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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review

The big-screened, Android-powered compact zoom camera makes a comeback

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Samsung Galaxy 2 against the original Samsung Galaxy, the Panasonic TZ60, and the Sony HX60.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Signal to noise

Here we can see that for signal to noise ratio, the Galaxy Camera 2 comes out on top, which is a good reflection of the low noise of shots - but it is worth remembering that the Galaxy Camera 2 is guilty of image smoothing and loss of detail. While cameras such as the Panasonic TZ60 or Sony HX60 may be more prone to noise, they are also capable of better detail reproduction too.

JPEG dynamic range

dynamic range

Here it is the Panasonic TZ60 which comes out on top. The Galaxy II's dynamic range performance is not too bad though, beating the original Galaxy camera, and the Sony HX60. The Galaxy 2's camera produces nice, vibrant images with accurate but warm toned colours.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyGalaxy
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom21x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Near Field Communication (NFC)
Screen Size12.2 cm (4.8")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, AVI, 3GP, WMV, MKV, FLV, WebM
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)283 g
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Minimum Focus Distance100 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inYes
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedNo
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeBSI CMOS
Total Camera Resolution17 Megapixel
Height71.2 mm
Width132.5 mm
Depth19.3 mm
Focal Length483 mm to 23 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product NameGalaxy Camera 2
Product LineGalaxy
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEK-GC200ZKAWTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Battery Life400 Shot
Display Resolution1036000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker