Samsung Galaxy S II

In 2017 the DXOMARK Mobile test protocol has been updated to cover zoom, bokeh features, very low light performance, motion in the scene and other new test criteria. Image quality testing for this review was still undertaken using the original DXOMARK Mobile test protocol from 2012. The results are not directly comparable to the new protocol but this article will still give you a very good idea of the test device's camera performance.

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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