The Samsung’s Galaxy K zoom, a new camera-specialized smartphone

These days, more consumers are looking into smartphones that blends advanced digital camera technology. Gone are the days of lugging around heavy DSLR. There is a demand for camera-quality optics in a mobile-sized frame. So… Move over Nokia Lumia 1020 because the Samsung Galaxy K zoom is a new smartphone that features effortless capturing ability, real optics, a premium design and the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy-to-use device.

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As a camera-specialized smartphone, the Galaxy K zoom offers and advanced technical camera system designed to offer the control and functionality of a professional camera.

What does the Samsung Galaxy K zoom offer?

1. Equipped with new retracting lens technology that provides 10x optical zoom in a remarkably slim and chic body.

2. 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for ultra-clear , ultra detailed images.

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3. Excels in low light conditions and provides Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to reduce blur caused by movement.

These specifications ensure that the photos and vide (in full HD) are crisp and shapr even when zoomed and in low light. An example of this is when my team member (Jane) and I took photos of St. Andrew’s Church with a 10 X digital zoom. See how clear and sharp it is.

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4. The device Xenon flash provides a brighter light than a regular smartphone’s LED flash.

 

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5. The AF/AE separation (Auto focus/Auto Exposure separation) for precise balance of light and clarity.

We were able to test this feature by taking a sunset picture. Sadly, the weather was so cloudy but we still made do with the cloudy condition. This is my favorite feature. As you can see from the photo below, the subject (me) is still clear despite the lighted condition outside the glass window.

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6. The next- generation Pro Suggest mode offers live optimized filter settings.

7. The Selfie Alarm allows users to take timed selfies with ease and object tracking for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject.

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8. LTE connectivity, Kids mode, ultra power saving mode for minimizing battery consumption, S Health Lite for personalized fitness and lifestyle coaching and a studio app to easily edit photos and videos.

Aside from the Galaxy K zoom features, the smartphone features an ergonomic grip and sleek stylish lines that feel soft and comfortable. The K Zoom is an improvement over the S4 Zoom in many fronts, including the overall design and portability.

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Inside the device is a Samsung ‘hexacore’ chip that “uses both 1.3GHz quad-core and 1.7GHz dual-core processors. The phone has 2GB of RAM and only 8GB of internal storage, but there’s a microSD slot for expansion”. Despite its slightly bulky look, the final verdict is the ” Galaxy K Zoom makes sense for someone who wants to get a bit more serious about photography – with zoom settings, ISO control and the rest – without having to carry two devices around. ”

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The SRP for the Samsung Galaxy K zoom is 24,990 (LTE).

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specifications

Android 4.4 (kitkat) with TouchWiz
Network LTE
Exynos 5260, quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 and dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processors
Mali-T624 GPU
2GB of RAM
Internal memory of 8 GB expandable via micro SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed)
4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 720 x 1280 resolution
20.7-megapixel rear camera, 1/2.3-inch sensor, 10x optical zoom (24-240mm lens), OIS, LED and Xenon flash
2-megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm
2430mAh battery

Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Camera , its fastest camera to date

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Who wouldn’t want a fast camera that can be shared just as fast? Presenting the new Samsung NX300 that offers unique features for any photography enthusiast.

At the recent launch in Bonifacio High Street, Samsung introduced the Samsung NX 300 lifestyle ambassadors whose accomplishments resonate the camera’s dedication to speed.

Iron Man 7.3 Philippine record holder Noy Jopson, national record holder in Olympic Distance Nikko Welgas, 4-time Filipina Elite champion in Iron Man 7.3 Philippines Monica Torres all exhibit a penchant for speed, and their winning moments are best captured by no less than Samsung NX300.

Ben Chan a very popular photographer showed some of the photos he captured using the Samsung NX300 . The best thing about the NX300 is the fast shutter speed which caught the athlete’s quick motions without having to pose or slow down.

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What are the unique features of the NX 300 ?

1. fastest shutter speed at 1/6000th of a second to capture fast moments in the clearest and most precise way possible.

2. The 20.3 megapixel sensor can shoot continuously at an ultra-fast rate of 8.6 frames per second that brings crystal clarity to fast-moving subjects and helps capture fleeting moments before the subject moves out of frame.

