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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly stands out, April 27, 2011
This review is from: Samsung EC-SH100 Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 14 MP, 5x Optical Zoom and Touchscreen (Black) (Electronics)
My pretty daughter was looking for a little camera to take on her DC trip and obviously my big SLR was out of question. So we went to a store to do some shopping. I left her alone for a few mins and asked her to find something she likes. When I got back she said she chose this camera. Well, I told her she'd better check out Canons or Nikons because they are great cameras and who knows about Samsung. But I really got puzzled because I just couldn't convince her they are better. And after some thinking we ended up buying this Samsung camera.

This camera is really special for 2 reasons.

First is touchscreen. These days touch is the de-facto standard interface for mobile devices, so once you've tried a touchscreen camera it feels natural and going through menues with buttons really feels awkward. At one moment the Canon and Nikon menus became annoying. Yes, there is a stylus mostly for virtual keyboard but you can really get by with just fingers most of the times. So touchscreen does make big difference.

Second is connectivity. The camera comes with Wi-Fi and it has built-in software to post pictures on facebook and some other popular services. And you can upload pictures wirelessly to your computer. No cables. This is a big deal.

So is this camera a sure buy? Well, it's a bit more compicated. This camera is really trying to be a compromise between a "real" camera and a smart phone. In a "real" cameras land this camera is good but not the best. There are competitors out there with slightly better specs (like 1080HD instead of 720HD etc) but arguably you'll unlikely to notice a significant difference - any "pro" camera needs at least a bigger lense and heavier weight to capture a better image to begin with.

Basically if you really like touchscreen and wireless you should seriously think if you'd rather buy a good smart phone. Yes, I can't think of any smartphone with 14MP, 5x Zoom, a 720p HD and a "real" flash, but does it justify carrying two devices? My daughter was saying that this is a big trip and she wants to capture the lifetime moments and she ended up with a smartphone and this camera (so hard to say no to an adorable daughter ...) but when we looked at the pictures she brought back, they are not really much different from her smartphone ones. So yes, with some skills you can do miracles with the camera but for most ordinary people and real life shots the results will be about the same. I mean you're unlikely to print a huge poster and a typical computer screen has <2MP anyway.

So bottom line is, this is a good camera with some really outstanding features, it's really great feel and fun expirience, something making other competitors looks dull and boring. But if those new features make you so excited, you should consider a good smartphone, maybe that is what you really need.
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