Samsung Galaxy Core Review
The Samsung Galaxy Core sports a 5-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with a single LED flash, and a VGA front facing shooter.
Launching the camera takes us to a feature-rich camera interface allowing users to tweak all sorts of settings from scenes to effects, exposure value, focus modes, white balance and ISO. Among the special features the camera supports are burst shot mode capturing up to 20 images in rapid sequence (but the images are low-res) and panorama mode stitching multiple images together. There is no HDR mode in the stock camera app, in case you are curious.
Good news is that the 5-megapixel shooter captures very decent photographs. They do not stand out with anything in particular, but they hit all the bases - colors are not skewed, detail is sufficient and the exposure is accurate. Indoors, when light gets scarce, colors start to fade out in images. Firing up the flashlight lights up nearby objects nicely and deals effectively with noise. Also, the camera captures much more lively colors when the flash fires. One slight niggle is that the camera is a bit slow. It takes more than 4 seconds to start, focus and capture an image - more than the average of around 3.5 seconds.
Video recording maxes out at 480p (720 x 480 pixels) as the handset is not capable of recording 720p video. The actual quality of the recording is decent. Colors do not deviate dramatically, exposure compensation works relatively well and the footage is suitable for casual use. Sound recording in video is a bit tinny, lacking depth, but we would not count this as a huge flaw for such an affordable handset.
The 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera is there mostly for video calls, and you can of course use it for selfies, but the quality of the images it shoots is barely usable.
All in all, truth is known in comparison. In parallel with other devices in its class, the Galaxy Core stands slightly above the average.
The Galaxy Core’s 4.3 inch display provides plentiful space for enjoying videos on the go and the loud speakers add extra oomph. The only nuisance comes in the form of the dim display - it’s just not bright enough for some situations.
Samsung pre-loads its own video player application. It is a decent player that automatically fetches clips from your storage into its catalog, but you can also use the folder view if you prefer. It plays back MPEG, Xvid and MKV-encoded files at native resolution, but does not support H.264, MOV and DivX codecs. For the latter, you can find an alternative like MX Player on the Play Store.
For music playback, there are two applications to pick from: the Samsung Music Player or the stock Android Play Music. The Samsung Music Player stands out with some unique features like Music Square that categorizes your music by its feel - passionate, exciting, joyful or calm, and allows you to just pick the mood you’re in to automatically build an appropriate playlist. As all others, it breaks down your music in the standard albums, artists, and playlists tabs, and it also supports a folder view.