Samsung Note8 camera gives near-perfect control

In the great battle of the smartphone camera, one company in particular is leading the charge. For years now, Samsung has been impressing mobile phone users with the smart image technology it deploys in the Galaxy range.  The 2017 launch of the Note8 furthers the scope and capabilities of the camera via a leap in hardware and performance.

This year, Samsung has literally doubled down on its rear-facing lens, featuring two 12-megapixel sensors, each with a very specific lens in some brilliant fit-for-purpose design.

Boasting Samsung’s most advanced smartphone photography capabilities yet, the rear-facing 12MP Dual Pixel Autofocus camera features a classic wide-angle lens, as well as a telephoto 2X optical and 10X digital zoom at f2.8. The front-facing f1.7 lens will make for superior selfies, particularly when combined with the easy left/right swipe menus to take you to post-production filters or a choice of different aspect ratios to best suit the subject.

Explainer: If you don’t know about the f-stop number yet, roughly speaking it’s the camera’s aperture, or the hole that lets the image project onto the sensor, or film. It is represented as a number, which reflects the ratio between overall focal length (distance between subject and sensor) and the diameter of the entrance pupil of the lens. The lower the number, the wider the aperture, which is what allows the Note8 to take excellent images in low light.

Shutterbugs will delight in superior depth of field control, for attractive, blurry backgrounds. A setting for the improved Live Focus feature allows you to artificially adjust the bokeh (the way a lens renders light that is out of focus), a wonderfully flexible function which is accessible in image preview mode, or after you’ve taken the picture.

The Note8’s 6.3” curved edge Infinity Display, unprecedented in Samsung’s quest for best picture quality, has a default setting of Full HD+ (2,220 x 1,080). That isn’t the maximum resolution, though. You can ramp it up to a super crisp WQHD+ (2,960 x 1,440), if things aren’t crisp enough for you already.

Reports say blurred edges become apparent if you drop things down to 720p in low-battery mode, but why would you want to do a thing like that?

This is one screen you’ll be able to gaze at for hours, enjoying the accuracy of its images. As working demo models arrive, it will be hard to walk past a Samsung store without dropping in to test drive the photography kit for yourself.

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