Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 56
Size 87
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 4.8″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 133 x 71 x 19 mm
  • Weight: 283 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Summary

This review is devoted to Galaxy Camera 2 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Jan 02, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #31 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #447 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 4.8″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 400 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 has the following external dimensions 133 x 133 x 19 mm (52.36 x 27.95 x 7.48″) with the weight of 283 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 19mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 — 400 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 — 19 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 — 283 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is equipped with a Fixed Type 4.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Galaxy Camera 2 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Galaxy Camera 2 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Galaxy Camera 2 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Galaxy Camera 2 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 offers the highest battery life that reaches 400 shots.

How Good is Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung Galaxy Camera 2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung Galaxy Camera 2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Galaxy Camera 2 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (133 x 71 x 19 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 can be called a 29 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)
  • Small size (133 x 71 x 19 mm)

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (283 g)
  • Small size (133 x 71 x 19 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 5. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 can be called a 5 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model Galaxy Camera 2
Announced Jan 02, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 10
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 4.8″
Screen Resolution 1,037k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 16 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.8
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill-in, slow sync, flash off, redeye fix
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 283 g
Physical Dimensions 133 x 71 x 19 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model Built-in
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage Slots 1

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