One of the best features in Note series, besides S-Pen, is the camera. The Galaxy Note 9 features Dual 12MP+12MP setup on the rear with an 8MP single camera on the front. Even though it is just an incremental upgrade from Galaxy S9 Plus, the camera is the best in the Android market. The dual 12MP sensor includes a dual aperture lens, OIS and another is a telephoto lens. So, here’s our Galaxy Note 9 Camera Review.
First of all, let’s talk about camera app, there are a bunch of modes, like Panorama, Live Focus, Pro, Auto, Super Slow-Mo, AR Emoji and Hyper-lapse on the top. On the bottom, there Bixby Button and Zoom on either side, below Full Screen, Flash, Filters and Camera Rotation. If you are new to Note 9, it might be a little bit confusing.
Specs on the papers and real-life usage could be very different. How good is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at taking pictures? Let us have a look, below.
The daylight photo is pretty good, as expected from high-end devices. The main camera has a dual aperture, which can be switched between f/2.4 and f/1.5 aperture. The f/1.5 aperture low light photos are also pretty good. The rare secondary camera is a telephoto lens with OIS built in and 2X zoom capability providing stable, sharp and crisp photo/video from far away.
Further moving on to the videos, the Note 9 can shoot up to a 4K video at 60 frames per second. The Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) make the video smooth and detailed. Besides, the camera is also capable of capturing slow-mo 720p at 960fps.
Besides the specs, the camera is equipped with AI. Though the AI is just an initial phase, there are some interesting features, helpful in the real-life situation. The feature is called “Flaw Detection”, it simply detects if there is something wrong with the phone and directs you immediately to take another photo. As you can see above, it notifies immediately (ignore my hand, I had to take the screenshot 😉 ). Similarly, the scene optimizer feature also comes in handy. It adjusts the color and white balance based on 20 subjects, including text, sunsets, food, and so on.
Low light situatons is the major concern for photograpgy in most of the devices. We tested the device on those situations, and with all the test we found the photos were pretty impressive. With the dual apature on the rear camera with opens uo to maximum of f/1.5, it was able process even in really dim lighting situations.
Well, Samsung’s smartphone camera is one of the best camera available on the market. The Galaxy Note 9 is no different, with dual aperture and dual camera setup on the back and a selfie camera with quite good bokeh effect, it definitely stands on the premium category. After using the device for more than 4 months, Galaxy Note 9 Camera Review is quite positive. If you are looking for a good camera in a premium smartphone, Galaxy Note 9 is what I recommend.