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Picture and video samples from the Samsung Galaxy S III appear with encouraging quality

0. phoneArena posted on 09 May 2012, 05:34

Just like HTC before it, Samsung is making a good use of the new Android ICS camera API with the 8MP module on the Galaxy S III. The camera on its newest flagship sports f/2.6 aperture, compared to the f/2.65 on the Galaxy S II, and the focal length has shrunk to 3.7mm from 3.97mm, allowing you to fitmore scene in the frame...

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posted on 09 May 2012, 06:09 8

5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

and i thought my epic 4g touch took great pictures. Samsung has outdone itself once again.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:10 1

7. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)

exactly ... it has set the new standards for competition cough cough performance cough

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:11 11

8. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

The photos are better, but for the life of me I don't know why they didn't just put in a 12MP camera! 12MP should be the standard, you can get great pics, better digital zoom etc. Manufacturers can then focus on optics to get even better quality.

8MP is so 2010!!!

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:21 2

11. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

12 MP will be good. But it would make the device more expensive.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:28 9

14. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

This is a premium device.. Or atleast is should be, it will be expensive regardless of the camera!

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:07 9

30. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

More megapixels doesn't mean a better picture. I wish people would realize that.

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:56 4

47. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

True! But a 5MP pic has far less detail than a 12MP one. What I'm trying to say is that a 12MP photo can easily become a 5MP photo, vice versa it usually becomes a grainy mess!

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:08 5

31. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Do u know that 12 MP means a thicker body?

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:56

35. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I think HTC with their 16MP camera on the Titan 2 might disagree a bit with you... Yes, it's thicker, but not all that much, especially with a case on it

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:12

37. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

That's true. When you care about the number of MP only, it can still be thin, but not a high quality one. Look at the camera on OneX, only 8 MP but still very thick (camera part).

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:51 3

34. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

A 12 mp camera has no tangible advantage over a top level 8mp camera optics. Most people size down there photos for social networks or printing and unless you are wanting a billboard size photo print the extra mp is irrevelant

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:15 1

42. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


I don't see why people do not get this at all. You get a 8mp camera that does burst shots and shoot and saves almost instantaneously.
I would rather have this than have a 12mp camera that takes a couple of seconds to focus and save the picture.

posted on 10 May 2012, 09:48

70. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

doesn't have?
compare pixon and new samsung's models.
or N8. If you don't know how to utilize this module even 50 mpx won't make a difference.

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:05 1

41. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 527; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

Didn't they said the SG3 is suppose to be like a Galaxy S 2s?? just like iPhone 3GS/4S?

Samsung won't fall behind even if they decide to pull a move like Apple did. When you are leading in the market(strictly Android), does Samsung need to try that hard?

I am not saying the new one is not refined enough, its got some extra new features, like a iPhone 4S.

Let's save the 12MP for the real GS3 next year.

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:42 1

45. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

because MPx dont mean jack. Id rather just have the better hardware than a larger picture that takes up more space.

posted on 10 May 2012, 13:23

72. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

remixfa, Saying that its worse because it takes more space is just ridicolous.
16 gig of int. memory plus sd card (additional 16 or 32 gigs) and you worry about place for photos when at the same time average user carries on his device a few films, tons of music and games? Come on. You have pc and you can download content on it.
It all comes down to preferences. having a good camera and maps are a must for me.
Just for the record. N8 or 808 with belle are a truly decent smartphones.

I'd go along with that. MPx don't mean when manufacturer don't know how to use it properly.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:21 4

10. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Forget the image quality (which isn't all that special) I still can't get over the ugly design of this phone! Samsung need to place more emphasis on external design like HTC have done with One X. Even the new Sony phones look pretty cool.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:48 13

20. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


I love the fact that the handset design issue rages on!

There is no doubt that both the HTC X and Sony S initially look better than the GS3...

But what you have to remember is...

1) both of those don't have expandable storage / removable battery (the storage issue for an HD-centric device is CRIMINAL)

2) how many people will use ANY of these phones WITHOUT a cover? so really, as soon as you slap one of those on, they're all going to look pretty standard...

3) Sony S is dual core and looking a benchmarks - it's performing the worst out of all 2012 mobiles...

4) HTC One X's camera quality on all of their ranges have always been poor - this one is no exception (from reviews / hands-ons)

5) Did I mention lack of expandable storage on all other phones bar the GS3?

Sure the GS3 isn't the most inspired design, but but a funky flip case on it, or some of the nice mesh ones coming out, and it'll transform it...

And you'll be left with a great looking device with unequaled specs...

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:53

40. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)

The Sprint version of the HTC One X will have expandable storage. However, it will not have a removable battery. Until battery/phone tech gets to a point where I can use my phone as I like, all day, without needing to charge my battery, removable batteries are a must for me.

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:43

46. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Dont forget they are also having video issues with the oneX right now, so it takes very sub standard video.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:28 1

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

It is too soon to compare it to Pureview. First let Samsung Galaxy 4 out then compared it to Nokia Windows 8 Pureview.

posted on 10 May 2012, 11:17

71. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

why wait for galaxy s 4? so then maybe we should wait for the next pure view model?
they are about to hit the market so comparing them right now is obvious!

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:30 8

15. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)

Damn ppl are still crying over the 8mp camara?. Get over it jeez. Or dont buy the phone.

Btw those samples ( from a non-final unit.) look good.
Cant wait to see the samples from a production unit.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:33 3

17. FunkyEyez (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

how funny people argue about number of pixel in phone... well number of mp on its own does not really make the difference for image quality.. this would matter if you intend to take photos for making billboards... but for phone about 6mp would be pretty descent... so having 8mp is enough I think... good image quality is achieved by a combination of quality lens and settings and Samsung did pretty well

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:15 2

32. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Ever since the N8 released and pureview was announced people think they have to have a lot of megapixels, which doesn't make for a good camera, look at the Titan 2's 16mp pics and compare them to galaxy s2 or these galaxy s3 pictures which are far better.

posted on 09 May 2012, 17:22

64. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

you're wrong. mpx does count if you know how to use them properly. Nokia knows, HTC no. That's why N8 is so stellar and titan II is a huge gimmick and overhyped. Samsung makes quite good camera modules so in the next galaxy they will probably put sth bigger and better.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:44

19. Spursis (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2012)

This is my neighborhood :))))

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:02 3

21. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

Thats all you can do samsung?.. really?..

it cant even beat the n8's picture quality...
crappy samsung you should do better and innovate more...

SGS3 is just like the SGS2 with a new look... -_-


posted on 09 May 2012, 07:53 1

28. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

How exactly? It was never meant to be a camera phone.
And now you are talking about the ONE X camera's average to poor performance? How ironic!

posted on 09 May 2012, 11:37

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

so you agree that the camera on the SGSIII sucks just sayin

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