Smartphone optics have been completely overhauled. The new Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor on the Galaxy S9 is driven by its own processor. So it is powerful enough to combine twelve separate shots to make one super-photo with the highest quality.
According to Samsung, the 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization is ideally suited to take photos in less favorable light conditions thanks to a feature known as the Dual Aperture. With the ‘variable lens aperture’ of F1.5 - F2.4, the camera automatically lets in more light when it is dark and less light when it is bright, mimicking the working of the human eye. The result, according to Samsung, is photos that are sharp and bright in all circumstances.
The Galaxy S9+ has a little extra in the form of a separate F2.4 long-focus lens that brings objects closer, a function debuted last summer on the Galaxy Note 8. The selfie camera has 8 megapixels on both smartphones.
The Super Slow-mo function can film at an impressive 960 frames per second, so that the Galaxy S9 equals the record of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. This extremely slow reproduction creates spectacular photos. Just think of an exploding balloon or an insect beating its wings a few hundred times per second.
This was already an ‘important’ feature of the iPhone X and now Samsung has jumped on board, too. With AR Emoji, users can create animated emoticons that look like them. Via an advanced machine-learning algorithm, over a hundred points of a 2D image of a face are analyzed and converted into a 3D-model with life-like facial expressions. You can share them via social media as a moving emoji or in the form of stickers.