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SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA 2

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

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Consumer review: 3
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As the mobile phone cameras are getting increasingly sophisticated, stand-alone camera sales are plummeting. In the midst of the backdrop, Samsung launched the Galaxy Camera 2, the new and improved "smart" camera.

The most outstanding feature about this camera is the 21x optical zoom lens. Most mobile phone cameras simply do not have the mechanical room to put in a powerful optics unit, and having a wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization does make a big difference in producing better photos.

The next great thing about this Galaxy Camera 2 is the back-end technology. The camera is powered by a fast quad-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM, and runs on Android Jelly Bean. All this means the camera is truly a "smart" camera, supported by some of the latest hardware and software technologies.

The third impressive aspect of the camera is the fact that it is produced by Samsung, with all of the company's design, user interface and hardware capabilities. The Galaxy Camera 2 is an attractive piece of technology to be carrying around. From the 4.8-inch HD screen to pop up xenon flash light, the camera just feels nice.

The biggest objection of getting the camera is the question of whether someone really needs this kind of point and shoot cameras any more. Most people are happy with their smartphone cameras, because most people never really needed, or wanted, the higher quality pictures than what the latest smart phones can provide. This Galaxy Camera 2 may become just another dead weight in pockets or bags.

But it won't, because it is a smart device, and at the least, it will become a mobile game device for the kids in all of us, or a music/video player for entertainment. The 21x optical zoom is difficult to argue against, even if the Nokia Lumia 1020's high power digital zoom could sound intriguing. There simply is not a replacement for well designed optics.

With this Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, all other point and shoot cameras seem so 20th century.

Specification
Image Sensor
16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS

Lens
21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T)
OIS

Display
4.8-inch, HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen

ISO
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Processor
1.6GHz Quad Core Processor

OS
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Memory
8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
2GB RAM

Image
JPEG format
16M, P14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 10MP, 9.2M Wide, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M

Video
MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920x1080 /30fps, 1280x720 /60fps, 1280x720 /30fps, 640x480 /60fps,
640x480(30fps), 320x240(30fps)
Multi Motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA, x1/8, x1/4, x1/2, x2, x4, x8) /120fps

Audio
Format: AVI, MP4/3GP, WMV, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Value-added Features
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)
Built-in Pop-up Xenon Flash
Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
Story Album, Xtremera, Paper Artist
S Voice
Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games

Google Mobile Services
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, WiFi HT40
GPS/GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC

Sensor
Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor(for OIS)

Bundle Software
Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac)

Dimension
5.22 x 2.80 x 0.76 in, 9.98 oz

Battery
Li-on 2000mAh


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