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Galaxy S9+ dual camera’s 2x zoom function doesn’t get due attention

When it comes to the Galaxy S9 camera, Samsung’s advertising and marketing efforts focus on the features that are common to both the regular Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, like the Dual Aperture lens, Super Slow-mo recording, and AR Emoji. That’s not surprising, as the company has adopted the “keep major features limited to the bigger flagship” mantra – followed by arch-rival Apple – for the first time, and it probably would have done so last year if it had managed to have a dual camera ready in time for the launch of the Galaxy S8. Focusing on the primary rear camera from a marketing point of view makes sense, but it also means one important dual camera feature of the Galaxy S9+ gets ignored and doesn’t get due attention.

2x zoom > Live Focus

The feature I’m talking about, as you already know from the title, is the ability to zoom in on a scene using the secondary rear camera sensor. Housing a telephoto lens, the secondary sensor allows you to zoom in on a subject without losing out on quality, as it’s not digital zoom that you have on the primary camera on a smartphone. The telephone lens has a smaller aperture (f/2.4, while the primary sensor can go down to f/1.5 when the need arises), so the phone does sometimes use the primary camera for 2x zoom in low-light conditions, but when there’s enough light for the smaller aperture to not be a problem, the 2x zoom functionality is extremely handy to have at your beck and call.

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I can’t say the same about Live Focus. I used Live Focus a fair bit when I started using the Galaxy Note 8 last year, but it soon became a feature I would rarely call upon. Now, I’m not saying that is going to be the case with everyone — far from it! Indeed, you may love taking pictures – especially of other people – with background blur, and that’s great. Live Focus does provide opportunities for some wonderful photos, but my beef is with the fact that the 2x zoom functionality made possible by the dual camera setup gets swept under the rug when it comes to listing out reasons for how a pair of cameras is beneficial over a single camera.

Come to think of it, it wasn’t a major talking point back when the Galaxy Note 8 launched, either. Again, Samsung probably is going to continue downplaying the dual camera setup of the Galaxy S9+ as the standard S9 has only one rear camera, but I wish people would start to recognize how useful the 2x zoom can be and give it the due attention it deserves. Well, unless it has become so intrinsic to the dual camera experience on the S9+ and Note 8 that everyone considers it to be an everyday function that doesn’t need any praise; I’m perfectly fine with that!

What’s the dual camera feature you use the most on your Galaxy S9+ or Galaxy Note 8? Sound off in the comments!

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DoctorKDS
DoctorKDS

The zoom feature on my Note 8 gets used a lot. It is handy to remove objects that I don’t want in my pictures.

iamnigeloke
iamnigeloke

I tried the dual zoom function, it actually works (I put my finger on the telescopic lens, and it legit works)

Dom1n8tr1x
Dom1n8tr1x

The reason why it doesn’t get attention is because it’s not real 2x optical zoom. They are just using two cameras with different focal lengths like prime lenses on dslr’s. Also love how Samsung labels the 52mm focal length camera as “telephoto”. So what it comes down to is that the 52mm focal length camera is not a zoom lens, it’s a prime lens. Prime lenses can’t zoom…

preime101
preime101

it was one reason why I purchase the Note 8 and I probably use it more than the standard lens 🙂
I just wish they would let you use it in pro mode to shoot RAW files with it.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Most people know about it, though it’s new for S model buyers.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Also they don’t want to point out how inferior they made the s9 compared to the bigger phone

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s about time they differentiated. Like anything, you can buy different models. You can buy a standard model car or spend more on an SX model which comes with more features. The standard S9 is not inferior, it’s a great phone, and given its smaller size they probably wouldn’t have been able to fit a big enough battery because the camera lens takes up a lot of space internally. The S9 should have more features! Your comment just betrayed your ignorance.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I believe you missed the complete point of the comment. Samsung is not advertising the difference as they don’t want to point out the smaller phone is inferior.

Read things first before making comments!

The s9 is a glorified s8. That is fact. Even if they can’t put a dual camera due to size of the phone which is bs, they could still put 6gb ram in.

mtbrown262626
mtbrown262626

Galaxy S9+ dual camera’s 2x zoom function doesn’t get due attention!

Its not being ignored it’s just it’s not a new feature as it was on the note 8 So people already aware of it.