Samsung outs a stunning short film, shot entirely with the Galaxy S5

Samsung outs a stunning short film, shot entirely with the Galaxy S5
Samsung's phone cameras are usually among the very best ones available, and the one in the Galaxy S5 cemented this impression. Equipped with a new, 16 MP unit with a relatively large, 1 / 2.6” sensor with a native aspect ratio of 16:9, and an aperture of F2.2, the S5 can be used as an excellent camcorder, too, despite the lack of optical image stabilization.

The ISOCELL camera can record 4K footage with 30fps, and supports real-time HDR video, so it consistently scored high in out camera comparisons done with the S5 as a chief participant. As if to prove our favorable impressions, Samsung posted the following 1080p HDR video, shot entirely with the Galaxy S5 in Trieste, Italy. What do you think, is the S5 missing OIS tech, or does the footage look great enough without it?

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Show me the metadata and EXIF if Samsung S5 really created that beautiful video montage. I'm still in doubt.

6. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

You are right but I believe it's real. Otherwise we could see more in the dark areas, maybe (there goes the promotion)

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Hold on buddy this is not Nokia. Check out GN3 recording with 4k: Even on 1080p (21inch) display that looks amazing !

16. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

yah i guess it is good for a smartphone camera. but there is definitely nothing special about it. quite honestly it looks pretty bad. colors are all wrong. edges just disappear on the phone etc.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Guess it's good for a smartphone camera... quite honestly it looks pretty bad. You're just a troll aren't you....

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Check out this video shot with S3. Im sure the video was processed but you still need a decent core quality to come out with that

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do think the S5 is capable and made this video. But even with metadata and EXIF, you can't be sure they used a camera stabilizer set to enhance the video.

17. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

oh they used something along those lines for sure.

11. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

What a bluff that was

12. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

I quite easily can believe that was taken with a phone. As far as video montages go, it's not that beautiful (but it's good for a phone).

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It' real, for sure. Noone would repeat the same mistakes that Nokia did with the 920. What people don't usually consider is that "shot with the Galaxy S5" does not mean that it has been shot like a normal user would do, i.e. with the phone in its hands and without postprocessing. In my opinion, the phone has been mounted on a steadycam or a similar support, what's more the output might well have been processed with a postproduction software. Bottom line: it has been shot with the S5, but do not expect to achieve the same results during your everyday movies, unless you're a skilled videographer.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah its obviously mounted on a steady support. Look at the 01:00 part of the video, following the skateboarder is sooo seemless like its mounted, knowing that S5 cam got no OIS to begin with. Im waiting for someone to pull this up and say its a fake.

23. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It was proved that DIS of S5 is much better than OIS of LG S5 has best camera, best display , best battery life(of the high end phones), water resistant and dust proved , best functionality ......

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah S5 got an awesome camera but to have that kind of "professional" quality, still I'm in doubt.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's probably real but definitely using a tripod and other expensive panning equipment.

2. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

Think ther are trolling just like Nokia did with the Lumia 920G Google on fake nokia 920 add....

3. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Samsung 4K capable phones are AMAZING camcorders in good ambient conditions. Check this one out :

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


5. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Also worth seeing:

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No doubt, currently Samsung has the best camcorders in a smartphone ala Galaxy S5 and Note 3.

13. jayc_m

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Wow. ✌

18. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

I think it's "smooth video" option, on 1080p - which means 60 fps. And yeah a tripod was probably used.

20. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

1. They used a camera stabilizing rig to make the panning and sweeping shots look good 2. They hired a pro to do the intricate color grading you cannot replicate those shots in an ordinary day

22. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Brilliant. I don't think there is another phone with HDR for video...not even Nokia has that dynamic range that high.

26. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Does not count if it's not shot with a hand

27. azozovich

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

don't really believe it...i own a s5 and there is no way it takes that good quality video! the shooter absolutely used editing softwares and pics are too stable

28. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

You're implying the video has been edited simply because the you cannot replicate the shooting and filmography yourself.

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