A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S8's camera
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The Samsung Galaxy smartphones are well-known for sporting excellent cameras, and their upcoming Galaxy S8 will be no exception. Samsung detailed the features that set their 12MP F1.7 autofocus rear camera apart from the competition on their company blog, emphasizing the new camera’s improved ability to “capture vibrant photos in low light.”
Anyone who’s attempted to take pictures on their smartphone in low light conditions is familiar with how the photos can often turn out grainy and dull. Samsung says the Galaxy S8 handles this issue with “multi-frame image processing,” which means that the camera takes three photos. The clearest image of the three then uses the other two to reduce the blur, resulting in a photo that is “highly detailed with clearer contours.”
As with the Galaxy S7, Samsung uses Dual Pixel technology, splitting each of the camera’s pixels “into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection,” making the autofocus more effective. The 8MP F1.7 front camera has been upgraded from the 5MP camera on the Galaxy S7 and is now better able to take better quality selfies, even from further away if users opt for a selfie stick.
In terms of software features, the camera app now has more effects that users can add onto their photos with 16 filters, 34 stickers, and 50 stamps. It’s likely that Samsung will expand this number over time.