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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 takes great shots

Flower

Color closeup

Same day, another bloom

Close-up view

In living color

Indoors

Taking a break

Billiards, anyone?

Feeling puckish

Portraits

Water in motion

Sculptures

Ready for another flower?

Shadows and light

If you like this photo I took of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, there's more where that came from. In fact, I took it with another Galaxy Note 2's 8-megapixel camera.

All photos were taken on automatic mode. Unless stated, photos have been resized and/or cropped, but are otherwise untouched.

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Bright sunlight helps this vivacious pink flower thrive through the Note 2's lens.

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A sample of the full-resolution version of the pink flower shows that the Note 2's camera has photographic smartphone chops.

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Crisp edges and bursting color showcases these true-to-life petals just right.

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Here's a segment of the same image, in its full-resolution.

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Everyone's moving around in this candid outdoor shot at a pop-up outdoor roller rink, and while the scene isn't as sharp or completely well-defined as it would be of a stationary object, the Note 2 did a good job nonetheless.

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CNET editor Antuan Goodwin mugs for the Note 2's camera in CNET's indoor cafe, in mixed indoor and outdoor lighting.

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The whiteboard sign to CNET's indoor cafe, the Breakroom, looks a little more yellowed and dull than it does in real life.

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I wasn't entirely pleased with this indoor photo of a shuffleboard table and the coffee bar behind it. The sign's edges were sharp and well-defined, but the foreground seemed a bit dark.

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Though focused on the pucks and the board, this image didn't turn out entirely in focus.

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I wanted to see how well the Note 2 handled outdoor portraits. This photo, taken in the high noon sun, captured natural-looking colors and shadows.

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The 8-megapixel Note 2 camera took to water, too. Droplets looked relatively distinct, and I love the way the water looks streaming down the outside of the fountain. Unfortunately, the camera didn't capture the prismatic rainbow between the two far-left streams.

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There's a sun flare at the top right, and an overly aqua green within the sculpture, but if I had taken this photo of a friend while on vacation, I'd be pretty happy.

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The Note 2's Super AMOLED display errs on the side of oversaturation, but these petals' rich hues look just as vibrant on the computer or laptop screen.

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The bright bloom retains defined edges, shadows, light, and texture even in full-resolution.

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