Five things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s camera
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 made its debut today at a high-profile launch event in New York. While we knew not to expect any new camera hardware thanks to numerous leaks, we still found a few interesting new features under the hood.
It has a two stabilized cameras, one of which is dual aperture
First: the hardware. The Note 9 seems to be basically using the S9+’s camera (flipped sideways of course) and that’s not a bad thing. Both lenses are stabilized (a tradition the Note 8 started) and are coupled to a 12MP sensor. The wide-angle camera carries over the F1.5/2.4 dual aperture feature Samsung introduced in the S9+, which isn’t terribly useful in real-world shooting. Based on our experience with the S9+, we expect very nice image quality from the wide-angle camera, and slightly disappointing results from the telephoto side.
It tells you when you took a bad photo
While there’s no new hardware to speak of, the Note 9 camera boasts some new AI. A feature called ‘Flaw detection’ can be toggled on and off in the camera settings menu, and presents the user with an on-screen indication when it detects a photo is too blurry, backlit or a subject is blinking. In our quick test the feature worked as advertised, and the notification isn’t too obtrusive.
It will optimize image settings based on scene detection
Another intelligent feature is Auto Scene Optimization, shortened to just ‘Scene optimizer’ on the menu screen pictured above. Samsung says this mode identifies subject matter and sorts the photo into one of 20 categories automatically. Saturation, white balance, brightness and contrast are adjusted accordingly.
It can automatically correct distorted faces
Here’s one we found in the camera settings menu: automatic distortion correction for faces. We don’t know anything more about it other than the feature can be toggled on and off in the camera settings menu. If the results look natural it could be a nice feature, especially when using the camera’s wide-angle lens with subjects positioned toward the edge of the frame – speaking from personal experience, you can take a really unflattering selfie that way.
It comes with a remote trigger
Now that the S-Pen supports Bluetooth Low Energy it can double as a remote shutter. A single button press will take a photo, and a double button press will switch between cameras. The pen now needs a battery, of course, but Samsung says it charges in under a minute in the phone.