This is my second camera with an Android tablet built into it’s back. This feature is nice for several reasons. One, I am able to load apps and directly connect to the internet through WiFi right on the camera. I am able to take a picture or video, edit it, and upload to FaceBook, my blog, twitter, etc WiFi. All without leaving the camera. My version does not have mobile internet, so I need to connect to my phone through a WiFi hotspot. But my phone can stay in my pocket. The large Android 4.8″ display fills the entire back of the camera. When taking pictures, I have the full use of this display to aim the camera. While all this sounds no different from just using your phone, remember this is a DSLR camera. That means it has a 20MP CMOS “pro” image sensor. And it is DSLR, with a decent selection of interchangeable lens. So you get all the conveniences of a mobile phone camera, and the picture quality of s DSL.
One great feature of this camera is that like your phone, you can take videos, edit them and post them. But having the lens system available of a DSL means better video quality and flexibility (zoom, wide angle, large glass, etc) are that of a DSLR. Many phone videos are noticeably inferior to a true video camera. Not this camera! This takes great videos, and with a zoom lens, you get true HD even when zoomed to a distant object. Your phone uses a digital zoom, and hence when you zoom in, you loose resolution and get pixelation. I have three different lens for this camera. A 18-55mm F3.5 lense, which I also have a fisheye lens attachment (I like the circular convex pattern). A 18-200mm F3.5 lense, this is a nice lense! I use this everyday because I can keep this on the camera and get close or far without switching out the lense. Some people complain about the weight of this lens, but I find it acceptable and well worth it’s flexibility. I also have a 10mm fixed lens, this allows super wide angle shots and does not have the circular distortion like the add on lens. This does have the cool fish eye warping effect and can make for fun shots.
Samsung has incorporated some really interesting photo effects, which can also be found on many of it’s phones. But with this camera and it’s better CMOS chip and better lense system, these effects really pop!
For example, one of my favorites is the “dramma shot”. This effect takes multiple shots in sequence at a press of a button. It then combines these pictures into one picture, repeating the new location of any movement in the single pic. For instance a background remains the same, but a dog running is repeated in the pic several times as he runs across a field. This is not only a cool looking effect, but it can be used to analyze the dogs gate and form as they run. It is also often used in the golf world to analyze proper golf swing.
Another nice effect is multiple exposure. This is similar to the film camera technique of the same name. This is different than the drama shot, in that you take two or more different pictures and then overlay them on top each other. For instance a distance shot of a dog running and a close up of the dogs face, ghosting together in the same picture. This is purely a creative effect and makes for some really cool pictures.
My most used other feature is continuous shot. This allows for up to 8.6fps. While this is faster than most of my other cameras, it does not focus as fast as say the Nikon at 6fps. This slow focus issue leaves some shots more blurry than I’d like. I am still able to catch some good shots, and combined with it’s other features I am willing to live with it. This camera is not in the same class as many of my other more expensive cameras. The slow acquisition of focus is the most limiting feature of this camera to me. Otherwise I love it, and use it daily because of it’s plethora of other features.
This camera is a mirrorless DSLR. While this feature allows for a smaller body and faster rps, it also suffers like other mirrorless in that the viewfinder is digital. This makes it more difficult to see through the viewfinder than mirrored DSLR cameras. As a result, I use the 4.8″ display to frame shots. It is brighter than most and works relatively well in all but direct sunlight. It is still viewable in direct sunlight, but I sometimes struggle to see it. Also, as a DSLR body attached to a Android, all of the pro level features normally found as knobs and buttons on a regular camera have been added to the camera app in Android. this allows for much better control than you normally find on a camera phone.
This camera has excellent battery life and is easily replaceable in the field. Most Android apps are compatible with the phone, too. So there is limitless potential to do more with it in the future.