Camera – Interface and Still Shots
Starting with the interface, the Samsung Galaxy S9 camera can come across as anywhere from simplistic in features to a Swiss army knife of sorts. Specifically saying, you have control over what features you want quick access to. If there are camera features or shooting modes that are just in the way of your usual mode toggles, just take them out of the equation. You can even reorder the appearance of those modes to your preference. Here’s a good shot of not only the modes I found myself sticking with the most, but also a handy description for each modes purpose.
I will just come out and say that this camera is excellent. Anywhere from the exceptionally bright to the very dark, all lighting scenarios are handled very well by the S9’s camera. You can take a cloudy day shot as is, or take in more light and take the kind of shot you would get with clear or sunny skies. On Auto Mode alone, you can take bright, colorful, and properly-exposed shots by just finagling with quick-access brightness settings.
Night and dark shots are just as fun to take. The S9 camera not only captures the light from lit sources without over exposing them, but it does so while keeping the surrounding objects neatly visible.
Each of the previous mobile cameras I’ve used usually required tweaking in their perspective Pro Modes to achieve the kind of light capture in dark settings that I wanted. If I wanted to have nice shots of fireworks, I’d have to reduce the amount of light I was capturing for the shot, darkening out the crowd. If I wanted to do the inverse of that, I’d have to settle for over-exposed fireworks lights, but I’ll get the crowd and surroundings just the way I’d like it.
However, here the Samsung Galaxy S9 gave me the best of both worlds, with no over-exposure and minor brightness tweaks, straight from Auto Mode. Not to mention, each shot displayed vibrant color all around. Even the digital zoom wasn’t too bad, whereas I normally don’t put too much stock in digital zoom. Optical zoom is actual zooming of the camera to close in on what is in the shot. Digital zoom just blows up the image at the same distance. Even then, not too bad at all.
Food Mode delivered as advertised in the screenshot above by adding more color warmth to the image. Food pics had more pop to them more without saving you from even making tweaks in Auto Mode.
Selective Focus allowed us to easily apply the infamous bokeh effect to your shots. Just simply tap on where you want the camera to apply the focus on and either the foreground or background will be blurred based on your choice.