I’ve been using my new Samsung Galaxy S4 for quite awhile now and it’s time for me to just write down on some of my verdicts on the phone. So for this post, I’ll just start off with the Galaxy S4 camera. A feature which almost ALL of the smartphone users will play with once they got their brand new phones haha.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 is quite impressive in its looks, shape and lighter weight, it packs an even better camera than the S3 with a 13-megapixel camera on the S4. The great HD screen on the Galaxy S4 fully compliments the camera output from the phone. It also packs with many different features within the stock camera on the Galaxy S4 as well. One of the many features is called Dual Shot where now you are able to photos from the back camera AND front camera at the same time. This helps when you’re taking a group photo but you also want to be inside. Apart from that, it’s also a useful tool for Youtube Vloggers where they vlog on-the-go, showing places they’re visiting while having a small column with his/her face talking to the front camera.
So, imagine that I was actually taking a photo on my computer screen, but I’m also taking a photo of myself using the front camera.
There are many more camera features such as Drama, Sound & Shot, Best Face, Best Photo, Beauty Face, Animated Photo and so on. They are all pretty nifty features I’d say, and I’ll show you some example pictures below.
If you don’t already know, it’s actually quite difficult capturing a photo of a dog running around / hyperactive. My dog is one of them. I took this shot of my dog with Best Photo and it turned out pretty well la. Out of the other shots that were taken, this was the one that was decent and my dog was looking at the camera. Mind you, he actually jumped up to me after the shot was finished (phew).
Now this… was a pretty interesting one. You can actually shoot GIF animated photos with the Animated Photo feature on your Galaxy S4. This was a random test shot that my friend played with during one of my friend’s birthday party. It was pretty dark at the place so the photo didn’t turn out that well but I guess I just wanted to show you that those GIF images you see on Tumblr site is now possible with S4
The Galaxy S4 camera is great and images are pretty sharp during the day or with sufficient light source, but frankly speaking the low light performance on the Galaxy S4 camera is still somewhat below par though.
This was a random self-shot at a well-litted area full of sunlight. The image came out pretty sharp.
This was taken during one of the shoots for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Amber Brown video, you can check it out HERE. With decent-ish lighting in the restaurant, it looks decent as well.
However… with a low light environment, it suffers quite a bit. This picture below was taken when I was helping Hannah Tan with some video stuff up in Genting One World Hotel. We took a photo along the hotel room corridor and it turned out like this.
Bottomline is… the camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty decent if you’re lazy to bring out your DSLR everywhere. It’s pretty decent during daylight or with sufficient amount of lightsource. It’s been treating me well so far, I got the pictures that I needed. I guess it didn’t really matter since these days people are so used to putting on filters and edit in photo editing app before posting online haha. Oh did I mention, the Galaxy S4 camera also has a built-in filters while taking photos as well. Many didn’t notice that but you just have to click on the bottom arrow during camera mode (there you go, S4 tips 101 haha).