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Top 10 Point and Shoot Cameras

Among all the families of Camera, Point and shoot cameras are most popular. They are widely used and since they just require you to Point the camera and click to capture the moment, they are quite handy. I have a DSLR camera, but when ever I’m going to any important event, I carry a Point and shoot camera too. This usually comes useful, when you have to click photos back to back in auto mode. Now, With the holiday season approaching there is a stiff competition amongst world’s top manufacturers to provide the best point and shoot camera with advanced technology and user friendly features in an affordable price.

The camera which is easier to carry and also provides an enhanced photography experience. We present the list of top 10 point and shoot cameras based upon affordability and features:

Top Point and Shoot Cameras

I’m listing these cameras in not any particular order and also specifying pros and cons of these models, which will help you to make a decision on your next camera shopping.

Samsung ES75

Samsung ES75 is a compact budget point and shoot camera that provides a fast clicking experience by responding within seconds since you switch it on.  The camera comes with built in flash. It has been marketed under the tag “intelligent LCD” by Samsung.  Its LCD screen automatically adjusts the brightness level based upon the availability of light. The camera offers an inbuilt mono speaker along with a total of 13 scene modes. Its menu is extremely user-friendly compared to its competitors.

Samsung ES75

Following are its specifications:

  • 14.2MP camera
  • 5X Optical Zoom , 3.0X Digital Zoom
  • Weight: 121.3 gm
  • Dimensions: 96.3 x 58.3 x 20.8mm
  • Battery: Rechargeable BP-70A, 3.7VCharger
  • 105 MB inbuilt memory, upgradable
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 4.9mm to 24.5mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.33 inch
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • LCD size: 2.7 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230000dots

Weakness:

  • No Optical IS

Nikon CoolPix S4300

Nikon CoolPix S4300With the introduction of Nikon CoolPix S4300, a touch screen was provided by Nikon to shutterbugs. It offers beautiful pics without the need of much modifications. The device offers user-friendly photo editing features as well. The camera’s light weight makes it easy to carry. Nikon also has provided a stylus to enhance the touch screen experience.

Following are its specifications:

  • 16.0 MP camera
  • 6X Optical Zoom, 4.0X Digital Zoom
  • Weight: 139 gm
  • Dimensions: 20.8 x 95.5 x 58.9mm
  • Battery: EN-EL19 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
  • 74 MB inbuilt memory, upgradable
  • Focal Length: f = 4.6mm to 27.6mm
  • Sensor Size:  1/2.3 inch
  • Lens-shift VR Image stabilization
  • LCD size: 3 inch
  • Image Resolution: 460,000 dots

Weakness:

  • Inefficient shutter tag.

Nikon Coolpix S620

Nikon has marketed this camera with the tag ‘built for speed’. The Nikon Coolpix S620 offers and enhanced and efficient photography experience for shutterbugs with its BSS (Best Shot Selector) function. This trendy device also offers vibration reduction feature offers a higher quality of pictures especially while you are travelling and clicking pics. Powered by anti blur features this camera is a must for shutterbugs who desire high-resolution pics.   

Following are its specifications:

  • 12.20MP camera
  • 4X Optical zoom, 4X Digital zoom
  • Weight: 120 gm
  • Dimensions: 90 x 53 x 23 mm
  • Battery: Li Ion
  • 45 MB inbuilt memory, expandable
  • Focal Length: f = maximum upto 35mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.33inch
  • LCD size: 2.7 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230000 dots

Weakness:

  • Weak glare

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Samsung DualView TL225

Samsung DualView TL225 with its elegant dual screen design provides an enhanced touch screen that responds to a tap or hand gesture as well. Its auto scene recognition feature chooses the best compatible setting for your pics. This is an ideal device for beautiful and quicker self-portrait creation. The device offers a range of exciting features and its light weight makes it easy to carry. To enhance the quality of portraits it also offers a unique feature called “Beauty Shot”. The camera also provides HD quality video recording.

