The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is expected to make its first public appearance in next week’s Premiere event in London. Samsung CEO Shin Jong-Kyun himself announced the unveiling in an interview with Korea Times. The device is described as a mirrorless Android-based camera. No other details, however, regarding the device were revealed during the interview.
That said, rumors are swirling online that the device will feature a lens with a 20.9 MP image sensor. By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S IV Zoom, which is a smartphone with premium camera capabilities, only boasts of a 16 MP camera. Meanwhile, the first-generation Samsung Galaxy Camera packed a camera with a 16.3 MP image sensor. The same camera also packed a 4.8-inch HD display, and specifications similar to the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Information about the 20.9 image sensor comes from leaked photos which were purportedly captured using the second-generation Samsung Galaxy Camera. Such photos had resolutions of 5472 x 3080 pixels.
With this upcoming device and the recently-announced Galaxy S IV Zoom, it seems that Samsung is giving a lot of attention to digital photography.
Its upcoming mirrorless camera would have an edge over DSLRs, since it will weigh significantly less and thus be more portable. As opposed to Point and Shoot cameras, mirrorless cameras also typically have better sensors. Mirrorless cameras may also offer interchangeable lenses, which will allow users to enjoy more choices, as well as help broaden the kinds of photos captured by the device.
To review, the first Samsung Galaxy Camera offers Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD TFT screen with 16 million colors and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a 1.4 Ghz processor, 3.87 GB of Memory, a 1650mAh battery, multiple connectivity options including Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth. As for its photography features, the device packs Xenon flash, optical zoom lens, various connectors, adjustable settings for exposure, shutter speed, and white balance, TTL Auto Focus, Optical Image Stablization, and various image modes for easier picture-taking.