Smartphone OEMs have been improving cameras with each new release and today, Samsung has one of the best smartphone cameras in the industry.
The pace was set by last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, where the pair came with top-notch 12MP sensors with a wide aperture of f/1.7. With this aperture, Samsung was looking to step up the performance of the camera in low-light conditions – and it did happen as the Galaxy S7 Edge still stands out when it comes to photography.
With the release of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, there weren’t huge changes in the camera department as the pair retained the same setup, including the aperture. But of course, Samsung made some refinements here and there, meaning you get much better shots on the S8 compared to the S7.
For two releases in a row, Samsung topped the charts as far as aperture size on their smartphone cameras is concerned. However, LG surpassed this mark with the V30, which has an aperture of f/1.6, the widest in any smartphone camera. Despite this huge change, the LG V30 isn’t the best out there when it comes to photography, which basically tells you that there’s more to a camera’s performance than just aperture.
WOW…F/1.4 on GALAXY S9…
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Now, in a new development, Samsung Galaxy S9 will reportedly ship with the widest aperture in a smartphone, yet. According to a Chinese tipster, the phone will have a massive f/1.4 aperture, something that should take the S9’s low-light performance a notch higher than the competition.
Previous reports have suggested that Samsung Galaxy S9 will ship with a single-lens camera while the S9+ will add a second lens. If this does happen, it’s possible both phones will have the same f/1.4 aperture lens as the primary shooter, with the S9+ getting a second lens, perhaps similar to the one on the Galaxy Note 8.
Samsung is expected to tease the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the CES 2018 event this coming January, with the official release to come later in March.