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Samsung Galaxy S II

Friday November 30 2012

Mobile Overview
DxOMark Mobile
57

Overview

The Samsung Galaxy S II is a slim little thing. The smartphone measures less than 9mm thick, making it a miracle the South Korean company was able to squeeze anything else into the 2011 launched mobile.

But the electronics giant managed to pack in an 8-megapixel camera into the S II. The sensor helped the Samsung cellphone deliver decent outdoor pictures. It also aided the device in capturing a fair amount of details when filming video in bright lighting.

Unfortunately, the smartphone was hammered in low light environments – users will want to engage the S II’s flash in dim settings. In low light, the smartphone also faulted at losing texture due to an over correction for noise. The product was also plagued by strong color shading and its autofocus performed weakly, however its trigger mode proved smoother and more reliable.

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
61
Exposure and contrast
75
Color
54
Autofocus
46
Texture
55
Noise
59
Artifacts
81
Flash
71

Pros

  • Trigger autofocus is fluid and repeatable.
  • Performs strongly with flash.

Cons

  • No automatic refocussing.
  • Strong presence of color shading, even outdoors.
  • Noise correcting filter leads to strong loss of texture in details.
  • Trigger mode remedies the mobile’s unpredictable autofocus reliability.

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
50
Exposure and contrast
71
Color
63
Autofocus
39
Texture
44
Noise
47
Artifacts
73
Stabilization
9

Pros

  • Nice detail preservation in bright outdoor lighting.

Cons

  • Video stabilization is absent.
  • Unreliable autofocus in low lighting. Visible lens breathing.
  • Very distracting and visible color shading.