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Samsung Galaxy S II

This device has been tested in 2012. Please note that the score and contents below refer to an older Camera test protocol.

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 Pros

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

Video Pros

  • Nice detail preservation in bright outdoor lighting.

Photo 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 Cons

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

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