About a month ago, I learned that Samsung was going to send me their new Galaxy camera.
Can I be honest with you, here?
The truth is that upon hearing the news I was somewhat ambivalent. I mean, I thought the camera was cute and all, but since I shoot with a large dSLR camera, I find point-and-shoots, well, quaint. Single-lens-reflex cameras allow me to manipulate more of the attributes of a shot than a point-and-shoot can, and honestly, I have my trusty iPhone — granted the iPhone quality isn’t nearly the quality of my real camera, but so what? I can just lug my real camera around if I need a good shot. So I decided that I would either give the Galaxy to my husband or my daughter for Christmas.
As coincidence would have it, about 2 weeks later, my husband Marcus approached me with his laptop. “Have you seen this new Samsung camera?” he asked. “It looks really awesome. It’s about the size of an iPhone, but the camera looks insane. It looks really, really cool.”
“Mmhmm,” I responded, now sure of who I’d give the camera to. “I’ve seen it. Whatever, it’s a point-and-shoot.” I had to play it cool, man.
“Well, I think it looks awesome,” he mumbled, walking away.
Then, on Christmas morning …
“I do not even believe you,” he said, when he unwrapped his gift. “You seemed totally unimpressed when I told you about this!”
“Well, I couldn’t let on that you were getting it for Christmas!” I grinned. And then I came clean. “Actually, Samsung sent it to me. You’ll have to tell me what you think about it when you’ve used it.”
“I’m charging it now,” he said. “Thanks!”
For the last two days, this camera has not left Marcus’ side. Every now and then he’ll walk up to me to tell me something cool about the camera.
“Look,” he said. “You can change it to completely manual mode. You can mess with the ISO, the aperture, the shutter speed, whatever. Just like your camera.”
“Huh,” I responded. Suddenly, this point-and-shoot seemed a heck of a lot more than “quaint.”
Hours later, he approached me again. “It’s got a 21-times-zoom,” he grinned.
“Twenty-one times??” I was incredulous. “You’re out of your mind. The quality must seriously suck if you get too close or too far. No way it’s a true 21 times.”
“Here, I’ll show you.” And then he showed me this shot, taken at a macro distance from my beloved Christmas LEGO:
And then this one, of the Williams Tower.
Are you kidding me?
He kept sending me shot after shot, none of them processed in any way (although the camera does have filters in it that you can apply on the spot), and oh, did I mention that he emailed them to me directly from the camera itself?
(The photo above isn’t actually to show you anything technical about the camera. It’s just a picture of our daughter and my dad that Marcus took with the camera during Christmas lunch, and I like it.)
Needless to say, Marcus is totally in love with this camera, and well, I’ve been completely schooled. This camera is amazing, and is everything I would hope a point-and-shoot would be.
So now, I have to figure out how to get it back without his noticing.
(Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, everyone!)
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