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I am a great believer that you do not need a really expensive camera or a lot of experience to take great pictures, and this camera completely reinforces that statement!
I was looking for a camera that would work for using on an everyday basis (concerts, friends, party's etc) as well as been able to use for more professional photography snaps. I wouldn't in any way call myself a photographer, but I do enjoy taking photos.
I have always been a fan of Samsung products, mostly because of the great quality, durability and design. I have had bought many Samsung items in my life and haven't had any problem with any of them, which is pretty remarkable. So I knew when I first decided to buy a camera it would be a Samsung of some kind.
Although I must admit the first thing that drew me to this camera was the price, but don't let that put you off!
The camera is amazing, it's so easy to use! The majority of the settings are controlled on the top of the camera via a turn dial (you just turn it to whichever setting you want and away you go!). It's "smart auto" feature is great, and I must admit I keep it on this setting most of the time. It allows for great shots with minimal effort, as the camera works out all of the shot settings for you.
I have used this camera for a variety of different occasions and it has never let me down! All of the shots come out clear and precise due to it's 12.1 megapixels. The zoom is incredible, and allows for high quality photos even at quite a distance.
The only thing that I am even slightly unhappy about would be it's size. It's a little bulky, but even then doesn't cause any great problems, and it's great features soon make up for it! It just fits into my jacket pocket instead of my trouser one.
This is a great camera, and for the price you can't go wrong. Snap it up!
I bought this camera because I go to a lot of concerts and wanted a camera with a decent megapixel size and a large zoom so I was guaranteed close up shots even if I wasn't at the front of the crowd. The zoom, for the price & size is pretty fantastic - however dependent on light, the appearence of white spots on the photo in low-light conditions is a bit of a turn off.
I also love this camera because of all the built-in filters. You pay £££'s for fish-eye filters on DSLR cameras these days, and the fact that this has TWO built in is a definite selling point. Other filters include vignette, and minature - which I haven't quite worked out as of yet.
Video mode is good, and easy to use - however, be careful when using it in a loud environment, I don't think the microphone is quite built to cope with the volume and mine now cuts out.
With all it's built in features along with the large 15X zoom, and a decent megapixel'age I reckon for the price it's a really decent camera for those wanting something light, easy to use but that's packed with features to edit and enhance your photographs.
It took a long time until I purchased this camera, after my previous camera broke, but this is definately worth the wait.
The main feature that I purchased this camera for was its 15x Optical zoom. This zoom is amazing and where I thought the photo quality would worsen the closer I zoomed, I was wrong.
This camera also boasts a ultra-wide angle lense, Face recognition and dual stabilisation, all of which my previous camera didn't, which I don't understand how I managed without this.
Another factor why I chose this camera is the ability to capture screenshots from video (HD 720p) and also crop images on the camera itself, though as you would expect , this does reduce the overall image size when uploaded to a PC/Mac as it is not scaled.
This camera can be controlled with the manual controls, with settings such as Apperture Priority,Shutter Priority,Auto and also a program setting, in which settings such as Iso can be adjusted.
The body of this camera is not as compact as the average point and shoot camera. It measures 106.6 x 60.5 x 28mm with a 3.0 inch LCD screen. It weighs 210g whereas a Nikon Coolpix Camera is approximately 120g.
This camera also features a smart filter, lens effect, delivering an unique edge to your still shots and videos.My favourite feautre being the Miniature filter which gives your subjects a miniaturized look.
The only downside I have with this camera is photographing at night in in low lighting. I have to experiment with different flash settings to ensure there is no shadowing or unusual highlighting.If you do not plan on capturing photos mostly in low or dark lighting then this camera will not let you down.
I personally hate photography, and the only camera i use is the one built in to my phone, but this is my sisters camera, and she loves it! It has an excellent build quality, and is clearly very well made and robust, especially for its cheap price of around £100. It has 12.2 megapixels, which to me indicates is very good, and the picture quality is extremely good. It has a large zoom lens, and a 15x optical zoom, which helps you take pictures from a great distance.
The camera has many manual controls for when you're taking your photos, allowing you to capture the perfect picture.
The only negative with this camera is the videoing capabilities, and the films produced are not of the best quality, with almost non-existent audio!
The camera has a decent 3-inch screen on the back which helps you take better photos.
Overall, this seems to me to be a great camera, with a high resolution, many features, as well as it being very affordable!
Now before you read this I just want to make it clear that I am not a camera professional, and I don't work with cameras. I am just offering a personal opinion of the camera, as somebody that does enjoy using my camera! I spent quite a bit of time researching this, because I am a huge fan of going to gigs which is a big factor in deciding what camera to buy. I am also known for taking an awful lot of photographs on a night out as well, so was after a high quality quite speed camera, and this is the best one I have brought. I find this absolutely fantastic, and I recently dropped it out (with zoom on!!) and was so grateful to be able to swap it for the same model on my insurance!
