Samsung Galaxy S9 Review
The Samsung Galaxy S9 sits next to the S9 + as the latest smartphones from Samsung.
“Samsung Galaxy S9 Review”: Both phones are notable for being the first smartphones to offer cameras with a variable aperture lens, which you can control yourself. You can choose between f / 1.5 and f / 2.4, depending on the lighting condition, or the camera itself will choose the aperture automatically depending on the capture mode you are in.
The S9 standard has a camera / lens, a 12-megapixel sensor, with an f / 1.5-f / 2.4 26mm lens (equivalent). It uses phase-detection autofocus, has optical image stabilization, and features an 8-megapixel front camera with an f / 1.7 lenses. 4K video recording is available at up to 60fps as well as super slow motion video at 960fps (720p resolution).
For the purpose of this review, we have been loaned the Samsung Galaxy S9 by Vodafone, which offers the S9 in a variety of different contracts.
Easy to use
“Samsung Galaxy S9 ” : The S9 uses a Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 5.8 inch screen. As is quite common these days, it uses a screen that goes to the edge of the screen, being slightly curved for a compelling design. There is a frame at the top and bottom of the screen – Samsung did not follow in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei by adding a “notch.” Although this means that the phone does not maximize the available space, you may be of the opinion that the look is cleaner or uninterrupted.
A fingerprint sensor is found on the back of the phone, which you can use to unlock the phone, or you can set the face unlock or an unlock pattern. At the top of the phone is the SIM card tray which also contains space for a MicroSD card – you can expand the built-in memory by adding your own SD card here – this marks the point of difference of several other high profile phones. Currently in the market, such as Google Pixel 2, iPhone X and Huawei P20 Pro.
Front of the Samsung Galaxy S9
From the lock screen, you can access the native camera application by sliding up from the lower right corner of the screen. By default, the application starts in “Auto” mode, which is good for use in most recording scenarios. With this, the phone automatically decides the best settings for you, which mean you, cannot adjust the aperture alone. You should find that if you are shooting in low light, it will automatically switch to the wider setting.
At the top of the application (or left when shooting in landscape mode), you’ll see the various shooting modes that the S9 camera application offers. To move between them, simply slide in the main area of the application. Along with Auto, there is also Selective Focus, Pro, Panorama, Food, Super Slow mo (video), AR Emoji and Hyperlapse.
Selective Focus is the “depth-of-field” effect of S9, which you can use to create a fake bokeh appearance. To use it, you need to point the phone to something within 50cm and take the picture. You will see that a yellow circle rotates around the virtual shutter button while the effect is being applied. You can see the image in playback. Occasionally, the phone does not apply the effect if it cannot detect a subject – usually when you photograph something from a distance (such as a landscape) rather than something close to the camera. When looking at the image in playback, you can change the focus, from close focus to away, which can be useful if the subject has not worked well.
Back of the Samsung Galaxy S9
Pro mode is where you can adjust a wide variety of different settings. You can change ISO, white balance, metering, exposure compensation, shutter speed and, the S9’s point of sale, the aperture. You can also focus manually as well. In terms of aperture, you only have two options – f / 1.5 and f / 2.4 – choosing the widest aperture (f / 1.5) when shooting in low light and the narrowest (f / 2.4) in good light. If you look at the lens while you touch this icon, you can physically see the opening blades opening and closing. Unlike other smartphones at the moment, there is no option to shoot in raw format.
For Panorama mode, you need to scan the phone in a scene to create an ultra-wide-angle view of the scene. You can choose a standard panorama or a panorama of motion – if the latter, you can see your panorama back as a video rather than just a still image.
Front of the Samsung Galaxy S9
As you might guess, Food mode is meant for food photography. Basically, it creates a radial blur effect, where the center of the image is sharp, but the rest is blurred. You can also select multiple points in the frame, not just the center, if you prefer.
The other three models are Super Slow-Mo, which you can use to create super slow motion videos. You can set it to “Multi Take” where you can record multiple “moments” in a video , or “Single Take” where only a single “moment” is captured. AR Emoji allows you to create emoticons of yourself, while Hyperlapse is a way to create a time-lapse video.
Whichever way you’re shooting, you can click on a gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen to change several different settings. The available settings differ depending on the mode you are working in. In Pro mode, you can change the photo size, video size, timer, and so on.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 in hand
To actually take a photo, you can use a virtual button through the application. Just next to this button, there is another for video recording and another for displaying your images in playback. If you’re using the camera app on the lock screen, you’ll only be able to see the images you’ve taken in your current “session.” You can also use the physical volume button to take a picture. When you tap the video recording button, it will start recording the video immediately. However, if you hold the video recording button, you can frame your picture before releasing the button to start recording.
“Samsung Galaxy S9 Review”: Along the bottom of the screen, you’ll also find the icon needed to switch to the front camera. In selfie mode, you have four different options. There is the standard Selfie mode, in which you can apply the Beauty mode if you want (or turn it off completely), there is the Selfie Focus, which you can use to create a depth-of-field effect on your selfies, AR Emoji and Wide. Selfie, which you can use for group selfies to make sure everyone, is in the picture.
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