In today’s world of fast-paced social media communication, it makes sense that someone would come up with a product that can quickly take a photo that can be edited and sent immediately to anyone’s email or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whereever… but I hadn’t known the Samsung Galaxy Camera existed until a few months ago, while I was having dinner with some colleagues and this white camera/Android was pulled out of a purse. I was instantly intrigued, watching as this woman would take photos and then post on Instagram, check her Facebook status, emails and more — quite simply and quickly I might add, and taking videotape of a concert. She was having a blast with this camera/Android, and its white casing sets it apart from the rest in its sophisticated look.
After my introduction to this Samsung Galaxy Camera, I wanted nothing more than to test it out for myself. Fortunately, I got the chance to do so, with Verizon 4G Wireless Network. Its versatility is incredible. I quickly loaded my Facebook app, Gmail, Comcast email accounts and Twitter and began shooting pictures and playing around. With 16 megapixels, these images came out better than if I used my quality point and shoot. I tried the macro lens and got an incredible shot of a magnolia bloom in Charleston, S.C., where I shot hundreds of images everywhere I went — they all came out in vivid color and great composition because of the screen view as the primary viewer. Apparently you can talk to this camera and tell it what to do — zoom, focus, rotate, delete photos… I hadn’t known this soon enough to try this feature out. There was one flaw I had, however, and that was … there is no viewer other than the screen that is the backside of the camera, and in bright sunlight, you cannot see what you’re taking. Maybe there is a glare guard. I don’t know. But I do know I could edit them right in the phone, then send them off to anyone or any social media feed, which makes life so much easier than having to upload to a computer to do so. My travel companion kept asking me to send her a picture of this, a picture of that … and I did it on the spot so as not to forget. And I could use it for a good while before having to charge the battery.
Need to look something up online? No problem. You can do so on this camera that is slightly bulkier than the normal Android, but it is a camera — and is smaller than most. When I put my personal camera and my phone in one hand, the Samsung Galaxy Camera was lighter. But that brings me to my disappointment in that yes, it has a better camera than mine — and it can access the Internet and almost all my apps — but it isn’t a phone. That is the only element missing that would prompt me to purchase one for the going price of approximately $500 plus service charges.