Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

 
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 283g - 133 x 71 x 19mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
60
Overall
49

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 summary

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first revealed on January of 2014. The camera uses a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The Galaxy Camera 2 places at #31 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #416 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 history

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-Galaxy-Camera-2 front thumbnailSamsung Galaxy Camera 223-483mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 based on criterias that are usually regarded as important in a digital camera.

better than average battery life (400 per charge)
big screen (4.8 inches)
comes with external mic support
comes with HDMI out
decent MP (16 megapixels)
features face detection focus
great minimum ISO (100)
great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (283 grams)
NFC connectivity
pretty wide (23mm)
supports bluetooth
supports touch to focus
touchscreen enabled
very good screen resolution (1,037 k dots)
very long reach (483mm)
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW format
does not posses selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
screen does not articulate
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Sensor details

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 features the 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the Galaxy Camera 2's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The Galaxy Camera 2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 dimensions

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 weighs in at 0.62 lbs (283 gr or 9.98 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 133mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.2" x 2.8" x 0.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is less heavy when compared with various rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 besides a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button layout on the Galaxy Camera 2.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 topview buttons dials

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Lens specs

The Galaxy Camera 2 is equipped with a built in lens providing a focal range of 23-483mm giving it a 21.0 x zoom which is huge and does enable you to zoom right in.

At the widest 23mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 which will be quite slow and not great in low light situations and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to boost the ISO producing noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 483mm is superb zoom and comes at f5.9 which is fairly slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Connectivity

The Galaxy Camera 2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Video specs

The highest possible video quality in the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance in video quality versus file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to crop. While the camera includes a mic socket, it is unfortunately missing a headphone socket which means you will not have the capability to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Weather Sealing

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 houses a 4.8" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 1,037k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily shift focus point as well as change settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be particularly helpful.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Shutter specs

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 includes only in-built flash lacking external flash support.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Autofocusing specs

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is handy for taking portraits of people.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus points. Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 has the ability to use manual focusing when needed in low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focusing.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Battery life

The battery life (Built-in) for the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is made to last for 400 pictures as per the CIPA requirements making it above the usual in comparison to its category. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the best (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for varying categories of photography

The following bar chart provides a summary of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for varying categories of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Portrait photography highlights

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 receives a score of 45 which is awful, meaning that it is not really appropriate for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Street photography information

Having a nice points total of 65, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a respectable pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus via touch
lighter than others in class (283g)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Sports photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

A modest sports photography points tally of 49 means the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is relatively acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
great battery pack (400 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Travel photography features

Size is extremely important in choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 gets a above average 73 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to take on your journeys.

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great battery power (400 CIPA)
lighter than competition (283 grams)
supports bluetooth
offers touch focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Landscape photography features

For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 with it's reasonable rating of 53 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate among its competitors.

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you can focus manually
rather wide (23mm)
screen larger than average (4.8 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
great battery life (400 per charge)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful rating of 37.

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reasonably wide (23mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone jack
lighter than competition (283g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the Galaxy Camera 2, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart listed below provides you a summary of the Galaxy Camera 2 vs it's top scored competitors suggested earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might look at as alternate options. To see a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Samsung
Model type
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2014-01-02
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Highest native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
23-483mm (21.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance
10cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
4.8 inches
Resolution of screen
1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology
HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
16 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill-in, slow sync, flash off, redeye fix
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
283 grams (0.62 lb)
Dimensions
133 x 71 x 19mm (5.2" x 2.8" x 0.7")
Other
Battery life
400 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Built-in
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Card slots
1
Cost at release
$400