I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. All opinions and photos expressed in this post are my own. I am not lying when I say, this camera is amazing and changed my life in regards to photos and sharing them. #pixbundle
Recently I had the opportunity to use the new Samsung NX1100 Smart Camera and Tablet bundle. This camera is a Smart Camera and it’s features are amazing! I have always loved photography but have always struggled getting perfect photos. I took a workshop, I’ve watched online videos and I have tried to practice countless hours. I just really couldn’t get amazing photos without doing some post editing. So when I bought this Samsung Smart Camera from Sams Club, I had no idea it would change my love for photography and my world, forever!
This bundle includes:
The Samsung NX1100 Compact System Camera with 20-50mm Lens and Camera Strap, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Why I love this camera:
- Quality: I think one of the biggest details that drew me in was the 20.3 megapixel feature. I have NEVER owned a camera with this high of a MP, My DSLR is around 12 MP so this was definitely a boost. The higher the MP the better the resolution and the more clarity. Which in the end means less editing for me.
- Wi Fi Direct and Instant Sharing: I strongly dislike taking my camera card and transferring photos to my computer. It’s just an unpleasant process and my Chromebook can’t even handle my DSLR’s camera card so when I found out that I could instantly upload the photos I take to Facebook, email, the tablet and even my phone, I was ecstatic! The Smart Link button is amazing because you can upload all photos to your tablet or phone with just a push of that button. I love that I can instagram my photos within a minute of taking them on this camera!
- The ability to send it off, NOW! While I LOVE taking photos and sharing them, I am awful about printing them. With this camera I loved that I could send them to my phone and via an app, I could send them to Walgreens to be printed. I seriously can now have images printed, within an hour from the shot to pick up.
- Removable Camera Lens: When I first put this together it didn’t hit me until later, this is a removable lens? Could I get different range lenses? YES! I looked on the Samsung website and they have a wide variety of lenses for this camera.
- Just a few additional features: Video, Panaramic photos, the iFn Lens that lets you adjust your camera settings quickly, Magic frames and don’t worry, this camera still has the traditional P, A, S and M options!
- The tablet is great because it works well with the camera but you can also program it to be the remote to your television!
- The remote feature is pretty cool. I am thinking this is going to change the way I take “selfies” that I use for my beauty and fashion posts!
- Here is how it works, you download the Smart Camera app on your tablet and phone. Then, you connect the camera to your Samsung tablet or phone and you can view what your camera sees right there. Even better, you can take the photo from your phone or tablet with the click of a button and it saves on both the camera and tablet or phone. Definitely ideal for family photos or situations when you have to put the camera in an odd angle to get that perfect photo but don’t want to put your body in a pretzel to do so.
This picture was taken with the remote and the camera even has a post editing feature where you can do some basic edits on your camera before you upload it anywhere.
This camera is ideal for me as a mom on the go and as a blogger. Here is the perfect scenario: I’m having a hectic day but I really want to take a photo of the cookies I just baked and share the photo instantly through Instagram and Facebook and even blog about it. Well normally I would have to take my DSLR, take the photos, transfer them via the card (which I can only do on my main computer), then edit, then upload them to be hosted somewhere. OR, I cheat and take a cell phone which as you know, is certainly not quality photos.
But, with this camera: I take the photo with the Samsung NX1100 (which is awesomely clear which means I do not need to edit it), I upload it right then and there to my drop box and my phone. I share it instantly on my phone to Instagram and Facebook. Then I can hop on my Chromebook, grab the hosted image out of Sky Drive and use it right then and there.
Here is a comparison I did with the new camera to what I usually use (there is no photo editing in the lemon cookie photos below beyond crop and text):
As my grandma would say, Egads! Look at the difference! I am almost shamed that I shared any photos any other way than this camera.
Along with using the photos for blogging, I can use them for my Etsy shop:
I know that I have just over shared my love of this camera but it really does take some awesome photos.
Sometimes photos just need a little bit of editing, luckily this bundle comes with Adobe Lightroom 4!
This picture was after just a few quick edits with Lightroom. Look at how clear my baby is! I could never get that with any mobile device.
Taking good photos does take a quality camera and a little bit of work. Here are some tips to taking better photos:
- Know your camera ~ I hate reading instructions as much as the next guy but you would be surprised about all of the cool features I found in this camera thanks to the manual.
- Great lighting ~ implant this in your brain : “Without good lighting, you have nothing”, in terms of good photos at least. I actually love taking landscape photos outside so the lighting is usually ideal. When taking photos indoors is when I know it’s important to understand my camera’s settings so when it is time to take a photo, I just turn the settings and I’m ready to go.
- Experiment with the camera ~ Right now if you look at this camera’s card, it has over hundreds of images. Random images. I have tried to play with every setting I could on this camera to find the ideal settings for inside my house, for when my kids are on the go etc.
- Use a tripod ~ Staying still while taking photos is something I struggle with. I have a tripod I actually picked up from a Goodwill for less than $5 that hat helped me greatly but I have also seen full size tripods at Walmart for less than $30.
- Editing ~ Sometimes post photo editing is needed. If you do need to edit your photos, this bundle from Sam’s Club comes with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
You know what stinks about clarity? Seeing all the flaws 😉
When it comes to using the Galaxy Tablet
It’s great to use as a remote after downloading the app. I did have trouble accessing the app because it wasn’t in the app store for Samsung, however I did find it in the Google play store!
It’s also awesome for uploading photos instantly when using the wifi or remote function!
If you are looking for a very decent camera without spending a lot of money, I would highly recommend it. It’s compact, takes great photos and you can share them instantly. What more could you ask for?
The Samsung NX1100 Camera and Tablet Bunble with Lightroom is at Sams Club for only $599.00. Let me break it down just a little for you:
This camera sells elsewhere for that price without the extras (I did my research here)
The tablet retails normally for $249.00
Adobe Lightroom retails for $149.00
So then that means this Smart Camera really only costs around $200? Amazing! I would try to get this bundle sooner rather than later because you know that things at Sams Club don’t last forever!
You can find the camera bundle here: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/samsung-tab-bundle-camera-tablet/prod9710134.ip
You can also keep up with Samsung on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA
See my shopping experience here: https://plus.google.com/photos/115520848880526546694/albums/5882034698250412113
I did find a few hiccups with this camera. I was disappointed that it froze a couple times, I know this is a brand new to the market camera so I am doing some research on how to avoid that. Also, there isn’t a view finder on it, which if you have a DSLR you are like me and are used to that in certain situations. I think the last thing is there isn’t a whole lot of zoom power on this because it comes with a 20-50 lens. I did some research on Amazon and the lenses are pretty decently priced so I do love that if I save up for extra lenses, it can still be more portable than my DSLR. But, I still love my DSLR and she’s not going anywhere, she just has a buddy!