Samsung galaxy note 8 review

     
The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 8 is Samsung’s flagship smartphone. It features a dual-camera setup, offering two different focal lengths. It’s an update to the controversial note 7, which you may recall as being notorious for its exploding battery problem - Samsung is of course promising this problem has been completely fixed for the cảnh báo 8.

One of the cameras has a 12 megapixel sensor, with a wide angle f/1.7 lens, while the other, also 12 megapixel sensor, has a 2x optical zoom lens with an f/2.4 aperture. An additional function of having two lenses is “Live Focus”, which allows you to lớn create the popular shallow depth of field effect which is common amongst many current smartphones.

Other specifications which may be of interest to photographers include a 6.3-inch, 16 megapixel screen, a micro SD thẻ slot which allows you lớn expand the lưu ý 8’s internal memory, raw format shooting, 4K đoạn phim recording và a front-facing 8 megapixel f/1.7 camera.

We have been loaned the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8 by Vodafone for the purposes of this review, which offers the device on a number of different packages. The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8 retails for around £869 / $900.

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Ease of Use

The Samsung Galaxy note 8 is one of the largest phones currently on the market, but as it’s quite narrow, it manages to stay just on the right side of ridiculously large. The design itself is also pretty classy, with a sleek finish and curved edges. Still, you’ll probably find two hands come in very handy when using the camera - especially if you want lớn change any settings. You’ll also probably find you need both hands when typing messages and so on.

There are a few different ways khổng lồ unlock the phone. You can draw a pattern or enter a pin on the trang chủ screen, use the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, or set up the phone to recognise your face and unlock it that way. Sometimes, unfortunately, the phone seems unable to lớn recognise my face if I’m wearing my glasses - just something to be wary of. The fingerprint scanner is dangerously close to lớn the camera lenses, so you might want lớn try & be careful not to touch the lenses when unlocking the phone.

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Front

You don’t actually have lớn unlock the phone khổng lồ access the camera. A double tap of the nguồn button on the right hand side of the phone will automatically launch it, or you can swipe up from the bottom right hand corner of the screen from the lock screen. Note that if you launch the camera in either of these ways that you won’t be able lớn look at any older pictures until you unlock the phone.

The native camera app is very well featured. By default it will mở cửa in the fully automatic configuration, leaving you khổng lồ concentrate on composition. You can tap around the screen lớn set the autofocus point and change the metering point lớn adjust exposure. You can switch between the two different lenses (wide angle and telephoto) by tapping 1x & 2x - which you’ll see either on the bottom of the screen or the right hand side, depending on how you’re holding the phone. If you would lượt thích to take more control, you can switch khổng lồ a Pro mode, which is accessed by swiping left from the main camera screen. You’ll now see that you’re able to adjust parameters such as shutter speed và ISO - as is common for điện thoại phones, it’s not possible to set your own aperture value.

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Rear

Other shooting modes are also available if you swipe left from the main screen. As well as tự động hóa and Pro, there’s Panorama, Slow Motion (video), Hyperlapse (time-lapse), Food mode, and Virtual Shot. It’s also possible to download extra modes, such as Sports Shot & Rear-cam selfie.

Along the đứng top of the screen you’ll see a few different options. The cog icon gives you access to various advanced settings, including changing the picture size, video clip resolution, timer & so on. If you tap the image form size option, you’ll be able lớn switch on raw format shooting - which will give you a raw format version of each JPEG, but only if you’re shooting in “Pro” mode. The other options you’ll see at the đứng đầu of the screen change depending on the shooting mode you’re in. So, for example, in Pro mode, you can change AF area và metering, but these options will not be displayed when shooting in Auto.

