Yep, it’s the dog mom’s turn again today. This is going to be my own little FYI review of what I think is THE best camera/phone out there.
It all started earlier in the year when my little point and shoot camera finally died. That was always my go to camera for hiking, and whenever I didn’t want to carry my DSLR. After it died, I had to carry the Nikon if I wanted to get any pictures. I like my Nikon, it’s an old one, the D70. But has always taken fairly good pictures. And I really liked shooting with my 1.8f macro lens. Then it died. So all my pictures lately have been shot with my Galaxy S4.
I was due for an upgraded phone in July, so I started doing some research on the phone with the best camera. (Isn’t it weird that’s what our world is now?) I also wanted something that would do all the other things we expect from a phone now. Internet, email, social media, and my favorite…Google maps. Without Google maps, we would have driven around in new cities for a day looking for groceries. It’s great to have that nice Google lady tell us where to go. I would prefer Sam Elliot…but that’s another subject.
Anyway, after looking at the options I decided that A – the iphone was out. Not a fan, for lots of reasons. And B – The Galaxy S4 has the best camera of any phone on the market. With 13 megapixels and a ton of built in, and very cool features, this was the one. And they are a great size. Large clear screen, thin, and light weight.
The pictures in this post are straight out of the camera. All I did was size them down, and watermark them. That’s it, nothing else. And they are all shot with features that are included on the Galaxy S4. No extra Apps. I am only showing the features I have actually used. There are 4 more way cool shooting modes that I have never used.
First up….Richtone HDR. This shoots amazing pictures. More colorful colors.
The next picture is shot in Auto mode. I love to shoot macro, and this is an extreme close up of a cool leaf.
I shot this panorama picture one night at sunset when we were in Jackson still.
The camera has a 4X zoom. Not a lot, but pretty good just the same. This hornets nest was probably 3 feet above my head. This was shot in Auto mode too.
I took these photos in Night mode in a dark room. No flash. There is a kitty on Al’s lap, and Torrey could not figure that one out.
The next features are just fun to play around with. I like this dual camera mode. You can change the frame around the small photo from a heart, stamp, circle, polaroid, etc.
The Best picture mode, takes 8 pictures super fast. then you can pick which one is the best. I took this picture while walking, actually moving, on the path one day.
This next one is Sport mode. Kinda the same thing. Super fast pics, but you don’t choose a favorite from a batch, you get all the photos saved. These guys were running full blast.
The animated feature is super fun, and so easy! The camera shoots for 8 seconds. It automatically creates the GIF for you. You can then trim the GIF down if there is a spot on the beginning or end you don’t want. Simple!!
The last shooting mode is called Drama. I really want to experiment with this one more. I took these two photos real fast the other day on our rainy hike. The camera detects movement across the screen, then puts together a whole series of the photos into one shot. I want to play with this more and get several photos together, instead of just two.
The phone also is voice activated. So if your hands are yucky or wet, and the phone rings, you just say “answer” and it answers, plus puts it on speaker. The camera is voice activated too. So if you have one hand say holding a dog, and the other with the camera, you just say “cheese” and it takes the picture. Very cool and handy.
Well, that’s my unprofessional review. I hope it was helpful. If you are in the market for a new phone, and are a photography nut like I am, you can’t beat the Galaxy S4.