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Samsung Galaxy S review | Menu & Camera

Published on: Tuesday, October 19th 2010                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Galaxy S menu

T he menu has two tabs in which all the standard functions are found, such as the agenda, camera and E-mail, as well as the Layer application and of course several Google Applications; Maps, G-mail and YouTube. As soon as applications are installed, a third tab is added to the menu, where these extra applications are shown. These are separate from the first two tabs in the standard menu.

Samsung Galaxy S review

 

Samsung Galaxy S camera application

Samsung Galaxy S camera application

Photography with the Samsung Galaxy S

Due to the big AMOLED screen, it is fine to shoot with the Samsung Galaxy S. The 5.0 megapixel digital camera ensures that you can capture your favorite moments in high resolution. The camera-application can be started up by selecting the camera function in the menu. If the function is used often, it is handy to place a quick key in the start screen. The application is started up within 2 to 3 seconds, which is pretty reasonable.

Samsung Galaxy S digital camera

Samsung Galaxy S digital camera

Focusing with the Samsung Galaxy S

The whole screen can be used as a viewfinder, yet we only see a sliding key on the left for the options and to the right a key to shoot the photo. When the application is started up, it does not focus automatically. This always has to be done manually, by pushing a place on the screen, on which is focused. That’s too bad, because it takes more time and the chance of movement blur increases, so that the photo is out of focus.

 

5 Megapixel Samsung Galaxy S

5 Megapixel Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy S camera options

As mentioned earlier, you can open the Option-menu with a sliding key on the left side. Once slid out, you can select photo or video mode (maximum video resolution 1280x720 pixels), scene mode, white balance, brightness and ISO values up to 800 ISO. Noticeable details are the Smile-Shot mode, which works really well, and the lack of a flash, which is quite necessary in many situations! Nevertheless, the final photo result is generally very good, especially on this Samsung Galaxy S cell phone’s large AMOLED screen.

Samsung Galaxy S camera phone

Samsung Galaxy S camera phone

Digital camera image quality

Now and then the colors are less authentic, but the result is in general very good. If you look very critically, then you will see some noise, especially if there is little light available. Focusing is still a case in point. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can shoot great photos with this smartphone. The high resolution video files look good, although we noticed that the resolution may be high, but the quality is sometimes disappointing. The fact that you can shoot video does make for a fun addition for the cell phone user.

 
 
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