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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 with Android Jelly Bean v4.3 OS, 16.3MP CMOS with 21x Optical Zoom and 4.8" Touch Screen...
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 234 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 5.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Zoom5.0   above average
Battery4.6   exceptional
Wi-Fi4.3   above average
Photo4.1   average
Price3.8   below average
Screen3.8   average
Quality3.7   below average
Android3.6   below average
Video3.5   below average
Focus3.3   above average
Image3.2   below average


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Android

Android:
"Seems to be an Android software limitation as I faced the exact same problems with my Android phone; by comparison my old iPhone 4S produced much more vivid pictures and perfectly stitched panoramas."
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"The touchscreen interface is of course, great for the Android OS of the camera but is really cumbersome, unresponsive and slow if you're trying to access the manual controls of the camera."
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"This Samsung Galaxy has a huge display and runs Android, but unfortunately it's image quality lags behind other models in the same class."
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"Instead of a pure Android experience (like the Nexus5 or MotoX phones have) you get bloated software running on top of it that is annoying by itself, but infuriating when it breaks default Android behavior."
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"Unfortunately Samsung has ruined the Android experience by adding their own spin to it."
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"There is some much to love about this camera, especially if you are a devoted Android user like I am."
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"It also has the full Android OS, and a number of great included camera apps."
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"The touchscreen interface is of course, great for the Android OS of the camera but is really cumbersome, unresponsive and slow if you're trying to access the manual controls of the camera."
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"Android OS, integrates well with Google, auto back up, sharing etc.4."
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"Pros:- Ease of use If you are use to taking pictures with a android phone than you will take to this like a fish to water- Beautiful pictures Night Mode was excellent!"
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Battery

Battery:
"My only complaint is the battery still has a short life span for any real heavy camera work you might get 2.5 hours out of a charge."
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"I found myself keeping my phone in hotspot mode (which uses up the battery even faster on the Samsung camera) and was able to view the pictures on my tablet just a few minutes after they were taken."
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"It's true, the battery sucks but I still LOVE this camera."
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"Not only does this camera take high quality pictures, the screen functions easily and smoothly (just like the phone).Now that you have an image of this camera in mind, and what you would ideally use it for, here are the pros and cons:Pros:- Takes clear photos with high quality and detail- It is an all-in-one camera- Great built in flash- Wireless hookup that allows you to backup and upload photos immediately (and automatically) to your computer when connected to Wi-Fi- An SD card is not necessary- Pictures are easy to edit the screen is so large it is easy to see what you are editing- The 21x optical zoom does a tremendous job with macro and far out pictures- The battery is very durable it can go days without charging it- The smart mode this camera has a smart mode that actually works."
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"The battery life is good and it charges really fast too."
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"Very user friendly and good battery life."
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Focus

Focus:
"Good camera but the focus is not the best."
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"Now the big problem with the camera is that it doesn't always focus on the right thing, even when the box is on top of it."
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"Other than the occasional focusing problem, the camera works great."
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"There are a couple of minor annoyances, like the problems with focusing, but it works great for practical usage."
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"This is an amazing camera, I loved all the functions taking pictures is great, but unfortunately I had to returned, when I take videos the autofocus fail, when zooming to get closer image or retire the image it loose completely the focus for seconds, is annoying, I loose very important videos causing that, I do not know if is software o camera problem, but is too much money for a camera that doe not work properly taking video."
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"Focuses greater than about an inch and swaps to far away focuses with a touch of a button."
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"The biggest problem I had with it was the lack of manual focus which wouldn't have been a problem if the tap to focus would have been more accurate."
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"The focus box is pretty large which is the cause."
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Image

