|The Samsung Smart Camera WB250F|
As an adventurer, what matters to me is the experience itself. As a photographer, caputuring the experience is also important. Finally, as a writer and blogger, sharing the experience is just as essential. Any tool that would contribute to my ability to capture and share my adventures would be a welcome addition to my gear.
Enter the Samsung Smart Camera WB250F, which I brought with me on a hike of Mt. Kalisungan and Mt. Atimla as a traverse.
As an adventurer, I want my camera to be durable, handy, light, and easy to use. Considering that I usually bring a dSLR, the WB250F is a much lighter, handier option. As for durability (and battery life), it will take time before I am able to determine this. But in terms of ease of using, the Smart Camera has some excellent points. Best of all, I can use my smartphone to control the shutter and even see the viewfinder right on my phone screen! That means that for solo hikes or times when I’m alone, I can just mount the camera on my mini-tripod and take a picture of myself several meters away from it!
As a photographer, the Samsung has an 18x zoom which is perfect for taking pictures of distant mountains, or of flora and fauna in the outdoors. With plenty of light – as in open grassland – I like the WB250F which captures scenes vividly. In forests however, contrast and sharpness both suffer – but this is a problem for most digital cameras. Indeed, the 24mm lens of the WB250F ought to do better than most other cameras with smaller lenses.
Finally, as a blogger, the amazing thing is that its Wi-Fi function can transfer files instantly to your smartphone, and even while I was on the mountain, I was uploading and sharing pictures taken from my camera to my Instagram and Facebook pages! I think the ability to communicate your experiences as they happen is a wonderful ability that brings blog readers closer to the experience than ever before
And so I think the WB250F is a nice gadget, if not for the features it already has, then for paving the way for a new level of connectivity that I am looking forward to. If Samsung can make a waterproof, shockproof variation of the WB250F for the outdoors, then that would be even better!
Note: This is a sponsored gear review.