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Sammy’s Great Beauty Shot Feature

I’ve written about my Samsung PL151 several times already but I can’t help but re-emphasize how much I love the beauty shot feature this camera has. I think several other Samsung models have the same feature, but I don’t know about other brands.

What I like about the Beauty Shot setting is that it retouches and clears up your face a whole lot. And it auto adjusts to the lighting in the area so you are almost always guaranteed a good portrait shot. I like how it makes your skin look so flawlessly smooth and clear. It’s kinda like having a built in automatic photoshop program in it! Plus, since its automatic, it does it all on it’s own. I swear it makes your skin look so good, it would seem that you had airbrushed on your make up or had really good acne treatment products which cleared up your skin to the highest heavens! Take a look at some of these shots:

Nice, right? However, the downside to this setting is that it is quite sensitive to movement, especially indoors. It takes a long time to process the shot so since you tend to be holding the camera at arms length (using the front lcd for self-portraits) you often end up with blurry shots, such as the last one. It takes some getting used to it, but I found that setting it on a tripod or the table helps greatly, but it kinda defeats the some of the dual LCD’s purpose, right? Nonetheless, I still love my Sammy to bits!

Do I recommend getting this? Well, if you’re looking for a basic point and shoot with fun features, this is a good enough choice. Plus it’s generally affordable, ranging from 10,999-13,999 for the PL series. The touch screen versions of the dual lcd Samsung cameras run up to about 21,999 as of the last time I checked.

Bad Skin Day

I have gone from bad hair days to bad skin days. Thankfully, Sammy, my Samsung PL151 takes great beauty shots that covers up for all my flaws, see:

The dual lcd feature of the Samsung PL151 makes me take self-portraits with less difficulty than the typical camera, although I still have to work on projecting for the screen haha!

Seriously though, the photograph does not show all the blemishes and ewww-ness in my face. I’ve been breaking out much worse lately, and I have tried countless acne lotions and creams but nothing has worked thus far. I am tempted to try my friend Jen’s organic cream thing, but I haven’t had the opportunity to order…or the money for it 🙁

Meet Sammy, My new Samsung PL 151 camera :-)

Yes, I know it was a splurge, but because I worked hard for it, I finally got myself the dual LCD camera I’ve been eying! Meet Sammy, my new Samsung PL 151 camera.

Sammy :-)

It’s amazingly not as expensive as I had imagined it to be. I settled for the non-touch LCD version because it was MUCH cheaper (almost Php 7,000 cheaper!) than the touch screen one. It’s already has HD video capabilities plus all other features are just as good as the touch screen one.

What I love best is the Beauty Shot feature, although I’m still trying to figure out how not to make it snap as soon as it detects a face! There’s no command to disable the face detect feature when using that setting!!! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here are the specs of the Samsung PL 151:

  • 12.4 Megapixels
  • Dual LCD (1.5″ Front, 3.0″ back)
  • Smart Auto 2.0 (Still and Movie)
  • 27 mm Wide, 5x Optical Zoom
  • High Definition Movie Recording
  • Smart Face Recognition
  • Perfect Portrait System (Beauty Shot, Face Detection, Self-Portrait, Smile Shot, Blink Detection, Red-eye Fix)
  • Smart Album
  • Smart Filter
  • Dual Image Stabilazation
  • ISO 3200

It cost Php 13,999 and came with a carrying case, hand strap and a 4 gig microSD card.

I’m liking it a lot so far, although I’m still having difficulty with the beauty shot, as I mentioned. Also, it takes time to process photos in that setting so I need to work on staying still for a good shot 🙂

Gadget Wish-listing

Even though I keep telling myself I will go on a gadget diet, I can’t help but keep a running wishlist of gadgets I wish I had. Sometimes I wish I had an unlimited supply of money so I can just splurge and indulge in my whims. However, I have to face the fact that I have a limit to my gadget supply…which sadly I think I’ve used up till 2012!!!

Seriously though (in case anyone’s listening hehehe!) I have 4 major categories for gadgets that I want.
1. Work gadgets.
2. Gaming gadgets.
3. Communication gadgets
4. Imaging gadgets.

This is my way of rationalizing why I need a new gadget! Save for gaming gadgets, all the others listed above are important tools in helping me achieve tasks in my day-to-day life. However, at this point, that’s the one that’s calling out the most to me. I know that “games” may not necessarily fall into the “need” category, but this one is different! I really don’t have a particular gaming console in mind, but I want to get a ps3 with a Dance, Dance Revolution dance pad in order to help me get back into shape! I honestly cannot dance to save my life, so freeform dancing is something I wanna try, but with the DDR, I can sort of follow the dance steps. I remember back when I had lost weight before, the predecessor of the ps3, the original play station, is what I had used to lose the weight. See, it’s a need, right?