My Precioussss: Samsung Galaxy Smart Camera Review


Big thanks to AT&T for loaning me the Samsung Galaxy Camera to test for this review. All opinions, as always, are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

When I first heard about the Samsung Galaxy Camera, aka the Samsung Smart Camera, I knew I had to test it out. What makes it smart? It’s basically a point and shoot camera on crack. It has all the features of a high end point and shoot paired with an Android platform. You can then tweet, Facebook or Instagram photos directly from the camera with either a mobile data plan or via wifi.

 

Before I start my review, I have a disclaimer. I’m not a professional photographer. I just play around, experiment and take a to of pictures. I’ve taken a few photography workshops at blogging conferences but that’s about it. No matter what you use to take your photos, have fun and take a lot of photos. All photos in this post were taken with the Smart Camera and were not edited except to add my watermark.

I like the convenience of my Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone to take photos on the go, but I love my Panasonic Lumix point and shoot camera to take photos. However, I usually have to wait to download my photos from the camera before sharing it on my social media outlets. With the Smart Camera, I don’t have to compromise quality for convenience.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera takes amazing photos. With a 21X optical zoom, I easily captured shots of historic buildings in Philly, like the photo above. I didn’t edit the photo except to put my watermark on it. If you check out my family getaway to Philly, Sunday brunch at Cuba Libre restaurant, and my photos from Type-A Philly, all the photos in the posts were taken with the Smart Camera.

It also takes amazing close ups. My food photography has never been better! The auto focus for close ups was spot on most of the time. I just had to find my light and try different compositions. Here’s some red cabbage ready to be pickled. I did not edit anything on this photo. It’s straight from the camera!

I passed the camera to my Type-A Philly roommates play with the Smart Camera and they fell in love with it too. It’s super easy to use. If you can use a smartphone, you can use it. The camera is just point and shoot. It has cool filters-better than the ones on Instagram! I didn’t time how long the battery lasted between charging, but it was more than enough to get me through our visit to the The Franklin Museum in Philly.

I was sad to send it back to AT&T. As much as I love the Samsung Galaxy Camera, it’s very pricey, retailing at $500. That’s not including a mobile data plan. My $200 Panasonic Lumix will suffice for now. I think that most serious amateur photographers (is that an oxymoron?) would spend that money on a decent DSLR instead.

Do you think you would use a camera like the Samsung Galaxy Camera?