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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How does the dual-camera setup work?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first phone from the world's largest smartphone maker to come with a dual-camera setup. In this video, we explore how it works.

Staff   |    Published: January 20, 2018 2:00 PM IST

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 us.

When we used to travel, there’s one thing that we usually pack first – a DSLR camera. But of late, we’ve been completely relying on our smartphones. That being said, we had very high hopes with the Galaxy Note 8. And sure, it didn’t disappoint us. Let’s take a look at how dual cameras work and if it is actually any good.

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.

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. Here’s a quick video on how the dual-camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 works.