3. A Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system that determines the distance of the subject while fine-tuning the focus for maximum contrast.

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4. The 3.3-inch AMOLED touch screen display can also be tilted for taking low or high angle shots.

5. Lightweight and portable is a plus factor since most DSLR are so much heavier. The light-weight, sleek, premium body gives a touch of elegance and style.

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6. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, pictures can be directly uploaded from the camera to Facebook, YouTube and Picasa.

7. Photos can also be automatically shared or transferred to a tablet or a smartphone through Autoshare by downloading the Samsung Smart Camera app in Play Store.

8. Uses a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which is a plus to photography enthusiasts as one can use other lenses to suit their needs.

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The Samsung NX 300 is the solution to those who may not want the complicated and heavy DSLR cameras and want to share their photos to their social media networks as fast as possible.

The SRP is 36,990 pesos.

Using the Samsung Galaxy Camera , the world’s first truly Connected Camera at a Pampanga Food trip

In the social media revolution, more and more people are getting connected to their social networks. Of course, one of the most shared items are photos. With the advent of instagram, four square and other photo sharing sites like facebook or twitter, it pays to have fast and easy connectivity.

Now the new Samsung GALAXY Camera delivers with its Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and the freedom of 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity makes it a truly connected camera. This was demonstrated recently at a Northern exposure trip in Pampanga. Unfortunately , I was unable to join the group so I asked my daughter to take my place and experience the GALAXY Camera and at the same time have fun in the Pampanga food and heritage tour. Together with other bloggers and journalists, each got to shoot, enjoy, edit and share high quality images from the various spots in Pampanga. Each team composed of two were told to share their photos in their instagram.

There is a world of difference between a connected camera and the usual point and shoot cameras. Connected Camera gives users the total freedom to take photos and vides wherever and whenever they wish and share them instantly through their favorite social networking sites or with family and friends without the restrictions of a conventional camera. The challenge was up for media to deliver the most number of images in their instagram accounts.

Here are some photos taken by the Galaxy camera:

The tsokolate batirol made of ground peanuts at the Everybody’s Café in San Fernando warmed the tummies of everyone.

The tapang kalabaw looks very inviting with this shot. Though it has a tougher texture compared to beef, it still is tender enough.

The fine details of the cookies from the Kusina ni Atching Lilian Borromeo captured by a macro shot.

The Galaxy camera takes great macro shots. Want the Fried Camaru or rice field crickets? They taste like bacon but the thought gives me a queasy feeling.

For most social media users, taking macro shots of food is the norm. Even instagram users want to take close up shots of their food.

Boasting a 21x super long optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, the GALAXY Camera features Samsung’s ‘Smart Pro Mode ’ technology; a series of 15 default modes and settings that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve.

A landscape shot is shown through this baroque style church called San Guillermo that got partly buried with lahar from the Mt. Pinatubo explosion.

Once captured, users can enjoy their images on the GALAXY Camera’s 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear Touch Display like this vintage sewing machine below.

However, the GALAXY Camera’s beautiful display can be used for more than just viewing. Users can quickly and easily make professional edits to their photos using the integrated ‘Photo Wizard’; a comprehensive set of 35 photo editing tools powered by the GALAXY Camera’s ultrafast quad-core processor. User can also use ‘Paper Artist’, an app that became popular on the GALAXY Note II, for quick and unique photo edits. Isn’t that nifty?

The GALAXY Camera ships with Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with access to over 500,000 apps currently available on Google Play Store. My daughter who is a DSLR user tells me that it is a camera she wants me to buy when she does not need to bring her DSLR. The only problem she sees with the Galaxy Camera is that like any Smart Phone, the battery easily dies out. Samsung solved this dilemma by providing an extra battery pack with a purchase of the Galaxy camera.

SRP of the Samsung Galaxy Camera is Php23,990 with an extra battery.

