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A Photographer’s in Depth Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera Capabilities – Viral Trends

A Photographer’s in Depth Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera Capabilities

In this review, I go over everything the Note 8’s cameras can do, their new features, how they excel, and what they’re lacking, for both photos and videos.

Link to test images gallery:

It’s also worth mentioning that I somehow forgot to talk about the waterproof part. I did do some underwater stuff and everything worked quite well.

Second note, there IS a little bit of speed control with the Hyperlapse mode, from auto to 4X all the way to 32X speed, but that’s it. No other controls while in that mode.

Third note: The slow motion is in fact in 720p at 240 fps.

Gear I used to make this video:
Galaxy Note 8: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07536MYBQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07536MYBQ&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=9b71066c2f01488ea779f66ef04ce143
Canon 1DX2: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B6OTTIM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01B6OTTIM&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=479ff1c01d2b420785df20b175f9f7f5
Canon 5D4: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KURGS9E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01KURGS9E&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=f782a8ca42064c87f00f7b7c603f51c5
Canon 16-35 f/4L IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K8942SO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00K8942SO&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=99ff5753e62ad5645b9d0134535bc52c
Canon 24-105L: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B84KAW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000B84KAW&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=7159040da04bf96282cf585935eabbc2
Canon 100mm Macro: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NEGTSI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002NEGTSI&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=60b3c36dd6a7a6da239e2d631ed91a4f
Rode VideoMic Pro: https://www.amazon.com/Rode-VMPR-VideoMic-Rycote-Shockmount/dp/B00YAZHRZM/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=lightbender06-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=104d8d8060122822a9f039fad81fe817&creativeASIN=B00YAZHRZM
Rode VideoMicro: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015R0IQGW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B015R0IQGW&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=709c63b264a016b83c586cb138564adf
Rode SC7 Patch Cable for Smartphones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L6C8T22/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00L6C8T22&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=c2e567cf2cb9db81bbfa254285a93d2c
Ulanzi Tripod Mount for smartphones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WGLD92N/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B06WGLD92N&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=3f318bc9d9d0ae8f56a8c9933369a2d5
Benro Travel Angel: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NFXNXYE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00NFXNXYE&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=b6a5f51a82ed380d81688694ffc0068b
Benro PocketPod: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P96TSRQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00P96TSRQ&linkCode=as2&tag=lightbender06-20&linkId=34f244203bf6a444168ae0d4a299e566

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  1. Enjoyed the video. I'm not sure if there's been any update since this came out, but I do have settings to adjust capture rate in hyperlapse. Clicking the three dots in the upper right allowed me to adjust. Thanks again for making the video.

  2. Can you do an in depth video on good photography with a smartphone? prefer the Note 8 and how to make great portrait shots, macro shots, low light shots and recording great video. I think someone with your professional experience in photography could share some great tips and tricks for using camera on the note 8 since that's what we novices use lol…thanks and good video

  3. Hi, thanks for the review and info about the camera features. I'd like to know if the camera exposure can be modified during video capture? Also, the exposure compensation, is that adjustment easily available during video capture. All the best!

  4. Minor correction, but I am pretty sure my note 3 could shoot raw (don't quote me on that), but my current note 5 can definitely do it. Also, if you could please clarify, you said that this can only do 60fps at 1080p, but I've seen elsewhere mention 240fps…

  5. Hi Brent, I enjoyed your review of the Note 8 camera. I was interested to hear your thoughts, as a fellow photographer and someone who would understand my main complaint about these latest phones. What drives me crazy is the change, after the Note 5 and S6, to a 4:3 native aspect ratio. You know, like a 1960's television. Who has a screen that shape anymore? I chose my Note 5 over the Note 7 (luckily, but for other reasons) because the native, full res, aspect ratio is 16:9 instead of 4:3. When I take a landscape shot with my 16 megapixel camera in my note 5, the resulting picture fills the beautiful big screen from corner to corner. If I want a 4:3 format, I simply choose that setting which crops off the sides to give me an 8 megapixel image. This image on the screen displays with black bars down each side if the 16:9 screen. Starting with the S6 and Note 7 the sensor is 4:3 at full res of 12 megapixels. I understand the advantage of the bigger pixels for better low light, like my 5D3, and don't have a problem with that. However to use all of the 12 megapixels you have to shoot in 4:3 and end up with those annoying black bars at the sides when you review every picture. To make things even worse, the Note 8 is now 18.5:9, so the 4:3 shots fill only about 1/2 the screen. Yes I am aware that you can set the shot to fill the screen by cropping off the top and bottom of the shot image, but that leaves you with a 7.9 megapixel image. That is now only half of the resolution of the image from my Note 5. All iPhones are the same 4:3 aspect ratio, by the way. I don't understand why they have done this, but it looks like it is here to stay. I guess I'll have to get over it or be stuck with my Note 5 forever. None of the reviews, including yours, seem to bring this up. Maybe it's just me. My 5D3 is of course 3:2 and I don't mind that, but 4:3, no thanks. Phil

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