Samsung DualView TL225

Following are its specifications:

  • 12.2MP camera
  • 4.6X Optical Zoom
  • Weight: 164g
  • Dimensions: 100 x 60 x 19 mm
  • Battery: Rechargeable battery:SLB-07B
  • inbuilt storage via micro SD card
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 4.9mm to 24.5mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.33 inch
  • LCD size: 3.5 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230000 dots

Weakness:

  • Inbuilt storage needs a micro SD card

Canon PowerShot SD4000IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS a compact camera with lots of exciting features. Its unique back-lit CMOS sensor provides efficient photography experience even in low light situations. The camera provides noise free images.  Its unique f/2 lens provides depth to photos and provides the option to even blur the rear portion in order to highlight the pic and give it a sort of pop up quality.  Its shutter priority exposure mode lets the user select a specific shutter speed and the camera decides the exposure level by adjusting the aperture.

Following are its specifications:

  • 10.0MP camera
  • 4.0X Digital Zoom
  • Weight: 175g
  • Dimensions: 100.0 x 54.1 x 23.6 mm
  • Battery: Battery Pack NB-6L
  • inbuilt memory
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 4.9mm to 18.6mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 inch
  • LCD size: 3.0 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230000 dots

Weakness:

  • Weak picture quality in low light situations

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95 incorporates the classic HS SYSTEM of Cannon which provides efficient pic even in low light situations. Its large aperture size enables photography even without a flash. The device provides stronger image stabilisation. The device looks much more trendy and stylish compared to its predecessors.Its Hybrid IS features promises high quality HD videos.
Following are its specifications:

  • 10.0MP camera
  • 4.0X Digital Zoom
  • Weight: 193g
  • Dimensions: 99.8 mm × 58.4 mm × 29.5 mm
  • Battery: Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-6L
  • No inbuilt memory
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 6.0mm to 22.5mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • LCD size: 3.0 inch
  • Image Resolution: 461000 dots

Weakness:

  • Comparatively higher Price

Samsung MV900F

Samsung MV900F retains the classic Samsung feature of providing high quality self portraits. It CMOS image sensor offers bright and beautiful pics. Its unique motion based control system offers comparatively better quality pics especially in travelling conditions.

Following are its specifications:

  • 16.3MP camera
  • 5X Optical Zoom
  • Weight: 132 gm
  • Dimensions: 98.5 x 59.9 x 17.2mm
  • Battery: Lithium Ion
  • No inbuilt memory
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 4.5mm to 22.5mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.33 inch
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • LCD size: 3.0 inch
  • Image Resolution: 921000dots

Weakness:

  • No Inbuilt memory

Nikon CoolPix L22

Nikon CoolPix L22 is a low cost point and shoot camera from Nikon that does not compromise on quality and effectiveness despite its price range. It electronic vibration reduction feature ensures that your picture quality remains unaffected even while you are clicking pics while travelling. The camera offers inbuilt memory as well. Its lens provides faster clicking experience by responding within seconds. Its video recording feature offers Easy Auto and Movie modes as well which provides enhanced quality videos.


Following are its specifications:

  • 12.0MP camera
  • Optical Zoom
  • Weight: 183 gm
  • Dimensions: 97.7 x 60.5 x 28.3mm
  • Battery: AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)
  • 19MB inbuilt memory
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f =
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 inch
  • VRImage Stabilization
  • LCD size: 3.0 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230,000-dots

Weakness:

  • Less features

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS with Easy Mode and its optical image stabilization feature gives it an upper hand over its competitors. Its light weight makes it easy to carry. Its built in flash provides better quality images even in low light situations. It’s a great device for photography purposes.

