With its 3G/4G data connection and built-in smartphone technology, the Samsung Galaxy Camera may provide a clue about the technology we will one day see in all digital cameras. Read the Samsung Galaxy Camera review...
These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured with the lens set to its 100mm point. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.
One of the best things about the Samsung Galaxy Camera is its large screen. It is superb. Having so much room to compose images gives you a far better idea of how the image will look on-screen or when printed. When viewing images, it is also great to be able to comfortably show off images to friends – and all this without even mentioning the space the screen offers when using the various applications.
As with most compact cameras of this type, it is not possible to save images as raw files, although there are three levels of JPEG compression.
Unfortunately, the image quality is not what we would expect from a 16-million-pixel travel zoom camera. Looking at images at 1:1 magnification, one can clearly see that even pictures taken at low sensitivities are lacking in fine detail. The level of JPEG compression is too high, and there appears to be some very aggressive luminance noise reduction taking place.
Above ISO 400 the image quality starts to break down, and although there is little in the way of image noise there is virtually no detail, as can be witnessed from our resolution-chart images. With no raw-shooting option, the Galaxy will not meet the demands of the enthusiast photographer, unless images are only viewed on-screen or printed at small sizes. Colour rendition is also a bit hit and miss, with the AWB settings occasionally producing images with a magenta cast. Thankfully, though, there is a small range of white balance settings, along with a custom setting option.
As for the lens, the large 21x optical zoom is superbly stabilised, which is something evident on the large rear screen. Having such a wide focal range makes the Galaxy a great travel camera, particularly when combined with its connectivity features. Clearly a younger audience who share images with social networking sites to create a virtual scrapbook of their lives will enjoy using the camera.
Image: The AWB sometimes struggles and colours don’t always look quite as good on-screen as they do on the camera. Here there is a slight magenta tint