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Cracking little camera.
on 6 August 2013
I bought this camera about a month ago to take on holiday to save borrowing the wife's and daughters. After (Typically, being a bloke) trying to operate things without reading instructions, I downloaded the online manual. After reading a little, even the the most complicated operations came easy. The camera comes with a basic "Getting started" booklet. But if your'e a man, just take it out the box, charge it up and fumble around for a while until you give in and read the booklet. But seriously, the operation of the camera on auto is idiot proof. Just click.
It will upload to the cloud, FB, picasa and a few other sites (as long as you have a wifi network that connects to internet) effortlessly. You can also email photos straight from the camera (which I have done), or use the all share app which transmits photos to tablets or phones to view.
It will upload photos to your tablet/smart phone using the wireless (called mobile link) upload option. It will also load photos straight on to your tablet as long as your tablet is within 10 metres .....without having an sd card in the camera, but its worth having one in there anyway, because you don't want to carry a tablet everywhere. I think for this camera, a class 6 or above sd card is suitable. I bought a 16Gb card, which now thinking about it, is a bit too big. But hey, I dont have to empty the memory that often.
WHEN I SAY VIEW FINDER, I MEAN 3" LCD TOUCH SCREEN. LIKE MOST COMPACT DIGITALS, IT DOESN'T HAVE A VIEW FINDER.
It has an auto back up function which I've not used yet. You can also use your tablet/smart phone to remotely take photos from a distance should the situation arise, using your tablet as the view finder. For all of these functions you WONT need to connect to a wireless network. The wifi between tablet and camera just connect. For all of these above functions you will need to download an app on your tab or phone called "Samsung smart camera". Get it, it works well.
The 18x optical zoom is great compared to the old 4x I had on another camera.
I tend to use the auto settings on the camera, as I'm not really that familiar with aperture priority or shutter priority settings yet. But if you know what your doing, go for it.
It has a load of effects you can use either pre shooting and apparently post shooting (not done a lot of that yet either). But there are far too many effects for me to mention.
It has multiple shoot modes, from single shot, to short bursts of shots. Cant remember how many at a time though. It also takes those panoramic shots which i think is quite clever.
The night time mode is quite good too, as some of the low light shots I've taken come out quite well. It will take photos in the usual low light quite well. I think one option I like a lot is the smile detection thing, that takes a shot automatically when people smile within the view finder.
The flash tucks itself away neatly in the camera.
The battery seems to last a fair while between charging.
The HD video comes out really well, but I've only done a few little videos just to test it out.
The photo size options are 14mp,12mp,10mp,8mp,5mp,2mp,1mp.
For video you have HD, VGA, QVGA, and 240 which is ok for sharing over the net if you don't want to upload a huge file.
The only niggle I have with the camera is the little button that makes the flash pop up is a bit too small for my lumpy old fingers.
What I'm saying is, it's a great little camera for a novice like me.
I know some people may have had problems, but I'm happy with it.
Great photos, great videos. That's all I wanted. You can read more about the functions in the online manual which is available to download as a pdf from this link.
Hope you find this old bit of blurb useful.