Samsung’s Galaxy S nine is a great phone with a ton of features but one of its most prominent ones is its new dual aperture camera a 12 megapixel image sensor is new and improved with better image processing but the major change is found in the lens which can now physically switch between a very bright F 1.
5 aperture and a smaller F 2.4 aperture similar to how larger cameras work the galaxy s 9 Plus model gains a second camera for zooming and portrait mode effects much like Samsung release with a note 8 last year in this episode I give you a rundown of the Samsung Galaxy S 9 camera to find out if it’s worth all the hype what’s going on tech squad and whoever to your editor-in-chief of gearlive.
com if this is your first time here the channel is all about tech gadgets and gaming so if you’re into that kind of stuff feel free to hit the subscribe button down below along with the bail notification icon so you don’t miss any future videos as I mentioned today we are taking a look at this the brand-new samsung galaxy s 9 and s 9 plus and in particular this video is focusing on the camera system brand new camera on back of the device pretty much the same camera on the front of the device we’re gonna go through all of it so let’s jump into it right now but before we get started just so you know all of the images and video clips that you see in this episode are pulled directly off of the galaxy s 9 or an S 9 plus and drop directly into this video without any retouching any recoloring or anything else or anything that you see here in this video is a direct result of the camera with no post-processing other than of course exporting this video and then whatever processing YouTube is gonna do to the video file itself alright now I did mention the 12 megapixel image sensor which is new and improved with better image processing found on the s9 and s9 plus you should also know that the galaxy s 9 Plus in particular features a dual camera system which works similar to what you’d find on an iPhone 8 or iPhone 10 if you’re familiar with iOS or if you’re familiar with the Galaxy Note line they have a dual camera system on the latest Galaxy Note 8 that’s pretty much the same dual camera system that you’re gonna find here on the 9 plus all that dual lens setup one of the cameras has a standard wide-angle lens like you’ll find on any other smartphone while the other provides a short telephoto option that get through a little bit closer to your subject both cameras have optical image stabilization which will provide better images and videos when compared to phones that don’t have this feature so again the s Knights rear cameras are both listed as having 12 megapixel sensors with optically stabilized lenses but that’s where the similarities end the wider angle camera has a higher quality sensor with larger pixels and dual pixel autofocus which is not found on the telephoto lens the wide lens also features what may be the biggest camera upgrade on the huge devices and that is the dual aperture lens this is the first time that I’ve seen this feature on any smartphone that I can remember the camera automatically chooses where the riches shoot in F 2.
4 aperture or at F 1.5 depending on how much light is needed to take your image it’ll default to F 2.4 in all conditions and lessen to text less than 100 lumens of light in your frame and then it’ll automatically shift over to shooting at F 1.
5 if you rather control the aperture yourself just swipe on over to the pro mode and you can switch it on the fly at any time not only can the wide-angle camera’s lens letting more light it’s larger pixels can capture that light with more detail and better dynamic range than the telephoto camera on the galaxy s 9 plus the real-world difference is between the two in autofocus speed and image quality especially in low-light is very obvious in addition to letting you zoom in a little the dual camera system also lets you take images with an artificially blurred background to mimic what’s possible with a DSLR and a bright lens this mode which Samsung calls live focus also debuted on the note 8 last year as well this can produce some cool-looking images and good lighting but indoors or in poor light image quality gets pretty bad with lots of noise and blur and little in terms of detail even in good light there were times where it struggled while other times the life focused results were great the effect can easily make your subject look like a cardboard cutout and it struggles to maintain fine detail around hair which is pretty important for a portrait no samsung’s version of this does feel a little better than what you get with the iPhone 10 because at least with Samsung’s live portrait mode you can actually go in after fact and adjust just how much of the blur effect you think the photo needs so if you think the blur is too strong or fake looking you can simply dial it back I found the best results for when I had the blur slider rolled back a tad from its maximum in addition Samsung does not require a face to be in the frame to trigger the