Among the Nikon D5300 photography tests I would like to insert the description of another “camera” – Samsung Galaxy S5.

Many smartphones are able to take good photos nowadays. The most up-to-date models may capture even better images than typical compact cameras!

Samsung Galaxy S5 is capable of producing quite good photos. In my opinion those photos are a little bit less detailed than Canon SX130 IS photos (Pic.3). Despite of megapixels the Galaxy S5 has smaller sensor resolution (1/2.6″) than Canon SX130 IS, which is equipped with CCD sensor (Pic.1,2).

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Pic.1 Smartphone camera sensor examples (hugehog.blogspot.co.uk)

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Pic.2 The standard sensor chart (akiwiretrospective.wordpress.com)

Finally Galaxy S5 with 16Mpx resolution makes pictures more noisy (Pic.3) than Canon SX 130IS with 12Mpx resolution. Anyway S5 is the smartphone, which may competes with basic compact digital cameras. Besides this device provides many facilities, which you can make a vary kinds of photos with utilizing many effects.

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Pic.3 Photos taken by: 1 – Canon Powershot SX 130 IS, 2 – Samsung Galaxy S5. You can see, that photo no2 is more noisy. 1 – Les Calanques National Park, France; 2 – Aylesbury, Shopping Centre

It is pointless to describe every mode and effect, which Galaxy S5 offers you. Traditionally I can say, that many information about it has been shown on the Web, like here.

I just would like to focus on some photo facilities, which Galaxy S5 is capable to do. Read below.

Photo quality

Pictures below (Pic.4 – 9) show the S5 photo quality. In each case you can refer to red squares.

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Pic.4 The Samsung Galaxy S5 photo example, red square indicates place with more details.
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Pic.5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 detailed photo example.
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Pic.6 The Samsung Galaxy S5 photo example, red square indicates place with more details.
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Pic.7 The Samsung Galaxy S5 detailed photo example.
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Pic.8 The Samsung Galaxy S5 photo example, red square indicates place with more details.
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Pic.9 Dead fly (musca domestica) captured by Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Pic.10 The Samsung Galaxy S5 photo example, red square indicates place with more details. Aylesbury, the Shopping Centre, view from Telephone Exchange.
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Pic.11 Zoom towards LIDL and Maplin. Aylesbury,  the Shopping Centre.

 Photo effects

In S5 smartphone you can use 12 photo effects and another 45, which you have to download from the producer’s webpage (Pic.12).

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Pic.12 Downloadable photo effects from the Samsung producer’s webpage. Those of options without arrows has been downloaded.

I shown a couple photos which has been done with effects (Pic.13-15).

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Pic.13 Samsung Galaxy S5 some photo effects: 1 – No effect, 2 – Vignette, 3 – Vintage, 4 – Faded colour. Aylesbury, the Shopping Centre.
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Pic.14 Samsung Galaxy S5 some photo effects: 1 – Rugged, 2 – Oil pastel, 3 – Moody, 4 – Fish eye, 5 – Cartoon.
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Pic.15 Samsung Galaxy S5 downloaded photo effects: 1 – No effect, 2 – Antique, 3 – Retro, 4 – Sketch-BW, 5 – Vangognish.

HDR

High Dynamic Range in Samsung Galaxy S5 works really nice, as you can see below (Pic.16).

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Pic.16 The HDR option in Samsung Galaxy S5: 1 – without HDR effect, 2 – With HDR effect.

Please also note, that the front camera of Galaxy S5 uses a 90 degree wide-angle lens. This is very useful and convenient when you want to take wide-angle photos.

Photo modes

There is a lot of photo modes in the Samsung Galaxy S5. I described only a few including the downloaded modes from S5 producer’s page.

Beauty face

The easiest way to capture your face is using the rear camera. You must be mindful, that rear camera has only 5Mpx resolution. When you prepare your beauty mode option you can adjust the beauty face level (from 0 to 5). The higher value set, the stronger effect of Beauty face will be on the picture taken (Pic.17).

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Pic.17 The Beauty Face mode in the Samsung Galaxy S5: 1 – level 0, 2 – level 5, the highest value.

Panorama

The Panorama photo shooting mode lets you capture 360-degrees horizontal scene by stitching together images to create a panoramic photo. Please know, that place which you decided to capture must be the same since you start make the panorama until you finish! Otherwise the tool will terminate your task and you will need to start create panorama again. This advice may be useful when you want to capture some most visited place and someone may suddenly appears on your view anytime. I attached small picture below (Pic.18), which unfortunately doesn’t reflect maximum size in this conditions. If you are more interested you can check my Google + account, where this image is downloadable.

 

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Pic.18 The Panorama mode example in Samsung Galaxy S5. Great Kimble, Beacon Hill.

If you don’t know how to use the Panorama mode, you can learn about it here.

Virtual tour

This is a one of a unique camera mode, which allows you to capture images to create a 360″tour”. This function may be useful for real estate agents, landlords, restaurant owners, etc. The virtual tour lets people see what to expect before they even walk through your door, as per as in the movie below.

