Technology Galaxy Z Flip camera test in beautiful Edinburgh
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip prices just leaked
The Galaxy S20 and Z Flip will be among the hottest Android phones of the first half of the year — yes, even Samsung’s new foldable. The Galaxy S20 will have monster specs, especially the Ultra version, and come in 4G and 5G connectivity options. The Z Flip will be a different foldable device type of the clamshell variety, complete with a foldable glass screen if rumors are accurate. That's terrific news, but now we have some less exciting news that might put a damper on things: All these phones might be more expensive at launch than fans might have hoped.
I picked up the folding Galaxy Z Flip from Samsung's Edinburgh store the minute the doors opened. You can , how it bends and so in our ongoing review, but here, I want to give some early impressions of the camera.
With a 12-megapixel standard zoom lens and a 12-megapixel super-wide camera, it's not exactly top of the class when it comes to imaging. Just compare that to the 108-megapixel sensor or its 100x zoom lens. But any phone worth its salt needs to be able to nail some beautiful snaps when you're out and about.
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The Galaxy Z Flip will be Samsung’s second attempt at launching a foldable phone that users will actually want to buy. The clamshell phone should look a lot like the Galaxy S20 when folded, rather than turning into a tablet, as it was the case for the Galaxy Fold. That should make it even more pocketable than the Fold. But what’s even better is that the Z Flip might be more durable than the Fold where it counts. A rumor said not too long ago that the new foldable will have a thin layer of glass on top of the OLED display, rather than a polymer, which should protect a lot better against scratches and piercing than plastic.
I'm pretty pleased with this first image. Taken with the standard zoom lens, the sky has a lovely blue colour and the phone has done a great job of balancing the exposure between the bright sky and shadowy foreground.
I switched to the super-wide lens for this shot, trying to capture more of the steps in the foreground but still keeping the beautiful Edinburgh Castle in the background. There's generally a good exposure on this scene, and plenty of detail too, although I do think the colours are a touch oversaturated.
A different composition using the standard zoom lens. The colours look more natural here and again the exposure looks great.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on clearly shows the tall foldable phone
With just a few days left until Samsung's big Unpacked event, we've received images from a tipster purporting to show off the company's next foldable phone. While renders and a brief video of the Galaxy Z Flip have leaked before, these pictures show the device clearly, sitting both folded and unfolded. When it's closed, you can spot the dual-lens camera and next to it an external display for the time and other small notifications. Open, its 22:9Open, its 22:9 aspect ratio is obvious, as the narrow-but-tall device has plenty of space. Overall it's very similar to Motorola's reborn Razr, but minus the massive chin.
Pin-sharp focus, spot-on exposure and vibrant colours. Nice work, Flip friend.
The image looks basically identical with the super zoom lens, it's just been able to capture more of the scene. That's good -- I've often found that switching lenses on phones means getting different exposure and white balance which doesn't always look as nice.
The phone does offer a zoom mode up to 8x -- but it's digital zoom that crops into the image and as you can see here, the results don't look good. Fine for a quick snap, perhaps, but this isn't a phone that'll catapult you into wildlife photography stardom.
Even at 4x the details look very mushy.
There's a 10-megapixel front-facing camera inside the phone -- you'll find it in a small punch-hole in the main screen. However...
Samsung revealed the Galaxy Z Flip in an Oscars ad
After weeks of leaks of Samsung's upcoming foldable phone, it looks like the company has decided to scoop itself. Just a couple of days before the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 11th, Samsung rolled out an ad for the Galaxy Z Flip during tonight's Oscars ceremony. That Samsung ad. pic.twitter.com/rt7ntg68Oe — Nicole Lee (@nicole) February 10, 2020 The ad confirms a lot of what we've already seen in leaked hands-ons, but with a much better look at it when it's fully folded. There appears to be a secondary display on the back that will flash a caller ID when there's an incoming call, and you might even be able to answer the call with the phone "closed.
If you close the phone you can also take a selfie using the main rear camera with the smaller screen to help compose your shot. It's crisper, has much richer colours and better contrast. It's the better camera to use if you care about your selfies. The one thing I'm not sure about is why it defaults to a square aspect ratio when you do this. I'm sure this is something I'll figure out in time.
The colours in this pathway scene are extremely oversaturated, giving it quite an unnatural appearance.
Colours are pretty potent here too, but I do at least love the even exposure between the sky and the ground.
The close focussing distance of the main camera let me get this nice low-down shot of these pretty snowdrops. The rich colours work well, making the green stems look lovely and fresh.
The auto HDR mode has really helped bring the bright sky under control here, giving it quite a moody atmosphere that works really well.
Leak reveals Samsung’s new foldable Galaxy Z Flip has ‘flexible glass’
The cover display also has a clever notification trickThe Galaxy Z Flip is clearly designed to be a full-sized phone that folds up to fit into a pocket. It folds into a surprisingly small square, with a cover screen at the front for notifications. The leak reveals you can even tap on notifications on this cover screen, and it will open the corresponding app once you’ve unfolded the phone.
Taken with the standard zoom lens, the colours look, if anything, a little washed out here, which is surprising given the camera's tendency to oversaturate.
Switching to the wide lens, things look a bit more lively.
The wide lens also helped me capture this dramatic view under Edinburgh's Dean Bridge.
Finally, this view of Dean Village and the delightful Water of Leith. The exposure is spot on and the colours are less saturated then previous examples, which makes this image much more true-to-life.
We'll be doing much more testing of the Galaxy Z Flip over the coming days so stay tuned for more.
Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Flip folding smartphone .
Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding phone, a "Z Flip" model with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters." The Galaxy Z Flip will be available beginning Friday at a starting price of $1,380, head of Samsung product marketing in Rebecca Hirst said at a San Francisco unveiling. "It changes everything -- space, size, and the very way we use it," Hirst said as she held a Z Flip in the palm of a hand."The Z Flip is a statement smartphone; it is for trendsetters and trailblazers."When closed, the Z Flip displays notifications such as time and phone calls, and can still be used to take photos.
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