Although not everything that was covered in the preview, is true, despite this, the Galaxy S9 is a serious step forward compared to what it was last year. In particular, the Galaxy S9 camera, which can shoot in low-light conditions, promises to raise the bar of shooting in smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S9 + camera review and comparison with Pixel 2 XL
At first glance, the characteristics of the Galaxy camera S9 are similar to those that were before: one 12-megapixel sensor with a phase of the autofocus system of Pixel and optical image stabilization. As in the case of the S8, this smartphone does not include an additional telephoto lens with a dual zoom.
Among the innovations is the aperture f / 1.5, which is much wider than last year’s model. This allows you to significantly increase the brightness of images and more clearly fix the details. You do not need to do anything: the camera automatically expands the aperture as soon as the lighting conditions reach less than 100 Lux, as in a cloudy day.
In bright light Galaxy S9 on the fly switches to aperture f / 2.4, which gives a great depth of field and allows you not to worry about re-illumination. Also in the “Pro” mode, you can choose the aperture size, which should be liked by experienced photographers.
In operation, the wide-aperture Galaxy S9 camera proved to be surprisingly successful. Even under lighting conditions of about 1 lux, the camera captured an image with lots of details and without digital noise. This, of course, helps the ability of the image processor to quickly shoot 12 frames in a row and combine them into the one almost perfect picture.
Indeed, if you compare pictures in low-light S9 with Pixel 2 pictures, S9 is an obvious winner, having the best color rendering of the whole palette. And in more favorable for shooting conditions of illumination, there are many nuances, the pictures are well-lit. The HDR system also copes well with the strengthening of dark areas and the softening of highlights.
Galaxy S9 + (left) against Google Pixel 2 XL (right)
Samsung Galaxy S9 + vs Apple iPhone X: comparison cameras
The degree to which shooting will be good also depends on which software the image is taken and processed. The result of the work of different software can lead to completely different results.
We made a series of pictures with the S9 and the iPhone X. It’s extremely easy to shoot from both – point and click, no manual focusing, editing or filters.
This close-up shows the big difference between the two cameras – the iPhone has a much greater contrast, and the bush is much better seen. This makes the photo more effective. The photos from Samsung are more realistic and brighter, but the victory is here for the iPhone.
This is not immediately noticeable, but here Samsung managed better. Less glare from the lighting and the building looks clearer. In general, the photos of S9 are more detailed – zoom in to see this.
This is the only shot on the front camera, but it demonstrates the biggest difference between phones – processing them by the software of individuals. It looks as if the sun came out in Samsung’s photo, but the lighting conditions are the same, just this smartphone increases the brightness. Pictures on the front camera IPhone are more realistic, while Samsung, as a rule, smoothes out faces, and this is not in everyone’s liking.
This shot from Vauxhall Bridge was such a complicated photograph, which I thought the S9 would do fine, but although the difference is not great, I think the iPhone surpassed it.
This time Samsung prefers, the iPhone is a little overdone with blue color. The background is better allocated to S9. Even in daylight, S9 is better at taking photos in the room. The photo looks clearer, and I also like the color more.
What else can the camera Samsung Galaxy S9? (Slow Motion Picture)
Is there any sense in these innovations? The ability of S9 to switch between the apertures to capture more light in darker environments allows you to take spectacular night shots, far superior to your competitors, including the iPhone X. No other modern smartphone offers an automatically adjustable aperture, so the S9 is the best choice for shooting in a variety of conditions.
The video recording was also updated. Now the S9 can record video with a resolution of 720p with an amazing speed of 960 frames per second, which turns 0.2 seconds of shooting into a video in six seconds. It’s very easy to set up: just draw an area on the screen, and when it starts to move, slow motion is activated.
The ultra-slow shooting mode also works great, and its automatic motion detection ensures that you do not miss the fleeting moment that you want to capture. Still, shooting a slow-motion video has not become so familiar as SELFI or stories in Instagram. Therefore, for the time being, people do not have time to remove delayed videos at the most successful moments for this.
What about SelfMedici?
The representative of Samsung Aaron Baker demonstrates the function of. Selfimogi serves, rather, for entertainment than for demonstrating the power of the camera, and in this they are good. Their similarity varies greatly from person to person, but images created for each avatar with a set of emotions often cause a smile and can be easily sent to friends.
Unlike the Apple function that matches the standard emotions with your face, the Samsung function allows you to create your own avatar in the style of bimodal and imposes it on your face using an infrared camera. This is a great idea, but the results may not meet expectations. Does my avatar look like me?
Face recognition technology that allows animating real images with the help of facial expressions and saving them is an interesting function of S9, but it quickly gets boring.
Conclusion, is it worth buying Galaxy S9 for the camera?
When comparing these two phones, I was most surprised by how few differences there are between them. It’s hard to imagine that someone will be dissatisfied with any of them, although each of these cameras has its own peculiarities: iPhone photos are darker and more contrasting, which in some cases helps, but in others, it interferes.
Samsung Galaxy S9 can be the best smartphone released in 2018, surpassing the iPhone X. Although the smartphone and not much improved compared to last year’s S8, which was already great. Adding a camera for shooting in low light, which, thanks to a double diaphragm, almost corresponds to the level of professional cameras, makes the new S9 a worthy flagship of Samsung.
But the owners of S8 or similar smartphones on Android OS, released in 2017, will not really aspire to switch to S9, as there were not many other major updates. Choose S9 if you are interested in taking a picture. Otherwise, it will be more profitable to wait and find out what other proposals will appear this year.
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