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Simply Stunning Pictures, Display and Endless Configurations! I'm an Amateur and LOVE this Camera!
on May 18, 2015
I am a "professional" mobile phone picture taker as I think many from my generation are :-). Clearly there is a HUGE difference between cell phone cameras (including point and shoots) and this camera. I bought this hoping that having an android device attached to and powering a high end camera would allow me to kind of "fit right in". I DID JUST THAT! I feel at home with this thing and I'm able to take some extraordinary pictures that I never thought were possible and only within 5 minutes of turning the camera on!. Since the moment I turned this camera on I can honestly say I loved it, the interface is brilliant and the possibilities seem endless. Obviously I wont be taking professional photos any time soon and clearly my review wont mean much to a professional but I hope I can help another amateur camera person.
-Lightweight (I don't know why people say this is heavy, that's my inexperience I guess. When comparing to other SLR's I have held this is lighter and weighs around 1 LB 1 OZ w/o the lens)
-Battery is incredible (I barely put a dent in the battery after taking a whole bunch of shots and playing around with the "tablet" for a few hours:-) )
-Simply put, its EASY to use. Put it on AUTO or SMART and point and shoot. Its as capable in terms of settings as ANY SLR I have seen.
-It takes incredible video!!
-It uses a STANDARD Micro USB Cell Phone charger!! (This is so wonderful I cannot even begin to tell you!! You can get a charger ANYWHERE for under $5 which means having 5 extras is CHEAP)
-You can use an External battery charger to charge the camera (Using a Micro USB cable from my power brick.This means you can charge the camera anywhere in the world as long as you have your backup battery/charger pumped up. Mine is 20,000 mah which means I can probably charger it to 100% 2 - 3 times)
-View finder automatically activates when it senses your eye (this helps save battery from the screen)
-If Samsung finds a problem they can fix it via Updates through android.
-Android allows you to surf the web, check email, send texts, upload pictures anywhere, update the platform and everything else you can do on a regular android phone or tablet.
-You can download OTHER camera applications such as "Paper Camera". This ability makes picture modification possibilities ENDLESS
-You can edit videos and photos right on the camera though an app.
-YOU CAN PLAY ANGRY BIRDS ON IT! (My point is that if it's possible on your phone its possible on this camera!)
-Mine didn't come with a case (not even sure if any do now a days)
-While its auto focusing sometimes the screen gets a little jumpy (it didn't affect shots or video and I think it was in very low light only)
-Cannot use other brand Lenses but Samsung has plenty to choose from (I tried Cannon's, apparently it's a proprietary connection and ALL camera manufacturers do this :-/)
-View Finder doesn't detect your eye in very dark situations which means it doesn't activate (this happened a couple of times in a very dark room -but I just moved my eye away and back and it worked fine. It didn't happen every time)
-In direct sunlight the screen can be hard to see even on full brightness. (I said hard but not impossible)
Overall I think this is an amazing camera ESPECIALLY for someone who knows the Android operating system well.