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As an Android-powered compact camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 promises to bring the best of two worlds together, taking the quality of a dedicated camera and adding Android apps and sharing options into the mix. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Camera 2 doesn't take good enough pictures to make it a superior alternative to the camera on your handset.

The Galaxy Camera 2 isn't small or compact, with Stuff calling it "surprisingly large and wide for a compact camera" and Pocket-Lint says "the lens is excessive." It's at least easy to hold, with TechRadar noting that the grip "helps to give it good purchase." Photography Blog likes the "sleek and stylish exterior," though Digital Trends feels it's a "little strange and slippery in the hand" and reminds you to "use the camera strap."

It feels like a camera, and the Galaxy Camera 2 certainly takes pictures like a camera too -- just not a high-end one. While ePHOTOzine says the pictures are "well exposed and are very colourful," Digital Trends feels they "should be better" and Stuff says that "they’re fine by mid-range compact camera standards" but "we were expecting something a bit more special."

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    7.7
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    8.0
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    7.5
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    6.0
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8.0
CNET Mar 26, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 delivers the app and connectivity options of your smartphone, but with the shooting flexibility of a long zoom lens.

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6.0
PC Mag Aug 7, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 has a huge display and runs Android, but its image quality lags behind others in its class.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 26, 2014

Samsung has got much of the concept right. But as a camera - and that's what this is meant to be first and foremost - it carries forth the same mistakes as its predecessor.

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7.0
TechRadar May 12, 2014

The Galaxy Camera 2 is a good option for those people who want the special combination of camera with decent specs and the ease and convenience of an Android OS.

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8.0
ePHOTOzine Apr 14, 2014

Although a little expensive if you're looking for a travel zoom, there is plenty to love about the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 and is therefore recommended.

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6.0
Digital Trends May 16, 2014

For those looking for a versatile camera that will let you edit images and share them without ever having to move images to a separate device, Samsung’s Galaxy Camera 2 is a decent option without a whole lot of direct competition.

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8.0
Photography Blog Jun 11, 2014

It is a versatile device that is surprisingly easy to use given its almost total reliance on a touchscreen interface, with its real strength lying in the ability to edit and share your photos online with very little fuss.

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6.0
Stuff Apr 25, 2014

There are no significant changes, bar the slight update to the OS. It’s a move that’s somewhat out of character for a company such as Samsung, which thrives on innovating faster than most of its rivals.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 8, 2014

The camera responds well enough and that massive zoom is useful, but like we say the pictures are what need to be better. After all, this is a camera not a smartphone.

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Android Central Jan 7, 2014

Aside from new shooting modes and Android 4.3 onboard the camera interface, lens and sensor are unchanged — you'll be taking pictures of the same quality as you did on the original.

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TrustedReviews Jan 9, 2014

This is an entirely unimaginitive update to the Galaxy Camera, bumping up a few specs to bring them closer in-line with Samsung's current phones.

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T3 Jan 8, 2014

We were impressed by the original Samsung Galaxy Camera and although they're minimal and incremental changes, we're again impressed by the new snapper.

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Techno Buffalo Jan 8, 2014

The camera is now lighter than the first Galaxy Camera, and it feels more svelte, easier to hold and wield; it’s much more pocketable than Samsung’s other Android camera, which felt blocky and a bit cumbersome.

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Expert Reviews Jan 8, 2014

It’s not that the Galaxy Camera 2 is badly executed, it’s a very nice thing, we’re just not sure who wants to buy a very expensive compact camera (RRP £399) with Android onboard when you can just use your smartphone, or buy a smartphone with a built-in zoom (like the S4 Zoom).

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