Samsung Galaxy S4 camera software hands-on (video)
We take a deeper dive into the Samsung Galaxy S4's new camera features in this hands-on video tour.
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In terms of hardware, the sensor has been given a boost, jumping from the 8 megapixels you'll get on, up to 13 megapixels. It's the software that's seen the most additions though. The most unusual is Dual Shot.
It takes a photo with the front and rear cameras simultaneously, superimposing them, apparently to "put you in the context of the photo." At least, that's what Samsung reckons, but frankly I'd rather just get into the picture myself.
Best Face takes multiple shots of a group of your friends, letting you select the best face each of them pulled in the series. It combines all your favorite faces into one image that hopefully shows all of them at their best.
This worked well in my hands-on test. The helpful Samsung representatives pulled a variety of faces and I chose these as my favorites. Even at full-screen, you'd be hard-pressed to tell these were merged from two photos.
For action scenes, Drama mode is worth checking out. It again takes multiple photos, but it combines them into a single image that tracks the action across the scene. The HTC One employs a similar feature that I found worked well in my tests, so I'm looking forward to taking Samsung's version for a proper spin.
You'll also find Sound & Shot, which pairs a still image with 9 seconds of audio, and a Cinemagram-style selective animation tool, as well as the usual panorama, HDR, and scene modes.
The phone goes on sale later this month, so keep your eyes fixed on CNET for more news and, of course, the full review. In the meantime, watch the video above,for more info, and be sure to write your thoughts in the comments below.