Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera Capabilities


Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 08:44 am

Galaxy Note 8 Camera Review


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera Capabilities

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.

Galaxy Note 8 Camera

This phone boasts of dual rear-facing cameras. The main camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle f/1.7 lens. The secondary camera is a 12-megapixel sensor as well with an f/2.4 aperture providing 2X optical zoom

Image Stabilisation

Instagram lovers will adore the main camera on this phone as the shots go beyond your usual social media photos. There are several modes to choose from to achieve whatever effect you desire.


There is even a Pro mode that lets you adjust settings such as shutter speed to your specifications. Another cool aspect is that it has Optimal Image Stabilisation which enables you to takes photos on the move without them appearing blurry because of motion.

If you think the first sensor is incredible, things get interesting with the second. Compared to the main camera, the second has double the focus length allowing you more room to zoom in on subjects that are far away or if you need to crop the background.

You do lose some flexibility because the aperture is not as wide as the main sensor but in the hands of a skilled photographer, this can be very advantageous.

Live Focus Tool

The new Live Focus Tool on the Galaxy Note 8 is the talking point of the zoom lens. It allows you to focus on shooting objects in zoom mode while the other sensor tries to make sense of the background.

Together, these lenses enable you to defocus the background from the main subject producing some very classy-looking portrait photos.

The only downside to this is that it requires you to be about 1.2m from the subject and will not give the desired effect if there is too little or too much light. If you don’t want to go through all the hassle of finding the perfect shot, you do not have to worry.

You can always make adjustments to the level of the blur after you have finished shooting. In most cases, any imperfections in the blurring can easily be corrected and your shots will still have a natural feel to them.

When taking night shots or dimly-lit shots, you may have to do some editing to the photos. Some may be found to have some visible dithering creeping into the shots.

If what you have created does not quite fit with the image you had in mind, the trusty wide-angle camera also takes a shot concurrently so you don’t have to stress about it.

This feature is what sets the Note * apart from its counterparts such as the Huawei P20 Pro and the iPhone 8 Plus. If anything, you are up for some pretty creative fun while shooting with the Galaxy Note 8.

Slow-motion and Full HD

The camera can shoot slow-motion video at 720p at 240fps. Regular video can also be shot beyond full HD though, for purposes of size, you are better off just shooting at Full HD.

OIS makes the video smooth and vibrant providing a great experience. For selfie-lovers, the front-facing camera does not disappoint. It provides a wide lens that can comfortably fit more than three people in the frame.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display

6.3″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960 x 1440) 521 PPi
Infinity Display: a near bezel-less, full-frontal glass, edge-to-edge screen.
Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.

Front Camera / Samsung Galaxy Note 8

F1.7 aperture
Pixel size: 1.22µm
Sensor size: 1/3.6″
Sensor ratio: 4:3
FOV: 80°
Selective Focus
Wide selfie

Rear Camera / Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Dual camera 2X
Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
Optical zoom at 2X
Digital zoom up to 10X
Live focus
Dual Capture

  • Telephoto camera

Resolution: 12MP AF
Pixel size: 1.0µm
Sensor size: 1/3.6″
Sensor ratio: 4:3
FOV: 45°
F.No (aperture): F2.4

  • Wide-angle camera

Resolution: Dual pixel 12MP AF
Pixel size: 1.4µm
Sensor size: 1/2.55″
Sensor ratio: 4:3
FOV: 77°
F.No (aperture): F1.7
Pro mode
Slow motion
Food mode
Save as RAW file

Front/Rear Camera / Note 8

HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Virtual shot
Motion photo
Live stickers
Location tags
Quick launch
Voice control

Video Recording / Samsung Galaxy Note 8

4K video recording at 30 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
Optical zoom at 2X
Digital zoom up to 10X
High CRI LED flash
Slow-motion video support for 720p at 240 fps
Hyperlapse video with stabilization
Continuous autofocus video
Face detection
Tracking AF
Take 9-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video location tags

By- Brent Hall

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.

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