The most interesting thing is that “S9 is nothing new!” Scream the very same people who recognized last year’s Galaxy S8 radically new smartphone. Which once again proves to us. everyone is interested in a wrapper, not content. Just as in the iPhone X everyone is discussing the “fringe” at the top of the screen, rather than the technical component, the first association with the Samsung Galaxy S8 was the screen. Large, bright, unusual (then) screen.
And it doesn’t bother anyone that the screen was just not a novelty and first appeared in the LG G6. And no one now recalls that the main drawback of last year’s S8 was the camera. the Koreans were so carried away by sticking the “frameless” screen and
the development of the Bixby voice assistant that simply rearranged the camera from the Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge to a new generation smartphone. Such a “hack”, by the way, happened for the first time in the history of Galaxy S. never before have processors, screens or batteries wandered from last year’s model to a new one.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Not to say that at the same time, the Galaxy S8 camera was terrible. On the contrary, in 2016, when the S7 edge was released, it was of record quality right up to the appearance of a steeper camera phone (which in all other respects turned out to be a rubbish trash), Google Pixel. And there was enough margin of quality so that in 2017 the Galaxy S8 would not fail on the quality of shooting “below the waterline”, but stay above almost all Chinese and eminent colleagues who “shoot” themselves in the foot every year with camera settings (Sony and LG).
But at the end of the year, saving on the camera led to the fact that Samsung put a belt on the quality of shooting for everyone who is not lazy.
Not only Google Pixels and iPhones, but also the flagship Huawei. And Xiaomi, which always had “hands growing out of place” in photography, almost caught up with the formidable, cool and expensive Galaxy S8 with the model Mi Note 3. For us, this is just a joke and the basis for discussion on the theme “Samsung has rolled down,” but those who bought the S8 for 55-60 thousand rubles in the spring and summer of 2017, they expected something more from the smartphone than cameras of the level of cheap Xiaomi.
Partly for this reason, the Samsung S9 emphasized that the camera is new. Totally new. The coolest. Evidence of steepness also provided, and they sound convincing.
The first smartphone that can squint and open its eyes is better than all competitors
The first and coolest thing about the Samsung Galaxy S9 is its variable aperture camera. The diaphragm is an indicator that measures, roughly speaking, how wide the smartphone’s “eyes” have opened. The wider the aperture (the smaller the figure in the aperture characteristic after a fraction). the better the smartphone sees in the dark. It would seem. “lift his eyelids (smartphone),” as Wii, and there is no problem! But there are problems, because, firstly, it is difficult to realize a wide aperture in a thin smartphone case (in the same “mirrors” the shutter that adjusts the aperture is not very compact). And secondly, an aperture that is too wide when shooting objects in the middle plan and near too “soap” the background or “brightens” the pictures where it is undesirable.
Change of “diaphragm” between the day.
Therefore, in sunny weather, when there is plenty of light, people put on sunglasses and smartphones shoot well even with a “clamped” aperture. And at night, when the smartphone has to look at the world through a small hole in the camera, the clarity of the image depends on how wide it is.
in manual mode, you can seamlessly and quickly switch between two aperture sizes
In order for the smartphone’s camera to have fewer hardware “twists”, manufacturers did not bother before and simply tried to produce smartphones with the widest aperture. at least f / 2.0, and more often. f / 1.8 or even less. Especially in 2017, LG excelled in this respect when it released the V30 with a record f / 1.6 aperture. but in revenge it saved on the quality of the sensor in the smartphone.
Samsung also saves on the number of cameras in the younger version of the S9, which was cheated by a widescreen camera.
Standard and widescreen cameras in the Samsung Galaxy S9
For the rest, the sensor in the camera is flagship and large (and the larger the better:% D1% 87% D0% B5% D0% BC% D0% B1% D0% BE% D0% BB% D1% 8C% D1% 88% D0% B5% E2% 80% 94% D1% 82% D0% B5% D0% BC_% D0% BB% D1% 83% D1% 87% D1% 88% D)), 1 / 2.5 ”, image stabilization is also in place, and aperture varies from record for f / 1.5 phone for insufficient lighting up to f / 2.4 so that the electronics do not have to deal with the sensor “fooling” from excess sunlight. Nobody has done this before Samsung. in nature there is no other smartphone camera with a moderate number of megapixels, a large sensor, and good optics with a variable aperture. over, in auto mode, the phone “twists” itself with this diaphragm, and in manual shooting, you can choose from two aperture options. the dream of a person who changes a mirror / mirrorless camera to a smartphone to take photos somewhere in cramped conditions!
