Who says cameras have to be all black and boring? Ditch the everyone-has-the-same-camera-as-me feeling, and upgrade yours with a cheery strap that will definitely stand out. Here, we bring you springtime straps with a little something special that'll showcase some personality and style while you snap those amazing pics on your trusty DSLR.
A camera with its own data plan? Say it ain't so! The Wi-Fi enabled Samsung Galaxy Camera ($500) is all business in the front and Android app party in the back. Check out our review of the latest Galaxy device, a point-and-share camera for photographers who want to stay connected.
Don't count Polaroid out of the gadget game just yet. At CES, the instant-photography revolutionary unveiled an interchangeable-lens camera powered by Android and its move into professional-quality photo printing at Polaroid Fotobars.
Take a look at Polaroid's plans for 2013 including a close look at the iM1836 interchangeable-lens camera.
Cameras aren't as simple as "point and click" anymore, according to Samsung's updated Smart Cameras with integrated WiFi, touch-type, and editing tools. Smart Camera 2.0 will run on Samsung's new WB250F/WB200F (14.2 MP, 18x zoom), WB800F (16.3 MP, 21x zoom), WB30F (16.2 MP, 10x zoom), DV150F (16.2MP, 5x zoom with front-facing display), and ST150F (16.2 MP, 5x zoom) camera models. Each camera is designed to work with the Smart Camera App, available for Android and iOS, for a seamless mobile photography experience.
The built-in Smart Camera software is based on a "One Click, Simplify" concept, which uses one motion to share images through the camera's WiFi connectivity. Camera and cloud work in tandem with features like AutoShare, which uploads images to a smartphone as soon as a photo is taken on the camera, or Direct Link, which is a hot key that can be set up to upload images to a custom destination.
We've rounded up Samsung's newest point-and-shoot cameras with WiFi sharing for plugged-in photogs. Take a peek, and tell us what you think about the superconnected Smart Cameras.
What's the one item mamas reach for most in their diaper bags? No, not wipes, and not burp clothes, but their smartphone, so they can snap pictures of their tot making a funny face or doing something for the first time and then share the picture with family, friends, or Instagram followers. The problem is, those photos aren't always crisp and clear, and if you swap out your smartphone for a DSLR camera, you get great images but can't share them immediately.
That's where the new Samsung Galaxy camera (starting at $599) enters the picture. A cross between an Android tablet and a point-and-shoot camera, the Samsung Galaxy may be the smartest camera on the market. As a Facebooking, Instagramming, and otherwise social mom, who lugs her DSLR camera around town and then has to run home to download and share photos, is it for me? Samsung sent me a Galaxy to test and I spent most of my Winter break trying it out. Here's what I thought:
Who is this product designed for? People who love to take high-quality photos and share them with friends and family — instantly. While the Galaxy looks like a regular camera from the front, from the back, it is a handheld tablet powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch display. With built-in WiFi and the option to connect via 3G/4G to Verizon and AT&T networks (for an additional data plan), you can surf the web, download apps, and instantly share pictures on all of your social networks in an instant.
What sets it apart? As the first combined tablet and camera, the Samsung Galaxy offers more than either individual device on its own. As a photo-loving mom, my favorite features include:
- The Android operating system. I love my iPhone, but the Droid operating system is easy to use and offers access to Google's Play store with more than 600,000 apps to be downloaded — including photo-editing apps to make the pictures even better.
- The 16.3-megapixel camera. While most DSLR cameras offers large megapixel photos, most smartphones are lacking in this department (the current iPhone 5 only has an 8-megapixel camera). The difference can be easily detected in the photos.
- The 21x optical zoom. Try to zoom in on a subject with most smartphones and not only are your images distorted, they don't even zoom much. For the parent trying to capture their kid on the soccer field or on stage for the school play, the Galaxy's 21x zoom is truly an added benefit.
- Best Face. The Galaxy's "Smart Mode" offers 15 settings for taking photos in special situations (e.g., night, waterfalls, etc.). The "Best Face" appears to have been created specifically for parents. Simply select the mode and hold down the button, and the camera takes five shots in a row and presents you with a final photo featuring the best faces in the picture. Just tap each face, and you'll be presented with the five images so you can manually select the smile you like for each person. Then hit "done" and the composite is saved. For any parent that's ever tried to take a group shot, or capture siblings smiling, this feature is a godsend.
Shopping for camera geeks can be confusing — there are about a million things to consider. What's their skill level? Their lifestyle? Their needs? And then there's the vast ocean of tech specs — aperture, lens, image sensors, megapixels, display resolution . . . the list goes on. Well, friend, we're here to help, so we've broken down cameras for every kind of photographer on your holiday shopping list.
From your hippest homeslice to the spec-obsessed budding professional, these are the must-have cameras this holiday season for the shutter-happy photo fanatics in your life.
Samsung's new Galaxy Camera ($500) is business in the front, and Android-powered app party in the back. The latest Galaxy device, which hits AT&T stores on Nov. 16, is unrecognizable as a camera from the rear, unsurprising since its 4.8-inch touch display is exactly the same as the Galaxy S III smartphone. It's 3G-capabiblity, courtesy of AT&T's DataConnect plan, uploads photos directly from the camera. You'll need to purchase both the camera and a data plan for network connectivity, but the Samsung Galaxy Camera can upload over WiFi just as well.
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have increasingly better cameras these days, and with the release of the newest Samsung Galaxy device, it looks like cameras will have increasingly better mobile operating systems. Let us know what you think about the two gadgets converging, but before you snap up this tiny tablet/camera hybrid, take a look at our gallery to find out more about its specs and software.
The high-performance features in Sony's new compact NEX-6 digital camera ($1,000, including a power zoom lens kit) prove that bigger certainly has nothing on better. Available in November, the WiFi-enabled, 16.1MP camera holds all the power of a DSLR minus the weight and size. Unlike traditional point-and-shoots, mirrorless cameras like this feature interchangeable lenses with adjustable rings that let you fine-tune focus and aperture settings — just like the pros.
The NEX-6 is the mid-level model in Sony's Alpa NEX line, a cut above the NEX-F3 we looked at in May, but a step below the series' most sophisticated camera, the NEX-7. New features in the NEX-6 include a top-mounted mode dial, OLED electronic viewfinder, 60p HD video shooting, and a multi-interface shoe for external accessories. Get a closer look at Sony's latest camera in the gallery.
Making photography fun is the hobby's number one requirement. When wanting to add some spunk to your picture-taking routine (and potentially come up with some seriously amazing images in the process), check out these lenses that can be swapped out for your regular DSLR lens.
Gone are the days when only professionals used digital SLRs. With prices dropping and online tutorials galore, even we amateurs are feeling at ease with advanced gear. The downside of our newfound nearly pro status? DSLRs are bulky! Enter the Canon EOS M ($800; available in October).
The latest offering in the growing interchangeable lens and mirrorless camera market (Sony's NEX camera line is also a popular option), the EOS M features much of the same power of a DSLR in a compact, more travel-friendly size. Don't let that small size fool you, though; this camera packs an 18MP CMOS sensor and a mount adapter so that nearly any lens you may already have will fit on the EOS M.
Keep reading to learn why the Canon EOS M — and compact mirrorless cameras in general — will make your DSLR one lonely gadget.