The second-gen smart camera
Design and Camera
The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 GC200 is successor to the original Galaxy Camera, which was more like a smartphone sans the calling facility, but with a powerful snapper. This combination was also visible in the design which looked like a hybrid of a smartphone and a camera. Fortunately, the Galaxy Camera 2 comes with lots of improvement in terms of design, and looks more like a camera than a hybrid. It uses the same faux leather along with the metallic trim we have already seen on the Note 3.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 GC200 features a 16.3MP 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor with 21x optical zoom lens and 23 mm Wide Angle (F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T)). The auto focus lens can click stills upto 2,608 x 3,456 pixels, and packs in features like AF light, optical picture stabilization, geo-tagging, pop up Xenon flash and smile and face detection. On the video recording front, You can shoot 1080p@30fps and 512p@120fps.
Display, Processor and OS
To manage the operations, it carries along a 4.8-inch, Super Clear LCD, 16M colors display with a pixel density of 306 ppi and a resolutions of 720 x 1,280 pixels, secured by the Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 GC200 runs Android v4.3 OS (Jelly Bean), customized with company's own TouchWIZ UI to deliver a camera like user interface. It has been powered by a Quad Core processor having a clock speed of 1.6GHz, backed by 2GB of RAM.
Storage and Multimedia
Out of the 8GB internal storage, only 2.8GB is available to the user. It can be expanded upto 64GB via micro SD card, and upto 50GB via Dropbox. The phone supports different kinds of audio and video formats including mp3, DivX, WAV, mp4, H.263, eAAC+, AC3, DivX, H.264 and FLAC.
Battery and Connectivity
Unfortunately, unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy Camera 2 doesn't come with a 3G/4G variant. The Wi-Fi only variant also features NFC, microUSB v2.0, HDMI port, GPS/AGPS supporting GLONASS and Bluetooth v4.0. The 2,000mAh li-ion battery ensures an uninterrupted service.
When the original Galaxy Camera was launched, it was a unique product with no benchmarks to compare with, but that's not the case with the Camera 2. Comparing it with the predecessor, there's no significant improvement in terms of lens and technology. Since, it doesn't come with a 3G/4G variant, the 'capture and share on the go' feature has also been compromised. On the positive side, it now comes with an improved design, more polished UI and a more powerful set of hardware, making it a complete smart camera rather than a hybrid device.