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Putting the Galaxy S5's camera to the test

The Samsung Galaxy S5 packs a 16-megapixel camera and some cool new software features within its native camera app. At Mobile World Congress, I spent a long time getting to know them both. And yes, I took this photo of the copper GS5 with another GS5.
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Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Fit

All photos were taken in the GS5's automatic mode around Samsung's media lounge. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take the Galaxy S5 outside.
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The glamorous life of a mobile editor

This pretty much captures it perfectly.
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More gadgets!

The Samsung Gear Fit wristband and copper Galaxy S4 made the liveliest test subjects in a sterile conference room characterized by the warm yellow glow of artificial conference lighting.
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Care for a beverage?

I especially liked the detail that the phone teased out of the water glass.
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Cup of tea

Yet another press staple.
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The cropping advantage

A higher megapixel sensor means that close crops like this one here still look good (the original shot was at least twice as wide.)
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Front-facing goobers

CNET mobile editor Brian Bennett helps me ham it up for this shot on the Galaxy S5's 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone automatically applies the Beauty Face mode that airbrushes skin and often makes faces look better up close.
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Selective Focus

This mode lets you choose to focus on the foreground, background, or focus evenly across the image. Here, I've focused on the cup of tea in Samsung PR representative Jessica Baker's hand. It takes longer to process the shot when you use this mode.
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Keep editing

It's nice that you can continue to edit the focus after you've taken the photo.
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Revamped camera settings menu

Click the settings to see icons that lay out the camera options. You can drag and drop individual icons onto the shortcut bar.
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Camera modes

Samsung consolidates some of its camera modes into Shot & More, and adds Virtual Tour for a 360-degree view.
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Using Shot & More

When you take a photo with Shot & More, the applicable mode options light up.
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Panning mode

The purpose of this action mode is to make the dramatic subject really stand out from a blurred background.
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Control the blur

After taking the shot, you use editing tools to manipulate the blur effect.
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Move to Knox

Samsung's Knox is a private profile; a setting in the drop-down menu lets you easily lock it up.
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Cleaned-up look

Samsung's subtle changes in the look and feel of its TouchWiz interface permeate the camera layer, where icons get a refresh.
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