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Over the weekend, Samsung announced the next in its line of flagship Android phones, the Galaxy S9 and 9+. To tempt you to upgrade to the latest and greatest, Samsung isn’t just adding new software features (that you can probably get on your older phone anyway), it’s betting heavily you want a better camera.
Now that smartphones have been out for years, it’s getting hard to distinguish between them. In fact, the Galaxy S9 looks so much like the S8 that you might be hard pressed to tell the difference between them if not for the slightly different placement of the fingerprint scanner. Where the new S9 stands out is the one hardware feature that matters most: the camera.
Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature an adjustable aperture, which is huge for camera work. Professional photographers shouldn’t get too excited. It can only “adjust” between two aperture sizes, f/1.5 and f/2.4. However, those are still huge for a smartphone camera and they provide much more flexibility when taking photos.
The S9 camera will automatically switch between the two aperture modes as needed. So, if you’re in a bright setting with lots of ambient light, it will use f/2.4 (which is the smaller aperture size) to let in less light for a sharper picture. In low light, the camera will switch to f/1.5 (technically a larger opening) to let in more light to make a brighter picture. The camera will also have a Pro Mode if you want to manually choose your aperture. It’s much less flexible than a dedicated camera, but it’s also way more control than you’re used to getting from a smartphone camera.
Beyond the camera, there’s not a ton of physical changes to distinguish the new model. Both devices are the same size as their last-gen counterparts. They’re a little faster thanks to some upgraded specs, but the camera is really where it’s at. Samsung is also pushing an AR emoji platform that will probably be fun for a minute but won’t drastically change how you use your phone. You can read more detail about the updated specs and new features at How-To Geek’s write up below.
Source: How-To Geek
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