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In-hand

In both modes, you’ll have the option to switch the flash on và off, or turn to lớn “full view”. The latter is primarily aimed at those capturing shots khổng lồ use with Instagram Stories or Snapchat, as it’ll make use of the 18:9 aspect ratio of the cảnh báo 8’s screen, rather than whatever aspect ratio you’ve already been shooting in.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the option lớn switch “Live Focus” on. This mode makes use of both the lenses to lớn create a shallow depth of field effect. You need to move the camera at least 1.2 metres away from your subject for it to lớn work, và there are some other caveats - such as you can’t have too much light in the shot either. Once you’ve taken the shot, you can adjust the amount of background blur when you’re looking at the shot in playback too, lessening or adding the amount depending your tastes.

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Camera Mode

In order to lớn take a picture, you have a couple of options. There’s a virtual shutter release button found at the bottom of the screen (or lớn the right if you’re shooting in landscape format). Alternatively, you can use the volume up or down physical button on the left hand side of the camera. You can hold the phone so that these buttons are positioned on the đứng đầu right hand corner of the device, making it a little more akin to shooting with a “normal” camera. If you want lớn record video, there’s a dedicated virtual đoạn clip record button just next lớn the standard shutter button. As soon as you press this, đoạn clip will start khổng lồ record - this is a bit frustrating as it means you can’t frame up your đoạn phim first. You can change đoạn phim resolution from the settings menu, with resolutions up khổng lồ 4K available.

Image Quality

In bright light, images produced by the Samsung Galaxy note 8 are fantastic. Colours are very vivid - arguably straying into over saturation but producing a very pleasing result none-the-less. Detail is also well resolved, producing images which give a good overall impression of high detail. If you examine images at 100%, it’s possible lớn see a little image smoothing even at low ISOs, but certainly no more than we’d expect from a small sensor.

Thanks to a wide aperture lens (f/1.7), the note 8 also copes pretty well in low light situations, helping you to keep the ISO as low as possible. Visible image smoothing is more obvious from ISO 400, but if you’re mainly sharing online or producing very small prints, it’s certainly acceptable. ISO 800 is available, too, but if you can keep khổng lồ shooting below this, it’s certainly preferable.

The note 8’s second camera is very useful in situations where you want to lớn get closer to the subject. It’s not quite such a good performer in low light, thanks lớn it having a narrower aperture, but in bright light it performs very well. The “Live Photo” effect which utilises the second lens is also pretty reasonable - you can see some strange artefacts if you examine closely, but on the whole, the shallow depth of field effect is quite natural.

The chú ý 8 does a very good job of accurately assessing the scene to lớn produce balanced exposures, but you may find exposures benefit from tapping around the screen to lớn meter from different parts of it. Automatic trắng balance copes well with a variety of different lighting conditions, producing shots which are on the whole accurate in colour.

Noise

The Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 8 has 5 manually-selectable ISO sensitivity settings available at full resolution, ranging between ISO 50 and ISO 800.

JPG Raw

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8’s fixed focal length lens is equivalent lớn 28mm in 35mm camera terms. The telephoto lens also gives you a 2x optical zoom.

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Macro

the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8 is able lớn focus as close as 5cm from a subject. We found this claim to lớn be accurate, though autofocussing does occasionally struggle lớn lock on at this kind of range.

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Macro

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Flash

The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 8 uses an LED flash, and as usual for this technology, it gives a much weaker flash burst than a standard xenon camera flash. Shooting a trắng surface from a distance of 1.5 metres reveals the flash is unable to lớn properly light the scene và there’s significant vignetting.

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Flash On

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Flash Selfie

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Flash Wide Off

Flash Wide On

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Flash Tele Off

Flash Tele On

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Night

Thanks lớn optical image stabilisation and a wide f/1.7 maximum aperture, the Samsung Galaxy note 8 performs well at night. This image was taken with a shutter tốc độ of 10 seconds at the camera’s minimum ISO 50 sensitivity, và though there’s some noise và detail smoothing, the result is still comparable lớn what a typical compact camera would produce.

Night

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Live Focus

Live Focus mode allows the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8 lớn capture the background và the subject separately, so you can adjust the focus as you need.

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 8 camera, which were all taken using the 12 megapixel JPEG setting. The thumbnails below liên kết to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.


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