Samsung GALAXY Camera Product Specifications

Image Sensor 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS
Lens 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T)
IS OIS
Display 121.2 mm (4.8″), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Network 3G (HSPA? 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Processor 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
OS Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Memory 8GB + memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
Image JPEG format 16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
Video MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920×1080 30fps
Slow motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA) 120fps
Video Output HDMI 1.4
Value-added Features Smart Pro Mode: 15 modes (Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Best face, Landscape, Macro, Action freeze, Rich tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace
Share shot, Auto Upload
Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Paper Artist, Video Editor
Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest
AllShare Play, Drop box
Family Story (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Google™ Mobile Services Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Local, Google Navigation, Google Chrome browser,
Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
GPS A-GPS, GLONASS
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
GPS/GLONASS
Bluetooth® 4.0
Battery 1,650 mAh
Dimension (WxHxD) 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
Weight 300g

Samsung presents the GALAXY Camera

At the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 2, another product was also introduced: The GALAXY Camera. This new device combines its camera capabilities with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless network connectivity, letting users shoot, edit and share images easily anywhere, at any time.

The GALAXY Camera makes outstanding photography on the go. Users never again have to sacrifice picture quality if they want to edit and share their photos instantly. It easily outperforms any smartphone camera. The GALAXY Camera, boasting a 21x super long optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, delivers pictures in brilliant quality. The device also features ‘Smart Pro’ technology, a series of modes that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve. What truly revolutionizes this photography experience is Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless connectivity, which opens up the device to applications for photo-editing, instant sharing, and much more. Users will experience all of GALAXY Camera’s great features on a market-leading HD Super Clear LCD.

Shoot stunning quality images
The GALAXY Camera’s ‘Smart Pro’ feature makes it easy to recreate advanced photographic setups in just a few simple steps for stunning artistic results. Using the easy-to-navigate menu system, users can choose from a series of preset scenario options which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings in order to capture the perfect photo.

The GALAXY Camera’s 21x optical zoom can be controlled by either button or touchscreen, rendering long-distance pictures in a quality that users will be proud to share, while OIS ensures that images stay clear and crisp. The camera’s 16 Megapixel 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor captures images in brilliant color and resolution, while the 23mm aperture lens delivers impressive wide-angle shots incomparable to smartphone pictures.

Edit and perfect images on your device
The GALAXY Camera includes a comprehensive set of 35 powerful photo editing features through the ‘Photo Wizard’, allowing users to make professional quality edits on the go. The new features take advantage of the ultrafast quad-core processor and HD Super Clear LCD, giving access to a feature like Auto Face Calibration so edits can be made in precise detail and with ease. The ‘Movie Wizard’ also allows users to create and edit expert-quality videos easily from the touch screen.

The GALAXY Camera also features ‘Smart Content Manager’, an innovative on-device organization tool which intelligently creates folders, tags faces, and even suggests which pictures to delete when they don’t come out as desired. Thanks to the combination of wireless connectivity and Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the internet capabilities of the GALAXY Camera are equal to those of the latest smartphone so that users can get even more enjoyment out of their device. In addition to the pre-installed applications from Samsung, users can browse the web and enjoy any applications from Google Play or Samsung Apps stores. If users are not sure which app to download, ‘S Suggest’ will help them recommend a new photo editing app or fun game to download.

Share your images anywhere, anytime
The camera’s convenient ‘Auto Cloud Backup’ feature will automatically upload your photos in real-time to Cloud to auto save to your photo library without PC connection. The Galaxy Camera’s Share Shot feature also allows users to share photos with other WIFI Direct enabled devices within range effortlessly. The new connection to 3G (via SIM Slot) & WIFI, allows photo sharing and browsing anytime, anywhere. The Galaxy Camera is currently the only digital imaging device that is powered with various connection features like WIFI, Bluetooth, WIFI Direct, AllShare Cast and a 3G SIM. Connectivity is supported by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor that enables fast web-browsing and multi-tasking, as well as high speed image processing without a significant impact on battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in the Philippine Market by November, 2012 and will come in two colors: Black and White.

Taking photos with the Samsung MV800 multiview camera in many angles

I had fun today playing around with the new Samsung MV800 mirror pop camera. Two years ago, I reviewed the Samsung 2 View camera and brought it along with me to Singapore twice for a Department of Tourism event and the Nuffnang Blog Awards. You can see how much fun my companions had with this camera. My review with this camera got me also a lot of traffic from all over the world. Why not? It is fun way to encourage your subjects to pose for the camera. As proof, see my photos taken by the Samsung 2 View camera

This time around, Samsung launched the Samsung MV800 that builds on the success of Samsung 2View technology. This is also the first premium compact model to feature a 3.0” Wide Flip-out MultiView Touch Display. Samsung has designed the device from the user-upwards in response to evolving consumer demands in the segment for maximum flexibility, enjoyment and creativity.