Photos on the front camera Samsung Galaxy S9
So that the article does not look completely “sweet”, I can share the impressions of fellow “reviewers” who managed to take comparative photos on the Galaxy S9 and the old Samsung flagships. So. the algorithms on smartphones that were shown at the MWC exhibition until they squeeze “all the juices” out of the camera. the Galaxy S8 and last year’s Sony Xperia leave the new Samsung behind (which is not so difficult), but in comparison with Galaxy Note8 it almost always goes flush, and occasionally it turns out to be either slightly better or slightly worse than the “shovel” with a stylus. However, if you remember, the Galaxy S7 in the first couple of months also managed to take pictures sometimes worse than the Galaxy S6, but strove to add pink to the pictures. And only after several firmware updates the algorithms returned to normal.
Photos on the rear camera Samsung Galaxy S9 (f / 1.5)
Photo on the rear camera Samsung Galaxy S9 (f / 2.4)
Photo on the rear camera Samsung Galaxy S9 (f / 2.4)
Photos on the rear camera Samsung Galaxy S9 (f / 1.5)
Super slow motion. clarity is lower than Sony XZ2, pixel-by-pixel detail is higher
The Japanese were the first and you can not argue with that. last year’s Xperia XZ Premium with shooting at 960 frames per second was the first to make in smartphones slowed down not symbolically, but radically, like in the coolest Hollywood action movies. For the sake of such an exclusivity, Sony did not even sell their monstrous sensor with dedicated memory to anyone (so as not to “drown” in the amount of information that the camera dials for 6 seconds in 1/10 second of real time).
Now Samsung has embodied the same thing in its camera, only by last year’s technology. in a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. Sony has since grown up in super-slow motion. the new Xperia “pulls” slow-motion already at 1920×1080 pixels. a much sharper picture. So Sony is one step ahead again?
960 frames per second capture far more intermediate moments than standard 240
Honestly, the difficult question is. the camera sensor in Sony has not changed since the XZ Premium, optical stabilization also did not “arrive”, and the excess of megapixels and “bloopers” in the algorithms really spoil the shooting quality in Xperia. So much so that high-quality super-slow-motion Sony flagships shoot only in very “greenhouse” conditions, in sunny areas. Otherwise, you will observe digital noise (“peas”) in Full HD resolution. On the Samsung side there is better optics and a stabilizer, but the resolution of 1280×720 pixels in itself is noticeably more “muddy” in comparison with 1080p. It is necessary to compare, and compare in different lighting conditions.
In this discipline, Samsung thanks for the fact that slow-motion can be put on the “wallpaper” of the screen. this makes the function cool from a technical point of view, but useless in everyday life, a little less useless.
recording with Ultra HD at 60 frames per second is even cooler than super slow motion
Animoji. similarities worse than iPhone X, usability higher
Another feature that Samsung frankly copied from competitors, because “look, people liked it!”. If we ignore the fact that drawing yourself cartoony to grimace in correspondence, this entertainment is not for every day and not for each interlocutor, then we must admit that the function completely copies the one that Apple slapped at the time of the announcement of the iPhone X in September 2017. With differences in nuances.
Apple, nevertheless, uses 3D scanning to make animoji look more or less realistic. Samsung relies on a simple selfie shot, and details of the “face” draws at random. On the one hand, with a simpler system, you can sculpt emojis from anyone. just a full-face photograph with a closed mouth is enough. But the detail and similarity in this case is noticeably worse than they were in the iPhone. If the Korean engineer turned out to be quite reliable animoji, then my “overview” face was very far from the original. And not only mine. colleagues are also not enthusiastic about their cartoony self-portraits.
But in Samsung, you can send your “cartoons” to Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp, and children will like high-quality animoji-blanks with Disney characters. Yes, in other Android smartphones there are no such animojis, but Koreans did not jump to iPhone in this regard.
Bixby (built-in assistant). among its own kind is good, but only for English-speaking users
A smartphone determines what you eat.
Bixby also understands with accuracy to the ingredients (and not like in LG V30s.) which dishes you photograph, and allows you to add them to your diet list, so you can count calories later. Most people do not care, but athletes and those who are on a diet for weight loss will be satisfied.
Choose your makeup.
Yes, part of Bixby’s functionality is also in other smartphones. Motorola X4, for example, can tell you what kind of attraction you just photographed, LG V30s, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Honor View 10 understand that you take pictures and adjust the camera settings so that food It looked better, and the seals were sharper, even if they rushed around the apartment very quickly. Finally, there is a universal Google Assistant that works on any Android smartphone and can do a lot of what Bixby can do. There is simply no part of the Bixby functions, and Bixby does not have most of the functions of Google Assistant. Therefore, “it’s not bad to have two wives. it’s much better on either side.” Another thing is that Bixby, as it was a useless appendage (and a damn button that interferes on the side), remained. Maybe next time she will be brought to mind and forced to work adequately in our conditions.