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Samsung Soul test photos | Press conference

Published on: Monday, April 14th 2008                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Soul test photos

D uring a Samsung press conference on a sunny day in the Netherlands, we were given the opportunity to shoot some sample pictures with the Samsung Soul U900. The press conference was held at the castle 'De Hooge Vuursche in Baarn. Despite the limited time we had to take the Samsung Soul on a stroll to shoot some sample pictures, we were still able to get a good impression of the picture quality, the functions and the operation of the Samsung Soul. The Samsung Soul's main features are the innovative touchpad monitor, fast 7.2 Mbps HSDPA connection availability, a 5 Megapixel digital camera with auto focus, face detection and (electronic) image stabilization.

Samsung Soul test photos

 

Samsung Soul mobile phone

Samsung Soul mobile phone

Samsung Soul design phone

The Samsung Soul is a designer phone with compact dimensions of 4.1x1.9x 0.5 inches and a weight of 110 grams. The most innovative feature of the Samsung Soul is its touchpad monitor placed right below the common monitor. The icons shown on the touchpad monitor change whilst navigating through the menu and are operated by touch. The touchpad responses both quickly and accurately, but its narrow size will inevitably make you touch the wrong icon at times. Despite this small restriction, the touchpad monitor is very pleasant to use.

Samsung Soul digital camera

Samsung Soul digital camera

Samsung Soul camera features

The 5 Megapixel digital camera features image stabilization and face detection. Since I had only a brief chance to try out the Samsung Soul I can't tell you if the image stabilization in comparison with the Samsung G800 for example, is fast. The face detection function of the G800 sometimes took too long which often made it impossible to shoot spontaneous snapshots. The image stabilization is an electronic one. It means that the ISO value is increased to carry out a faster shutter speed due to a higher light sensitivity. It does bring out some higher noise values however and that does not add to the picture quality, unfortunately.

Samsung mobile photography

Samsung mobile photography

Samsung Soul Shutter lag

Unfortunately the Samsung Soul shows yet again that picture-taking with a mobile phone is not yet where we would like it to be; at the same level as that of a compact camera. The shutter lag is annoying within mobile photography and remains to annoy. Fast moving objects can't be captured correctly due to the shutter lag. It took the compact camera a few years to get rid of this lag so even with today's enhanced technological possibilities I am afraid that mobile photography will continue to suffer for some time before the release lag will have disappeared here too.

 

Samsung Soul test photos

Castle De Hooge Vuursche

T he Samsung Soul pictures were taken inside and around Castle 'de Hooge Vuursche' in Baarn, the Netherlands. Eduard Cuypers is the architect of castle 'de Hooge Vuursche' that opened in 1912. A mercantile marine officer, Johannes Adrianus van den Bosch and his spouse named Barnesse van Hardenbroek ordered the building of the castle. Famous Dutch artists added many ornaments to the exterior of the castle. In 1939 the castle reopened as a hotel-restaurant but was severely damaged by a huge fire after the first year of its reopening. Meanwhile, the castle has had various owners; Heineken (a Dutch beer brewer) is one of them. As from 2006 the mansion belongs to the Event Company and has been renovated in 2007. It turned out to be the perfect location for Samsung's press conference. Even the weather played along and we were able to enjoy some sunshine.

 
 
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