The Samsung Galaxy Camera – Whoa!!!


Getting to work with Big Red does have some perks. One of which is I get to play with tons of fun gadgets on the daily! I recently was given a new Samsung Galaxy Camera to use for an event and couldn’t take my hands off of it! As in previous posts about tech I wanted to share a few thoughts on the new Samsung Galaxy Camera currently available from Verizon Wireless. First, lets take a look at the specs:

Key specs Samsung Galaxy Camera
Price (MSRP) $549.99
Dimensions (WHD) 5.1×2.8×0.8 inches
Weight (with battery and media) 11 ounces
Megapixels, image sensor size, type 16 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS
Display size, resolution/viewfinder 4.8-inch HD touch screen, 921K dots/none
Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length) 21x, f2.8-5.9, 23-483mm (35mm equivalent)
File format (still/video) JPEG/H.264 AAC (.MP4)
Highest resolution size (still/video) 4,608×3,456 pixels/1,920×1,080 at 30fps
Image stabilization type Optical and digital
Battery type, CIPA rated life Lithium ion rechargeable, N/A
Battery charged in camera Yes; Micro-USB cable, wall adapter supplied
Storage media microSDHC card; 8GB internal
Software Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, Google mobile services

More specs for your photographers out there:

General shooting options Samsung Galaxy Camera
ISO sensitivity (full resolution) Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Photo Filter) Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Tungsten, Custom
Recording modes Smart Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Casual (Beauty face, Best face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Sunset, Macro), Smart pro (Action freeze, Light trace, Rich tone, Silhouette, Waterfall), Movie
Focus modes Multi AF, Center AF, Touch AF
Macro 1.9 inches (Wide)
Metering modes Multi, Spot, Center-weighted
Color effects Multiple photo and movie filters
Burst mode shot limit (full resolution) 20
First and foremost, this camera is It’s a pleasure to shoot with as well as to play and edit pictures/movies on!
For novice photog’s like myself I really like Samsung’s Smart Auto where you just want to take a quick snapshot to post. However, there are also two sets of specialty modes:
1)Casual: It has a few common scene modes for portraits and landscapes, but also has several extras like “Best Face” mode.
2) Smart Pro: This mode translates shooting into a very basic “point and shoot” mode which makes everyone look like a pro. 🙂

For those who are more experienced, the Galaxy camera does have manual and semimanual modes! With these modes you are able to change shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and ISO. All you have to do is tap the mode you want and a lens barrel pops out; you just slide the rings till you get what you want.

You like filters you say? Well, in the auto, program, manual, and semimanual shooting modes there are 13 filter effects you can choose from. These can be used while shooting movies and/or applied to photos after you shoot as well.

A big part of the reason I love this camera is it’s Android and for the large number of photo and sharing apps available! So no more having to wait to sync your camera to your computer, you just share away right from the camera!

Overall, I really love the fact that this camera is an all in one device! You are able to shoot and share just like you would from your smartphone, but with that high end quality you expect from a DSLR camera!

You can purchase the device from Verizon here. And you can also add it to a Share Everything from Verizon Wireless for only $5 a month!

Disclosure: I was able to review this device at no charge from Verizon Wireless. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and I received no additional compensation for this post.

The Walking Dead: Lessons Learned


Looking to God

From the very first day when The Walking Dead premiered on AMC, I fell in love with the show. It brought together two main themes I enjoyed reading about yet seldom saw on the small screen. First, zombies. How can anyone not like these beasts of the undead? They’re virtual Tamagotchi. Second, a dystopian future. Who can say tomorrow will be all unicorns and rainbows? I can’t. That’s why for Monday Mayhem I’d like to explore the lessons I’ve learned from watching The Walking Dead.

I have friends of mine who wonder what could possibly attract so many viewers every week to a show about monsters eating the insides of a person’s head. The whole premise is silly. So, I usually ask:

Me: “Have you ever seen cop shows?”
Them: “Yes.”
Me: “Ever see The Silence of the Lambs?”
Them: “Yes.”
Me: “Did you like it?”

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Gizmos and Gadgets Aplenty


White Elephant in the Room

elephant_gadgetIn pursuit of bragging rights and a Tiffany necklace “medal,” I’m in the beginning weeks of training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this October in San Francisco. This morning, I geared up for a quick three miler. At my average nine-and-a-half minute mile pace, I calculate I wasted about two miles-worth of time firing up the Garmin, slipping on my armband, opening the Nike running app, adjusting my headphones, situating my heart rate monitor, and tossing my keys in the nifty thing-a-ma-gizmo on my shoe before running out the door. In non-training mode, all I need are my shoes and the road – but sometimes, I need my gadgets.

These days there are gadgets that do everything from sing to us while we brush our teeth in the morning to monitor our sleep at night. And while I’m certainly capable of humming “Row Row Row Your Boat” to myself…

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