Image:
"However, it is an extremely frustrating user experience, especially if you take a photo, stop and wait and then take another within a few minutes."
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"This Samsung Galaxy has a huge display and runs Android, but unfortunately it's image quality lags behind other models in the same class."
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"Photo quality is good, not great, but sometimes very good."
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"The images on the camera screen is some what disappointing with lack of color saturation, but when transferred to a Galaxy pad, the colors come alive, brilliant."
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"Photo sphere is missing!"
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"The photo naming is intuitive (I hate IMG-234 or DSC-21)."
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"It's beautiful , multifunctional but usless when you need to use it as photo or video camera, 70-80% chance to get corrupt video or photo files."
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"Nice crisp images and videos!"
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"Not only does this camera take high quality pictures, the screen functions easily and smoothly (just like the phone).Now that you have an image of this camera in mind, and what you would ideally use it for, here are the pros and cons:Pros:- Takes clear photos with high quality and detail- It is an all-in-one camera- Great built in flash- Wireless hookup that allows you to backup and upload photos immediately (and automatically) to your computer when connected to Wi-Fi- An SD card is not necessary- Pictures are easy to edit the screen is so large it is easy to see what you are editing- The 21x optical zoom does a tremendous job with macro and far out pictures- The battery is very durable it can go days without charging it- The smart mode this camera has a smart mode that actually works."
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"I love that i can take up close pics while being sooo far away bc the zoom on this baby is AWESOME!"
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"i love the abilty to take different style pics for instance blk & white , sephia...you name it ."
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Lens

Lens:
"So I was ultimately a little disappointed to discover that the lens sensor in this camera ultimately is a bit of a letdown."
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"The idea that you fix the weak link and replace the lens and sensor with versions appropriate for a high end all-in-one camera should result in really REALLY good photos."
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"Which is why the mediocre (at the price point) lens sensor is so unfortunate."
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"On the upside, this camera takes a pretty good macro shot, especially if you take the time to set up the shot with a tripod and correct lighting...and setting the timer to prevent camera shake.>> With the lens extended, the camera becomes front-heavy and if you set it down on a table for a moment, it will tilt forward onto the lens - NOT a good thing!"
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"- If you turn it on to use the Android features, but last used it as a camera, the lens will open up, and depending on how you're holding it this could be a problem (see video)- Image quality is good, not great."
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"In the end, if I could have a digital camera with great camera qualities (including a better lens), a 21x zoom, but no OS other than transferring photos to other devices (via Wifi or card), for about the same price, I would purchase that over this camera."
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"Frustrating is that with all the electronic goodies and goodness they've assuredly provided, they haven't matched that with a photo sensor lens combination that's as good."
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"The idea here would make any tech head salivate1) Take a high powered full featured Android platform phone, including a recent version of Android, a powerful processor, and huge beautiful touch screen.2) Remove the phone functionality3) Add a full sized photo lens and a big photo sensorThe pictures that most high end recent phones can take with their minuscule plastic lenses and small sensors are, frankly, amazing."
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"The 21x telephoto lens is amazing."
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"PROS[+] Super charged Android 4.3 (Jellybean) OS with Quad core processor (Blazing fast)[+] Fast response from Touch & voice control user Interfaces[+] Beautiful HD LCD bright screen & touch screen works very well[+] Voice control (Say cheese) takes photos, Next track changes next music file (Very cool)[+] Supports up-to 64GB extra microSD cards (has one MicroSD slot for memory expansion)[+] Plays most audio MP3 files with full album art and has a standard wired headphone jack[+] Play most mp4,mkv video files and video quality & Audio quality is excellent[+] Has pop-up flash, Super Zoom lens up-to 21x[+] Decent Battery life (User replaceable battery) 2000mAh[+] Integrates with Google Play & also can get all APPs from Amazon App store[+] Has Full fledged browser and you can check email, make Facebook updates[+] Has drop-box App support, and Google Drive support[+] Has HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)[+] Records in full 1080p HD Video and you can zoom-in and Zoom-out during recording[+] You can PAUSE during recording and continue on recording on the same file!"
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Photo

