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Enter the Smart Camera!

Instagram Photo of Palm Trees in Palm Springs

I just got back from an event in Palm Springs, California. I had been there last year, and I’d brought my big DSLR camera because I knew I wanted better shots than what I could get on my phone (which I also brought). Carrying my camera and heavy zoom lens was cumbersome though, and my camera bag took the place of my purse, limiting my plane carry-on abilities.

I was surrounded by a pretty social-media-savvy crowd. Many of the attendees were bloggers, myself included, but just about everyone was instagramming everything in real-time. I kept finding myself torn between using “the good camera” and using my phone, and I wished there was a way to meld the two. So yay Samsung for reading my mind!

Samsung Galaxy Camera

I’m going to be trying out the new Samsung Galaxy Camera. Not a camera-phone, as I assumed when I first read it, but a plain old camera. Except new, and fancy. The camera has the capability to take great photos (with an optical zoom instead of digital, and a low f/2.8 aperture), and the ability to edit and share them right from the phone.

I’m looking forward to trying it out, especially since the holidays are upon us. My husband and I already have our hands full with two little kids, a diaper bag, and my purse when we visit our families to get together. Adding a bulky camera weighs us down further, but I’m often disappointed by my phone’s built-in camera (especially indoors, in low light). I can see this new camera being really useful.

A big thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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.

• Nicole Balch writes daily about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so on her blog, Making it Lovely. Catch up with all of Nicole’s other Family Style posts right here on Babble.

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