Ok, so I have had a few weeks now to play with this phone and abuse it a bit. So far so good. I havent killed it. I havent even, to be fair, dropped it or wetted it out. So, robustness aside how has it fared?
Well I really like the torch on the phone. I know, I know…little things please little minds but it is incredibly useful especially in the winter months and probably for camping as a backup. The phone is functional, the keys very responsive and easy to type on. Some of the predictive text suggestions are a hoot but it all works well . The internet is surprisingly fast and responsive. The toughness is as yet untested but the phone has no scratches and it lives in my pocket so seems good so far. The camera is actually quite good. I went out today for a walk in the Black Mountains and decided to test it out versus the Lumix LX3 for a laugh.
I decided to take a “standard” hill shot with both cameras on their normal settings and then take a sun-orientated shot the same way.
Very little to choose between these two. The LX3 image is a touch sharper and the Samsung a touch “fuzzier”. Also the LX3 shot has a touch more colour and depth but as I said (to my untrained eye) very little to choose between them.
More of a difference with this shot. The act of pointing the camera at the sun has forced the LX3 to compensate in auto mode and allow more of the image to come through rather than being “shadowed” by the light intensity. The Samsung shot is definitely grainier and slightly less well defined. Having said that my preference with sun shots is to darken the foreground to accentuate the effect of the sun. On the LX3 this means choosing the “sunset” mode normally. Thinking about it I should have done that rather than auto-exposure but didnt realise until I looked at the pictures at home.
So, overall thoughts? Yes, the LX3 is superior and has alot of settings and the ability to take in different aspect ratios or raw pictures etc etc. However, if I was stuck with no other camera I would happily take pictures with the Samsung but wouldnt expect miracles obviously. I will continue to take pictures with both the LX3 and the Samsung on future outings but I have no immediate reservations in just taking the phone camera. Sometimes I really do forget to pack a camera but I always take the phone.
Oh, and I’ll do an update for the walk I did yesterday, when I took the pictures, soon