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).
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.
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.
Pictures below (Pic.4 – 9) show the S5 photo quality. In each case you can refer to red squares.
In S5 smartphone you can use 12 photo effects and another 45, which you have to download from the producer’s webpage (Pic.12).
I shown a couple photos which has been done with effects (Pic.13-15).
High Dynamic Range in Samsung Galaxy S5 works really nice, as you can see below (Pic.16).
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.
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.
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).
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.
If you don’t know how to use the Panorama mode, you can learn about it here.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
This option lets you to capture 5 sec animation in GIF extension (Pic.29).
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.
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).
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.
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