Flagship smartphones from Samsung have some of the best cameras around, and it’s evident if you take a look at the Galaxy S7 duo and Galaxy S8 duo. With the new Galaxy Note 8, Samsung finally introduced dual camera setup, something which has now become a trend even on mid-range smartphones. I took the Galaxy Note 8 on a recent tour to find out how good the dual cameras are, and the results clearly surprised me.
When I’m traveling, there’s one thing that I usually pack first – my DSLR camera. But ever since I got a Galaxy S8, I’ve been completely relying on it. That being said, I had very high hopes with the Galaxy Note 8. And sure, it didn’t disappoint me. I recently went on a vacation to Malaysia, and I ditched my DSLR to see if I can replace it with the Galaxy Note 8. Let’s take a look at how dual cameras work and if it is actually any good. ALSO READ: As a Galaxy S8 user, here’s what I feel about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dual camera specifications
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, and both come with optical image stabilization (OIS). Out of the two, one is a wide-angle lens with aperture f/1.7, for usual shots and better low-light photography, and other is a telephoto lens of aperture f/2.4. The telephoto lens lets you add DSLR-like blur background effects to your photos, was all as allows for 2X optical zoom. Up front, you get an 8-megapixel front camera of aperture f/1.7 with OIS. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on, first impressions: A slightly bigger Galaxy S8 with S Pen
In the camera app, you will find a ‘live focus’ option, just above the camera shutter button. Tapping on this button, you will have to be about 4-meters away from the subject for the mode to work. You also get a slider on the right to adjust the blur intensity, live. The best part here is that Samsung also lets you adjust the blur intensity after you’ve captured the photo. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A combination of beauty, beast and near-perfection!
But things do not end here, the camera takes two photos, one with blur background, and other in ‘wide-angle’ to let you choose and use the one of your choice. Below are a couple of photos that show how good the dual cameras on the Galaxy Note 8 work to add that DSLR like effect to your photos. If you look closely, the camera does an amazing job in getting the effect right. There is also a wide-angle shot of the same frame below it. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby Voice: Here’s the list of voice commands, so you can master the newest AI assistant around
Even the daylight shots look good, with adequate details and the camera sensor is able to capture colors accurately. I even took a couple of close-up shots and they look detailed too. Even the low-light photos look great without any visible signs of graininess. Below are some sample shots. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 camera review: A closer look at the front and rear camera on the newest flagship out there
Another important aspect of the camera is 2X optical zoom, and it works just as expected. I shot photos in daylight, in the evening and also at night, and the Galaxy Note 8 completely surprised me with the end results. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+: Which is a better buy?
Lastly, the front-facing camera on the Galaxy Note 8 is also capable of capturing good selfies. I shot a couple of them, one in broad daylight and one at around 1AM with decent street light around. While the daylight selfie turns of to be detailed with accurate colors, the low-light one is just good. I noticed mild smudginess, but that is only if you go out hunting for it. Otherwise, the Galaxy Note 8 won’t disappoint you. ALSO READ: How to get Samsung Bixby Voice in India on your Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ right now
Overall, Samsung has packed powerful cameras on the Galaxy Note 8, and I will be testing it more thoroughly over the course of days. Stay tuned to BGR India for the detailed review of the Galaxy Note 8.