I have fallen in love with my Samsung Galaxy camera, and as someone who knows cameras, it takes a lot to impress me with a camera. There’s a few quirks and things I don’t love about it, but that’s usually the case with anything, especially a first generation of a new tech product. Shall we get those out of the way? Let’s. The battery didn’t last through a heavy day of use, given my heavy day of use consisted of taking photos from sun up to sun down on our cruise. On its day of heaviest use it lasted until about 4pm before going dead, which isn’t unheard of for a cell phone two years ago but for a point and shoot camera? That’s rough digs. I’ve already looked into a travel charger and spare battery.
Next, for the life of me I cannot figure out how to turn the shutter sound off. I’ve been able to turn off all the other notification sounds, but that darn shutter sound still beeps and clicks with every photo, which isn’t a huge deal until you’re trying to take pictures of sleeping babies. I also don’t love how much the lens opens and closes when you turn it on and off an navigate through the apps, it just seems like it would wear out pretty fast with how often it opens and closes. It’s also big, which was a bit shocking at first but I don’t even notice it anymore.
Little issues aside, AMAZING CAMERA. Every single crew member of our cruise who used the camera to take a picture of Addie and me commented on what a great camera it was. You know who uses a hundred different cameras every day of the week? Disney Cruise employees, which means a compliment from one of them carries a lot of weight. Want to see one of the very best most amazing features of the Samsung Galaxy that has pretty much blown the minds of everyone who I’ve shown it to (including my own?) Yeah you do.
This was my seat by the Mickey Pool on the Disney Magic. Nice wide shot, right?
Now, do you see that sign with Mickey Pool rules over there on the wall? No? Allow me to point it out.
Curious what it says? Yeah, I was too, so I zoomed in on it. I zoomed in on it 21x.
DUDE I KNOW RIGHT? The photo is taken from the same seat, with the same camera. No lens switching, just zooming in to its full capacity. Get this, I took this screenshot of the full sized, zoomed in image. Do you know what noise is? It’s when a photo gets grainy and messy when you use the digital zoom on most digital cameras. (I say most but I really mean every point and shoot digital camera I have ever used.)
I have pushed the zoom on this camera to its limits in every situation. In the dark, in the bright light, with people, with inanimate objects and the quality is as consistent as my DSLR without having to switch a single lens. Do you have any idea how BIG a lens would be if it could zoom in this far? Crazy.
You know what an awful nice feature is on a point and shoot camera? A reliable zoom, and the zoom on the Samsung Galaxy makes me forget all about the battery life, the size and the quirks because LOOK AT THAT ZOOM.
Would you like to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera? Repin one of the photos from our “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal board with the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, we will pick the top twenty photos. Contest ends December 31st, 2012.