Galaxy Note 8's dual-camera system has some awesome features that make it stand out from the rest


Dual cameras are the hot new trend in the mobile world, and we've seen manufacturers combine all sorts of cameras on the back of their devices over the last year or so – wide plus even wider, color and monochrome, wide plus telephoto, you name it. So, we weren't the least bit surprised when we learned that Samsung's brand new Galaxy Note 8 would also prominently feature a dual-camera setup. We were also not surprised when Samsung told is it would consist of a regular camera backed up by a telephoto lens, iPhone 7 Plus-style, but boy, did Samsung have a bunch of sweet surprises in store for us!

First off, both cameras on the back of the Galaxy Note 8 will have optical image stabilization (OIS), whereas the iPhone 7 Plus uses OIS only for its primary camera, and we think that's a great decision on Samsung's part. Long story short, the longer the focal length of a lens is, the more problematic camera shake becomes. It isn't a big deal during the day, when you'll be generally shooting at a high shutter speed and low ISO, but becomes more problematic as the sun lowers, which is made all the worse by the fact that telephoto lenses have smaller apertures. In such situations, to compensate for shake, the camera needs to shoot at a higher shutter speed, but when there's not enough light, it also needs to up the ISO, which automatically means noisier photos. But anyway, since the Note 8 will have OIS in both cameras, which, aided by the fact that its telephoto shooter will have an f/2.4 aperture (a step up from the f/2.8 telephoto camera on the 7 Plus), will surely help Note 8 owners take sharper photos at 2x zoom, even after sundown.

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But the Galaxy Note 8 boasts another cool new camera feature that we want to talk about, and it's much simpler than OIS. Imagine that you're taking a photo but you're on the fence on whether you should use the wide-angle camera or zoom in on something interesting that's further away. Well, the Galaxy Note 8 offers a very, very simple, yet very effective, solution to this problem. It simply takes two pictures at the same time—on with the primary shooter and one through the telephoto lens—leaving you with two shots taken at different focal lengths! You can opt out of this in settings, of course, but we think it's a pretty neat feature that may prove convenient for smartphone shutterbugs further down the line.

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source: Samsung

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Awesome

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nice that's certainly a feature not leaked out. How many other features that were not leak that Samsung will announce? I hope plenty.

5. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Great looking as usual but the downside will always be the software for me with Samsung. It will be slow and stuttering overtime.

18. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Bulls**t. My S7 edge is 1.5 years old, no stutter at all

6. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ugly camera design v30 is better.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

you have a V30?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're lucky to have the V30 so early. Tell us about it

7. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

After one year Samsung finally catch iPhone tech.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

While iPhone still lacks several features from Android. Also other OEMs used Dual Cameras before iPhone, sorry for bursting you're little dream world

11. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Who used secondary camera with zoom?

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Apple had a quality FPS before Samsung, Apple did dual camera before Samsung. The list of things Samsung has done before Apple is too long to list.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

So to see the difference from the iPhone 7 Plus someone has to take a long distance photo using the telephoto lens in the evening after sundown/ at night. That sounds too retarded to me because mostly people even cannot see the long distant objects in low light with their own eyes and thus no one takes photos of far away objects at night anyway. This is too much of a gimmick than a practical feature.

12. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Actually that sounds totally awesome. You can do stuff with the Note 8 that your eyes can't even see. You are a clueless troll with no imagination.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

https://youtu.be/xXXB7uNa5zE I think Samsung did a great job with camera this time

14. Milen_Y

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Not quite. Leaving aside the fact that neither camera is meant to take photos of 'distant' objects, but more things that are 40-60 ft away, you are forgetting about video. OIS makes a big difference when it comes to video.

15. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yeah, no one uses mid focal length lenses in less than ideal light (including indoors). Get a clue about photography, for the same of making sense.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Congrats on showing your ignorance. I'll give you a thumb up so you feel better.

21. M.O.A.B

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

is that John V holding the note 8 ?

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