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As a mom and as a blogger, I always seem to have one of my compact cameras – or my smart phone camera – in hand, snapping away. When I am at home, I am constantly taking photos of Angeline, the pets, or food I’m creating for the blog. Sure, it’s not difficult to download the photos to the laptop and share them…but when I am traveling – which is pretty often – I rarely bring my laptop with me. While I am out and about, I always have that internal debate going on: should I take a photo of this with my smart phone so that I can instantly share the photo, or should I take the pic with my high-megapixel digital compact camera, which will give me amazing photos that I have to wait to share?
Well, this dilemma is no more. I am so excited to finally own a Samsung Smart Camera – the Samsung NX1100!! Not only did I get a great deal on a superb WiFi camera, but the Samsung Shoot and Share bundle came with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – all for just $599 at Sam’s Club! You can check out my entire shopping trip in this Google+ story.
Now, as much as I adore my iPhone 4s, the photos taken with it just don’t compare to a real digital camera. I know, I know, it can take phenomenal photos – but what about low light photography? We all know how much those pictures suck.
And have you ever tried taking a great shot using the long zoom on a smart phone? It’s a joke. The more I get into photography, the more I realize just how short the iPhone camera falls!
The problem I have, which is a problem shared by many, is that we want immediate gratification when we take a photo. When I am snapping photos of the cats doing something silly, I want to immediately share it online, even if it’s not the best quality. When I am traveling, I want to take a photo of the place I am visiting and share it with my social media followers right then and there – not when I get home later that night and download the photos from my camera.
Well, that’s now a non-issue!
I’ve been hearing a lot about Smart Cameras lately, or WiFi Cameras as some call them. They’re cameras with high megapixels, compact camera systems so they aren’t as large as those big, bulky DSLRs, and they’re said to work great in low light photography situations as well.
It’s probably no surprise that with as much as I travel, I have been dying to get my hands on one of these!
Just in time for summer vacations, I bought the Samsung Shoot & Share Bundle at Sam’s Club for just $599!
At just $599, this would make the perfect gift for your dad or husband for Father’s Day. I know that my own dad is always out fishing and he uses his sorry old camera phone for taking photos to show off his big catches!
And with school ending so quickly, graduation is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate your children’s new adventures – whether it be heading off to college or graduating college and heading out into the world – than with a fantastic camera and tablet? There’s no excuses for not staying connected to mom when you have a WiFi enabled smart camera and tablet!
I actually paid $599 for my last compact DSLR, so paying $599 for the Samsung NX1100 and getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 along with it? I kind of feel like I got the table for free!
Angeline has staked claim to the tablet, which I guess is okay. She was begging me for the camera but that’s just not happening! Ha!
You’re probably wondering about the features of the camera, right?
Samsung NX1100 Smart Camera Features
The Samsung NX1100 has a 20.3MP CMOS sensor. That means that the NX1100can produce high quality images with low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800. This is especially important in my travel blogging, because I am often indoors without a lot of light!
The Samsung has full HD video recording! Movie recording is supported in different formats, up to full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30fps in the MP4 (H.264) format. I am just beginning to use the recording feature, but I found that using the continuous autofocus feature while recording makes it easier! There is an external microphone jack too, so you can have more control over the sound quality of your movies.
The 3.0″ LCD monitor is integrated into the camera’s design so that image playback and menu navigation are much easier. I am used t not having a viewfinder, but it won’t take much time to get used to this feature if your current camera has a viewfinder!
The Samsung 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Lens and SEF8A compact flash unit are both included in the bundle.
The most awesome thing about the Samsung NX1100 is the Built-In Wireless Connectivity! Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to transfer your photos directly to iOS or Android devices – whether it be your smart phone or tablet – as well as instant sharing to your social media networks or online photo sites.
The commands are pretty easy to follow, the Samsung NX1100 even tells you the name of the app on your smart phone or tablet to download so that you can upload the photos to your mobile device!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is pretty cool too!
It only weighs 12 ounces and has a rich, 7-inch touchscreen display. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 operated on the the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) system and is powered by a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor. Unlike with Apple products, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has intergrated Google technology, with super easy access to all of the Google mobile services. There are already thousands of popular apps available through Google Play, which Angeline is already exploring and playing with. This bundle was like a two-for-one for us: something for me, something for her! Poor Chris didn’t get anything.
This is one of the first photos I took with my new Samsung NX1100 camera, and I just used the plain old auto setting. I am going to sit down this coming week and read through the NX System Learn & Explore app from iTunes, it includes a NX Guide, information about your NX System and lenses too!
Now, this Samsung Shoot & Share Bundle is only available at Sam’s Club, so go check it out! I already had a membership because I go there once a month or so to stock up on awesome stuff that they don’t carry at my local grocery stores. You can easily make up the cost of membership in a few shopping trips, or if you’re going there for electronics like this, in as little as one trip!