Recently, Samsung Galaxy Camera II (EK-GC200) was listed on Indonesia’s ePostel certification website, indicating that it has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as the newly added NFC function which the current Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100) does not have.

Nothing else was revealed as for the specification but I hope that the RAM is upgraded to 2GB and it has more internal storage. 4K video recording is also a must because this is a camera. If a Samsung phone has it (I mean the Samsung Galaxy Note 3), then it will not make sense if a camera doesn’t support that. 

I currently own the 1st version of Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100) and although it has a lot of potential, I have to admit that it is not the best point-and-shoot camera out there. The good things about the Samsung Galaxy Camera are :

  • Running on Android OS. Has many functions and options to add 3rd party apps.
  • Easy sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Dropbox etc.
  • 21x massive optical zoom.
  • Able to attach external microphone for video recording.
  • Large viewfinder with touch focus option.

Now, let’s take a look at the cons :

  • Too big and heavy for a point-and-shoot camera.
  • Images are noisy and not sharp enough compared to other cameras in this category.
  • Quite expensive. The price was RM1899 for the 3G version when this device was launched in Malaysia.
  • Software is currently only till Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2.
  • 4GB internal memory is not sufficient (total 8GB but part of it is used by the OS). However there is an option to add external Micro SD card).
  • 1GB RAM makes the camera sluggish.
  • Images shown on the viewfinder can sometimes be deceiving. Actual image quality may not be as how you see on the viewfinder.
  • Poor battery life (but luckily there are 2 batteries out of the box).
  • Only 3G network supported. The network will not switch to 2G / EDGE if 3G coverage unavailable.

Although the Samsung Galaxy Camera can do all that I want, I sometimes wish that the photos are of better quality. I am not sure if an update can fix some of the issues mentioned above and now, I don’t even think there will be an update for this camera as the 2nd gen Galaxy Camera is already on its way. Let’s see what the successor (EK-GC200) is capable of. It is time to sell my camera and wait for the new version. :-)

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