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The Samsung Galaxy 2 camera is pretty much a smartphone with a zoom lens and no phone. In all other respects, with it's micro sensor and on board Android operating system it can probably be more accurately described as a smart camera, something which Samsung in particular have been offering lately.
It's not the greatest in terms of image quality, though that is OK at low ISO settings. But it has some other virtues. Not least of which is the '23-483mm' zoom. (35mm approximation / 'equivalent') which enables certain types of image to be created.
These are very long telephoto shots with lots of depth of field. As you can see below these do look different. It also allows action stopping shots at wide focal lengths again with almost unlimited depth-of-field.
What happens is that almost an 'optical illusion' is created. We are so used to seeing long telephoto images that have limited depth-of-field that the images look unusual. Most people wouldn't have a clue as to what they are seeing, but would probably notice that something was different. It also gives the impression that in fact a telephoto was not the lens used. You will see that I have put the 35mm approximation / equivalent underneath the image. As you can see some of these were taken with the zoom lens fully extended.
Add in the fact that the camera is small and light and is ideal for when I'm out on my bike, as I was yesterday, and I have a very useful, cheap camera.
And then there is the video.
The majority of the footage above was shot hand held. Running it through the new version of iMovie makes it look rock solid as you can see. Really impressive stabilisation. The very small sensor does cause some highlight burnout problems, but overall I was VERY impressed with what it's capable of.