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Official Galaxy S5 hands-on video shows camera features

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The new Samsung Galaxy S5 was arguably the hottest new device launched at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The new Samsung flagship smartphone offers an all around high-end specification and impressively comprehensive feature set including heart-rate and fingerprint sensors and a water-resistant shell.

And the S5 has a lot to offer to mobile photographers, too. 16MP images and video with up to UHD (4K) resolution are captured on a 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor and through a F2.2 lens. Samsung has published a new hands-on video that explains most of the S5's new features. It also briefly touches on the camera specification and goes on to demonstrate some of the new imaging features.

You can witness HDR video recording and see the new autofocus system, that uses both phase and contrast detection for increased speed, in action. The new Selective Focus feature captures a quick series of images while shifting the focus. In the resulting image you can then select the area in focus by tapping on the screen. Selective Focus works pretty much in the same way as Nokia's Refocus lens that we recently tested in our Lumia 1520 review. 

Watch the video below to see all of the Samsung Galaxy S5's new features in action. Jump straight to 1:50 if you are only interested in the camera portion of the video.


  

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martinj68
By martinj68 (2 months ago)

What really bugs me though is the fact that all these smart phone cameras only shoot video in NTSC mode, if your main video equipment is PAL (as here in the UK) then it's terrible trying to smoothly mix footage from the two sources together.
I just wish they address the fact that half of the world use PAL and give us matching frame rates on these phone camcorders

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (5 months ago)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP1QR5pFtrQ very nice !

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (5 months ago)

I love it ! My Note 3 is a monster killer with 4k and 60fps. I hope S5 make it or Note 4.

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IEBA1
By IEBA1 (5 months ago)

I didn't expect to be impressed, but even after seeing the impressive HDR video mode, the fingerprint scanner, photo access from the lock screen (FINALLY), able to take a splashing, (No not underwater like the S4 Active- but maybe an S5 Active is on the way?) and that low power mode? Amazing!
And the multi-homing (able to connect to two internet sources simultaneously) is usually a feature reserved for a $200 router. Not that I'll ever use it for that, it's just damm impressive.

Make me want to hand in my Galaxy Note II for a S5 now.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (5 months ago)

Since the Galaxy S2 (after JB update), all Galaxy phones allow you to add a camera shortcut to the lockscreen, similar to the one on the S5. I have had it on my stock S2 for about a year.

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Lawrencew
By Lawrencew (5 months ago)

Would be interesting to see some of those camera features - such as selective focus - integrated into 'traditional' cameras.

I would expect the next generation of Samsung cameras to feature this at least. As I would Sony given their experience in mobiles.

But Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, etc? They are just going to get left behind in the usability stakes... and their niche will get smaller and smaller as more and more folks see smartphone being "good enough" with these kinds of software enhanced features.

As will Litro (get left behind...)

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

Traditional cameras are not far from it. For post-focusing, just need to take a few shots at different fixed focal lengths (admittedly easier on a phone cam given the limited DOF of the small sensor - would need to limit traditional cam lenses to, say, F8). Similar to expanded DR function of many cams nowadays.

I like that, while filming video on my GX7, I can pull focus to near or far objects simply by touching the screen (actually, I do it remotely by touching the screen on my Nexus 7 so I don't introduce any noise to the video).

I think you will see selective focus on m43 first, as they are competively forced to be at the leading technology edge of traditional cameras.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

could be done. Although doing it a hand-held at longer focal lengths could be a challenge as frame alighment will get more difficult.

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Lawrencew
By Lawrencew (5 months ago)

It should be noted that Magic Lantern does add focus bracketing to supported Canon DSLRs. So of course it is possible in a DSLR.
The issue is the ease and simplicity with which it can be done on a smartphone like this compared with jumping through numerous menu hoops to achieve it on a current cameras...
It is the usability of smartphone features like this that leaves 'traditional' cameras standing.

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

While some will poo-poo these phone cameras due to their sensor size, they really are on the cutting edge of camera technology, particularly with respect to software enhancements. This can serve as a guide of what is to come in standalone cameras. Expect to see these features on m43 in a year or two, and in DSLRs a year or two after that.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

I don't know about DSLR or pro cameras. Most of these features depend on outputting JPEG, not RAW files.

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

Some features can be enhanced by utilizing the RAW data. For example, the Panasonic GX7 offers non-sequential multiple exposures (say, of previously-acquired images), but only if RAW or RAW+JPG is enabled.

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RebleXT
By RebleXT (5 months ago)

I had share of Samsung. My S3 ist the first and the last of that brand unless they:

a: get rid of that annoying manual puschbutton
b: get rid of touchWiz
c: offer stock Android (offer that here in Europe)
d: get rid of those dark und unreadible (in the sun) Amoled Screens

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (5 months ago)

Points b & c can easily be solved with a custom rom e.g. cyanogenmod.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (5 months ago)

No need to root and install a custom ROM, even a third party launcher (simple app) can replace Touchwiz. Plenty of choice. Same for point c, where you have launchers that completely overhaul the look to mimic stock Android.

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RebleXT
By RebleXT (5 months ago)

I am using Nova Launcher which is fine.
But I still have all those useless Samsungs Apps and add-ons. TouchWiz was probably the wrong term, sorry for that. It is the whole Samsung branding that I find annoying. At least after having an Nexus 7 and having used a Nexus 5.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

well, pretty much every manufacturer uses their own flavor of Android UI, I doubt you'd find the HTC or Sony version less annoying. If you want Vanilla Android out of the box a Nexus device is pretty much your only choice. Or you go for the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. I don't like that button very much either by the way.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (5 months ago)

If you don't want to root, you can practically turn all Samsung added apps off (in the dedicated apps list from the settings menu ). Without root you won't gain card space, but you will regain memory and speed. I turned off the ones I don't use, saves me battery juice too.

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (5 months ago)

I'm loving that HDR video feature. You may even be able to take video outdoors on a sunny day and not have crushed blacks and blown highlights in a single frame!

Download booster...that's one expensive feature to use considering a gig is about $10, and you'd only be using this feature to speed up a massive download, trying to save a few minutes at most.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (5 months ago)

Many have unlimited plans and don't pay per GB, so then it can be helpful. But I agree that for those who pay per GB or only have a few GB limit, it's not really useful.

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Cjar
By Cjar (5 months ago)

My goodness that is one BORING video. And I like the phone.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

that's true, Samsung seems to struggle to find the right balance between exuberant entertainment and total monotony in its presentations/videos :)

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Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (5 months ago)

Oh, Great.
I am anxious waiting for Galaxy Note 4 which will probably equip the same spec and bigger screen (6 inches?).
Well, unless iPhone comes in like 5.5 inch model, which is quite unlikely, unfortunately.

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (5 months ago)

PDAF on a camera phone!

What is the focal length and sensor size of the S5 camera? Is out-of-focus that much of an issue?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

sensor size quoted in the article, focal length is around 31mm if we can trust the samples that are floating around the web. The PDAF system is more about AF speed rather than accuracy.

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ronrag
By ronrag (5 months ago)

compact cameras with similarly sized sensor will be out of production soon. Canon might have seen this coming that's why it's no longer interested manufacturing this niche of digital cameras.

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