The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here, in all its glory. But for what it s worth, the phone isn t very different from the Samsung Galaxy S8+ that was launched a few months ago. It even looks almost the same, and indeed you ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two phones. But apart from the S Pen stylus, which makes a Galaxy Note 8 what it is, there s one other big addition to this phone a dual-camera setup. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
The question here is, why is Samsung so late to the dual-camera game? The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a dual-camera setup almost a full year after the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, well over a year after the LG G5, and a few months after major Indian and Chinese brands such as OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Gionee and Micromax. For a company that is currently considered the best developer of smartphone cameras, it s awfully late to this now commonly-seen feature. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
To be fair, Samsung has achieved with a typical single-lens system what other manufacturers are unable with a dual-camera setup. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are considered to have the best smartphone cameras around, and indeed it would seem that the benefits of the dual-camera setup are not even needed. But if you can make a good thing better, what s the harm? ALSO READ: Lenovo K8 Note to Oppo F3: Smartphones with dual-camera setup under Rs 20,000
Let s also explore what the typical benefits of a dual-camera setup are. As is the case with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, OnePlus 5 and the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the biggest benefit is the addition of 2X lossless zoom. It s possible to use the camera to zoom in to specific parts of the frame and take photos that are clean and detailed, even when zoomed in. There s no lens movement, and the second lens simply uses its resolution to offer you lossless zoom. Additionally, the dual-camera setup can also use the difference in apertures to offer a portrait mode. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode Review
Other smartphones such as the Honor 8 Pro use the dual-camera setup for better detail, and light through the use of a monochrome sensor. The LG G5 and G6 both use the dual-camera setup to offer wide-angle photography. However, Samsung has chosen to go the way of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the OnePlus 5 in this case. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 Review
While the feature is certainly welcome and Galaxy Note 8 buyers will enjoy the benefits of the dual-camera setup, I can t help but feel that Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ buyers will perhaps feel a bit cheated. After all, they just bought a flagship phone that costs around Rs 60,000, and only months later comes a phone that finally gives a Samsung phone the one feature it s been missing all along. Furthermore, OIS on both the camera sensors makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 s camera one to look forward to, and will bring significant improvements to the already excellent camera of the Samsung Galaxy S8+. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on roundup: What previews say of the device
One can only wonder what took Samsung so long to catch up with this smartphone feature that can be seen even on phones priced at under Rs 15,000. As a OnePlus 5 user, the dual-camera setup is something I use often. While the feature is a welcome addition, it s also a case of Samsung being strangely late to the party.
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