Networks System Cameras

More and more users upload their images and videos in social networks or online store, send it by mail or present them on their fancy flat-screen TV. The three new system cameras Samsung NX300, Panasonic GF6 and G6 to facilitate exactly these operations.

As a most important precondition they bring Wi-Fi modules for wireless communication 802.11 b/g/n according to the IEEE standard. TheSamsung NX300 (Test) is when matching site in the dual-channel operation over the solutions with special dual antenna, 2.4-and the 5-GHz band can bring a higher transfer speed and more stability. For thePanasonic Lumix GF6 (Test) and Lumix G6 (Test) , the manufacturer, however, praises no dual-channel support.

According to a2zcamerablog.com, if camera and Smartphone are in close proximity to each other, they can communicate with each other via NFC (Near Field Communication) without time-consuming connection procedures. The range is only a few centimetres; also, NFC is supported only by smartphones running Android version 2.3, not IOS. The data transfer to your compatible TV using WiFi-direct and DLNA (digital living network Alliance).

Different Concepts

Although contact Samsung and Panasonic when it comes to connectivity similar goals, but could be the implementation of more different: Panasonic builds firmly on a communication partner, especially the Smartphone or tablet. The Samsung NX300 can do a lot without anybody’s help, however, – provided an available Wi-Fi network.

For example, emails including image and video annex can be with the NX300 mail (“email”) and copy data directly to an online storage space (“Allshare play”). Also access to cloud -, social-network and sharing services, such as Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and SkyDrive, is intended and the WiFi menu of NX300 preset.

Connection without Smartphone

The connectivity features that require no intermediary such as the Smartphone, are in the Samsung NX300 as user friendly, that even less experienced users usually without manual cope: simply open the “Wi-Fi” mode on the mode dial and select the desired function, about “E-Mail”, “Social networks and cloud” or “all share play”. Then the camera searches for Wi-Fi networks and, if necessary, requesting the access key that is entered via a virtual keyboard on the touch screen.

The connection is it shows, for example, to send a mail input fields for the recipient address and the sender where here camera@samsungcamera.com is preset. In the next step, selects users an overview with thumbnails of images and videos for the annex, writes a comment and confirmed with “Send”. Similar easily comprehensible Samsung realized functions like the upload data to Web portals. In the test, no problems occurred here.

Contact To The Smartphone

Who installed the appropriate app on your Smartphone or tablet, can use the device to remotely control the camera or initiate an automatic or manual data transfer between the camera and Smartphone. The app from Panasonic writes, if necessary, also the position recorded by the GPS module of the smartphones in the EXIF data of images.

Samsung split the functionality into two applications, the smart camera app for the data transfer and the remote viewfinder app for live-streaming preview and camera remote control option. Both apps are available for installation on Android or iOS systems, free of charge, such as the multifunctional Panasonic image app in the play of Google and Apple store. Installation without incident worked for Samsung, Panasonic, we came here at borders: because the current at the time of the test version of the image app supports the Panasonic Lumix GF6 but not the larger sister Panasonic Lumix G6 though. Thus the latter for this comparison failed. As Panasonic but assured us, the G6 in Wi-Fi functionality will not differ from the here tested GF6.

Connection Setup

A much nice, cleaner operating concept as Panasonic is Samsung.Ultimately, the user needs first of all only the desired connectivity function to choose. When the camera automatically after the recording to the Smartphone to transfer pictures (no videos), for example, simply pressing the direct link button of the NX300; or he enters the Wi-Fi menu the function manual data transfer “Mobile link” (pictures and videos).Then he enters, if necessary, the key for the selected network and opens the Samsung camera on the Smartphone app. Recognizing the NX300 after relatively short search and requests a confirmation once the new interlocutor. Once it has been granted by camera-touch screen, the contact is available.

Considering the absurdly messy Panasonicapproach appears: after the WiFi button the user must click partly through five levels of menu, until the camera finally looking for an accessible Smartphone or wireless network. While it is difficult probably one or the other, to decide, for example, between “WPS (button press)”, “WPS (PIN-Code)” or “Manual connection”.

Also annoying that when communicating over a protected wireless network, the length of the password is so limited, that is although 64-bit-but not 128-bit HEX key register. And even if you do everything right, the connection works only with some luck and lots of patience-because the hourglass turns often for minutes. They did it despite everything, the connection breaks down probably repeatedly while working as in our test. It not fun. Too many stumbling blocks, too many forced breaks, too much unnecessary clutter – failures are inevitable.

Remote Control App

As for the remote control of the camera via Smartphone, is the Panasonic image app remarkably versatile. It provides a Live streaming previewon the touching, the AF point position and makes trigger. In the quick menu of the app, the user can specify parameters like image style, flash light, quality and measurement method, more icons including changing white balance, ISO and exposure compensation. The user interface is appealing with graphics. Since the Samsung remote either functionally or visually comes with viewfinder app.

Automatic Backup On The PC

The backup to the PC via a wireless access point (router) works extremely easy. But programs must be on the computer installed, which is included with the camera on CD, more specifically: i Launcher and PC auto backupfor the NX300 and Panasonic photo fun Studio for the GF6. If the PC is prepared then this can be the NX300 “auto backup” just start the WiFi menu.

To activate the WiFi button on the GF6, establishes a connection via network without additional input ideally via “Choose a destination from the history”, decides the file (s) to a destination folder and between single and multi selection marked and then initiates the transfer. Practical: The Panasonic first announces the estimated transmission time; If necessary, the user can cancel the operation at this point.

Conclusion

Whoever puts on the wireless communication between camera, Smartphone and tablet or on sending the images via mail value, is well advised with the Samsung NX300. Even for untrained users find their way easily. With the Panasonic Lumix GF6 remote control option via Smartphone is sophisticated, the connection, but often unstable and confusing the user guidance.