Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone - Camera and Video Testing

Article Index
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone
Features and Specifications
General Usage
Camera and Video Testing
Battery Life, Calling and More
Final Thoughts

Camera Testing:

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is very decent. It has a 13 Megapixel camera on the rear for the main shooter as well as a 2 Megapixel camera facing you for those G+ Hangouts. The rear camera is especially good and it was a pleasure to use. When in camera mode, the volume rocker on the side becomes a zoom toggle and allows you to zoom the camera (digital zoom) from 1.0x - 4.0x.  As with all digital zooms, the image quality suffers, but it may allow you to capture that shot that you'd miss otherwise.

Camera Modes

Camera Modes

Camera & Video Settings

Camera & Video Settings

Samsung's stock camera app allows you to adjust shooting mode, scene mode, exposure value, focus mode, white balance, ISO as well as exposure metering.  This is pretty impressive for a phone and it follows the tradition of other Samsung smartphones.  Most cameras have a few of these options, but Samsung has a ton of different possibilities with things like smile detection, blink detection, beauty shot, best shot, best face and a ton more.  It's a robust camera that could take up a lot of a review all by itself.  In terms of quality, you'll have to check some of the sample images below.  Click on them to view them over at my Google+ page.

 

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As the cameras in phones have gotten much better, so has the software for them and for post-production of your images.  The Galaxy Note 3 has a very robust photo editing suite that is built right into the gallery mode - much like stock Android - and this lets you tweak and do simple edits on your device before you share them with the world.

As far as video goes, this big phone has some pretty big features. It can shoot 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p at 60fps. Better yet, if you want to get nice and slow, you can scale the resolution down to 720p and take video and an impressive 240fps (in theory - actually it shoots at 120fps and it plays back at 15fps instead of 30fps standard). This gives you video playback at 1/8th speed and overall, it looks great. These phones, and others like them are what is putting the portable video camera out of business. While we are once again limited by a 4x digital zoom, the addition and ability to zoom is still a welcome addition.

Slow Motion video

Slow Motion Video

Video Resolution

Video Resolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Galaxy Note 3 also performs very well as a time-lapse camera and you can create your own fast-motion videos as well. Once again, this is a nice feature for the stock camera and it saves you from grabbing some 3rd party app to do the same thing.

On the next page, we'll touch briefly on a few other phone settings and then finally post up our conclusion.