We have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note III Neo as our primary smartphone for the past few days and we are ever so close to the final verdict on the device. However, before we start penning our final thoughts, we wanted to share some of our thoughts about the camera of the device, which for some reason has been a bit underrated, and we were pleased with how the device did while capturing our precious moments.
To quantify the hardware, the phone the phone packs an 8 MP A/F Rear shooter with an LED Flash. There is a front facing camera of the device, which is a 2 MP shooter. The rear camera can shoot videos in 1080 P. The camera app in the Note III Neo is very similar to the one in other Samsung devices such as the Note III or the Galaxy S IV. You have several modes in built to help you take a mean shot such as Auto, Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Sound and Shot, Drama, HDR, Eraser, Panorama and Sports. Apart from these, you can change the photo size and the aspect ratio to a 4:3, 1:1 or a 16:9 in various resolutions. There is face detection built in as well as Smart Stabilization to help you overcome those minor handshakes while focusing on the subject.
To keep the comparisons with other devices we review, we kept the device on Auto Mode while taking the shots even during the low light conditions. Lets have a look at 5 challenging shots in detail and we will add several that we have taken for your reference (please click on the image for a full preview).
Shot 1: Macro
We love snapping our keyboard, and recently we picked a crystal keyguard for our Mac, so what better than teasing it with a picture with our Note III Neo. The picture was a challenge since the Macbook was next to a window so there was a bit of indoor lighting and a lot of lighting from the outside. The color reproduction is in fact slightly richer than that keyguard in reality.In fact, if you look closely, the details on the edges of the keys are very accurate though there is some aberration say on the letter C and V which is an effect of we not focussing there plus the sunlight from outside dropping in.
Shot 2: Macro (Indoor only)
This is a shot of a wine bottle label under indoor lighting with just one overhead tube light. The details on the shot are great and the overall subject is crisp and clear. The color reproduction too is good and apart from insanely long it took the device to process the shot, we really thought that under decent lighting indoor, the phone produces good shots.
Shot 3: Bright Sunny Outdoor long shot
This is the sort of shot, we all take once in a while. A long landscape shot in bright sunshine. Although the objects that are closer are captured nicely by the phone, it really struggled with those that are far away. For example, you can see in the trees that are far off (or even the cycles), there is genuine lack of details and plenty of digital noise as we proceed towards infinity. We have seen device perform better and worse in this situation, all with 8 MP Camera, so it was a very average shot, something, that will look good on a Facebook or Instagram, but really blow away when seen in full-scale.
There were several challenges while taking this shot apart from the lighting which was typical of Indian summers around 7 PM. We caught about six balls, all of different colors and wanted to see the color reproduction capability of the device with all of them in so close proximity. Given the light challenge, we were ecstatic the way this shot came out. The color reproduction on all the balls is perfectly accurate. The details including a small pin mark was beautifully caught, and not just that, small packets of leaves in the pot were caught by the device. Perhaps one of our favorite shots in the entire test.
Shot 5: Night walk with the Flowers
No photo test can be complete without the obligatory shot of flowers. We caught these bright yellow ones during a stroll at night. The only lighting was the overhead street light, and we thought the shot came out well. Yes, there is digital noise and perhaps the coloring is not as accurate, but still in the challenging conditions, we like how mashed up leaves have been captured by the device, enabling us to differentiate them reasonably well. There is a distinct lack of details in the shot but that is expected and given Samsung has a history of over processing the image, we feel the shot could have been a tad richer. Again, not the best shot but certainly not the worst either.
Overall, we thought the 8 MP shooter on the Note III Pro performed average. In well-lit conditions, we were able to get some good shots, while it was a challenge when the light was low. Landscape shots were not our favorite on the device and despite some good results, we enjoyed the device for taking macros more. Here in the attached gallery are some of the sample shots we clicked with the device for your reference. You can click on the image for a more detailed shot.
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