Where on Earth has the time gone? This year has flown by incredibly fast thus far and I cannot believe that it is already June with summer now being just around the corner! I remember being a little kid and the school year always seemed to drag on forever and the summers were all too short. Itâ€™s funny though; I think that the time we enjoy the most is that which always seems to, quite literally, fly by. This time spent with my little ones, these early years, every second is precious and although some days may seem to drag on, the weeks, months, and years pass in the blink of an eye. For those moments, our memories we hold dear. Our home is filled to the brim with photographs of wonderful moments forever frozen in time and, with each one, we can look back and reminisce with one another about the love and joy that was that exact moment. From first smiles and first birthdays to family outings and backyard play, Iâ€™ve photographed it all.
I have always been a fan of photography for as long as I can remember and if I wasnâ€™t in front of the camera, I was most certainly behind it. However, since becoming a parent, my camera has become somewhat of an extra appendage. Seemingly glued to my hand at all times (in the form of an actual camera or just my cell phone), capturing each and every one of those special moments in life has become second nature. Unfortunately, all of my knowledge about photography has been self-taught since high school and I am, by no means, a professional photographer. Someone coined the term â€œmomtogropherâ€ and Iâ€™ve dubbed myself with that title. Â With that being said, Iâ€™ve certainly had my fair share of horrid photos â€“ out of focus, off balance, bad lighting, red eye, etc. â€“ over the years. While I do agree that it is not just the camera that provides a great picture but also the photographer working the camera much akin to the fact that a pencil does not provide a great novel without a talented author, equipment does make a great difference.
These days, there are many folks that pick up a DSLR camera and think of themselves as great photographers. Then there are the great photographers working with your standard point and shoot cameras due to ease and convenience. Then, well, then there are those like me. Having tried many different cameras over the years, Iâ€™ve come to love certain features found within both ends of the spectrum. While I prefer the ease of the smaller cameras, I still prefer the quality of the higher end models. For everyday use, I needed to find a happy medium and I did exactly that.
Meet the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera.
This is actually my first experience with the Samsung brand in regard to cameras and, despite my initial hesitation, I am actually quite pleased. Additionally, this is my first true camera that does fit quite nicely right into the middle of the two camera option extremes. It is not quite a full, pull-out-all-the-stops DSLR camera but it is so much more than â€œjust a point and shoot.â€ What makes this particular camera stand out amongst the rest of the mid-class lineup is its incredible Wi-Fi capabilities that allows you to shoot faster and, now, share faster.
â€œCapture and share lifeâ€™s fastest moments in perfect detail with the Wi-Fi ready Samsung SMART CAMERA NX300. High performance made portable â€“ the on-the-go photographer never had it this good.â€
With spectacular features like the new, ultra-sensitive 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a wonderfully advanced autofocus system, the mirrorless shoot style, incredible clarity within fast-moving action sequences, and its ability to provide users with amazing HD video, the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera is in a category all its own.
In addition to its capabilities, this particular camera is equipped with spectacular exterior features as well. For example, its retro-modern body design takes cues from and shows homage to the well-loved vintage camera design while still remaining true to todayâ€™s state-of-the-art innovation.
With the advanced design of the AMOLED Tilt Display, users are able to have a greater range of motion while shooting to better capture low and high-angle images. For me, having stood on top of things, tippy toed, laid down on the ground (in the dirt, grass, sand, mud, etc.), squatted, held my arms up really high â€“ you name it, Iâ€™ve probably done it â€“ this is a spectacular feature. The screen flips up to a 90Ëš angle and tilts down to a 45Ëš angle so framing and capturing any shot is a breeze.
Add that to the fact that the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera also features a wondrous Hybrid UI five way key touch interface for easy navigation and I for one am certainly sold. The 5-way button combined with the touchscreen makes selecting options, navigating the menu, applying effects, inputting text, sharing images â€“ and more! â€“ incredibly easy.
And that brings me to my next point; no matter what youâ€™re capturing, you can share it instantly. With the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera and its Direct Link hot key, you can quickly share images and video directly from your camera to just about anywhere. Easily connect to wireless networks around you to share and send images and videos directly to a mobile phone, tablet, PC, or Smart HDTV. In this day and age and within our technology driven world, this camera is absolutely perfect for sharing all of lifeâ€™s greatest moments with friends and family and on your favorite social networks.
Since receiving this camera, Iâ€™ve already used it to capture some of my own favorite moments such as birthday parties, a holiday celebration, a friendly get together, backyard play, scenic views, and so much more. I truly cannot tell you enough about this camera so I will leave it at the fact that this, the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera, has become my new added appendage of sorts.
You can purchase the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera, both, online and in-stores nationwide from a variety of digital camera retailers including Staples for an average price of $749.99. It is available in white (shown), black, and brown.
Be sure to keep up with Samsung and Staples via their respective social media networks:
There, you can stay up to date on all of the latest news, new product releases, sale prices, photography tips and tricks, special promotions, giveaways, and more.
Speaking of the latter twoâ€¦
To kick off the start of June on a high note as we prep for the monthâ€™s official start of the summer season, starting today, Staples will be making waves with their launch of the #30SummerDays campaign. I am incredibly excited to not only take part in this but to also challenge you to join me! You see, going hand-in-hand with the amazing Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera, the #30SummerDaysÂ campaign is a daily photography challenge! Each day throughout the month of June, there will be a new daily photo challenge. To participate, simply take a photo pertaining to that dayâ€™s challenge and share it on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Be sure to tag @Staples and hashtag #30SummerDays.
Here is the full calendar list of daily photo challenges:
Isnâ€™t it convenient that Day #1 starts us out with luck? I mean, after all, youâ€™re certainly going to need a lot of it if you want to win your very own camera at the end of this challenge, donâ€™t you think? Thatâ€™s right! At the end of the Staples #30SummerDaysÂ photo challenge one lucky Eighty MPH Mom reader will win a brand new, snazzy Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera!
Weâ€™ll get back to that a bit later down the road but, for nowâ€¦ happy snapping! I am officially challenging you to venture on the #30SummerDaysÂ with me. And (helpful *hint* about that awesome little giveaway) the more you participate along the way, the greater your chances of winning will be! Follow along with me throughout my own progress for reminders of each dayâ€™s challenges and, of course, to see fun photos taken with the outstanding Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera.
@EightyMPHMom @Staples #30SummerDays Day #1: Rabbitsâ€™ feet are said to be lucky, right? If so, how lucky would I be if I found an entire nest of adorably sweet baby bunnies? Because that is exactly what we stumbled upon in our backyard! Here’s one of the photogenic cuties up close!
Oh, itâ€™s on! Readyâ€¦ setâ€¦ photograph!
*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of the reviewer only.