses the faster 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, RAM 2 Giga Byte, better battery life, 4.3 Jellybean Android version, and NFC connectivity.

It uses a 16.3MP BSI CMOS sensor with ISO 100-3200. The superb LCD is something you can count on this device. With the display in 1280×720-pixel resolution, you can view the content clearly. The internal storage is available for 8GB, if it is not enough you can add MicroSD up to 64GB.

Price and Impression of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Before we get into the price and impression of this product, it is so important for us to know this product in real. So, to give you the better view about this Samsung Camera device, here is the video review of it.

The video comes from official YouTube account of CNET. This is the account that specialized itself in reviewing electronic product such as digital camera. So, for you who is interesting to this product and want to know more about it, referencing to below video will be the best thing to take.

This Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is worth about 450 in the market. It is a pretty good price for a phone-camera. It is quite logic with that affordable price, something would be disappointing. Photo quality and shooting performance are the things that might disappoint you.

If you expect the quality of a high-end camera in this device, you are not gonna get it, so just be realistic. Although, this cool device can be a good choice for you who want to get a great shoot-and-share experience.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual User Guide PDF

In the first line of this writing, it is already stated that the aim of providing this article is to bring the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual User Guide into the surface.

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This manual is the best reference for both user and enthusiast who want to learn about this product deeper. With this manual, there will be a lot of information gained too. Something like specification, operation, camera parts, features, and others will be perfectly stored in here.

Therefore, if you want to know about this Samsung series camera, referencing to the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual User Guide below will be the best thing to do. But, the manual will be provided in PDF. So, before accessing it, it will be better if you download the PDF reader software first.

Finally, that’s all of the explanation about Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Manual. With this manual, hopefully we can help you to gain the essential information about this product. Further, if you have other ideas about this camera, we welcome you to put your thought in the comment session below. And if you think this writing is valuable, you can share it in your personal page to spread the information to other audience.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review: first look

Tim Danton Over the past 15 years Tim has been a writer, editor and publisher on British tech magazine PC Pro. Now used to odd looks as he runs through Regent’s Park wearing multiple fitness bands, Tim is training for his first marathon. He edits alphr’s Business section, with a particular FOCUS on startups. Read more January 10, 2014

Samsung announced an update to its ground-breaking Galaxy Camera at CES 2014, and we were lucky enough to give an early sample an in-depth test while in Las Vegas. The final version will go on sale in February, with a suggested retail price of £399 inc VAT.

The original Galaxy Camera gained a PC Pro Recommended award, combining as it did the best parts of a camera and phone – a compact camera with built-in 3G, a full-sized screen and Google Android to power it, not to mention a phenomenal 21x optical zoom.

What’s changed?

Samsung has made a couple of minor physical alterations to the design of the Galaxy Camera 2: its weight has dropped from 303g to 283g, while the case is a little rounder and easier to hold. Inside, the zoom has stayed the same, and so has the 16.3MP, 1/2.33in sensor.

However, Samsung has made a number of tweaks to its successful formula. To start with, there’s now a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, up from 1.4GHz before, and the RAM has been doubled to 2GB. It should be no surprise that this camera is a nippy performer.

Perhaps the biggest improvement, though, is the larger battery. It’s now 2,000mAh, around 20% bigger than before. Samsung has stuck with the same, rather gorgeous 4.8in display, with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 giving 308ppi. While a higher resolution would have been nice, we aren’t complaining as images look crisp and vibrant.

Naturally, Samsung now uses a more recent version of Android: it’s 4.3 rather than the latest 4.4, but few people will notice the difference. You won’t find much on Google Play that won’t work on this camera.

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The other core spec we should mention is internal storage: there’s 8GB inside, but Android consumes a fair chunk of this for its own needs, leaving around 3GB of storage available for your photos and apps. You can however add up to 64GB more via the microSD slot, and there’s 50GB of free Cloud storage on offer via Dropbox for two years.

If you have an NFC-enabled phone, you can now use Tap Go to instantly transfer photos from one to the other. Once the devices are paired, you can also take advantage of the Remote Viewfinder feature; so, if (for example) you’re at a gig, you can lift the camera above your head while viewing what the lens can see on your phone.

You’ll also have to rely on a paired phone for a data connection if you’re away from Wi-Fi: the SIM slot included with the original Galaxy Camera has disappeared, perhaps to make space for the larger battery.

Taking pictures

When it comes to setting up your pictures, there are now a frankly overwhelming 28 “Smart Modes” available – nine more than previously. The most eye-catching addition is Selfie mode, which beeps when your face is in the right place for a shot.

