Galaxy Camera

'Samsung will release our latest mirrorless camera that runs on Google’s Android software,' JK Shin tells Korean press

It seems the Galaxy S4 Zoom won't be the only imaging product on show at Samsung's "Premiere 2013" event in London next week. Co-CEO JK Shin has confirmed to the Korean press that the event will also play host to a next-generation Galaxy Camera device. Speaking with the Korea Times, Shin said "Samsung will release our latest mirrorless camera that runs on Google’s Android software" at the June 20 event. The publication refers to the upcoming shooter as the "Galaxy Camera 2," though it's unclear whether Shin himself confirmed this as the official name.

A mirrorless system would imply significantly improved image quality and some kind of interchangeable lens support, something we've yet to see on any Android camera currently on the market. (Polaroid announced a similar product back at CES, but has been quiet in the following months.) Such a device would address one of our main concerns about the original Galaxy Camera, specifically it's disappointing image quality, considering its relatively high price.

Our interest is well and truly piqued by the prospect of a high-end, mirrorless camera running Android. We'll be live from London next week to test out the "Galaxy Camera 2" and a host of other Samsung devices.

Source: The Korea Times; via: Engadget


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Mirrorless 'Galaxy Camera 2' to launch at Samsung London event next week


I care. The business in which I work could really benefit from taking pictures and posting them immediately to our server, and one that runs on Android makes things user friendly for both myself and my staff as a whole. Every camera has a market or else it wouldn't be available at all. I can't wait to get my hands on this and try it. Was going to pull the trigger on a Galaxy Camera but if this iteration is better I will go with this one.

(Yes...that's exactly what I was thinking!)

As for this new Galaxy Camera 2 mirrorless camera, potentially, this could be a great product to own. It will provide users with great photography, integrated with Android software, its features/options, efficiency, and ease. And, with each generation of these (smart)cameras, paves the way for enhanced user experience, and enjoyment of saving and sharing precious moments through technology! (After all, it's Android!) It's a win for consumers and photographers! And, I'm excited at the thoughts of more great products, such as this camera!

If the implication of being "mirrorless" is correct, then this is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. Think "Professional Grade Camera". You know those large professional cameras with interchangeable lenses, that make a loud click when you press the shutter button? Mirrorless cameras are an evolution of this that remove some of the mechanical components, namely the mirrors, while keeping the higher-quality sensors and interchangeable lenses.

So if that implication is correct, the difference is that this camera will be a step above your average consumer point-and-shoot camera. It will probably still be consumer-grade and consumer-priced, but it will still be a dang good camera, and be a better camera than any that has been paired to Android before.