Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 camera sample crop gets compared against the Galaxy S8

Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 camera sample crop gets compared against the Galaxy S8
Just yesterday we mentioned that camera samples from the Galaxy S9 are the last thing that's npt been leaked just yet, and lo and behold, today we have a new leak that will happily overthrow this statement.

A Twitter user going by @MMDDJ_ has recently shared what they claim to be a crop of a photo allegedly taken with the Galaxy S9 comparing it with a similar picture taken by the Galaxy S8. Why a crop and not the full picture, you might ask, and this will be a valid and thoroughly logical question. Other Twitter users wondered the same and were told "That's not allowed" by the leakster. All fair, but let's investigate further

Before we begin, a disclaimer needs to be taken into consideration.

First of all, there's no way to check the EXIF of the pictures and see if they are really taken with the "advertised" phones. Wishful thinking aside, we should really take these with a grain of salt and all, as there's no telling if the leak is legitimate or not. Looking back on the leakster's profile, they seem to have a certain track record of leaks, but again, question everything in your lives.

Secondly, these pictures you'll see below seem to be screenshots of the actual photos as you can notice the handle of the Edge panel on the right side of the pictures. Normally, Edge panels can be turned off and they will not show up in screenshots, but by default, they are enabled and visible.

So, what does the photo crop show? Well, it depicts a city skyline shot from withing a building, which is usually a recipe for unimpressive dynamic range and overblown highlights due to the way brighter lighting conditions on the outside. Judging from these two samples alone, the Galaxy S9 seems to have a way better dynamic range reproduction than its predecessor as well as better detail rendition to the point where it could be considered vastly oversharpened. As a user on Reddit mentioned, it almost looks as if the Galaxy S9 shot in HDR mode and the Galaxy S8 took the picture with HDR forced off, which seems to coincide with what we see below.

As a reminder, according to early reports the camera of the Galaxy S9 will arrive with variable aperture of f/1.5-f/2.4, suggesting that it could fall back to the wider aperture for extremely low-light scenarios and utlra slo-mo videos where lots of light needs to be collected for a short amount of time and the narrower end of F2.4 for most other situations. Meanwhile, the S9+ is expected to have the variable camera but also add a telephoto lens to the mix that will act much akin to the Note 8 and allow users to play with a bokehlicious Live Focus feature. This will likely be the first time Samsung uses two different camera setups on its flagship Galaxy lineup.

Take a grain of salt, then another one, and wait until February 25 when we will know way more about the Galaxy S9 and its "reimagined camera".

via: Reddit

Related phones

Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

looks like they improved the dynamic range, maybe it will at least match Pixel 2 and iPhone X. Dynamic range on S8 is bad compared to competition.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

more important than colors and the high dynamic range is the fact it looks less noisy maybe Samsung understood finally the oversharpening images is a bad idea

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Naturally, he couldn't show the entire view which the cameras were seeing, as it would help pinpoint his exact location in the City where the two shots originated.

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Yes , I asked him in Twitter about the full image , he said he cannot

5. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

If those images are a true representation of the S9's camera prowess over the already very good S8, then the S9 will give the Pixel 2 and others at the top of the camera rankings some serious competition. Eager to see more.

6. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Cameras in phones are really good now, any of today's offerings will be great shooters

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