Okay, so here goes!
Camera specifications -->
12 mega pixel camera
15x zoom (definitely one of the reasons I purchased this camera)
24-360mm optical stabilised lens
large 3 inch TFT LCD screen
Modes for shooting:
These can be altered at the top of the camera by turning the wheel to the setting you require. They are:
Auto, Smart Auto, Scene mode, Beauty shot, Dual image stabiliser and Program. For the more experienced photographer this also include an A/S/M shooting mode. The scene mode allows the user to use a range of scenes, which can be used for night time, framing, children, scenic photography, close up, documents, sunset, fireworks, lit up from behind, in the snow, on a beach and at dawn. I tend to use auto for when I want quick paced shooting, such as on a night out, and Smart auto for when I am at a gig, because it helps to stabilise the image and pick up the best quality from it. I haven't had much experience using the scene auto yet, but it has very good reviews and I will be using this on holiday. On the rear of the camera is the Menu button. This offers even more features to the camera. This include face retouching, face tone, face detection, smart edit, quality, voice, OIS for photo shooting alone. For video is movie size, frame rate and voice. There are also extras for sound (e.g. shutter sounds, on/off) display (brightness, functions, language, power save, quick view) and general settings (time and date). You do need a lot of time to explore the full potential of this.
720p HD recording
at the right of the camera it has an HDMI port for quick and easy playback on a tv or laptop.
Video recording can be used with 640x480 for less memory too, but it depends on what is being recorded. Zoom can be used during recording, which is great, but sound is lost during the zooming in process, which is a bit annoying.
When I first for the first camera I thought it was a little heavier than a standard compact camera, because it is over 200g (where as most thin ones are between 90g to 150). The style of it too feels chunkier than most. But I found this just extended on the quality and finish of the camera, and I do prefer this to the thinner models. The depth is 2.8 cm. On the top of the camera is the zoom button, which feels sturdy and also the on/off button, which lights up blue when in use.
The lens itself is predominately large, and this can be seen noticeably just by looking at the camera, as it takes up almost half of it. It has a silver frame around this, which looks professional too. This also has some of the cameras information on it too, such as information about the lens.
To the left of this is the flash bulb, and then underneath this has the beautiful logo of Samsung, and then above this a few of the details about shooting. Next to the flash there is a small LED for the self timer, which flashes depending on the amount of time that has been set. On the bottom right corner is 15x.
On the rear of the camera to the right of the 3 inch gorgeous screen, there is a recording red button at the top corner. Just underneath this is the menu button, and underneath this is a circle button, with 4 options coming off up, down, left and right. In the centre is the OK button. This is quite similar to other cameras, as they usually contain these. They are for toggling the Display to show a nine zone compositional grid, for self timing, for macro and focus and the various flash settings. The OK button can be used during recording which acts as a pause button, which is a unique feature. The two bottom buttons are playback, which is again a typical button to find, and then delete. The self timer feature is great, and allows for a 2 second or 10 second timing. However, it also has an option for 2 photos to be taken, one 2 seconds after the other which is great. It also includes a motion timer, which means movement will be detected for up to 6 seconds, and the image is taken when the movement stops.
Underneath the camera is a swanky section for the battery to sit, and also a SD memory card. When I chose the memory card for this I went with an ultra HD, which works fantastic alongside the spec of the camera.
The camera I find lasts a lot longer than most out there. On a combination of both video and images it can take well over 200 (on auto mode) whilst taking a few 10 minute videos too. The battery doesn't need to be taken out to be charged, but the charger itself is plugged into the camera. Which I think is handy because it keeps it all together. Charging up for about 6 hours (or overnight) will mean that charge lasts for hours and hours, and I really am so impressed with this. Images are rarely blurred, and I got some fantastic pictures from a recent Kings of Leon gig, on full 15x zoom in when I was in Smart Auto. This detects the best settings to be used, but it can take up to 3 seconds for the image to be captured, and you do have to hold the button down during this time.
The cost of this camera varies. It can be as low as £100 in some places, but I brought mine for £149. I have also seen in for £180, so it is worth looking around.
This camera is one of the best out there, and if you are serious about buying this then it could be worth researching a bit more about the features that I have probably not gone in detail enough about. However, for me shutter speed is very fast (1-2 seconds on normal) which is great, the quality is superb and it feels professional. I hope to have this camera for a very long time (until I probably drop it like all the others!!).