Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Announced Sep 3, 2014 •
5.7 screen | 16 megapixels (rear) | 4 megapixels (front)
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Announced Sep 3, 2014
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For mobile photographers, the big news about the Galaxy Note 4 is its optical image stabilization system which makes it the first Samsung smartphone to offer this feature. The rest of the camera specification is identical to the Note 4's smaller cousin Galaxy S5. Images are captured on a 1/2.6-inch 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and through a lens with F2.2 maximum aperture.

There is also a 3.7MP front camera with a fast F1.9 maximum aperture and a couple of features for selfie-shooting. You can use the heart-rate monitor on the device's back as a shutter button for better ergonomics and the front-camera allows for recording of selfie-panoramas.

For image viewing and editing the Note 4 comes with a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 QHD display that offers a very high pixel density of 518 ppi. Android 4.4 is, depending on region, powered by a quad- or octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Images can be stored on 32GB internal memory or a microSD card. The 3320 mAh battery offers a quick-charging mode that according to Samsung lets you charge from 0 to 50% within approximately 30 minutes.

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Review, Apr 13, 2015
Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 4.4
Front camera effective pixels 4 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 16 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 4608 x 3456
Rear camera focal length 31 mm
Rear camera aperture 2.2
Camera physical shutter release No
Camera image stabilization Optical
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 5.7
Built in memory 32GB storage, 3GB RAM
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz)
Dimensions 154 x 79 x 9 mm (6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33)

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Our review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 combines excellent image quality across the board with a comprehensive imaging feature set that includes powerful panorama and HDR modes.An efficient optical image stabilization system keeps things steady in low light and when shooting video and the large high resolution screen is a pleasure to view and edit images on. Unfortunately the Samsung does not offer DNG Raw support or manual control over shutter speeds but if you can live with those limitations the Samsung is a top option for any mobile photographer.

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