Life with the Samsung NX300 | A Photography Review
October 07, 2015
You might remember back from my post in May that I had decided to amp up my photography. I wanted a more professional camera for the blog, but also for life! I chose to go with the Samsung NX300 for all the reasons I mentioned in that post, but since then have found a slew of other reasons why I love this camera!!
I first wanted to share a few photos I've taken with the camera - my favorite ones being food & things that don't move - i.e. products or landscapes!
1. It's definitely a higher quality point and shoot camera - what you see on the screen is what you get!
2. It's not a DSLR camera, but it sure does act like it is! It comes with a removable 18-55 mm lens so I saved a lot of money by not having to purchase that separately!
3.You can shoot in manual mode if you like, but it also has 8 presets that will give you the best photo quality. I like to shoot in "Rich Tones" - gives a nice blur effect to some things in the back and I also love "Landscape" - "Best Face" is interesting, but I don't normally shoot with it!
4.Seamlessly sharing my photos was a huge selling point and one that I've used a lot! Sometimes you take a really great photo and want to share it immediately - this camera makes it possible with the built in wifi and sharing capabilities to Facebook or your mobile device, which I use most often. Oh and it has it's own wifi network so you don't have to worry about being near wifi in order to transfer photos!
5.It's lighter weight than most DSLR cameras, but it's still not as light as an iPhone! I have the strap that it comes with and bought a traveling bag, but rarely use it. I've taken it with me on trips and all around the city - I also used it on a few walking tours we did and didn't feel bothered by it - which if you remember was one of the reasons I decided not to buy a DSLR.
6. It comes with a removable flash - that's right another item that doesn't have to be purchased separately!
7. The tilt-able screen allows you to take different angles without compromising the angle of your shot. The newest version tilts up to 180 degrees, mine only tilts 90 degrees, which is enough for me!
I picked up a few highly recommended accessories for taking pictures indoors - I mostly added these because we don't have a ton of natural light - read, none - so creating the light was needed for me!
This Cowboy Studios lighting kit was recommended by so many people - too many to name in fact! It is amazing and the quality for the under $50 price tag is unbeatable!! It comes in a great bag that can easily be stored in a corner or even under the bed when you aren't using it. It's really easy to assemble and I've even set up shop with just one light when I really need it in a pinch!
Marble contact paper was a great investment and not even that expensive! I didn't go so far as to actually lay it out on card board because the roll was so easy to pack back up and stick in a drawer. I find that having products laid out (flat lay) makes for prettier pictures - especially for food!
I had this with my previous camera and the transition of this memory card to the Samsung NX300 was seamless. I'm able to take photos and store them on this memory card and then when I get home - turn my computer on and make sure the camera is on and they talk to one another and transfer all the photos. No wires, no need for adapters, just easy and fast! I'm also probably technically describing it incorrectly - but I like to lay things out with how I understand them which is not tech-y in the least!
My over all thoughts on the camera are amazement - it can do so much and I've only just scratched the surface! I would absolutely repurchase this camera - no questions asked! My only gripe is that when I'm using it a lot - it will jam (using that very loosely) and won't want to take a photo, but I just quickly turn it off and turn it back on and go on my way!
Do you have any tips for shooting photos in manual? What's your favorite camera?
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