Photo:
"This makes transferring take SO much longer and it's annoying that if I'm traveling I can't transfer photos while I'm on a plane or busSort of a deal breaker that I'm looking for a new camera"
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"Clear as well as close for those hard to take pictures- Transfer photos directly to your Samsung phone or tablet via wifi to save your pictures!"
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"In short, after taking about 310 photos, the camera has become unacceptable, despite all of it's wonderful features."
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"To add insult to injury, after two days at Disneyland, the gallery app became slow and unresponsive, and some photos displayed incorrectly."
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"The main problem with cameras like this that only have the LCD Screen to rely on for shooting photos and in bright sunlight, hard to tell if you are getting the photo you want."
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"They do have this multi-shoot to then pick the best, but the same problem, you cannot see the sample photos well enough in outdoor shooting to even pick the best one."
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"Not only does this camera take high quality pictures, the screen functions easily and smoothly (just like the phone).Now that you have an image of this camera in mind, and what you would ideally use it for, here are the pros and cons:Pros:- Takes clear photos with high quality and detail- It is an all-in-one camera- Great built in flash- Wireless hookup that allows you to backup and upload photos immediately (and automatically) to your computer when connected to Wi-Fi- An SD card is not necessary- Pictures are easy to edit the screen is so large it is easy to see what you are editing- The 21x optical zoom does a tremendous job with macro and far out pictures- The battery is very durable it can go days without charging it- The smart mode this camera has a smart mode that actually works."
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"Takes beautiful sharp photos."
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"I am able to attach photos to both email messages and post to Face Book or any other social media as long as there is a Wi-Fi available."
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"I've had almost two years experience with this camera and find it to make very beautiful photos."
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"Great clear crisp video, incredible photos, and fast tablet."
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Price

Price:
"The price of this camera is RIDICULOUS."
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"For this price and this to happen, I was disappointed."
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"Which is why the mediocre (at the price point) lens sensor is so unfortunate."
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"This is an amazing camera, I loved all the functions taking pictures is great, but unfortunately I had to returned, when I take videos the autofocus fail, when zooming to get closer image or retire the image it loose completely the focus for seconds, is annoying, I loose very important videos causing that, I do not know if is software o camera problem, but is too much money for a camera that doe not work properly taking video."
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"Great camera at a great price"
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"It's easy to use well worth the money"
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"Great Price and great camera"
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"Very high performance,extremely handy and great value for the money."
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"All good and a lot for your money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Picture Quality - In good circumstances the pictures it take are quite good, but if there is backlighting it doesn't let you select another part of the screen to correct the picture (at least you can go into the manual settings to correct for that) and the picture quality at night isn't as good as many other phone cameras I've used (especially the Lumina from 3 years ago).Things I like:Integration with Google - I really like that by the time I'm unpacked from home my pictures are already in Google Photos Picasa, I also like how I can email photos or send them with TXT IM (Hangouts) from anywhere with Wifi."
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"I can't begin to thank you I love my new camera I haven't had any issues and I pray I don't but it's beautiful quality pictures and my kids have fun on it too"
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"Shudder failed quickly gets in picture but picture quality make up for shudder."
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"Quality of macro pictures are worst than my 10MP, 8 year old Casio camera can take."
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"This Samsung Galaxy has a huge display and runs Android, but unfortunately it's image quality lags behind other models in the same class."
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"Photo quality is good, not great, but sometimes very good."
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"The quality is great and it's so cool how you can get apps and stuff."
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"I'm very pleased with the picture quality and the WI-FI upload to DropBox is one of my favorite parts."
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"It will not take long for you to realize the quality of the pictures, its durability, and the structure of the camera all overpowers the issues with it."
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"Not only does this camera take high quality pictures, the screen functions easily and smoothly (just like the phone).Now that you have an image of this camera in mind, and what you would ideally use it for, here are the pros and cons:Pros:- Takes clear photos with high quality and detail- It is an all-in-one camera- Great built in flash- Wireless hookup that allows you to backup and upload photos immediately (and automatically) to your computer when connected to Wi-Fi- An SD card is not necessary- Pictures are easy to edit the screen is so large it is easy to see what you are editing- The 21x optical zoom does a tremendous job with macro and far out pictures- The battery is very durable it can go days without charging it- The smart mode this camera has a smart mode that actually works."
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Screen

