Check out these Galaxy Note 8 2x optical zoom camera samples

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We have already put out our official Galaxy Note 8 review for our readers, and we have been impressed by what the Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera setup has to offer. Following DxOMark’s announcement yesterday that the Galaxy Note 8 is the “best smartphone for zoom”, we decided to put together a few samples of pictures we’ve captured using 2x optical zoom on the phone to see how it works in real-life scenarios. We’ve put the zoomed-in samples next to their standard counterparts so you can get an idea of what the optical zoom can offer.

For those who need a refresher, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with two 12-megapixel cameras at the back, one a standard 26mm wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture, Dual Pixel autofocus, and optical image stabilization (OIS), and the other a 52 mm telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and OIS. The telephoto lens is what makes these optical zoom shots possible, in addition to pictures with DSLR-like bokeh effects through the Live Focus feature, samples of which we had already published in a separate article a couple of weeks ago.

Well, without further ado, go ahead and check out the samples below, and let us know what you think! To view the 2x zoom shot, move the slider left, and move it right to see the regular version.

Edit: We have also uploaded all these images as separate files in this Google Photos album for those who want to see them in a larger size (something our compare plugin doesn’t currently allow).

Galaxy Note 8 2x optical zoom camera samples

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nathan807
11 days 18 hours ago
nathan807

Price is equal to iphone 8 plus but camera quality has gone down. Note 8 customers are really felt sorry for buying such a costly mobile. Read Dxomark review that Note 8 has secured 3 place. Pixel 2 is First one and Iphone 8plus Second position. NOte 8 has gone to the Third position. What happened to Samsung…? original is always original.. copy cat can never become original.

ogsamsung
11 days 17 hours ago
ogsamsung

Check out some of the sites and youtube videos showing the comparisons between the Note 8 and Iphone 8……

maccyb
11 days 18 hours ago
maccyb

Really like the 2x lens on my Note8. Made good use of taking stage photos at a conference yesterday. Btw, you can move the slides with sPen without touching the screen!, Good job. Only thing is, we should stop calling it a zoom lens. It’s a fixed 2x lens. It doesn’t zoom.. Zoom lens refers only to adjustable zoom lenses like I have for my Nikon DSLR. Apple incorrectly called the lens on the iPhone a zoom lens, and now everyone is using the term incorrectly.

17 days 11 hours ago
Nirav Bhavsar

thid photos shows a building where i work. it’s amdavad and taken probably from YMCA.

martindale
17 days 16 hours ago
martindale

Why do you insist on calling it a “2x optical zoom”? The zoom is the continuous change in focal length, and it is the one piece of the setup which is most definitely computational, not optical.

Sure, we all would love to have an optical zoom in the same form factor, but just calling it an optical zoom does not make it so. I hate this devaluation of words through marketing hype. It just sows confusion. Half the people reading this probably think the Note 8 actually does have an optical zoom, or think it’s just the same thing anyway.

o0MHJ0o
17 days 19 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

In lowlight conditions it doesn’t use the telephoto lens, it just uses digital zoom, like the iPhones. Tim Schofield did a test that proves it.

maccyb
11 days 18 hours ago
maccyb

That’s totally true. πŸ‘πŸ‘It would be impossible to get any kind of decent shot with an f2.4 in low light, hence the switch to digital zoom.

78albireox78
17 days 20 hours ago
78albireox78

Thanks for the effort, would have been nice to see larger images, it’s pretty hard to see the quality difference in these tiny images.

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