I am also very curious how this performs .... my S3 camera is useful .... but like most smartphone cameras .... the usefulness is limited to good light.
It is hilarious that every S5 related cameranews item I found mentions nothing of this .... only things like selective focus.....
Thankyou Lars for actually posting something newsworthy about the S5 camera.
A better camera and 128GB of microSD are worth something in terms of usability.
Samuel Dilworth: I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you a universal problem with today’s cameras: they are pointlessly complex. I had great hopes the Df would offer another way, but if anything it’s worse.
The first company to make a genuinely simple, enthusiast-orientated, high-quality, fairly priced camera will have to beat people off its doorstep. Or me, at any rate.
I hugely enjoyed this series of interviews, but I was disappointed that the need for simplicity and reversal of feature bloat – which seem very urgent problems to me in 2014 – were not talked about by DPReview or the manufacturers.
Then it comes down to actual living ..... how can you enjoy an event when you are worried about somebody stealing your camera the minute you put it down somewhere. You can't dance, you are chained to your camera. A mirrorless camera with a pancake is the biggest chain I can tolerate ... and there are other options from Sony. Asking somebody to babysit a small bag just big enough for a mirrorless with a pancake is reasonable for 10-15 min ... asking them to babysit your DSLR bag is not.
Smaller size really does matter if you don't shoot for a living like most enthusiasts. Pros need the very best just in case ...
Every physical photographic tool I have fits in one smallish bag except for a tripod which I rarely even feel the need for with camera sensor advancements and IS.
When I want to I throw a pancake on my Oly and it is almost pocket-able and it is a very un-intimidating camera in that format. Right or wrong people feel more uncomfortable in front of a big camera.
IMO the OMD-E5 or similar camera with a pancake is the first smallish camera that can take pleasing impromptu ambient light pictures indoors. The Oly EPL2 couldn't with the same lens.
If it isn't with you you can't take the picture ... this is why people shoot an unfathomable amount of pics with a cellphone .... some are even good.
Even if Samsung just re-released the S3 in 2014 it would still be a far more usable phone than almost every newer smartphone except those made by Sony and a few others.
Why is simple ..... most new phones are deliberately crippled because they don't support microSD. HTC and Google want you to use the cloud so they can watch exactly what you do and mine that info. There is nothing inherently bad about this except it provides a very poor user experience compared to having your files local. No signal = no files Syncing sucks and is a waste of time.
The Samsung S5 will support at least 130GB of storage with a 128Gb microSD card. That means you can have all your music files local and never sync or wait for access again. And all local files are catalogged so you can search then quickly.
For those slagging the camera. You should probably wait to see the pictures .... then by all means slag away.
The S5 didn't really add much .... but at least they didn't take anything away.
greypixelz: sad he had to reach this age in order to understand that suffering and horror is not 'photojournalism' or 'the public's right to be informed'.there is such a thing as human dignity and dying is part of it. photographing death or any kind of suffering for public display is undignified and disqualifies the photographer as a human being. man should be immortalized on the highest peaks, not the deepest of valleys. this whole culture of decay and death is satanic in nature and goes against what man really is. the spirit of humanity is about rising from the abyss, not falling in it.God bless you all!
Why do you think police always confiscate cell phones first and threaten anyone who photographs or videos them in action. Imagine what it would be like in a war zone where combatants obviously don't want to be photographed and will gladly kill to prevent it. You are a little hard on Don McCullin. If he took one step out of line he would have been shot in the head. He was in no position to help anybody.
I will agree with you that pictures of death now serve no good purpose, but that doesn't mean it was always that way. What you refer to on TV and the news is called Death Porn and that is exactly what it is.
greypixelz: you can put the blinders on as much as you like .... it isn't going to go away. Out of sight is out of mind, but it doesn't make anything go away.
You would like to put mankind on a pedestal as God's great creation, but that is not who we are unfortunately. I do agree with you that photographing people's death is an indignity, but rape and murder is a far greater one. Pictures used to be considered photo-evidence and gave more credibility to a reported event. Without pictures it was just one word against the other. The same was true about the verbal communication as opposed to the written word.
Both pictures and the written word have no more meaning or truth than experience and verbal communication. All have exactly the amount of truth given to them. Both the written word and photography have been horribly abused because people expect truth from them when there is only as much truth as given to them.
Now pictures and video can be doctored on a 50$ netbook.
AndreyT: What? "Post-Communist Romaina"? In 2014? Pray tell, where did he find "post-communist" Romania after 2011, as the intro states?
No, my silly little pumpkins, this is not "post-Communist Romaina". This is capitalist Romania, EU member Romania, NATO Romania that you have in these pictures.
