Road testing the Samsung Galaxy Camera in ParisIs Samsung's Galaxy Camera good enough to take on your next vacation? Molly Wood takes the Android-based digital camera to Paris, where she tests out its photography features.
-So, if I'm going to do a road test in Paris, it might as well be a camera and the Samsung Galaxy WiFi camera better perform because I left my DSLR at home. Now, this camera runs Jelly Bean and has built-in WiFi, but I'm also gonna go right in there and get it a SIM card so that I can have data everywhere. Instagram having, wish me luck. Now, I got my Orange SIM Card. I put it in and hit the road, then insert SIM. Restart to access the mobile network. This is definitely even more complicated than a regular camera for sure, but I guess we knew that going in. It's giving me a signal. I don't know I cannot get the SIM card to work. It says I'm registered on the network, but I don't have any access. I don't know. I'm just gonna need to take some photos and if I find an Orange store on the way, I'll be able to stop and ask them what's up. Meanwhile, look for WiFi. One big drawback that I noticed immediately is that this camera takes forever to start up and when it starts up, it doesn't default the camera mode. It's a little time consuming to operate, but let's get to the photos. I handed the camera off to my pro photographer friend to play with some of the expert modes. We found that in bright light, or if you adjust exposure settings, you can produce some pretty nice images, a little video of myself at Notre Dame. All the pictures that I take in Paris have been teeny like looking a bit stuff, but once again, the nice big view screen definitely run as is the 20x zoom, kind of digging that. Having 20x zoom. [unk]. Just don't plan to shoot all day long. Battery life is barely a day. Also, if you're not a pro, you will be disappointed in your snapshots. So, this is like the picture. You can really see this. Oh there we go. We just took Celso with his $5000 Canon. I mean it's one thing to go around taking pictures with my phone and expecting that it's kind of phone quality pictures, but this-- Now, just having this just make me mad. I'm angry. I want my DSLR. I can't believe I left it on--. You better not screw up my Paris trip, Samsung. And as for low light shots, forget about it. Okay, in the end, as much as I wanted to love this camera and I was delighted at being able to get my e-mail on it, it's just not a good enough camera to justify carrying this instead of a phone plus the battery life is not good and all of this Android goodness just kind of gets in the way. Sorry, I tried. If you want a second opinion, read the full CNET review over at CNET.com.