Following are its specifications:

  • 12.0MP camera
  • 4X Optical Zoom
  • Weight: 154 gm
  • Dimensions: 97 x 58 x 28 mm
  • Battery: Lithium ion rechargeable
  • No inbuilt memory
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 6.2 top 24.8mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 inch
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • LCD size: 2.7 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230,000-dots

Weakness:

  • Video does not provide optical zoom feature

Sony CyberShot DSC-W180

Sony CyberShot DSC-W180 provides soft and high quality images with its user friendly auto mode. Its digital image stabilization feature provides high quality pics without any blur. Its a device that is user friendly and much simpler to use compared to its competitors.
Following are its specifications:

  • 10.1MP camera
  • 3X Optical Zoom
  • Weight: 108 gm
  • Dimensions: 91.0mm x 54.5mm x 18.7mm
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion NP-BK1
  • 12 MB internal flash memory
  • TTL auto focus
  • Focal Length: f = 6.2 top 18.6mm
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 inch
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • LCD size: 2.7 inch
  • Image Resolution: 230,000-dots

Weakness:

  • Shutter or Aperture values cannot be changed

Do let me know which one of these Point and shoot camera you are going to buy? If you have other better suggestions, do let me know via comments.

 

Chaton friends

Samsung Chaton: Useful Free Messaging App [Mobile + Web]

We live in a world where we find it easier to text somebody and talk for hours on end than make a swift phone call to them and drop them the message. We may blame our Smart Phones for this or simply thank them for making life a lot easier. There was a time we used to write text messages and wait for hours to get a reply. It was pretty boring, monotonous and time consuming.

Chaton friendsThis was the time Internet Messengers were in rage because they gave the feel of real time conversations. Not many of us would have thought that this is exactly how the communication would be in the coming years. And not just dropping messages, also leaving short audio messages, personalized written notes, location information and even contact information. And to help us revolutionize the way we communicate, in steps the Samsung ChatOn. 

There are plenty of services out there that allow quick real time messaging with our contacts. The best feature without a doubt is that the application is available for free and requires an Internet to work rather than a telecom network. So, even over Wi-Fi you can talk to your friends when your telecom network is down. Samsung ChatOn is available on all the major Mobile Operating Systems such as iOS, Android and even Bada.

It is avaialble for absolutely free across these platforms and provides the best option for cross platform communication. Gone are the days of boring texts, you can easily personalize your messages now and add emoticons which add a lot more expression to your conversation. You do not even have to rely on MMS anymore to deliver an image to your friend. You can simply easily send across the image of your new dress or an exotic location you are at using Samsung ChatOn which is a great feature. 

Another handy feature is the ability to form groups and chat with you friends. We relied on Forwards back in the day to be able to communicate the same message to our group of friends. This was time consuming as well as money hogging. Now you can add all your friends to a personalized group and have a nice little texting conference. You can also send across your location in case you want to tell your friends where exactly you are. There is also a great feature of sending contact information to your mates on ChatOn. And all of this is super easy to use, on a UI that is really pretty on the eye and very responsive. The chat window can also be customized by changing the background giving a real personal touch to your chats. So why the wait, go grab your copy of Samsung ChatOn from your respective application store and connect with your friends the way connection was always supposed to be.

Let’s Chat On.

SmartTV

5 Ways That a Samsung Smart TV Will Make Your Life Easier

Samsung Smart TVIf you are one of those smart tech geek, who like to keep yourself updated, you must have heard about Samsung Smart TV, which is their new range of TV launched in 2012. So what makes it special? Do you think the price tag of $3000+ worth your had earned money? Every new range of TV, be it from LG, Sony are coming with Internet ready and it’s not enough. That’s where Samsung Smart TV’s come into the picture. Here I’m not doing a review of any of their Smart series TV’s but talking about some of the features, which will make their TV stand out from others and why you can consider buying one for yourself.

Features of Samsung Smart TV’s

Smart TV’s from Samsung not only offers elegant design but offers much more in terms of features. With its Ultra panel feature, you don’t need to worry about light reflection. This is specially a problem, when you have plenty of sunlight in your room and become an obstruction in getting a clear picture out of your TV. Anyways, lets directly jump into some of the features of Samsung Smart TV’s:

1. Comprehensive phone/tablet to TV Integration

The Samsung Smart TV can link up with your Samsung Galaxy II or III or Samsung Galaxy TAB by means of the Smart View App. Your portable device will now function not only as a remote control for you TV but also, through the Dual View feature, as a medium by which you can watch your favourite shows, cheer on your team or stream on demand content via a wifi link to your TV.

