The Galaxy Note 10 will let you zoom on sound in videos

The Galaxy Note 10 will let you zoom on sound in videos
Samsung has finally graced us with the new smartphones from the Note series and as usual, they’re some of the most capable smartphones right now. We’ll talk about the features of the Note 10 and 10+ in-depth over the next few weeks and probably even months, but for now, we only have quick hands-on impressions and all the information Samsung gave us during its presentation. There is one curious new feature that might get lost in the flurry of the announcement but we find it exciting and decided to bring it to your attention.

We’re talking about something Samsung calls “Zoom-in Mic”. Zoom-in Mic works in tandem with the regular video zoom of the Note 10’s camera and what it does is enhancing the sound that’s coming from that particular place on which you’re focusing on. Imagine filming a street performer on a busy street, by zooming in on him, the Note 10 will tune out all the street noise and amplify the sound coming from the instrument. At least that’s the theory.

The examples Samsung showed during the presentation and the one it has on its website don’t give a good idea of how well the feature will work since there’s only one source of sound in the video and it just becomes louder. It’s definitely something that’s worth testing but if it does indeed work as advertised it would be a great testament to Samsung’s engineering prowess.

One use of this feature that probably comes to mind to most of you is eavesdropping by amplifying a conversation held in the distance. And while that’s obviously something you can try doing, we doubt this first implementation will work that well. Plus, having to point your phone at someone so you can spy on them doesn’t really scream “stealth”.

We find the mic zoom being tied to the picture zoom somewhat limiting. What if you want to record a video of someone speaking in front of an audience and want to focus the sound recording on him but still capture the stage they’re on? Perhaps in a feature version of this functionality, we’ll get to choose the area where the mics should be focused separately from the video feed.

It seems manufacturers are still able to surprise us with features even if they’re not exactly groundbreaking or something that will make your life significantly better. Even so, we’re always happy to see such small surprises that haven’t been spoiled by numerous leaks weeks before the release of the device.

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh
Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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12 Comments

1. Alcyone

Posts: 581; Member since: May 10, 2018

If I'm correct my brothers lg v10 (or 20) had a similar feature. Was a novel feature then, and my Samsung has refined it. Was a pretty nifty feature for him, and the quad dac made it even better. Wish Samsung used them in their phones. It does make a difference.

2. peschiera

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Actually Samsung introduced it in Galaxy S5 back in 2014. It was called Audio zoom. But Samsung never made a big deal of it at that time. I believe, at that time it just was not good enough. I know that I had tested it but I cannot remember having used it again after testing.

5. DFNDR

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2019

Actually LG introduced it in LG G2 back in 2013. It was called Audio zoom. But LG never made it a big deal because their marketing still sucks despite many videos focusing in the features.

11. peschiera

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Really? I did not know that. Thank you for the info. I think their solution as well as the one copied/adapted by Sammy one year later could not work fine because of the hardware limitations/costs at that time. The re-release by Sammy in Note 10 might work better. I hope it cause I'm going to buy one.

6. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

No LG allowed you to control the direction of the mics regardless of zoom. HTC did it though using the zoom on maybe the U11 or one of their sadly forgotten efforts.

3. User123456789

Posts: 1178; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Great microphones would be enough. My 2015 phone have so much clean audio, easy to hear each sound like they were the only one. Cars, birds, dogs all together.

4. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

HTC already did the mic zoom feature a while back along with Nokia, if I'm not mistaken.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And???

9. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And??lol The article should at least mention that it's been done by other manufacturers rather than omitting that information and giving the allusion that Samsung innovated the feature.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wow!! This seems like such a cool and 'new' tech to me, but to see all the comments in here about other phones having it first etc etc... I'm wondering if Samsung somehow revolutionded this concept into something finally worth showcasing/showing off??

10. Onelove2423

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 08, 2019

Htc U11 already got that feauture which is called sonic zoom

12. Onelove2423

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 08, 2019

I am.using the htc U12+ now and have that same great feature of zooming in on video for sound as htc U12+ have 4 mics

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