Screen:
"The images on the camera screen is some what disappointing with lack of color saturation, but when transferred to a Galaxy pad, the colors come alive, brilliant."
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"My only complaint is that in bright sun , it is very difficult to see the screen (just like on a smart phone)."
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"Do have problems with the touch screen between camera mode and actual photos mode."
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"Instead of the usual LCD screen and confusing buttons that most cameras have, there's a full-blown touch-screen Android."
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"A custom set of photo presets and controls come with this camera and they are both extremely easy to navigate and feature some pretty cool ones (a selfie mode that waits until you're smiling to take your pic; a low light mode that takes several photos and combines them rather than increasing the ISO, etc And there are a lot of things in that etc...) The huge (by camera standards) LCD screen means you can actually see your photos very well, and it's not unreasonable to actually do decent editing on the camera...(The LCD screen is hard to see in direct sunlight, however)."
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"The main problem with cameras like this that only have the LCD Screen to rely on for shooting photos and in bright sunlight, hard to tell if you are getting the photo you want."
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"Big screen and the layout is super easy, especially if you know how to work an LG phone."
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"Not only does this camera take high quality pictures, the screen functions easily and smoothly (just like the phone).Now that you have an image of this camera in mind, and what you would ideally use it for, here are the pros and cons:Pros:- Takes clear photos with high quality and detail- It is an all-in-one camera- Great built in flash- Wireless hookup that allows you to backup and upload photos immediately (and automatically) to your computer when connected to Wi-Fi- An SD card is not necessary- Pictures are easy to edit the screen is so large it is easy to see what you are editing- The 21x optical zoom does a tremendous job with macro and far out pictures- The battery is very durable it can go days without charging it- The smart mode this camera has a smart mode that actually works."
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"Large screen and great picture resolution."
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"I have given the camera only three stars due to its lack of durability and the over sensitivity of the touch screen to finger input."
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Setting

Setting:
"There wasn't a good reason to do that and it ends up hiding settings and features from you that there is no reason to hide."
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"Just took it to Paris and overall, was happy with the results, although I could have spent a little more time fussing with settings to get better lighting in some situations, I think."
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"The camera app is really cool and can do a lot, but its advanced camera settings are very disappointing."
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"The picture settings are so easy to use, just select night and it takes great pictures at night."
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"Works great except when pulled in close in tight settings, I would take a picture with the backside button....and it was usually of someone's backside."
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"I wish the shutter speed were a little faster on the automatic setting but it takes beautiful photos and it's very easy to use, and to upload."
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"If you want a great camera and don't mind dealing with having to add your account back into the device and spend about 5 minutes fiddling with settings then you too might love this device like myself."
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"Takes great pictures with so many automatic setting and then shares on phone, laptop and tablet via wireless..So easy to set up and use!"
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Size

Size:
"The problem is that hummingbirds are small, so a corner of the box wasn't on the hummingbird."
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"However, the large size makes it hard to find a close-fitting case; the only ones I've seen so far are made by Samsung or Snugg.>> The voice commands are neat - I say cheese and it takes a picture.>> Excellent battery life - I can get 325+ photos videos out of a single charge (the battery charges inside the camera via USB cable AC adapter, included with camera).>> Photo quality: I've seen better from cheaper cameras, my Panasonic LF1 that I paid $279 for brand-new, for example, but those cheaper cameras don't have Android."
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"I didn't try to upload anything via wifi while away because signals were horrible where I was, and the size of the files too large."
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"Feeling in hand - the camera just feels good in my hand, many point-and-shoot cameras are too small, but this one seems to balance size and form a bit better so it fits in my larger hands, being a bit heavy may be a downside for some people."
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"Perfect size!"
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"It takes beautiful photos, the image stabilization is impressive and the size is just right for a pocket camera."
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"A lot of fun in a small package!"
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"It's a great size, takes good quality pictures, and has all the Google Play app that you could ever want."
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Speed

