It’s all getting a bit ridiculous now. When Lenovo teased quad cameras, I had to laugh a bit. It all just seemed a bit excessive. Even three cameras in a phone felt like a bit much. Two’s cool, sure, it offers some neat computational photography options that a single camera does not. But beyond that, is it really worth it?
Samsung thinks so, as they’ve just beaten Lenovo to the punch with the new Samsung Galaxy A9 which has, yes, you guessed it, four cameras. It’s the “world’s first” quad camera smartphone with a 2x optical zoom, a 120° ultrawide, a regular camera and a depth camera.
So, the main camera is 24 megapixels with a nice bright f/1.7 aperture. Then you’ve got a 2x optical zoom camera offering 10MP at f/2.4, an 8MP ultrawide also at f/2.4 with 120° field of view, and finally the 5 megapixel f/2.2 depth camera to help create the fake bokeh that seems to be so common these days.
- Get close without compromise with 2x Optical Zoom for incredible and detailed close-up shots even from far away.
- Capture the world in its fullest and without limit, with the Ultra Wide Lens, and shoot like a pro with the Scene Optimizer. Thanks to AI Scene Recognition, your camera is now smarter, and able to identify the subject and adjust settings accordingly for the best photo, in an instant.
- Express your creativity with the Depth Lens, giving you the freedom to manually manage the photos’ depth of field and focus on the subject for stunning, professional looking images.
- Capture clear and bright images in both bright and low light conditions with Galaxy A9’s 24MP Main Lens, for gorgeous photos at any time of the day.
– Samsung Press Release
The phone itself is, as one would expect, pretty high end. It has a 6.3″ Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2220×1080 pixels. It has an 8 core (4×2.2Ghz and 4×1.8Ghz) CPU with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and a 3,800mAh battery.
It features all the usual doohickies like accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, proximity senxor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5Ghz WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS and all the rest of it.
I joked on the Lenovo post about which we’d see first, a phone with 16 cameras, or a smartphone version of the Light L16. But it might not be as far-fetched an idea as I thought.
My phone only has 2 cameras. But I still only use one of them for 99% of the images I shoot with my phone. I think if I wanted the kind of versatility that so many cameras potentially offers in a phone, I’d sooner just take out a “real camera”.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 will be released sometime in November in several colours and will be priced at €599 throughout Europe. No word on a US price or release date yet. If you want to find out more head over to the Samsung website.