Samsung Galaxy Note8 Dual Camera Features Explained

Considering how accurate leaks about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 4, 5, 6, and Note7 had been, there's a big chance that a lot of things we are reading right now about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8 are already on-point.

For one, I believe all these leaked press photos of the 2017 flagship phablet by the Korean Giant posted by Evan Blass on Twitter are the real thing. (We should all thank him, really.)

Also, the rumored technical specifications of the device (coming from various 'insiders' and 'experts'), including the 6.3-inch 1440 x 2960 pixels SuperAMOLED Infinity Display, 8 MegaPixel f/1.7 front cam, 10nm 64-Bit Exynos 8895 Octa processor, 6GB of RAM, plus the 64GB and 128GB expandable storage options could very well be true.

Of course, S-Pen stylus support is to be expected. Otherwise, this model won't be worthy of being in the Note line.

But of all "leaked" features of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, the Dual Camera Module at the back - beside the oddly placed Fingerprint Scanner - is the one that I'm most curious about.

According to reports, it's made of two 12 MegaPixel Dual Pixel optics with differing f/1.7 and f/2.4 apertures.

Why? Well, it's because this stylus-toting phablet is the first mobile device by the Korean Giant to don this particular imaging set-up. Lots of questions pop in my mind whenever I look at it in photos: "What can it do exactly?" "Is it going to be a lot better than what's on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus?"

Thankfully, just recently, a website dedicated to keeping Galaxy fans in Netherlands abreast with the latest that Samsung has to offer in the mobile game posted leaked presentation slides on all the possible capabilities of the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note8 Dual Rear Camera. (source)

Let's go through the slides, one by one:

1. 3X Optical Zoom called "Smart Zoom"

It appears that the secondary 12 MP camera will have a telephoto lens that will allow Note8 to have three times optical zoom capability, which is impressive given that other high-end Dual Camera smartphones can these days can only 2X or 2.3X lossless zoom.

2. Refocus or Playing with Bokeh Effect

Aside from making 3X lossless zoom possible, the secondary cam also measures and maps out the location of each possible subject in a shot in 3D, which then allows the user to change the focus in the resulting images and applying beautiful bokeh or blur effects, mimicking what a DSLR can deliver.

3. Super Night Shot for Clearer and Most Crisp Photos in Low Light Conditions

Apparently, Samsung has found a way to make two cameras work together to deliver brighter and more brilliant photos even in settings where there's little ambient light. How is it done? We don't know yet but of all the rumored capabilities of Note8's Dual Camera Module, this is the one that I find most interesting. Will definitely wait for Samsung's explanation of this feature during the launch of the phablet.

4. Perspective View

With the two cameras positioned differently, they can snap photos with different perspectives when you press the shutter button. This lets you rotate the shot and pick the perspective you prefer after taking the photo.

5. Background Effect

According to the Dutch site, with the Dual Camera's ability to zoom in and measure depth, other more psychedelic tricks are also possible; Samsung calls this 'Background Effect'. This comes in handy if you want to add a particular mood and feel to your images.

Now, I don't know about you -- but considering all the key features and imaging capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, I think it could very well be the absolute best smartphone that you can get this year. For me, it represents the very pinnacle of what Samsung could deliver in this product category. Needless to say, I'm very impressed with everything I'm learning about this model. Can't wait to see it in the flesh and to play with it!

Samsung Galaxy Note8 will be officially unveiled by the Korean Giant via an exclusive media event happening in New York on August 23, 2017. As for its price, insiders believe that the top-of-the-line phablet should go for around $1,000 USD or roughly Php 51,000 with current conversion.

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