Take the Perfect Selfie With This Camera — No Smartphone Required!
At this point, you’re a regular Annie Liebovitz when it comes to snapping a self-portrait, the cover of Vanity Fair (or Instagram, who’s counting?) always ready and waiting to feature the art that is YOU. In the digital selfie’s short history (not including Colin Powell and Jackie O, of course) we’ve only been able to accomplish pure personal portraiture with our smartphones. Now, with the Samsung NX Mini, we’ll be able to use the real deal.
No more grainy grins courtesy of your phone’s front-facing camera, the NX Mini can capture the moment in 20 megapixels with a touch LCD screen that flips 180 degrees to let you see before you snap. You can even set it up to take a picture when you wink at it. And even though it can’t Snapchat them, the camera can connect to WiFi to send digital memories to Flickr or Dropbox.
Samsung knows a thing or two about selfies (they were the brand totally organically/accidentally behind Ellen’s Oscars shot). But it’s not just selfieture that this camera will help you excel in — the NX Mini has a 1-inch sensor, a 20-megapixel lens and can shoot video in 1080p to sharpen all of your photography skills. It gives a h/t to the old school too with faux leather detailing in your choice of black, white, brown, green and pink. The camera is pocket and purse-size, measuring under an inch thick without its lens and only 1.4 inches thick when wearing the 9mm lens.
Toting around a camera with interchangeable lenses means better pictures but a possibly clunkier time than you might want beyond selfie-perfection. To ease the pain of another item in your purse, Samsung NX Mini is creating a carrying case for the April launch. The camera will ring in at $449 and the camera plus a 9-27mm zoom lens and external flash will go for $549.
We tease this type of photography a lot, but maybe we all need to start taking it a little more seriously. Ping us when you see the first selfie-taking class that isn’t being ironic. This camera would be perfect for it.
Do you use a camera other than the one on your phone to take photos? Share your picture-taker of choice below!
(Photos: Lori Grunin/CNET)
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.