The AllShare function also means that it no longer matters where you store your media files. With this app, you can instantly stream videos from your Samsung Galaxy TAB or phone on you Galaxy Smart TV – a great way to show friends and family videos or photos.

2. Social Media Capabilities

Samsung have included more comprehensive browsing capacities with specific social media apps linking you from the ‘Smart Hub’ to social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Above and beyond that though, is the Social TV App. Using this app moves the television which is being streamed to a box on the left hand side, freeing up space for your private Facebook and Twitter feeds on the right. This feature is ideal if you like to keep you friends and followers up to date with breaking news or offer commentary on a great show that you’re watching.

3. Keeping in Touch

Not only does the Samsung Smart TV offer social networking opportunities, but also incorporates the free, preloaded Skype app. With a built-in camera, you can now video chat with all your friends and family on this crisp LCD TV, making sure that you stay in touch with the most important people in your life in life-size high-definition. The Samsung camera has 4 analog microphones, HD video and auto focussing, ensuring crystal clear video feed.

4. Stream Content On Demand

Although not an entirely novel addition in the world of smart TVs, being able to watch television that you have missed, when you want to, is still a great attribute of this Samsung product. Compatible with 4OD, BBC iPlayer and 5Demand to name but a few, with your Samsung Smart TV you’ll now never lose touch of the programmes which you love and with the 4OD Classics feature, the ones that you used to love.

5. Recording TV

If you’re rushed for time, or busy during the weekly of your beloved programme, then this TV will solve your problems. With both one off recording for those interesting documentaries or series record for the addictive crime thrillers, you can remain assured that you’ll never miss anything – maintaining complete loyalty to those great shows at the touch of a button. Though this is similar feature, which you get in almost all the Set top boxes now-a-days.

These smart TV’s are never generation of TV and with the internet evolving every day, movie and program on demand have become next viewer requirement, Social integration is must, and Skype video calling let you take advantage of staying in touch from your couch, Samsung Smart TV might be the best fit for you. Along with it, if you are using any Samsung tablet, Smartphone you will love to have a Samsung TV instead of any other, to make most out of it. Here is a quick features review of Samsung Smart TV, which will give you better idea and details:

Before you decide on purchase, I recommend you to read following expert reviews on Samsun Smart Tv series:

So are you planning to get one of these smart TV’s from Samsung? Do share your opinion and views? 
samsung galaxy note

The Samsung Galaxy Note’s 10.1 proves its worth?

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note model (not the prospective Galaxy Note 2 that is rumored to be released later on this year) is the subject of debate among tablet enthusiasts: has it improved? There are a lot of tablets making their rounds in the consumer market today, but only a select few are actually worth their price. Samsung is well known for its mobile phones and smartphones, but their Galaxy Note tablet is their initial foray into the tablet world.

Not quite a stretch, perhaps, as some people would say, as the company’s Galaxy Tab lines are already getting larger and larger—almost too unwieldy, at that. But there’s a difference between a smartphone and a tablet, and that is how much functionality you can put in for its size. As we all know, tablets have to deliver more.

Can Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 deliver more than its previous versions did?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Specifications

The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs on a 1.4GHz quad core Samsung Exynos processor, with 2GB of RAM, which is the same amount of RAM you get on a basic laptop. That promises some good processing speed at least, and that is important for people who would be using it for business – say, for using the app of their business voip provider or for managing their company while out of the office.

It has 16 to 32GB of storage, which wouldn’t be enough for people who are used to Apple’s larger storage sizes, but just enough for people who just want a mobile computing or media gadget that isn’t a laptop or a netbook. But users who may be looking for more storage space will be glad to know that, while the internal storage is limited, the Note accepts SD cards up to 64GB in size.

The build of the Note is slim and light, has a 10.1 inch LCD display (the average screen size of a netbook), with a 1280 by 720 display dimension. Samsung has engineered it to be not too heavy to carry with one hand, and to be not too unwieldy, although some claim that note-taking when using it like a notepad may be better done when the Note is held vertically

Great features of Note 10.1

One of the interesting features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is its split screen multitasking. In contrast to other tablets, this mobile device no longer confines you to a single display. This is especially vital again for businessmen who might want to use the internet for research while noting things down. He could be watching a relevant video presentation and taking note, or listing down important information needed later. Artists can even put an image they need for reference as they work on the image in a different part of the screen.