While it may be tempting just to stick to Auto, it’s worth taking advantage of these modes. For example, below we show the difference between choosing Auto and Sunset (you can see the original photos in the samples at the end of this review).

To help you pick the right settings, a new Smart Mode Suggest option attempts to work out what sort of scene you’re working with. We found it tended to favour options such as Macro and Landscape, however; instead, we’d suggest you use the My Modes option, where you can pre-select your favoured options.

advanced users are catered for via manual modes: the Galaxy Camera 2 now includes AF and AE separation, so, with our sunset example, you could tap on an area of the screen to pick the exposure, and tap elsewhere to set the FOCUS.

As before, the standard of photos this camera takes is great for a compact: below, for example, you’ll see some lovely images captured whilst wandering around the Neon Graveyard. (If you ever wondered where all the neon signs that define Las Vegas go when they need to be retired, now you know.)

If you zoom in you will see some signs of compression and noise: that’s an almost inevitable side effect of extracting such a huge number of pixels from a compact CMOS sensor. But it’s mitigated by that 21x optical zoom, which means you shouldn’t normally need to crop in to the frame.

The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes an accomplished camcorder, capable of shooting Full HD footage at 30fps. Samsung has added a Multi Motion Video feature this time around too, which cuts the resolution to 768 x 512 but allows you to shoot at 120fps, and then play back your scene at one-eighth speed, quarter-speed, half-speed, double-speed, four-speed and eight-speed.

Conclusion

It all adds up to a camera that’s fun to use and easy to carry around with you. We’ll hold off on a definite verdict for now – we know from the previous version that the images can get a bit noisy in low-light, and we haven’t yet had the opportunity to properly check this out – but so far the signs look good. In every neon-lit sense.

Image samples

Click on the samples below to view the full photos, including a photo we took of the moon to take advantage of the 21x zoom.

Digital Camera Throwback: Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a very good Android device attached to a mediocre camera. Social mediaphiles will appreciate the ability to use the camera within their favorite apps, but if photo quality is your priority there are better choices available.

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a very good Android device attached to a mediocre camera. Social mediaphiles will appreciate the ability to use the camera within their favorite apps, but if photo quality is your priority there are better choices available.

There are just three buttons on the top of the unit. Flash to manually lift the flash, on/off and the shutter release with zoom control around it.The right side has a micro USB socket behind a door and the anchor point for the supplied leather wrist.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 has a huge display and runs Android, but its image quality lags behind others in its.

Samsung seems pretty hell-bent on producing a camera that takes advantage of the Android platform and, all things considered, it isn’t doing a terrible job. The Galaxy 2 does a great job of giving users the ability to take a photo and get it out to the.

For those looking for a versatile camera that will let you edit images and share them without ever having to move images to a separate device, Samsung’s Galaxy Camera 2 is a decent option without a whole lot of direct competition. Nikon’s Coolpix S800c.

Once again, Samsung has succeeded in combining the Android operating system with a compact camera that provides a more complete shooting experience than that found on the model’s smartphones.However, it’s difficult to judge that Samsung has done.

The Galaxy Camera 2 is a good option for those people who want the special combination of camera with decent specs and the ease and convenience of an Android OS.

While it’s definitely not the best compact camera on the market, nor the best that offers a high zoom range, it’s a much more unusual option than the standard compact. For those who want the maximum amount of creativity, coming in the form of hundreds.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 verdict Open Gallery The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 doesn’t come across as an entirely new product, but more a minor update of last year’s model – there are no significant changes, bar the slight update to the OS. It’s a.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 delivers the app and connectivity options of your smartphone, but with the shooting flexibility of a long zoom.

So how do we judge the Galaxy Camera 2 overall? As a camera, its image quality is on a par with a regular mid-range compact and the wider end of the zoom, but its 21x zoom is trying to do too much and doesn’t deliver bitingly sharp images as the.

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera was a game changer two years ago. It was the first camera to properly fuse a point-and-shoot camera with Android and cellular connectivity. It was supposed to be the template for the future, bringing the power of the Internet.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a new version of last year’s Galaxy Camera hybrid camera / smartphone, additionally offering a faster 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2.0 GB of RAM, enhanced battery life, Android 4.3 Jellybean and NFC connectivity. The Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 at a glance: 16.3 million effective pixels 1/2.33in (6.16×4.62mm) sensor 21x optical zoom (23-483mm equivalent) ISO 100-3200 50GB free Dropbox Cloud storage Large 1280×720 HD resolution touchscreen NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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