Jumping the gun before CES this year, Samsung has showed off two new cameras in preparation for the gadget show.
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The first model is the successor to the Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered hybrid that merges the photo-taking prowess of a traditional camera with the connectivity of a smartphone. Called the Galaxy Camera 2, the new model has the same 21x zoom lens and 16-megapixel sensor as its predeecessor, though it comes with a faster 1.6GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.
On top of this, the camera runs Android Jellybean 4.3 and comes with NFC for easier pairing with other connected devices. Like the earlier model, the new version has a 4.8-inch touchscreen at the back for composing, reviewing, sharing and editing photos. A microphone and headphone jack make it convenient for use as a media player or Skype-ready handset, though you can't make actual phone calls from the camera.
Also announced was the NX30, an update to its NX range of interchangeable lens cameras. It comes with an electronic viewfinder, 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, dual image stabilisation for video recording and a very useful feature of being able to output a clean HDMI feed.
The NX30 will also be able to live stream its 1080/30p output over HDMI.
To go with the NX series, Samsung also revealed a premium 16-50mm f/2-2.8 splash and dustproof lens, and a regular 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 unit. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.