Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - Dual Camera Redefine the future of Photography

Thursday, September 07, 2017

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

Hey merry goers.

For you tech junkies out there, I am sure you have heard the news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which is already opened for pre-order a few days back. I was definitely one of the those who was looking forward to this news especially after my Note 4 got stolen. Loosing my baby Note 4 was devastating and troubling to me because firstly I really loved my Note 4 and it served me really well. I wasn't looking to changing it any time soon and when I lost it, I just couldn't find another phone to replace it. Shoutout to Warren from KLGadgetGuy for loaning me a phone which has been doing a great job keeping me alive during my search for a new phone. Those of you who are looking for top news for gadgets like mobile, computers etc should really check them out. They are really up-to-date with the latest reviews and tech news.


When Samsung announced the launch date of the Galaxy Note 8, I couldn't wait for it to be launch so that I can check it out and maybe this would be able to replace my baby. Lucky me that Samsung hosted the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Picture Perfect Workshop and I had the chance to play with the phone before it hits the market. The Picture Perfect Workshop was held together with artistic photographer Michael Yeoh to demonstrate how we can capture stunning portraits and landscapes using Samsung  Galaxy Note 8's first and powerful dual camera.

Mobile photography is so eminent in our society especially to capture those Instagrammable shots and to capture those picture worthy snaps. Smartphones are now equipped with powerful cameras which can be at par with digital cameras. Honestly speaking how many of us actually have our cameras around with us all the time? It gets frustrating when I stumble across an interesting cafe or when I want to take a photo but my phone fails to capture it picture perfect.

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

So for those tech noobs out there *ahem referring to myself as well*, what is a dual camera and how does it actually help us capture better photos? Well, for the Galaxy Note 8 dual camera is made of two separate cameras with their respective image sensors. One camera functions just like a normal camera while the second camera is kinda like a backup camera that adds elements missed out with the primary sensor. So when you capture a photo, these two separate images are captured and when combined, produces a clear, high quality photograph with greater depth of field. You know those photos captured using DSLR cameras that somehow gives you that HD photos? Yup, with the dual camera, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now capable to do the same.

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review
samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

Plus there is the Live Focus feature which iPhone users will know as the Portrait mode. The new Live Focus and Dual Capture feature actually allows you to adjust the bokeh or blur effect of the background so that you can change the depth of field and make the subject the main focus. One feature which wins the Portrait mode is that you can actually control the intensity of the overall blur effect and apply it to the image before saving it. Plus with the Dual Capture, you are able to actually capture two images. Both the Live Focus image (close up) as well as the wide angle image. This means you will be able to choose between the close up photo or the overall image.

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review
samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review
samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review
Photo taken using Samsung Galaxy Note 8

With 2x Optical and up to 10x Digital zooming capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dual camera is able to capture clear, high quality close up shots even if it is far away. You know those huge cameras that photographers carry around with the long lenses? The optical zoom produces professional-looking images without losing quality. I can just imagine myself using this feature when I attend Ed Sheeran's concert coming up in November! This means I will be able to zoom in and capture all the details on stage.

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

On top of the zooming capabilities, with the fast F1.7 wide-angle lens Dual Pixel technology and F2.4 telephoto lens, you can now pinpoint the subject quicker and accurately. No more blurry photos when you want to capture photos in low light conditions. Those shaky hands that always causes blurry photos, you can now thank the dual Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) for crisp, focused images in all lighting conditions.

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review
samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

Another important aspect is the Pro mode for those who prefer to have full control over your photos. In the Pro mode, you can adjust your ISO, Aperture, Focus Mode, White Balance etc. This is a useful feature especially if you want to adjust how your photo turns out. The Pro mode allows you to use the dual camera just like on a mirrorless or DSLR camera. 

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

You can also opt between the Auto Focus and Manual Focus in the Pro Mode. Instead of tapping on the area that you want to focus on, you actually adjust it by moving left or right on the screen. 

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

There is also now built in stickers for those of you who love using stickers in Snapchat and Instastory. Now you don't need to go into the app to add stickers to your photo. There are several cute filters and stickers available but I'm not sure if they will add more in the future.

samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review
samsung galaxy note 8 dual camera review

Personally for me, the one feature that actually makes me a Note fan is the S-pen. Before I was a Note user, I never thought that having a stylus actually makes any difference unless you were a businessman/woman. But after I started using it, oh boy you really don't know how it can make your life so much easier. I use it to jot notes, doodle, crop images from my screen with just the S-pen. I felt so handicapped when I lost my phone because the things I could do with just the click of the S-pen, I no longer could. 

For those creative whiz, having the S-pen really makes life so much easier especially if you are in design or interior or just an artist. Those of you who have memory as weak as mine, the S-pen is just amazing when you need to jot down notes on the go. 

The camera feature in the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a selling point for those of you who emphasize on camera features. Pre-orders are opened until 10 September with saving up to RM888, so if this is the phone for you go get it.

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Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

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