As a travel blogger, I take tons of pictures of the destinations that we visit. Last Christmas, my husband bought me a DSLR camera. I love it and I’ve taken it nearly everywhere since. I even manage to take some pretty decent pictures with it when I can pry it out of the hands of my teenagers. But as much as I love it, I think owning such a nice camera is overkill for me. Why? Because I have no idea how to use it. I’d love to get off auto and start experimenting but my lack of photography skills and knowledge is holding me back.
I’ve also realized what many people tried to tell me. The camera is large, bulky and heavy. On more than one occasion, I’ve wished that I had a more compact camera that was lighter, easier to tote around and wasn’t quite so obvious. I’ve also been on more than one trip when the thought has occurred to me that maybe walking around with a costly camera hanging from my neck wasn’t one of my better ideas.
Don’t misunderstand me, I am really thrilled with my husband’s gift selection. His taste is perfect- and he certainly demonstrated that he knows how to take a hint. Lord knows I threw enough of those around. I just decided that it would be a good idea to have a back-up, compact system camera.
A new camera had to meet the following criteria:
1. I wanted a camera that would take crisp, clear photos. Now that I’ve experienced the quality that I can get with my DSLR, the bar has risen from what it once was.
2. I need a camera that I can easily slip inside of my pocket or purse.
3. I was also looking for something under the $200 price range.
When I was offered the opportunity to shop at Walmart to check out the Samsung Smart Cameras with Wi-Fi direct capabilities, I was thrilled. I fell in love with the Samsung WB200 and knew that I had discovered a camera that my teens would love as much as my DSLR.
The Samsung WB200 met my criteria and then some.
MobileLink uses Wi-Fi capability to connect your camera to your smartphone so you can transfer photos and video to your phone.
Auto Backup transfers photos and video to your PC wirelessly. I LOVE this feature and can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to return my memory card to my camera after transferring my photos to my laptop! That’s one disappointment that I won’t need to relive with this smart camera.
Email your stored photos and videos easily. Now if I take a really cool picture that I want to share with one of my contacts, I can send it seconds after I take it.
SNS & Cloud allows you to upload photos and videos stored on your camera to social networking or cloud services. Not only does this feature thrill my teenagers who change their Facebook profile pictures all.the.time; this is also a great feature for a travel blogger on the road.
The camera also has a handy touch screen, long zoom, low light photography, panoramic feature and tons of fun photo editing abilities. I can take split shots, motion pictures and apply a number of filters.
My teens love the filters.
And they’ve had a lot of fun “stealing” away with the Samsung WB200. They even asked if they could take it to summer camp.
I decided that probably wasn’t the best idea since they were planning some pretty rough activities, like white water rafting. This camera may have some great features, but being waterproof isn’t one of them.
Remember my concerns about image quality? Well, you can take a look at the following two photos and tell me what you think.
I took these photos on the auto setting with both cameras. They are both unedited except I cropped the top photo so they would be as similar as possible.
So….. what do you think?
Me? I think the Samsung WB200 has proven to be a pretty good alternative to my DSLR. It takes great pictures, easily slips inside my pocket, backpack or one of the many compartments in my purse and costs just under $200. With the convenient Wi-fi direct and fun features, this is sure to be a camera my entire family will enjoy using for some time.
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