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Samsung teases Galaxy S9 low light and slow-mo performance

16 Feb

On the 25th of February, Samsung will unveil its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, and the Korean company is already heavily teasing some of the new model’s new and improved camera features in a couple of short teaser videos on its Korean Youtube channel.

The first video (above) shows several low-light scenes in quick succession. Towards the end there is the silhouette of a deer in near darkness. The animal’s head brightens up when the number 9 appears around it, hinting at some kind of low-light mode or improved low-light capability in the camera.

Previous rumors have mentioned a variable F1.5/F2.4 aperture. The lower value would be one of the fastest apertures on any smartphone camera, but we’d suspect Samsung will add some clever multi-frame-stacking technology on top of that to achieve usable exposures in very low light and manage noise.

Another video is a quick succession of action-packed scenes. At the end, a skydiver is almost frozen in time as the number 9 appears, hinting at some kind of super-slow-motion capture. From what we know so far, the S9 will come with a 480fps 1080p Full-HD slow-motion mode.

These kinds of teasers always leave you with more questions than answers, but fortunately we’ll know more in 10 days time when the device is launched. We’ll be at the event in Barcelona, so stay tuned for more details!

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Samsung promises to ‘reimagine the camera’ on the Galaxy S9

26 Jan

We’ve been expecting the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone Galaxy S9 to be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (the last week of February) for a while now, but today the Korean manufacturer has made things official by sending out invitations to the launch event.

The event will take place on the 25th of February, the press day before the official start of MWC, and mobile photographers should be particularly excited. That’s because, according to the invite, this phone is all about “The camera. Reimagined.” There have been rumors about variable apertures and super-slow-motion video, and it seems like there’s a good chance at least the larger Galaxy S9+ will come with a dual-camera setup, similar to the Note 8.

As usual, there’s no way of knowing what exactly to expect, but we’ll keep an eye on the rumor mill, and we’ll definitely be in Barcelona to report from the show as well. If you can’t be there, no worries—Samsung is planning to livestream the ‘Samsung Unpacked’ event.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Leaked photo hints at Samsung Galaxy S9 with variable aperture lens

13 Jan

Samsung has confirmed its upcoming new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, will be launched at MWC in Barcelona, so we’ll have to wait until late February to know for sure what features and specifications the new model will have to offer. That said, Reddit users have found an image of an alleged S9 retail box that is already giving us a good idea of what to expect from the new flagship.

From a photography point of view, the most interesting information on the box is the “F1.5 / F2.4” aperture specification, indicating that the Galaxy S9 might come with the same stabilized variable aperture 12MP camera as the China-only W2018 flip-phone.

On that phone, the camera switches between F1.5 and F2.4 when it senses there’s enough light around in an attempt to capture the background as much in focus as possible. Whether or not that really makes a lot of sense, given the small image sensors in smartphones, is for you to decide. In any case, the F1.5 aperture value is the fastest on any current smartphone, which should be appealing to any low-light shooter.

Source: Reddit

If the specifications on the box are true, the S9 camera will also record super slow-motion videos, hopefully at similarly high frame rates as the latest Sony devices. In addition, there is a pair of AKG-powered stereo speakers, and we’d expect the S9 to come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Most most of the additional information on the retail box is quite similar to the current S8 model: the S9 screen will have a Super AMOLED panel with Quad HD+ resolution (1440 x 2960 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and an 8MP front camera, all wrapped up in an IP68 water and dust resistant body.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ties iPhone 8 Plus as best ever smartphone camera

07 Oct

News that Apple’s new iPhone 8 Plus had suddenly taken the top spot on DxOMark’s smartphone camera rankings was met with the expected range of praise and critique—everything from “of course, iPhone’s are awesome cameras” to “how much did Apple pay DxOMark for this result!?” But it turns out the iPhone 8 Plus’ ranking as the best smartphone camera DxOMark had ever tested didn’t last very long.

As of today, the iPhone 8 Plus has been tied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which significantly bested its Photo score and only tied the iPhone 8 Plus overall because Apple’s smartphone does so much better in the video category.

