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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) fails at video stabilization

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The new Galaxy A series - the mid-range family of Samsung phones, sitting right between the expensive and flashy Galaxy S and Galaxy Note on one hand, and the super cheap Galaxy J series on the other - brings phones that have the style and build quality of a flagship, but also come with a few important compromises.

We have just reviewed the Galaxy A5 (2017), a 5.2-inch phone with a stylish curved glass back, a metal frame, Samsung's newest Grace user interface, and even water-resistance, but we have found that it comes with one critical flaw: it records terrible video.

The lack of video stabilization is a bigger flaw than you might think

It not only lacks a 4K video recording option, something that most devices in its price range and even cheaper have, but more troublesome: it has an apparent complete lack of any form of video stabilization.

This might not sound like a big deal, but once you look at your videos, you will see the devastating effect that every little movement has on your video recordings: they look terribly jittery, to the point that walking and filming results in a headache-inducing footage.

This along with some other quirks are what makes the A5 (2017) a mid-range phone: it looks good, but it lacks some fairly important features. For the full impressions, battery life tests and camera tests of the phone, feel free to check out our detailed Galaxy A5 (2017) review here.


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posted on 15 Feb 2017, 09:50 9

1. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


#stable_gate

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 10:00

3. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 889; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


If you don't go for C series, Note, S series, or high end A series, Samsung phones will be trashy. LG does a better job at affordable, well made midrange phones. You'd would be shocked at how many of the LG Stylo handsets I see in the wild here in Florida.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 10:08 3

4. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


And why does this surprise anyone. It's a midrange phone.
You buy a $400 phone you get a $400 phone.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 10:33 13

5. Zylam (Posts: 941; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


The One Plus 3T destroys anything Samsung makes at ~400.

You try and call out Apple fans for being biased, you should read your own comments at how much you try and spin every Samsung downfall.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 10:44 1

6. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


What the f**k are you talking about.
Did I say a thing about the 3T. Did I bring any other phone into this? NO , but I could.
All I said was you buy a $400 phone that's what you get.
I don't give a f**k what make it is, you buy a $400 phone it still what you get.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 10:56 2

8. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


OIS is not that great
https://youtu.be/bTb4vD6aae0

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:19 3

10. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


A bunch of mid range phones have better stabilization then this, EIS, there is no excuses for Samsung here

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:27

11. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


OMFG
No where did I say it was good.
I said THAT'S WHAT YOU GET.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:27 3

12. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Samsung skimping out once again

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:32 6

13. haikallp (Posts: 239; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Dude the OnePlus 3 only cost that much to some countries. In some other countries, like in Singapore, it costs $700+. Which is just $100+ cheaper than the Galaxy S7 and more expensive than the Galaxy A5.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:36 1

14. phonearenarocks (Posts: 491; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


The picture quality though is quite good.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:45 3

15. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


"And why does this surprise anyone. It's a midrange phone.
You buy a $400 phone you get a $400 phone."

You were implying that all midrange phones have s**t stabilization like this device does when that is clearly wrong, just sounds like a terrible excuse to defend Samsung here

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 12:14

16. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


No, not the way I ment for it to sound.
It sucks big time and I was just saying in this phone it's pretty much what you get.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 12:26

17. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Zylam pisses me off is why I went off .
Sometime it would be nice to be ask what you mean . In this case what I said was not what I was saying.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 12:57

18. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


I get what you mean now that you explained it. Try to be a bit more articulate though next time imo

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 13:07

19. kefalin (Posts: 275; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


I can buy S7 for price of A5 2017. Who would buy this crappy device anyway,it looks premium but internals are complete garbage.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 14:49

20. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Thanks
I think Samsung should cut back on there midrange phones or stop them altogether because there are better ones out for the same money.
They are going way overboard.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 16:21

23. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Ya they are just mish mashing things imo with this many smartphones in their lineup. Wouldnt hurt at all to cut some devices off and have more focus on the devices

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 19:16

24. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2388; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You should probably read comment #6 over and over again, and think about how stupid you made yourself look.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 22:50

26. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


You are the stupid one, F-off

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 23:15

27. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2388; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You probably did not understand my comment properly, read it again and look at where it is pointed at, smartass.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 10:52 2

7. Nopers (Posts: 334; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Why is this a surprise? The S7 has bad stabilisation and that has OIS.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 11:00

9. sissy246 (Posts: 3183; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


WOW another dumb azz
https://youtu.be/jaUNyA09MCk

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 15:07 1

21. Xperia14 (Posts: 744; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Wow, that gave me a headache. Totally useless to include video recording with no stabilisation at all. I expected more, especially for its high price.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 15:49

22. Sealblaighter (Posts: 254; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It is a shame what Samsung did, the older generation had OIS!!!

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 19:52

25. willywanta (Posts: 390; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


It's like this. If you want a good mercedes, you should buy an E or S class. If you find Mercedes too expensive you can always buy a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry or a Mazda6.
If you buy a C class Mercedes, you cannot complain about the lack of luxury or power.
In the smartphone universe, buy a flagship if you want power and performance.

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