Samsung Unveils Galaxy Camera 2


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Samsung is coming to CES  2014 with two cameras in hand – a new compact interchangeable lens camera and a follow-up to the smart camera from last year, the Galaxy Camera.

The Samsung NX30 is the interchangeable lens camera, and features a 20.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, with auto-focus made snappy by Samsung’s own NX AF System II. 1080p stills and videos are made crisp and clear by the DRIMeIV image processor – you can even shoot in 3D, provided you have the appropriate lens. Shutter speed has been a big focus here – the camera has an exceptionally quick 1/8000 sec shutter speed setting, which enables 9 FPS continuous shooting. The ISO range is 100 to 25600, while OIS Duo tech provides image stabilization even while you’re taking video while on the move. Video is bolstered by a 3.5 mm microphone input and HDMI live streaming.


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There’s also a tiltable electronic viewfinder to help you get tough shots in a crowd, but more useful still is probably the 3” Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, which can help you get those tough shots or take self-portraits. NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity are both included for instant sharing – you can set the NX30 to automatically upload photos and videos to your mobile device, if you wish. There’s also Dropbox integration on the camera itself, for easier cloud storage and to keep your SD card free.

This is an interchangeable lens camera, so Samsung has new lenses, too. One is the first in Samsung’s new line of Premium S Series lenses, the 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens. This lens approaches professional quality, with optical image stabilization and technology that makes colors sharper and more lifelike. It features 3x zoom, and has an ultra-precise stepping motor that dramatically increases the camera’s ability to focus on subjects. There’s also a 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens, which has a useful see-saw kind of button for zooming, but can take in less light than the lens above.


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Samsung also announced the Galaxy Camera 2, a follow-up to their original smart camera, running Android. There’s been an upgrade to a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, and the camera specs still outstrip most of the smartphones that the Galaxy Camera 2 is trying to compete with. It has a 16 MP BSI CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom, as well. Dropbox is also integrated, along with 50 GB of free cloud storage, while NFC, Wi-Fi, and Photo Beam make it simple to share photos online or sync them to a smartphone or tablet.

Of course, one of the big selling points of the original Galaxy Camera, and the Galaxy Camera 2, is the display. You’ll get a 4.8” LCD touch display, on which you can interact with Android and the bevy of photo editing apps you can find on Google Play. Or, you can use the camera in Smart Mode, which features over a couple dozen presets for different lighting situations.

Samsung hasn’t yet offered up pricing or availability information for the NX30 or the Galaxy Camera 2.