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Samsung Galaxy S III Indepth Review

Camera Application

The camera application has not really been updated at all as part of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface since our last encounter with TouchWiz but the camera software is still full of functionality.

The four icons on the left hand side can be changed to various different settings that are otherwise found in the settings menu.

Settings of interest include outdoor visibility which makes the display more visible in daylight by oversaturating certain colours, auto contrast and anti-shake.

Over to the left is toggle to switch between photo and video capture, camera button and a link to the gallery.

Included are quite a few scene modes that appear to do little more than change exposure, ISO and white balance settings. There are many different shooting modes, a list the includes single, burst, HDR, smile, beauty, panorama, cartoon, share shot and buddy photo share. Of this list beauty, share shot and buddy photo share seem rather pointless.

Burst mode takes 20 images in quick succession (about 4 seconds) and saves them all to your gallery without allowing you to sort through them first. You can enable best photo which burst captures 8 images and then selects what it thinks to be the best photo.

The 8 MP sensor produces images that are into JPEG files 2 to 4 MB in size. 1080p video capture is saved as MP4 with a data rate of roughly 17,500 kbps and audio bit rate or 130 kbps. The 1.9 MP front facing camera can capture 720p video and 1.9 MP (1:1 ratio) photos.

If anti-shake is disabled then you can capture 6 MP (rear camera) or 720p (front camera) images while recording video.

Camera and Video Samples

Standard Samples


100% Crops



HDR

HDR Off
HDR On

Panoroma

Video Samples
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I am very impressed by the Galaxy S III’s camera and while things like burst mode and the auto face tag features personally don’t appeal to me massively they’re nice to have. As far as photo and video capture goes, it is very nice coming from a smartphone.

It should be said that the camera in the S III is ever so slightly better than the One X, although both have impressive cameras.

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