In my quest for finding confidence in the photos that I post here and as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I found a dream team for shooting and editing in the form of this Smart Camera & Tab #pixbundle by Samsung.
I’ve been camera happy for as long as I can remember. My first camera was a Kodak 110 and I got it for Christmas when I was 8. I went through hundreds of rolls of film on that camera, and used it for taking photos of anything and everything until I got my Kodak Advantix camera in my early teens. That camera was the ish. It had that weird eyeball-shaped film that you could use over and over to obtain copies of photos instead of using negatives. My best friends in high school and I spent many an hour doing fashion photo shoots with that sucker, and I still have every roll stashed away in my hope chest. Watch out, girls! Blackmail pictures to the MAX!
Since then, I’ve owned a few Sony CyberShot cameras, a Sony dSLR, a Samsung DV150F that I bought specifically for our recent trip to Disney, and I even more recently picked up a Samsung NX1100 at Sam’s Club that came with a Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablet. The Nerd’s XBox has been broken since January, and his poor little Asus Notebook broke shortly thereafter. Imagine his elation when we got to Sam’s Club and found the very type of camera I was looking for in a bundle with a sexy new tablet. He gave me a total puppy dog look and begged me to give him the tablet.
No dice, kid. That sucker’s mine!
While I was at SoFabCon, I made it a point to attend the photography session and I realized that despite my photography class in college, I still don’t know how to work my dSLR. As an artist, I have a great eye for setting up a shot, but by the time I get my camera ready, I’ve missed my chance, or I just don’t have the settings quite right to take the gorgeous photo that I have envisioned in my head. I’m so busy running my household, trying to build solid relationships with my children, and writing this blog that I don’t have the time I need to learn how to properly use my dSLR, so really? What’s the point in even having one? Phones have such good cameras on them and they are totally portable, so are good smart cameras really necessary?
The little Samsung that I bought for Disney is a great camera. It’s small, portable, and has WiFi camera capabilities, but I need something that is going to take phenomenal pictures, have fun features, WiFi capabilities, and something that is dummyproof. Because I’m a dummy more often than not. My roots are blonde, after all. The Samsung NX1100 has a slew of presets that make taking gorgeous photos effortless, even if you don’t have an eye for post-shoot editing. There are presets for Children, portraits, panorama, night, landscape, sports, sunsets, fireworks, 3D and more. There are also some super-fun features like the ability to put your photo into a magazine cover, on a billboard, or in an old time photo.
Look! I’m famous, y’all!
The quality of the photos is absolutely phenomenal. The photo of me in the magazine isn’t edited at all. I’m blown away by the color of my complexion, and how true-to-life the color of my hair is. I’m less impressed by the fact that you can see every crow’s foot on my face, but that just goes to show you how amazing and clear these pictures are.
The preset features and 20.3 megapixels on this compact system camera make it appear as though you really know what you’re doing without much, if any, back-end editing.
I love pictures of dying flowers. They’re so romantic.
In addition to the camera taking mind-blowing pictures, the bundle comes with the Samsung Galaxy 2 Tab that makes sharing and editing your photos a breeze. The Samsung NX1100 links up to the tablet and automatically shares photos with it. I can then use the tablet to write my blog posts, edit my photos, or share them on any of my social media channels.
I’m not gonna lie, though. The feature of the Samsung Galaxy 2 tab that has me most blown away is the fact that it can be used as a remote control for your television. I don’t even watch much TV and this feature has me glued to the sofa. Well, that and the allergies. It shows you what is currently on in any category you can think of. You click on the show you want to watch and it brings you to a screen with a snippet of the show, and if you click “Watch on TV”, it will change the channel for you. Absolutely NO more guess work, and no flying through the guide to see if your favorite shows are on. I might have to change MY name to “the Nerd”.
This bundle really has given me the ability to free up some time that I would have otherwise spent editing pictures. I’m not the most well-versed at editing and it can be a frustrating process. I feel as though this camera gives me clearer pictures than my dSLR does, much better photos than my iPhone, and is portable enough that I can take it anywhere.
It also gives me confidence behind the lens. There is always a certain level of dread when I’m shooting with my dSLR. I know I have to edit everything I shoot, and I’m rarely shooting in the right mode. More often than not, 70% of my photos are blurry or just off somehow. This camera completely eliminates that dread and I know that even if I’m shooting my kids running all over the back yard, I’m going to have some great pictures to choose from, that can stand up to my dSLR shots any day.
I LOVE how the camera picked up the bubble liquid spraying from the wand in the picture of The Stinky above. Such great clarity!
So is your phone a good substitute for a great camera?
If all you are looking to do is share your photos on Instagram, yes. If you want high quality photos to share on your Facebook page, on your blog, or to have on hand for years to come to show your son’s first girlfriend the first time you meet her; no. You need a better camera.
“Do I need to spend loads of money on a dslr?”
If you are a professional photographer and you are looking to get paid for your photos, yes. If you are willing to spend countless hours learning how to properly use your camera, yes. If you are a mom or dad looking for a phenomenal, easy camera that will look a thousand times better than the mom down the street who bought a dSLR that she doesn’t know how to use? No. If you are a blogger who is interested in taking better photos for his or her blog that won’t cause you to spend hours upon hours editing those photos and banging your head against a wall when you can’t get a non-blurry shot of your children? No.
Spring for a step higher than a point and shoot, but a step lower than a dSLR. Then run your derriere to Sam’s Club (because that’s the only place you can get this #pixbundle), and pick it up. You seriously won’t be disappointed, and you just might thank me.
You’ll definitely make the mom down the street with the memory card full of blurry “I don’t know how to use this expensive camera” photos green with envy.
If that’s not enough of a reason, I don’t know what is.