The full breakdown of the results can be found on DxOMark, but this comparison between the two phones’ scores speaks volumes:

The Photo categories where the Note 8 really outperformed the iPhone include Autofocus (94 vs 74) and Zoom, where the Note 8 got a score of 66 to the iPhone’s 51. DxOMark’s conclusion is appropriately praiseworthy:

When all the tests are verified, the scores calculated, and the perceptual analyses discussed, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes out as an outstanding choice for the smartphone photography enthusiast, matching the top overall score of 94 points of the iPhone 8 Plus. Dual-cam setups offering a second telephoto zoom for portraits are a real step forward for high-end smartphone photography, and the implementation on the Note 8 is exceptional, making it the best smartphone for zoom shots we’ve tested.

Read DxO’s full thoughts and see all of their sample and test photos at this link. And if you’re an Android user in need of some serious photography power from you smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 should definitely make it to the top of your list.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Galaxy Note 8 to feature 3x zoom dual-camera

02 Aug

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the upcoming Note 8 launch will be crucial to Samsung for recapturing consumer trust and confidence. And judging by a new leak, mobile photographers should have a lot to look forward to on the new model.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics, the division of Samsung that develops smartphone camera modules, has posted a document that explains in detail how dual-cameras and related features and special modes work. The Note 8 is widely rumored to be Samsung’s first dual-camera device, which makes it a safe bet to assume the online guide is referring to the upcoming model.

According to the document the camera module will feature a Super Night Shot mode that combines image data from both sensors for better low light performance, and a 3D Depth feature that uses depth data to blur the background of an image and lets you refocus after capture. There’ll also be improved HDR processing and and a couple of depth-related special modes.

However, the most interesting part of the document compares image output from a 3x optical zoom to a digital zoom. Samsung calls the feature Smart Zoom, which could indicate that optical zoom is combined with some sort of intelligent digital zoom to achieve a 3x zoom factor, but we’ll have to wait for the launch on the 23rd of August to get more detail.

In the meantime you can have a look at dual-camera guide on the Samsung Electro-Mechanics website for more information.

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Guardians of the Galaxy team reveals why they chose an 8K Red camera

09 May

If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, you’re no doubt looking forward to seeing Volume 2 in the series, which was released last weekend. If you find yourself standing in line at the theater, you can even impress your friends with some movie trivia: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is the first feature film shot on the RED Weapon camera using the 8K RED DRAGON VV sensor. They’ll either be seriously impressed at your informed insider knowledge, or they’ll slowly move away and pretend not to know who you are. YMMV.

If you’re the gear-freak we think you are, watch this behind the scenes video of Director James Gunn and Director of Photography Henry Braham talking about their decision to use the camera, praising it for its large format look, small size, and high degree of usability. Oh, and as a bonus you’ll get to see actors flying around in front of blue screens as well.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with two different camera sensors

01 Apr

It appears that as with previous Samsung flagship smartphones, the brand new Galaxy S8 and S8+ will, depending on region, come with different camera sensors. Since the launch users have spotted versions with Sony IMX333 and S5K2L2 ISOCELL image sensors. The latter is made by System LSI, which is a subsidiary of Samsung.

The situation is the same for the front camera. One version features a Sony IMX320 imager, the other comes with an ISOCELL S5K3H1 sensor. That said, there is no difference between the two versions in terms of camera specifications. In both main cameras the sensor is a 1/2.55″ 12.2MP variant with Dual-Pixel AF. With an F1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization the lens specification is identical as well. Sensor size in the front camera is not known at this point but all models come with an F1.7 aperture and face-detection AF.

Considering camera specifications are identical on all models and presumably so will be image processing, we should not expect any noticeable differences between the two versions, but if we get the chance, we’ll try and find out if there is any variation in image quality.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with ‘infinity display’ and multi-frame processing

31 Mar

Samsung has today announced its new flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and S8+ at simultaneous events in London and New York. The new devices’ outstanding feature is the new infinity display which combines curved display edges with minimal bezels, allowing for a screen that covers almost the entire front of the devices. This means the home button is now implemented underneath the display but works in the same way as before.

