If you aren't thrilled with the cameras and camera software on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9, think about going with the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung's hyped up the Galaxy S9 camera setup, but reviews are mixed. Critics are complaining about low light photos and bugs. That said, the new cameras do enable some perks like AR Emojis.
The Galaxy Note 8 trumped the Galaxy S8 with its secondary 12MP camera with telephoto lens that enables depth of field effects and lossless zooming. The Galaxy Note 9 builds on the experience Samsung delivered with the Galaxy S9 with some new software features.
In the rear the Galaxy Note 9's got a Dual Camera setup with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Specifically, we're looking at a 12MP rear lens with adjustable aperture and a secondary 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.
Other perks include:
- Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS
- Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS
- 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
The Galaxy Note 9's front-facing camera is a 8MP shooter with autofocus. Perfect for those of you that like to take selfies.
On top of that, Samsung's made some changes to the camera application. New features include:
- Scene Optimizer: The Galaxy Note 9's camera uses AI and can identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories. It then optimizes saturation, white balance, brightness and contrast based on the category.
- Flaw Detection: The Galaxy Note 9 will now let you know if there’s something wrong with your photo so you can quickly take another. You'll get an immediate notification if the image is blurry, if the subject blinked, if there is a smudge on the lens, or if there is backlight impacting the quality of the image.
If you want a great camera experience and don't want to shell out for the Galaxy S10, you'll want to take a long look at the Galaxy Note 9.