Feb 24 AT 3:14 PM Dima Aryeh 21 Comments

A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S5′s camera

Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera

So now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is official, it’s time to take a closer look at some of the features of the device! Samsung has decided to focus on the usefulness of the smartphone rather than indulge the spec race, which resulted in the camera being redone to be simple and effective. And with some of the new features in the camera, we think Samsung may have succeeded in that area. Let’s dive in.

First of all, the hardware was completely changed. The camera sensor is now 16 megapixels, which is quite high resolution. But resolution doesn’t make a camera good automatically, so Samsung added a hybrid autofocus system. It uses both standard autofocus and phase detection autofocus at the same time, which means it focuses super fast. It can be focus in as little as 0.3 seconds, which Samsung claims is the fastest of any smartphone. That’s legitimately useful in daily use.

HDR has also been improved in some significant ways. Instant HDR shows you a preview of how the photo will be taken in HDR, instead of showing you the dark or light preview. HDR photos are also taken faster, negating the need to stay still for a long time. And surprisingly, Samsung added HDR video to improve taking videos in many situations.

There are also a bunch of software features, like Selective Focus. This effect allows you to select subjects to remain in focus, while the background is blurred. This adds the effect of a wide open aperture on a DSLR, so it’s just a smart filter.

Unfortunately, Samsung missed out on adding a huge feature that would make the camera significantly better in low light. This feature is optical image stabilization, or OIS. It’s a feature that many people have been asking for, including me, and Samsung hasn’t added it to its new flagship. It’s disappointing, but hopefully the sensor is good enough to take decent low light photos. We’ll have to wait and see.

Though many would consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 a disappointment due to the specs, let me remind you that the Moto X thrived without amazing specs to back it up. Samsung seems to have added some seriously useful features to the device, making it better for the everyday person. The camera experience sounds genuinely good, so I can’t wait to play with it. Share your thoughts with us, along with your gripes and squeals of joy!

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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