Dual Camera

This is the photo shooting mode, which lets you capture an image using the front and back cameras at the same time.  TheS5 smartphone has 9 amazing dual camera options (Pic.19). Link here shows how to use Dual Camera option properly.

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Pic.19 The Dual Camera mode options in Samsung Galaxy S5. Buckingham, Market Hill.

Next described modes you need to download from producer’s website. You can use link below when you have problems. The producer’s website offers you a couple of modes (Pic.20) which are always available. I am interested in surround shot and image photo only, so I described this 2 modes only.

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Pic.20 The Galaxy S5 photo modes downloadable on producer’s webpage. Those of options without arrows has been downloaded.

Surround Shot

This option lets you to sweep shot of your surroundings and allows you to capture detail from the extreme right and extreme left, rather than just what is currently in front of you (Pic.21).

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Pic.21 Using the Surround shot mode in Samsung Galaxy S5 (androidpit.com).

This 360-degree image offers you a huge amount of details however it is quite hard to make a good spherical photo. Main problem is a parallax. You need to stand exactly in the same place when you are making the photo. Otherwise you may receive some messy areas, where the part of your spherical panorama has been stitched (Pic.22,23).

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Pic.22 Unequel photo stitching caused by parallax (yellow arrows) makes photo unprofessional. Lukovo, the Adriatic coast, Croatia.
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Pic.23 Smaller a surround shot faults (yellow arrows), caused by taking photo by hand without tripod. The Aylesbury Canal Basin.

It’s not advisable to take spherical photo very close to objects (Pic.24). You will receive nearly separate peaces of photo as a result.

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Pic.24 Using the Surround shot mode by hand and too close to object. The Grand Union Canal, Aylesbury.

Personally I still have problems with the spherical photo making. When you are staying still you need just turn around your phone hunged exactly above the same point! (Pic.25).

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Pic.25 The Surround Shot mode in Samsung Galaxy S5. It is really hard to make clear photo without tripod. See photo in the full size here. Lukovo, the Adriatic coast, Croatia.

Other issue is a light sensitivity which may be different depends on a captured area. For example the basic problem is a Sun or some shady places (Pic.26).

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Pic.26 The luminance difference within the individual parts of the spherical photo.

I attached another example of surround shot here, but if you wish to see it in the maximum size you should visit my 360cities profile.

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Pic.27 The Surround shot example. Lukovo, the Adriatic coast, Croatia.
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Pic.28 The Surround shot example. The Aylesbury Canal Basin.

Animated photo

This option lets you to capture 5 sec animation in GIF extension (Pic.29).

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Pic.29 The Animated photo example in Samsung Galaxy S5.

Just after create a photo you can adjust basic settings like animation speed or display options. Your 5-sec animation may be displayed forward, back and also either forward or back during the same loop.

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Pic.30 Animated photo edit options in Samsung Galaxy S5. The animation speed on the left and the display mode on the right.

Night photography

Night photography in Samsung Galaxy S5 looks good. You can set your ISO sensitivity up to 800, but it’s better to stay with automatic mode (Pic.31-33). Flash also works fine. (Pic.34-36).

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Pic.31 The night photo example in Samsung Galaxy S5, ISO auto. Aylesbury, Telephone Exchange.
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Pic.32 The night photo example in Samsung Galaxy S5, ISO auto. Aylesbury, New Street.
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Pic.33 The night photo example in Samsung Galaxy S5, ISO auto. Aylesbury,  the Coronation Villas path.
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Pic.34 Photo with flash in Samsung Galaxy S5. Aylesbury, the Coronation Villas path.

 

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Pic.35 Photo with flash in Samsung Galaxy S5 in the place unaffected by street lights. Aylesbury, The Grand Union Canal, under the Park Street bridge.
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Pic.36 Photo with flash mode in Samsung Galaxy S5 in place with small affect of external lights. Aylesbury, The Grand Union Canal, under the Park Street bridge.

I described the camera of smartphone which has been released over 2,5 years ago so you may treat this article like a supplement to previous world-wide publications. At the end you can enjoy some photo effects examples below.

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Pic.37 The Oil pastel photo effect. Aylesbury, the Coronation Villas path.

 

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Pic.38 The Sketch-BW photo effect. Aylesbury, Exchange street.
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Pic.39 The Retro photo effect. Aylesbury, High Street and Exchange Street junction.

 

 

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Pic.40 The Antique photo effect. Aylesbury, High Street and Exchange Street junction.

 

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Pic.41 The Moody photo effect. Aylesbury, the QD store.
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Pic.42 The Cartoon photo effect. Aylesbury, the QD store.
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Pic.43 The Vangoghish photo effect. Aylesbury, view on Telephone Exchange.

Mariusz Krukar

Links:

The smartphone sensor sizes (Polish)

The Samsung Galaxy S5 photo quality

How tho get the most out the Galaxy S5’s camera

The Galaxy S5’s camera HDR and selective focus

The Galaxy S5’s camera settings mode

The Galaxy S5’s camera tips

The Galaxy S5’s camera tips & tricks

Installation and using the Photosphere mode

How to make the Animated photo

Blogs:

A photography blog

Everything about a smartphonetography

A photography and night photography blog

The Inside-Galaxy blog

Movies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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