The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have game-changing cameras with variable aperture and 960fps slow-mo video recording

The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally official and they come with vastly improved cameras! Variable apertures, super slow-mo video recording at 960 frames per second, and a dual shooter with optical zoom for the S9+. Learn everything you need to know about the new cameras right here...
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2. surethom

Posts: 1610; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice, but still not happy if the S9 has just 1 rear camera but the S9+ has dual camera.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't buy it then.

25. yann

Posts: 608; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Absolutely right! Also i think that variable aperture is future and when the technology became mature, we will loose this ugly 2 camera, 3 camera setups.

27. Milen_Y

Posts: 111; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Why ditch the second camera, though? The S9+ could feature a "main" camera with a variable aperture, coupled with a "telephoto" camera with a fixed aperture (if rumors are to be believed).

35. yann

Posts: 608; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

All phone cameras are trying to reach the quality of DSLR. How many DSLR with two cameras you know? I'm not speaking to ditch second camera now, but when technologies reach the level, it will happend.

40. Milen_Y

Posts: 111; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Well, uh, maybe dedicated cameras don't have two lenses because the lenses are interchangeable, which allows for enough variety?

52. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's an easy problem to solve, but they probably don't see a demand/market for interchangeable lens phone cameras. The big downside is with these two camera systems is that it inherently limits the size of the sensors, and long term, their innovation focus is on dual camera features rather than sensor/lens performance. For small form factor, it may be the way to go. Maybe multiple sensors/lenses, a la Lytro, is the best you can do with the form factor, rather than one higher quality sensor with higher quality glass.

50. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Smart phone has 2 camera sensors because you cannot change your lens like on a DSLR.

65. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 2016

How many DSLR's have lenses that can be measured in single millimeters? The point of dual cameras is to A) allow for "lens swapping" and B) to effectively double the sensor size for portrait work. If anything, future phones are going to have a 4 or 5 camera setups, the majority bunched up at the top and a final one located as far away as possible to provide as accurate depth mapping as possible.

59. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Or better yet, A main camera with dual pixel tech like the Pixel 2 phones, and a secondary wide angle camera. Best of both worlds.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also why limit the S9 to 4GB of RAM?

62. nodes

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Samsung need you to buy the bigger brother, more money! sad but Samsung is turning into Apple, slowly.

64. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

There's also a technical explanation. RAM draws power 24/7, unlike storage. Since the battery will be quite a bit smaller on the smaller device, they will have to find places to reduce power draw to make the battery-life equal. Having a hyper-spec'ed small phone is only moderately fun if it needs to be recharged three times a day.

75. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Take a Windows 10 computer and see what you can do with only 4GB of RAM. 6GB is just for show-off but it is actually unnecessary and has to be powered, eating battery even if not used.

20. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Agreed. While Pixel 2 showed that you don't need a dual lens camera to be the best, Samsung's implementing another lens on the bigger sibling means that it will have it's benefits compared to the smaller S9. Also, if Samsung indeed plan to put 4gb of ram vs 6gb on the Plus model, then that's a greedy move that is inspired from Apple. Putting more hardware and software features in the more expensive model to force you to pay more. I'm not against 4gb of ram or single lens cameras, but I do have an issue with them when the company wants me to pay even more to get these upgrades. Not to mention those who doesn't like big phones and are forced to settle for inferior specs even though they are paying premium price for their phones.

23. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it is called a plus for reason why would you buy the plus model for a higher price if it is the exact same device !?

30. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Because it has a bigger screen you smartass :)

44. talon95

Posts: 984; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

You simply can't fit everything into a small body that a large body has. Unless you can put the second camera in an alternate dimension you'll probably have a smaller battery to fit the camera and you'll have to decide which you want more on your S9. Most people choose battery, but if they could use metal ion and increase the battery to 3 days then maybe a smaller 2 day battery would still be acceptable. But for now, while we only have one day, it's better to have a camera that works than two cameras that are dead.

49. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Other OEMs found a way to add secondary camera to phones that have similar dimensions to those of the S8, so don't tell me an innovative company like Samsung can't do that as well. Stop giving these gigantic cooperations excuses and defend their greedy strategies. You, me, and everyone know that Samsung is pulling an Apple with this move, make the bigger phone more valuable to force people to spend the extra 100$ and get it.

47. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

bigger screen doesn't justify spending 100$ at least for the plus model

48. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That has been the case with the S8, so I am not sure what you're blabbing about.

82. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

and why are you mentioning the S8, when the S9 is a different phone? you might aswell go back to the S5 removable battery and complain about how the S9 does not have it?

81. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

You call Samsung greedy, but when Hauwei, google, apple makes their Plus size model with extra features, you dont care? lol

24. Trex95

Posts: 2358; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple stratagie

32. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly.

45. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

= profit strategy. Right move...

69. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No. Its not the right move. Apple strategies work for Apple, because Apple has zero competition with IOS. So thus anything they do will work, because they are locked it. Every-time Samsung has copied Apple's strategy it hasn't worked for them. When the S6 was released with no removable battery, Samsung fans had a crap-fit. Then when they dropped the sdcard support, they had a fit on that too. Thought that wouldn't have been a big deal if that phoen had 128GB or 256GB internal storage. Which is also why Samsung has yet to drop the 3.5 headphone jack, because of possible backlash. Apple can do those things and it won't matter because you can't go anywhere else for iOS. If Samsung had an S or Note with IOS and the same features they have now, Apple would be reduced to a software OEM.

68. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I also agree. Samsung has since the S6, match the hardware of the regular S and the edge model. Now that they are both edge, and the only difference has been size, I think they should continue to make them match. After all they charge enough for them. If they plan to increase the cost of the base S, which I am sure they will; then the only difference has always been size and thus the hardware should match. Or for the base model, they could make one with the single camera and one with the dual camera in the same small size, that way users who like the small one, can pay a little extra for the dual setup, without being forced to buy a larger phone they may not like. I personally did not like the S8+ and found the S8 to be a much nice phone. I wish Samsung would provide the Note like the S8. In a big and smaller size. I would get the smaller one for sure if it was the size of the S8.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Smoke!

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

The art of leapfrogging the competitors Let's not talk about Dual camera on Galaxy s9+ with f1.4 aperture .....

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