Another added perk is the added Samsung S-Pen (the stylus) which has been modified since it was last seen. The eraser end of the stylus has been removed, and it is now able to slide neatly into the rear side of the Note when it isn’t in use (prior versions did not have this feature). Verge has done a great pros and cons review of Samsung S-pen.

Unboxing & Video review of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Here are some of the unboxing and video review of Note 10.1, which will give you more detail about this new beast from Samsung:

Are you planning to get yourself a Samsung Note 10.1? I would recommend have a look at other options in the same range, as despite of this tablet is full of feature but with a price tag of $499 you can always expect something more. The camera is not up to the mark, which makes video calling experience not so great. Samsung has modified Android 4.0 to work with it’s Touchwiz technology, which they have done earlier in Samsung Galaxy S I90, which makes it good for Samsung fanboys but for a typical android user, it’s not going to be a gala experience.

Do let us know your opinion and review of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? How likely you are going to buy this tablet and how likely you going to give it a thumbs down?

Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Note Defies Industry Pundits

When Samsung announced its Galaxy Note last year you could be forgiven for being a bit skeptical about its impact in the market. After all, the Dell Streak failed miserably in this space with roughly the same 5 inch screen size. However, the Note having just shipped over 5 million units since last year, could teach the industry pundits a thing or two.

Samsung Galaxy note vs Dell streakThe Note sits uncomfortably between the largest smartphones and the smallest tablets. In a category of its own.  Many people commented that people will feel daft using the Note as a phone because of its large size. Something that Samsung managed to brush off with a touch of irony. They responded with an advert of an elephant using the Galaxy Note, hinting that as long as you have big ears you’d look perfectly normal talking with it.

Samsung noticed that there’s a growing number of people who simply use their smartphone for playing apps, browsing the web and most importantly note-taking. Seldom do these people use the Smartphone to actually make calls. So it didn’t really matter if the Note was awkward to hold next to your ear.

Why has the Samsung Galaxy Note succeeded where Streak failed?

It’s interesting to ‘note’ that this isn’t the first time a ~5 inch smartphone has been attempted, in fact the Note is actually 5.3 inches, a little bit larger than the Streak. So how has the Note managed to succeed where the Streak failed? There are two things at play here, firstly Android was not refined enough to make use of the larger screen, despite having a larger screen the OS still behaved like a regular 3.5 incher.

Secondly consumers were uneasy about making a leap from 3.5 inches to 5 inches back then. Recently we’ve seen screen sizes of Androids enlarging from 3.5 to 4 to 4.5. So 5.3″ wasn’t a hefty leap.

Read: Why iPhone may always have 3.5″ screen

Unique Proposition

According to Samsung, the Note can be used as a smartphone or a smart notepad. The attached stylus allows users to easily write and draw on the screen. Unlike the stylus screens of yesteryear with resistive screens that required users to press hard onto the screen. The capacitive display allows you to write by gently gliding the stylus across the screen.

The ability to put pen to paper and quickly make notes appeals to both business execs and creatives alike. For a long time the requirement of having to use a small on screen keyboard to write down ideas was seen as a bit of a hindrance because it became an obstacle which choked creativity, now it’s possible to scribble at the same racing pace as your mind.

What’s more the Super AmoLED screen is strikingly crisp and colorful, thanks to proprietary technology Samsung is able to use AmoLED exclusively. It allows unparalleled crystal clear and super bright display performance without sacrificing battery life.

Conclusion

Even though the Note has been adopted widely by its targeted audience. The Note still needs a little bit more work. With speculation of a new “mini” iPad around the corner, the Note would be wise to prepare for a market invasion and polish up its act. The Note was supposed to come with Android 4.0 but that hasn’t been implemented to date. The stylus feels a bit cheap and needs a little bit more improvement.

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