Samsung Galaxy S9 is the first smartphone that lets you change aperture

Feb 26, 2018

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Samsung Galaxy S9 is the first smartphone that lets you change aperture

Feb 26, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Samsung has officially released Galaxy S9, the first smartphone that lets you change the aperture on its camera. While it has several improvements over the previous generation of Samsung phones, it also comes with a couple of new and interesting features regarding the camera capabilities, such as the super-fast 960fps slow-motion.

Along with the Galaxy S9, there’s also the larger Galaxy S9+, which has a dual camera. Similar to the previous model Galaxy S8, the S9 also comes with Dual Pixel system. However, the new model lets you physically change aperture. It switches between f/1.5 and f/2.4, which is the first time a variable aperture is fitted into a smartphone.

Maxime Guirauton, marketing director for Samsung, says that the company was trying to “copy what the human eye can do automatically.” He adds that the new dual-aperture system combines “the best of both worlds”: it lets you shoot in the dark, but without the outdoor photography in good light suffering. As for the low-light shooting, the new Samsung Galaxy S9 shoots 12 photos in three groups of four and then combines them to reduce noise. So, I guess with this phone you won’t have to do this in Photoshop.

Another novelty is the super slow-motion function that lets you shoot at 960 fps. It’s also equipped with motion-detection, so it will start recording as soon as the movement is detected.

If you’re interested in some silly camera-related features, you might also be interested in animojis that Samsung Galaxy S9 lets you make. Just like its greatest rival Apple, Samsung now also lets you make animated emojis with your facial expression using the facial recognition technology.

Here are a couple of hands-on videos so you can see the Galaxy S9 in action.

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YouTube video

Samsung Galaxy S9 will be ready for preorders on 2 March, and it starts shipping on 16 March current year. It will be available in three colors: black, coral blue and lilac purple. The regular model costs $719.99, and the Plus model will cost you $839.99.

After seeing these features, it seems Samsung has drawn inspiration from their no.1 competitor when it comes to the animoji technology. Still, the company has introduced the variable aperture, the first time in a smartphone. Also, Galaxy S9’s 960 fps slow motion beats iPhone X’s 240fps. But, in case you’re having second thoughts which one to buy, here’s a comparison video that might help:

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[via Technomosis, The Guardian]

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18 responses to “Samsung Galaxy S9 is the first smartphone that lets you change aperture”

  1. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    hmm wait … my Huawei Mate 9 allows me that too – do they do it digitally with Huawei? I understand it can be possible with lower f-numbers but with high f-number and more depth of field, dunno?

  2. Jericho Jack Avatar
    Jericho Jack

    This is NOT the first smartphone to include variable aperture. You’d think you’d check your facts before stating that in an article. I know for a fact the Nokia N86 in 2009 had variable aperture (not sure it was first).

    1. das Avatar
      das

      do your own research, it said first smartphone not a dumbphone, and the Nokia N86 camera is a potato so who gives a crap

      1. Steve Rogers Avatar
        Steve Rogers

        Now don’t you sound stupid, that phone he listed is classified as a smart phone. Do your research.

        https://www.cnet.com/reviews/nokia-n86-8mp-review/

        https://m.gsmarena.com/nokia_n86_8mp-2713.php

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N86_8MP

        1. das Avatar
      2. Jericho Jack Avatar
        Jericho Jack

        Haha wow. Look up the definition of a smartphone before you go and say something foolish like that.

        1. das Avatar
          das

          nokia aint smartphone

          1. Jericho Jack Avatar
            Jericho Jack

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

            Ok whatever you say!

          2. das Avatar
            das

            it isnt tho dumbarse

          3. Jericho Jack Avatar
            Jericho Jack

            Hahaha again, whatever you say ?

          4. Jericho Jack Avatar
            Jericho Jack

            You don’t seem to have anyone else backing your claim. Or evidence stating otherwise. Just your uneducated opinion ?

        2. das Avatar
          das

          keep raging butthurt

        3. Jericho Jack Avatar
          Jericho Jack

          ? so along with your failure to recognise the universally defined term “smartphone”, you also fail at recognising the definition of raging. Me laughing at your obvious stupidity, is not raging. ? it really appear you are just some Butthurt Samsung user that can’t accept when Samsung has been shown up. LOL

        4. Jericho Jack Avatar
          Jericho Jack

          Nice headphone jack on the new galaxy note by the way ?

        5. das Avatar
          das

          samsung best selling in world so im not butthuty :) nor are samsung

        6. Jericho Jack Avatar
          Jericho Jack

          Sure, whatever you say. ?. Also never said Samsung was butthurt. Just it’s fanbois

        7. das Avatar
          das

          glad im not butthurt then, my s9 performs great and still looks moree m odern than the icrap 11

        8. Jericho Jack Avatar
          Jericho Jack

          Haha it’ll be obsolete in a year. Samsung are now only offering OS updates for 2 generation old phones ?