Display size is pretty much the only difference between the new models. The S8 comes with a 5.8″ screen, and at 6.2″ the S8+ is a touch larger. The 2960 x 1440 resolution is the same on both new phones, though.

While the new displays looks impressive, the camera department has unfortunately less innovation to show off. From a hardware point of view the S8 generation is, at least on paper, identical to its predecessor. A 1/2.5″ 12MP sensor with dual-pixel AF is combined with a fast F1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization.

There is some news on the software side of things, though. A new multi-frame technology captures three photos and then selects the clearest image and uses the other two to reduce motion blur. Samsung says the merging of frames also results in better detail and exposures in low light. A new camera user interface allows for easier one-handed operation. The camera resolution at the front has been upped from 5 to 8MP and there is now also a face-detection AF. At F1.7 the aperture is the same as in the main camera. 

In terms of processing power the S8 and S8+ offer the very best. Android 7.0 is, depending on region powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos 8895. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage are on board as well. The new models are also IP68 certified for environmental protection and come with both a fingerprint reader on the back and an iris scanner for increased security. Samsung’s new Bixby voice assistant is on board as well and the optional DeX dock converts the devices into a Windows Continuum-style desktop. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available from April 21st. No pricing information has been made available yet. 

Key specifications:

  • 12MP 1/2.5″ CMOS sensor with 1.4-micron pixels
  • F1.7 aperture
  • OIS
  • On-sensor phase detection
  • 4K video
  • 1080p@120fps slow-motion
  • 8MP, F1.7 front camera with AF
  • 5.8″ (S8) / 6.2″ (S8+) display with 2960×1440 resolution
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset (depending on region)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • microSD-slot up to 256GB
  • 3000mAh (S8) / 3000mAh (S8+) battery
  • Fingerprint sensor and iris scanner
  • IP68 certification

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Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units

29 Mar

It’s probably fair to say its Galaxy Note 7 flagship has been an absolute disaster for Samsung. After a number of devices caught fire Samsung eventually made the decision to discontinue the model and, after an internal investigation, announced that the fires had been caused by design and manufacturing errors on the Note 7 batteries. 

In a press release, the South Korean company has now laid out how it will recycle and dispose of the hundreds of thousands of Note 7 units that had already been produced and partly sold. According to the statement, ‘devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable.’ This is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers and local demand, which probably means it’s unlikely any refurbished units would make it to Europe or the US.

For remaining devices, reusable components, such as semiconductors and camera modules, ‘shall be detached by companies specializing in such services and used for test sample production purposes.’ For anything that is left after the first two steps, ‘Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilizing eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes.’

Meanwhile, Samsung’s new high-end phone, the Galaxy S8, is expected to be launched tomorrow at events in New York and London. Hopefully it’ll have more success than its ill-fated cousin.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 expected to come with 1000 fps video mode

18 Mar

The launch of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 is only a couple of weeks away and if the rumors are to be believed the new device’s 12MP camera will offer a 1000 fps video mode that would allow for a 33x super-slow-motion mode. 

That is more than four times slower than the 240 fps slow-motion mode in the current Galaxy S7. According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung is integrating an additional DRAM layer into the image sensor which acts as a buffer. This sounds like very similar technology to what Sony is using in the recently announced Xperia XZs and XZ Premium devices which offer a 960 fps slow-motion mode at 720p resolution. However, SamMobile’s sources claim Samsung is not using the Sony sensor in the S8. Unfortunately at this point there is no information about resolution or maximum recording duration of the mode. 

Other camera-related information includes an 8MP front camera with AF and 3.7MP additional image sensor that is used just for iris scanning. It appears Samsung will not follow the dual-cam trend with its upcoming models but the super-slow-motion mode, if well-executed, could definitely make up for a lack of dual-cam features.

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