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Jack of all trades, Perfect for some, Wrong for others. Read on . . .,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP CMOS with 21x Optical Zoom and 4.8" Touch Screen LCD (WiFi & NFC- White) (Electronics)
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This camera is great if you understand what it is and what it isn't. This is not for pros or anyone who plans on doing significant post processing on their images in a program like Lightroom or Photoshop. That's because the camera has the same limits as any Android camera, which at present means you will be shooting JPG files. You cannot, as of yet, shoot Camera RAW, although that capability could be added at some point. Most people won't care about this limitation, but for those who do it could be a deal killer.
Having gotten that out of the way, let's get to the major pros and cons:
- If you never use your phone as a phone, this does everything else your Android phone does. It runs all the Android apps you already use.
- Big beautiful screen, it's really something.
- 21X optical zoom. That's just insane. This thing covers a huge range from up close and macro to way way over there.
- Comes with internal storage, expandable with micro SD card.
- You can run the stock camera software or any Android camera software you want on it, even Instagram or Snapchat.
- Big battery
- Wifi means easy sharing
- It's a little on the big and heavy side for what is essentially a point and shoot.
- If you turn it on to use the Android features, but last used it as a camera, the lens will open up, and depending on how you're holding it this could be a problem (see video)
- Image quality is good, not great.
- No dedicated buttons other than the flash release and the shutter button with zoom ring. Everything else requires tapping the screen
- As with any camera that relies on a screen rather than a viewfinder, it can be hard to see what you're shooting in certain lighting situations where there is too much light hitting the screen
If you already carry an Android device and a point and shoot camera, this one device could replace both, assuming you are not using the Android device as a phone. But, you'll need to come up with a way to carry the Galaxy Camera 2. It's big and will not fit in your pocket. While many people don't use their phones as phones anymore, many still do like to text using SMS, which is not an option here since this thing has no phone number. Of course you can still text with Whatsapp, Snapchat, or some other 3rd party texting app.
Given everything that's packed in here, it's a fair price for a cool piece of gear that you will find a lot of uses for. But it does suffer from the "Jack of all trades, master of none" conundrum. For many, a dedicated camera with built in wifi might be a better choice.