Although, on the second thought, I do see a rather fitting reference to Communism in these pictures. The only thing "Communist" that is probably still left in that country is the proper understanding among people of what's right and what's wrong. And that, unfortunately, does not play well in Capitalism. That is your last obstacle on that glorious path. Sorry, my dear people of Romania, if you want to live the "American Dream" you will have to learn to steal, to murder, to rape and, most importantly, to smile while you are doing all that. And learn to repeat the "we are doing the right thing" mantra - it helps to kill the remains of your human conscience, if repeated a sufficient number of times.
America .... been there quite a few times .... missed the steal, rape and murder parts ..... I am pretty sure I could find all of the above if I looked around enough, but that is pretty much true of every nation.
Generally, births and deaths aren't all that pretty to watch .... In these pictures it seems hard to tell which parts are birth and death.
A brilliant idea .... I am curious how the dev dealt with the laws of physics. The camera is only motionless to the pinnacle of the throw at only one point which means that compared to exposure times the camera never stops moving.
How did the devs compensate for this as in only in the brightest light would the exposure times be short enough to get a blur free shot. Could you make it light enough by filling it with helium to float?
Sirandar: Every time I read Nexus articles I feel a little sad.
I like the design, style and price of the Nexus phones and generally like Google but the lack of microSD precludes me from ever buying these phones.
For photography 32Gb is OK but people like me also use a smartphone for music and perhaps video. Syncing is so passé as you often don't have the music you want when you want it, and it is a PITA. On-line services are not even close to being there yet ( but may be eventually).
If the 64GB models were widely available and not outrageously priced I might live with no microSD, but nothing can really compete with a 32Gb Sam S3 or S4 with a 64Gb microSD card if you actually use your phone as both a camera music player and have a moderately sized collection.
PS I use Dropbox and Google on-line services and they are in no way replacements for local storage, especially for music.
I really can't understand how anyone can be satisfied with the On-line services like Google. I tried them and they are not even close to the convenience of having MP3s on a microSD card.
With on-line services your MP3s are not cataloged properly so you can't find what you want to play easily and when you do you have to wait to download it.
The ITune Match service brought my Internet connection to its knees for 1 week and never finished uploading .... I had to terminate it.
Every time I read Nexus articles I feel a little sad.
This is amazing technology ...... I can hardly wait to try it.
It has serious implications for the computer gaming industry too. Maybe if the devs start using this tech we can get games that actually have a story better than the worst book.
Runs on a S3 (or 4) too ....
I am surprised this hasn't generated any interest as it is way more practical than Lyro
The Samsung S4 looks the best compared to this roundup, especially in the corners
With the macro lens it is hard to tell the difference between poor corner sharpness and the very narrow depth of field macro lenses have. Looking at your macro picture I would say it is the latter and the edges are simply out of the focus plane ...
The interface may not be optimal, but it is Android, so 3rd party devs can make a new interface if Sammy releases enough info to let them
Looking at the pictures with good light I have to say I am impressed.
Sad that I would never even consider buying a phone without microSD. A Galaxy S3 or S4 is a great tool because it is expandable enough to use as a phone, camera, music server, GPS and mini-laptop. You need 100Gb to do all of this well and the S3 delivers 100Gb with a 64GB microSD card.
All those RAW files are bound to take up a lot of space.
There is nothing even remotely comparable in terms of speed, accessibility and ease of maintenance as having your entire music collection on a microSD card. You never need to sync again except when you buy new tracks. On-line solutions do not even come close because the tracks are not cataloged properly
Love the pictures and don't mind the HDR effect at all ....
The pictures look staged though .... but that isn't too much a sin
I guess it is better than the little bars than no one in the history of cell phones ever clicked on on except by accident?
At least we may have an interesting picture to look at .... ;)
The curved shape may be very handy as it may handle better and fit body parts better .... Also, when face down the screen is no longer the lowest point so scratching may be reduced.
looks like the edges may break easily when the phone is dropped ....
Won't know until I have one in my hand to try.....
The other features seem gimmicky but again you never know.
There are 2 camps
Camp 1 will agree because they want creative works to generate as much income as possible in as many ways as possible.
Camp 2 doesn't want to pay directly or indirectly for this.
Basically the US gov made a stupid mistake paying 0.8 million for a public monument and not getting the rights and the artist is cashing in on it.
I would have been interesting to follow the flow of money all though this monument project to see how it flowed and into who's pocket but we will never know that.
Judging from the picture at least the artist is talented .... sometimes we pay 0.8 million for an eyesore.
Interesting but these displays are not covered in gorilla glass so how long would they last is a valid question ..... but if they are dirty cheap to make then I could see real application.
Folds are really really tough on material .... I just cannot see any laminate design lasting more than a few 100 folds and with folds come kinks when you overfold. But this is obviously the future in certain applications