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Samsung Launches the Galaxy Camera 2, The NX30 Camera And First Premium S Lens

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Camera 2 today, its second take on the idea of a truly smart point-and-shoot. The company also annouced the compact system camera NX30 and the "S" Series premium lens.

The Galaxy Camera 2, a successor to the GALAXY Camera, combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with sharing capabilities.

The Galaxy Camera 2 features a 16M BSI CMOS Sensor, a 21x Optical Zoom, an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor, supported by 2.0 GB of RAM and an enhanced battery life (2000mAh).

This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loaded Dropbox app, an offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for up to two years.

Sharing is made simple with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the Galaxy Camera 2. The all-new 'Tag & Go' feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera and devices will be automatically paired and transter images using a host of functions. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.

The Galaxy Camera 2 also features a 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD.

With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery, objects, and then recommends the optimal Smart Mode. In addition, the new Smart Mode Selfie Alarm takes five consecutive images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on social media sites.

Videos can also be given a twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and create speed up or slowed down movies. Ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster, this feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.

Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date, but Samsung is promising to have the new camera on display at CES next week. Its predecessor sold for $499 at launch with 3G connectivity.

Samsung also announced today the compact system camera NX30.

The camera is equipped with a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, and the Samsung NX AF System II. It supports a 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and a 9 frame per seconds (FPS) Continuous Shooting function.

Other fatures include the Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution) with a 80 degree tilt. With the ability to move from side to side up to 180 degrees, and upward and downward up to 270 degrees, the NX30's 76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display offers flexible angles which are useful for self-shooting, whether for stills or video capture.

The NX30 has also NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it supports the 'Tag & Go' function and the Photo Beam and MobileLink features. AutoShare automatically sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet and the Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables several control of the NX30 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene. Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture.

Dropbox web storage service is pre-loaded on the NX30 in selected regions. Additionally, users of the NX30, in select regions, can upload directly to Flickr, the full resolution photo sharing site.

The NX30 also includes the next-generation DRIMeIV Image Processor and a new DSP imaging engine that allows shooting videos at Full HD 1080/60p. Light sensitivity can be set to ISO100-25600.

In addition to Full HD Video Stereo Recording, the NX30 supports a standard 3.5mm microphone input for audio capture while shooting movies. The Audio Level Meter appears on the display so you can continuously monitor the input level status while recording. In addition, the input level can be manually adjusted to ensure optimal audio quality. Moreover the NX30's HDMI live streaming with Full HD 30p output that makes it easy to connect with a large screen, recorder, and other HDMI devices.

The new TTL external flash with a Guide Number of 58 makes it simple to capture shots, allowing light to travel further and wider. The high speed flash sync mode allows for flash with shutter speeds faster than 1/200th of a second. Additionally this new flash supports wireless strobe sync, bringing an added dimension to images with light that looks natural.

The new Samsung 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens allows photographers of all skill levels to achieve professional image quality through a new features.

The first Premium "S" Series lens allows for flexibility to take photos at frequently desired angles and vantage points, without limitations on what is captured. The 16-50mm has a bright aperture (F2.0 at 16mm; F2.8 at 50mm) making it the brightest 3X zoom, among equivalent class lenses.

The splash and dust proof lens features an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), improved from the conventional Stepping Motor (SM), which is 3X more precise in its ability to control and focus on subjects. Coupled with its optical image stabilizer and combination of three aspherical (ASP) lenses, two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR) lenses the 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS has the ability to take a steady shot and produce photos with clarity and detail.

The new 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens was designed for everyday use. It is lightweight, weighing only 111g with a compact 31mm frame with a modern and simple design. It is available in two colors (Black and White). The 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise.

A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience.

Galaxy Camera 2 Prodcut Specifications

Image Sensor

16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS


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




121.2mm (4.8-inch), HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen


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


1.6GHz Quad Core Processor


Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)


8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 2GB RAM
*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.


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


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



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

Note - The availability of each service may differ by country.


WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Bluetooth 4.0


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

Bundle Software

Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac)



132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3 mm, 283g


Li-on 2000mAh

NX30 Product Specifications

Image Sensor

20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor


76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display
FVGA (720x480) 1,037k dots

View finder

Tiltable EVF w/Eye Contact Sensor, (tilting upward by 80 degrees)
XGA (1024x768) 2,359dots


Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600


JPEG (3:2):20.0M (5472x3648), 10.1M (3888x2592), 5.9M (2976x1984), 
                       2.0M (1728x1152), 5.0M (2736x1824): Burst mode only
JPEG (16:9):16.9M (5472x3080), 7.8M (3712x2088), 4.9M (2944x1656),
                          2.1M (1920x1080)
JPEG (1:1):13.3M (3648x3648), 7.0M (2640x2640), 4.0M (2000x2000),
                        1.1M (1024x1024)
RAW : 20.0M (5472x3648)
* 3D Image Size : MPO, JPEG (16:9) 4.1M (2688x1512), (16:9) 2.1M (1920x1080)


MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
1920x1080, 1920x810, 1280x720 , 640x480, 320x240(for Sharing)

Value-added Features

Tag & Go (NFC/Wi-Fi) : Photo Beam, AutoShare, Remote View Finder Pro, Mobile Link

SMART Mode : Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone,
Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face, Multi-Exposure, Smart Jump Shot

3D still image & video capturing

i-Function in Lens Priority Mode: i-Depth, i-Zoom (x1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0), i-Contrast

Built-in Flash (Guide Number 11 at IOS100)

Wi-Fi Connectivity

IEEE 802.11b/g/n support Dual Channel (SMART Camera 3.0)
• AutoShare
• SNS & Cloud (Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, YouTube)
• Email
• Auto Backup
• Remote Viewfinder Pro
• MobileLink
• Samsung Link
• Group Share
• Direct Beam
• HomeSync (Available in selected regions)
• Baby Monitor

Note - The availability of each service may differ by country


Advanced Passive NFC(Wired NFC)

Bundle PC software

iLauncher, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5




BP1410 (1410mAh)

Dimension (WxHxD)

127 x 95.5 x 41.7mm (excluding the projection part)


375 g (without battery)

  SAMSUNG 16-50mm F2 - 2.8 S ED OIS Specifications

Focal Length

16 - 50mm (equivalent to 24.6-77mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

18 elements in 12 groups (3 Aspherical lens, 2 Extra-low Dispersion lens, 2 Xtreme High Refractive Lens)

Angle of View

82.6- 31.4


F2-2.8 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 9 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Optical Image


Focus Distance


Maximum Magnification


i Scene

Beauty, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscope, Sunset ,Dawn, Beach & Snow, Night

Value-added Feature

UPSM, Splash Dust Proof

Lens Hood


Filter Size


Mount Type

NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

81 x 96.5mm



 SAMSUNG 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS Specifications

Focal Length

16 - 50mm (equivalent to 24.6-77mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

9 elements in 8 groups (4 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View

82.6- 31.4


F3.5-5.6 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 7 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Optical Image


Focus Distance

0.24m(Wide), 0.28m(Tele)

Maximum Magnification


i Scene

Beauty, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscope, Sunset,Dawn ,Beach & Snow, Night

Value-added Feature

UPSM (Focus), DC (Zoom)

Lens Hood


Filter Size


Mount Type

NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

64.8 x 31mm



 SAMSUNG ED-SEF580A Flash light Specifications


58 (ISO100, 105mm)

Flash coverage


Power Ratio

1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16,
1/32, 1/64, 1/128, 1/256

Power Source

AA*4(Alkaline, Ni-MH,
Oxyride, Lithium (FR6)

Recycling Time
(New battery)

Alkaline max 5.5sec,
Ni-MH max 5.0sec(2500mAh)

A number of flashes

Alkaline min 150fls,
Ni-MH min 220fls (2500mAh)

Flash duration (Automatic)

max 1/125, min 1/33,000

Flash duration (Manual)

max 1/125, min 1/33,000

Lamp Light Voltage

Blinking 285V, Lights 330V


UP 0, 45, 60, 75, 90
CC 0, 60, 90, 120
CCW 0, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180

Exposure control system

A-TTL, Manual

Color Temperature

5600 500K

AF Assist Beam

O (1.0m ~10.0m) (TBD)

Auto Power Zoom

24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm

Manual Zoom

24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm

Camera Mount

Samsung Original

Flash Covering Angle

24mm(R/L 78,U/D 60),
105mm(R/L 27,U/D 20)

High-Speed Sync



Yes (4ch, 3Group)


Graphic LCD, Power Save, Multiflash
Modelling light, Wide-angle diffuser

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