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More Galaxy S5 photo and video samples appear in a short review

More Galaxy S5 photo and video samples appear in a short review
A short review of the Galaxy S5's abilities has popped up, presumably from a retail unit, and it is showing us a more complete look at the camera prowess of the handset. There are shots outdoors, in low-light, at night, macros, and even HDR on/off comparison. 

The extra features of the new, flatter TouchWiz interface, that arrives with the S5, are also briefly discussed, and found to be mostly useful. Samsung didn't go all out with the "S"-branded functions this time, but rather boiled it down to a few very useful features, like its Download Booster, or the Ultra power saving mode. Another thing that got mentioned with aplomb, was battery life, but no actual tests have been made, just anecdotal evidence that the phone still had "a good chunk of life left" at the end of the day, despite the review tortures.

Check out the design and interface shots, as well as a set of real-life photo and video samples from the 16 MP camera on the back of the Galaxy S5, and tell us what you think of them.





source: Recombu

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:14 11

1. tech2 (Posts: 2328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yaay ! Its Oxford St. :)

4k is awesome though and that ISOCELL is really doing a good job at in HDR.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:18 1

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2371; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Picture n colors are very fine... love the fine details

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:20 2

22. Aploine (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Photo 4: its's not the Dudden Hill, it's the downhill of Samsung.
It's huge, ugliest ever, with needles specs like the heart rate sensor instead of a needed one like dual flash.
Photo 11: the round building looks so distorted, like egg shaped, and it's not even in the corner of the photo. Same in 10.
I love HDR though!
I 'll wait the comparison with Z2 and All New One

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:10

18. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


with knowing the initial reports , Surely S5 will sell well maybe record breaking as usual sammy flagship ! :)

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:59 4

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8822; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I mean Samsung is the only OEM besides Apple that can dell more than 10+ million of their flagship devices.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:48

40. mrblah (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


i bet it sells less than s4 and s3

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:57 3

25. FoneAddict (Posts: 206; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Looks like it take nice pics shame the phone looks UGLY as Hell!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:16 15

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2791; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Pics are awesome. And I liked the new icons and colors of Touchwiz UI.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:38 10

5. tech2 (Posts: 2328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Ikr. Changes are very subtle but definitely got rid of that cartoony look. Also all the reviewers reported the lag is virtually gone and is incredibly smooth.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:02 2

19. XaErO (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Yeah .. icons are much better than before ..

The new flatter look on those icons really looking great ..

And judging from the hands-on videos .. it looks like the TouchWiz is quite optimized for performance (still feel, it needs even more optimizations) ..

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:26 6

3. euklidis (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


really? png? So they are not straight out of the camera! i'll pass

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:49 1

7. reckless562 (Posts: 940; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


thats true, all they had to do as hit upload lols

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:28 10

4. sammyfan (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The GS5 would wow! let is come to stores!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:39 2

6. livyatan (Posts: 720; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


If only the frame of the phone was made from real metal and not the "chromed" plastic, it would made a world of difference..and I would actually really like it

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:51 2

8. reckless562 (Posts: 940; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


im pretty sure someone will make one, and you can buy it if u really want it. hell if this was gona be my phone, i might do it. but i think im watin on ths sony Z2 :-D !!!!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 02:54 10

9. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Samsung is the only Android mobile manufacturing company that's really bringing quality to the specs on their phone, as opposed to just specs at this point.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:08 15

12. tech2 (Posts: 2328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


They've really worked on customer feedbacks.

Gimmicks are gone.

Battery life is improved. Ultra Power Saving mode + 200mah more + Lucid Logic tech.

Low light photography is improved by ISOCELL tech.

S-lag. Of all the reviews I've seen the UI seems super smooth.

Tuchwiz's cartoony look is addressed with subtle changes.

500 nits bright AMOLED display is almost on par with LCDs

Slippery back issue is addressed with purforated cover.

Whereas, Xperia Z2 is just Z1 on steriods. Nothing new tech just the usual specs bump.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:02 3

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8822; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Don't forget the Note 3 is able to have a peak brightness setting of 667 according to Display Mate (loving the 4.4 update. Smooth, fluid, and better battery life!) back in November.

Can't wait until April 11th.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:05 1

35. MrTzr (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


"Whereas, Xperia Z2 is just Z1 on steriods. Nothing new tech just the usual specs bump."
Z2: TFT IPS screen, dual speakers, noise cancelling headphones, 120 fps slow-motion, 4k, 3GB RAM, better screen/bezel ratio, slimmer and a 3200 mAh battery with a more power efficient screen. Nice improvements if you aks me. Both like S5 and Z2, but I think the Z2 will replace my Z.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:10 3

36. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Agreed.
Samsung has really listened this time to their customers.
Battery life was already good, but they made it better.
Plus, the improved camera and better screen tech.
Also, those complaining about lag,I never even saw it even on my Note 2. And above that, it is fairly written that power saving mode reduces screen framerate to save battery, why complain about lag when one can't even read properly.
And yes, the most important, slippery back.....that's the only thing I don't like about my phone, Glad they did away with that design.
S5 really is the next beast

