Samsung has just launched much leaked and much anticipated Galaxy Note 8. As you can expect, it comes with the best specs you can cram in to a smartphone currently. It is powered by the fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and comes with 6GB of ram. It also features an infinity screen, with bezel less, 6.3 inch Quad HD super AMOLED display.
All these specs are identical or similar to the earlier launched Galaxy S8 and S8+. The one feature that is completely new in Samsung smatphones and Note Series is the Dual Camera on Galaxy Note 8.
Dual Cameras on Smartphones are nothing new. Huawei has been shipping almost every Android smartphone they make with Dual Cameras – one RGB sensor and the other a Monochrome sensor. With some clever algorithms, they combine data from two images and creates a sharper images with better dynamic range. LG on the other hand ships their phones with a wide angle camera and a regular normal focal length sensor. Apple iPhone 7 Plus has one regular focal length sensor and a Telephoto lens for Portrait and Bokeh mode shots. Samsung is doing something similar with Galaxy Note 8, but with improved features.
Galaxy Note 8 has an F1.7 aperture, 12MP 1.4 pixel size sensor with Dual Pixel Auto Focus as it’s main camera ( probably some high end Sony RS sensor or Samsung’s own new gen Image sensor ). Adjacent to that is an F2.4 aperture telephoto lens like iPhone 7 Plus to shoot portraits and bokeh shots. Like iPhone, the bokeh created is artificial, but gives a DSLR like look to your photos. So what has Galaxy Note 8 Camera has and iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t ?
Samsung was smart enough to equip the telephoto lens on Galaxy Note 8 with OIS – optical image stabilization which Apple failed to do on iPhone 7 Plus. This will allow you to take better, blue free portraits in low light situations. In the unpacking event, Samsung showed comparison shots taken with 7 Plus and Note 8. As you can expect, Note 8 photos in low light gave blur free images while photo taken with iPhone didn’t resulted in a sharp image.
One other innovative thing Samsung did with Dual camera setup on Galaxy Note 8 is something called Live Focus Photo mode or Dual Capture mode. There are two things this do. You can adjust the amount of blur you want in the background before taking a pic. You can also adjust the blur after you have taken the pic. This is not a new thing as Huawei and Honor smartphones have a similar Bokeh picture effects mode. On iPhone 7 Plus, this is not possible – you can’t adjust the amount of blur. Also, in this mode, when you take a pic, both sensors capture images – i.e. you get two pics with just one click – one a regular wide angle shot and the other a telephoto one. You get the option to save both which is super cool and never have been done by any other manufacture until now.
While you’re focused on taking a Live focus photo, Dual Capture photographs what’s happening outside the frame. That way you get to enjoy the moments you might have otherwise missed.
Having OIS on both rear cameras also helps to take better, shake free, high quality videos with both rear cameras which is not possible with many other Dual camera smartphones as the telephoto lens often doesn’t have OIS build in and have to rely on EIS.
Like every other Flagship phones these days, this too come with Full HD slow mo recording at 120fps and 4K recording. Galaxy Note 8 also comes with a Pro mode and Food mode.
So all in all, even though Samsung was a bit late to the Dual Camera party, they did made some very welcome additions to Dual Camera setup which will definitely improve Android smartphone photography.
From where you can buy Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in India ? It will be an Amazon India ( Amazon.in Exclusive ) and will not be available on Flipkart or Snapdeal. Check here for more info. Galaxy Note 8 price in India will be around Rs 75,000. Official Launch date / Sale date is yet to be announced.
Source : Samsung India