It’s Spring Break here for my daughter so I am taking a long weekend at the cottage with The Boyfriend. That means this photoblog still falls in the range of ‘weekend’ for me. 😉
Today I want to share some photos I took with the new camera. I’ve had to carefully weed out the ones taken with my Olympus.
No matter how much I want to share them, this blog is for the phone camera.
But wait! First! I’m so excited! Look! (Yeah…okay, that’s a lot of exclamation points. Sue me. 😉 )
Isn’t that great? The snow is totally gone this morning. I’m thrilled.
Okay, back to the job at hand. We got our new phones at the beginning of the month. Samsung S4s. There are positives and negatives but I’m not about reviewing the phone. I AM interested in the camera; that I will review (ish) as I go.
Here are the specs:
Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR
Video: 1080p@30fps, dual-video rec.
(found on gsmarena.com. For full phone specs, check them out)
The pictures are larger and better quality that from my S3, overall. The biggest difference that I have noticed, (besides the ability to take image in image shots), is the settings, the ability to change how you adjust the colour etc. You cannot manually change the ISO or WB, for instance. You have settings like Auto, Drama, Best Face, Sports and Night, and others.
Pressing the gear symbol, (options, settings, whatever), gives you options like:
- turning the flash on and off,
- turning the auto-night adjustment on and off (it will automatically adjust for low light settings)
- turning voice control on and off, (Oh, I am so going to have to play with that),
- options for recording mode, and
- auto sharing options (on, off, where to)
I dislike that all the settings are automatic.
I am interested in playing with settings like Drama and Sports. In Drama, it takes a series of shots and then stitches the best ones together to form a dramatic photo. Sports allows for photos of fast moving objects.
I did find a setting for “Animated photo”. I thought that was odd. When I was playing with the camera I happened to be making Man Soup for supper. After I dished it up I took a photo using this setting. The picture won’t share to Facebook because it’s too big and not the right format, even though it labels itself as a .gif in my files. Let’s see if it works here.
Pretty cool, right? 😀 (It is slowing my ability to do things wayyyyyy down though.)
The Auto setting takes some pretty sharp photos.
There is a Rich Tone (HDR) format too.
I tried the Sport setting on the only thing I had around here that moves with any speed and regularity – the dripping icicles.
I haven’t had a group of people to photograph to try things like the Best Face and Beauty Face settings. I did try Best Photo but basically it’s on Auto and takes a fast series of pictures so you can choose the best ones to save.
We were driving home (to my house) last Sunday at sunset and I decided to try and capture it while we were driving.
It does, however, take lovely macro shots. Lots of details come through.
Over all, this camera is pretty easy to use and, being contrary as I can be, I don’t think I like it for that. I have been trying to learn about ISO and WB and everything else it takes to take a good picture.
For quality, I think this one surpasses my S3’s camera by a long shot. There isn’t a lot of tweaking to be done to make them look the way I want them to. The Auto setting does a pretty damn good job.
I am sitting outside right now, wrapped up in a coat and a blanket with another coat under my ass, so I thought I’d leave you with a parting shot.
It’s time to do some writing in HW3 so I can get the book done and do another read through of HW2. My books are going to be published again, I will deal with the hassle. I’m never going to get anywhere, never going to see any success with my manuscripts hiding in my Work folder.
Have a lovely day, even if it is Monday.