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:01 8

10. twens (Posts: 696; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I can't believe am saying this. TW is looking so super cool. With the right wallpaper and 500nits of brightness. Using this phone will be awesome. Can't wait to have the update on my note 3. Damn Sammy. They upgrade exactly what needed to be upgraded about the s4.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:04 1

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8822; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You're going to LOVE the KitKat update. Better battery life, smoother animations (as if they weren't smooth already) more fluidity, better RAM management and welcomed changes I'm the settings.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:05 8

11. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


A 500 nits/cm AMOLED screen might look comparatively bright or brighter than a 600 nit LCD in sunlight because AMOLED is naturally less reflective. For me personally, the only thing killing me on Samsung's AMOLED display technology was the maximum brightness output. The S5 seems to solve this problem

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:10 5

21. livyatan (Posts: 720; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Have you tried S4 or Note 3?
Apart when watching movies, I NEVER use the max brightness on my Note 3 indoors anyway..it hurts the eyes.
So I keep it below 50% brightness for huge majority of the time.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:47

31. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Same here, not just amoled but even my TV and nexus 7, my eyes just feel very tired when it's at max brightness and because of the deep blacks of amoled the colours seem much brighter. I just leave all my devices on auto, I feel for me it gets that brightness about right though in the dark I have to use a app dimmer because even the lowest brightness then sometimes strains my eyes.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:09 1

13. wando77 (Posts: 311; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Shame they didn't put ois on the camera. Would have made it perfect with the new phase/contrast focus, 801 processor and 16mp sensor :-(

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:51

24. UglyFrank (Posts: 542; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


It is hard for them to use OIS because they sell too many phones, they would need at least 10million ready for launch

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:17 3

14. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I really want to know what isocell can do, but according to Recombu there is nothing groundbreaking about it.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:07 2

20. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Mobile review has a few sample pics posted and I thought it was pretty impressive. New focus and her capability really shined

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:38 1

30. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Those sample pics does look pretty good, but it seems there is no big improvements over the S4 and Note 3 just like what recombu said in their review.

"Samsung has upgraded the Galaxy S5’s camera to 16-megapixels, compared with the Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel snapper, but we didn’t notice (or particularly expect) a huge leap in picture quality. The Galaxy S5 still produces crisp, detailed photos with realistic colours, in almost all lighting conditions. Evening and low-light shots are a little less noisy now, but they still don’t hold a candle to Sony’s Xperia handsets; which are the best at snapping bright, sharp photos in gloomy conditions."

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:11

37. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I meant to say HDR
Damn you auto correct

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 03:18

15. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Would love to see a Google Play Edition of this. Kind of hate TouchWiz UI...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 05:28 4

23. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


If you want the beta-feel and hallowed out stock Android UI, you can just get a Nexus phone (along with the mediocre battery life.

For all the bashing Samsung's user interface gets, it's always been tweaked with additional functionality and better fine tuned for longevity. I stopped installing those unoptimized CM/AOKPs because I would lose an hour(s) of on-screen time consistently on them in comparison to stock or stock modified ROMs

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:01

41. greyhulk (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Enjoy that horrible stock Android camera interface.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 04:09

17. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


what a crappy,,.cant wait.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:35 1

29. sergiobr (Posts: 429; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Can´t wait Note 4 !!!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 06:51 1

32. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I'm thinking about getting a note 4 myself not 100%, depends if the s5 prime rumors turn out real or not plus will have to see how much bigger it gets. Considering the s5 got bigger bezels because of the water and dust Resistance I assume the same will happen with note 4. If they can keep the note 4 same size as note 3 then there's a very good chance. Still skeptical about using that size on a daily basis. Let's see what happens.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:39

33. sergiobr (Posts: 429; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I´m a Note 3 user the size is ok for me, I had a S3 before. I often do not answer the phone on the street, in Rio de Janeiro a phone this size attracts many thieves. But at work and at home is great, I'd say the perfect size. I think Sammy is gonna make the next bigger, if that happens I´m out ! The Note 3 4k video is perfect, the photos are perfect in good light and indoors, just use the right app, not the stock camera.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 07:51 1

34. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Same, don't do much talking most if not all my communication is via sms or whatsapp. I had a play with the note 3 and it's not too bad a size and still seems quite manageable but don't want bigger. If note 4 get bigger it's a no go for me. I might even get a note 3 on the cheap when note 4 comes out. You can get a note 2 for less than £300 so if the note 3 goes down to that price after note 4 release then might get that. Note 3 already is a beast and considering it's spec it already is a 2014 flagship when it's compared to the likes of g pro 2,z2 and s5

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:25

38. ervman1 (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Is that a proprietary charging port in pic 1???

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 20:38

42. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


No. It's USB 3.0. Debuted in the Note 3. It's compatible with regular USB cables.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:07

39. RodStiffington (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


I get the feeling the S5 is going to be the new mid-tier Samsung offering with great innards, but not designed to complete with the iPhone. Why would Virgin and Boost Mobile skip offering the S4, and offer the S5? Because the S5 is much cheaper to produce, and won't command the $649 retail price of the S4. Would a retail price of $499 for the S5 be crazy?

Apple tried and failed with the 5c; Samsung upped their game with the rumored Galaxy F or whatever they actually call it.

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