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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini review | Digital Camera

Published on: Tuesday, November 12th 2013                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini camera

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini camera

8 MP camera of the Galaxy S4 mini

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has an 8 megapixel digital camera with a Power LED flash and autofocus. There is a second 1.09 megapixel camera on the front of the Galaxy smartphone, for video calling or taking self-portraits. Despite the fact that the S4 mini has 5 megapixels less than its bigger brother, the camera is still pretty good. The colors are clear, there is little noise visible and the autofocus function works very fast. It is also great that the photo and video button are placed above each other, so that you do not have switch over first, and you can also shoot photos while recording video.

Galaxy S4 mini camera functions

Galaxy S4 mini camera functions

Galaxy S4 mini camera functions

When shooting with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, you can choose between ten different modes. There is a Beauty face mode, which makes faces extra beautiful. The Best photo mode takes several photos, after which you can select the nicest one manually, and with Continuous shot, you can take 3 photos per second. Of course, you can also take Panorama photos, and additionally, the S4 mini is equipped with Best face, Rich Tone, Sports, and Night mode. If this is too much for you, then there is still Auto mode of course, in which the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini determines what the best mode is for that moment.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini camera filters

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini camera filters

Galaxy S4 mini camera effects

In addition to the different shooting modes, the Galaxy S4 mini can also add a filter effect to a photo. This filter can be set up beforehand, but also after shooting a photo in normal mode, you can add filter effects afterwards. You can choose between: Vignette, Grey-scale, Sepia, Vintage, Faded colors, Turquoise, Tint, Cartoon, Moody, Fisheye, Negative, Nostalgia, Engraving, Sketch art, Downlight, Blue wash, Yellow glow, Sharpen, Blur, and Soft glow. You can choose from a mere 20 filter effects with the Galaxy S4 mini camera, in other words, it is more than enough.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini video functions

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini video functions

Recording HD videos with the Galaxy S4 mini

You can shoot video with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini in Full HD resolution (1080p by 30fps). The possibility of shooting photos while recording video is a nice addition, but otherwise there are few functions available while recording. The camera performs well in most circumstances. It only becomes difficult to make a good video when there is a lot of backlight. There is a maximum of 4x digital zoom, but this is not recommended considering that this greatly reduces the quality of the video. It is handy that while recording, you can see how many KBs the video takes up on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini’s screen.

 
 
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