The Instacamera

Before I had the Samsung Galaxy Camera, I’d have the choice of carrying my big DSLR or relying on my camera phone. The DSLR is great for photo quality, obviously, but dang that thing is heavy! Especially when traveling, or if I’ve got my hands full with my kids running around. Plus I always feel just a tiny bit obnoxious when walking around with my big, serious camera. (Is it just me that feels this way?)

My camera phone had the opposite problem. It’s no big deal to carry it around in my pocket or tucked away in my purse, and it feels more natural and spur-of-the-moment to grab it and snap a photo, but the image quality was lacking.

The Galaxy has a real (optical) zoom instead of the digital zoom that my phone has, so I find myself actually using the zoom because I know my photo won’t suffer for it. It also handles low light well, and is still small enough to feel natural and unimposing.

Samsung’s Galaxy Camera has a host of features to like, but as I suspected before I’d gotten my hands on it, my favorite is the ability to Instagram from it directly. (And I KNOW — Instagram just had a whole kerfuffle. I’m not ditching the service quite yet.) I’m still getting used to the Android interface, but I’m happy with my little “Instacamera,” as I’ve dubbed it.

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• 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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