Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 finally arrives, with selfie mode

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is unveiled today with a 21x zoom, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and selfie mode.

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It's been over a year since the first Android-powered camera, and the sequel is finally here: the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is unveiled today with a 21x zoom and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean -- plus selfie mode.

The new Galaxy Camera 2 packs a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, with a whopping 21x optical zoom. It has a 4.8-inch touchscreen on the back, and it's all powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Video is Full HD.

Wi-Fi is built in to share and back up your pictures. Included from day one is the Dropbox app with 50GB of free cloud storage for two years so you can automatically back up your photos online, safeguarding your snaps from disappearing if your camera is broken or half-inched and freeing up the 8GB built-in memory.

If you pair the camera with a phone via NFC, you can also share images via your blower.

In keeping with the word of 2013, features include a dedicated selfie mode that takes a burst of five quick snaps so you can choose the bestest one.

There's no word on pricing or availability as yet, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

The new snapper is the long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Samsung Galaxy Camera, the first to fuse photographic power with Android apps. Since then, Samsung has used Android to power the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy NX lens-swapping snapper, as well as the new NX30, also announced today.

Both new cameras will make their debut at CES next week, and we'll be there to bring you our first impressions -- check out ces.cnet.com for previews, videos and photos of the coolest new gadgets for 2014.

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