effect so I was able to use it on inanimate objects such as flowers or cups of coffee moving on to the front of the device you do have an 8 megapixel camera up there that is the 8 megapixel selfie camera similar to the 8 megapixel camera that you found on the galaxy s 8 and by the way speaking of those cameras big shout outs assumes for sponsoring this video if you’re looking for an easy way to protect your privacy that looks better than a piece of tape zooms makes these camera and web cam covers that come in a variety of styles colors and materials the best part is that they’re pretty inexpensive at just over $10 for a set of three plain ones or he prefer ones with a design on them it’s roughly $10 for a pair as you can see they easily stick right onto your device where there’s a laptop or smartphone and then you simply move the cover out of the way when you want to actually use your camera and then cover it back up when you don’t if you want to ease your way to protect your privacy you can grab assumes web cam cover at zooms i/o I’ve got the link down in the description below now one nice thing about the front camera on the galaxy s 9 and s 8 is that this supports autofocus which I don’t see any other front cameras doing regardless of which manufacturer we’re talking about Samsung seems to have a strong grip on auto focusing features for the front camera itself and it is very nice because if you’re taking yourself you just hold it out it finds your face and you can snap the photo without having to tap on your own face that said the portrait mode and image quality aren’t as good as what you’ll find on Google’s pixel – and some may even prefer the results that you get from an iPhone 10 instead by default the selfie camera applies a lot of image smoothing and other effects to try to beautify the photo but they just make it look out of focus and unrealistic at least to my eyes Gazi s9 plus also has the ability to save both a wide-angle and telephoto image at the same time if the portrait quality sucks you can fall back to the wide-angle camera which has a higher quality sensor and brighter I’ve seen some say that this is just a safety net to make up for the poor quality of the telephoto camera but I’m glad it’s there and I love being able to capture both images at once downside of course is that it will eat up more of your storage with each shot you take so you’ll probably want to use a micro SD card to store your images if you use this feature a bunch thankfully the galaxy s 9 and s 9 plus now support micro SD cards at up to 400 gigabytes in size now let’s switch over to talk about video the galaxy s 9 and s 9 plus can shoot 4k video at up to 60 frames per second or 1080p slow-motion at 240 frames per second which catches it up with what the iPhone can do both modes produce very nice quality video but you have to make sure you have plenty of light for the slow motion mode or you’ll see a lot of image noise now aside from the regular slow motion there’s also super slow motion which is a feature Samsung has been heavily touting on the galaxy s 9 duper slo-mo records in 720p at 960 frames per second it’s an impressive trick but has limitations that make it feel frustrating it’ll only capture 0.
2 seconds of footage at 960 frames per second slowing that amount of time down to 6 seconds of video unless you’re in a bright environment the videos look grainy now don’t get me wrong 960 frames per second is an impressive feat especially for a smartphone and the galaxy s 9 series is only the second smartphone to do this with the original being Sony last year that said I just wish the quality wasn’t so poor especially if you’re not in the perfect lighting conditions all that said the wide-angle camera is where most of the action is at its fast focusing has a first-of-its-kind dual aperture and takes really great photos it’s one of the best phone cameras you can buy today just be aware that when an F 1.
5 you may struggle to get a nice sharp image but at least you’ll be able to see your subject my only disappointment is that the telephoto camera doesn’t match up to the same standard that would be absolutely killer and now has me wondering and curious about what we’ll see on the Galaxy Note 9 do you have it guys that was you look at the samsung galaxy s 9 and s 9 plus camera system again very impressive one of the top if not the top camera systems you can get today personally for me I think I still give that title to the Google pixel to however that is really a matter of preference some people love the iPhone photo some people love the pixel – and of course some people are gonna really love what Samsung is doing here with their camera as well any questions you have drop them down below I’ll meet you there for the discussion and don’t forget you can click our top of my face here at the bottom of the screen in order to subscribe for free to the channel so you don’t miss any future videos thanks so much for watching as always guys I appreciate your support I’m Andrew Edwards and I will catch you in the next video you