The 3.0” Wide Flip-out Display opens up a world of artistic possibilities. Whether it is capturing the perfect self portrait to polish your online profile or extreme low and high angled shots, the Samsung MV800 can help demonstrate your photographic prowess. The unique screen tilts up and down so you can frame every shot and easily view back your images from any perspective. Isn’t this what most of us do online?

Now we are not just the photographer but part of the photo.

For style-conscious consumers on the look-out for a sophisticated and minimalist feel, the device’s ultra-slender design and contemporary metallic finish promises to make a visual impact.

The ultra slim and stylish device boasts enhanced picture quality and a touch screen technology. It has many innovative and user-friendly features to ensure that all users can relax and enjoy their shooting experience, confident of capturing even the most challenging images.

The Samsung MV800 camera offers an impressive 16.1 MP for premium picture quality, along with a 5x optical zoom lens to capture every detail in close-up and a 26mm wide-angle lens to capture larger gatherings in high definition. By packing this technology into a sleek and slim device, the Samsung MV800 is the ideal camera for premium-quality image capture on the move.

Its innovative Live Panorama function enables the easy photography of large groups by simply holding down the shutter button, then previewing the whole scene that’s been captured via the LCD. Moreover, by simply connecting the Samsung MV800 to a 3D HDTV, images and panoramic shots can be viewed instantly in outstanding 3D in-depth quality.

While the Flip-out MultiView Display allows you to take shots from all angles with ease and comfort, a unique Smart Touch 3.0 feature ensures a highly intuitive operation to save your fingers the effort! It enables you to drag and scroll through menu options to launch the required feature with a single touch. Smart Touch 3.0 also keeps it fun by letting users customize their background image or wallpaper.

Get Creative with Magic Frame and Picture-in-Picture Shot

The Samsung MV800 has been designed as more than just a camera – it is a creative tool for users to extract maximum enjoyment from all photographic opportunities. The Magic Frame feature includes 12 fun background templates, as well as the ability for users to customize their own. Meanwhile, the camera’s Picture-in-Picture function lets you insert one image with another. You can even use the Flip-out display to snap a self-portrait and put yourself in the picture!

Maximize enjoyment with Smart Filter and Funny Face Features

Smart Filter allows users to express their own creativity through a menu of 14 artistic effects. It includes the newly added Water Paint for a stylish watercolour finish and the Cartoon capability – transforming any photo into a fun animated film format. The fun doesn’t stop there. Funny Face allows you to bend, stretch and manipulate portraits of loved ones by tapping and dragging to radically distort facial characteristics – ready to share and enjoy.

Create your own Story

The Samsung MV800 essentially allows you to become the creative director of your life with an innovative Storyboard Maker. Users can prepare a storyboard from the images they have shot by simply selecting the layout, and then placing the photos in order. Whether you are creating a movie of a night out with friends or capturing a fantastic family holiday, see it laid out on the display as clearly as you do in your head.

HD Movie Capability at the Palm of your Hands

The Samsung MV800 also boasts HD recording capabilities within a compact body that will fit at the palm of your hand. Enjoy a consistently clear and crisp video technology and capture special memories with a recording time of up to twice as long as the standard MPEG4. The innovative zoom noise reduction technology ensures that the only sound recorded will be the laughter and conversation of loved ones, not the whirring of the zoom.

The Samsung MV800’s combination of industry-leading innovation, sophisticated design and user-friendly features, provides total mobility, premium picture quality and maximum enjoyment. The Samsung MV800 is the perfect tool not only to capture an image but also to tell a fun and creative story on the move.

Just like the Samusung 2 View, you will surely enjoy this ultra sleek camera.

For more information on the Samsung MultiView MV800, please visit:
www.samsung.com/multiview

The Samsung MV800 is available for P14,990 at all leading camera shops nationwide.