Speed:
"I got this camera for travelling, and due to the slow response time of the camera, bungled or missed many shots completely."
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"The touchscreen interface is of course, great for the Android OS of the camera but is really cumbersome, unresponsive and slow if you're trying to access the manual controls of the camera."
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"I like to shoot quick on the street to catch things and I missed a handful of things because it just didn't turn on fast enough."
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"To add insult to injury, after two days at Disneyland, the gallery app became slow and unresponsive, and some photos displayed incorrectly."
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"The battery life is good and it charges really fast too."
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"First I would like to say the camera works great and takes good pictures, not as fast as I would like but no problem."
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"Great clear crisp video, incredible photos, and fast tablet."
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"The zoom is phenomenal and the picture speed fantastic."
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"For low light work or if I need good, fast burst photography, I am using other cameras (primarily the Sony NEX-3).In the end, I wish the sensor lens were better, and that this would be the ONLY camera I'd be reaching for."
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Video

Video:
"The only thing that is disappointing is that it doesn't have a light for night time video (the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars), which is a pretty big deal."
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"The vertical clarity is no good on videos."
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"It is missing a back facing camera so I can't do video conference chat with others over wifi."
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"I hate dealing with multiple video files to edit!"
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"- If you turn it on to use the Android features, but last used it as a camera, the lens will open up, and depending on how you're holding it this could be a problem (see video)- Image quality is good, not great."
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"This is an amazing camera, I loved all the functions taking pictures is great, but unfortunately I had to returned, when I take videos the autofocus fail, when zooming to get closer image or retire the image it loose completely the focus for seconds, is annoying, I loose very important videos causing that, I do not know if is software o camera problem, but is too much money for a camera that doe not work properly taking video."
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"I love that I can put apps on it to edit my pictures and videos and then upload them to Facebook and Instagram right from the camera itself without having to connect it to my computer."
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"The only thing that is disappointing is that it doesn't have a light for night time video (the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars), which is a pretty big deal."
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"Nice crisp images and videos!"
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"Great clear crisp video, incredible photos, and fast tablet."
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"Does everything they say it does and takes beautiful abd videos."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Not sure if it's the camera's fault or not but there are some dead zones for the wifi and it doesn't sync well in those zones."
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"I didn't try to upload anything via wifi while away because signals were horrible where I was, and the size of the files too large."
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"With Google Hangouts and Voice installed, texting and talking are no problem in a wifi environment."
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"However, it took beautiful pictures close up and we enjoyed the wifi features."
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"Not sure if it's the camera's fault or not but there are some dead zones for the wifi and it doesn't sync well in those zones."
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"I'm very pleased with the picture quality and the WI-FI upload to DropBox is one of my favorite parts."
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"Not only does this camera take high quality pictures, the screen functions easily and smoothly (just like the phone).Now that you have an image of this camera in mind, and what you would ideally use it for, here are the pros and cons:Pros:- Takes clear photos with high quality and detail- It is an all-in-one camera- Great built in flash- Wireless hookup that allows you to backup and upload photos immediately (and automatically) to your computer when connected to Wi-Fi- An SD card is not necessary- Pictures are easy to edit the screen is so large it is easy to see what you are editing- The 21x optical zoom does a tremendous job with macro and far out pictures- The battery is very durable it can go days without charging it- The smart mode this camera has a smart mode that actually works."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom is so amazing!"
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"Zoom - this camera has a marvelous zoom with good optics."
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"I used to lug around a SLR when traveling but now I just take this, light weight, super zoom, superb pictures, easy to use, the best camera I have owned yet"
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"Excellent zoom."
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