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5 new and improved camera features in the Galaxy Note 5

Florence Ion | Aug. 20, 2015
The Note 5 and S6 Edge+ use the same sensor as the Galaxy S6, but Samsung added a few new software tricks.

I could see this tool being utilized in a variety of ways, like privately broadcasting family gatherings, or even for citizen journalism. This feature inspired the idea that live broadcasting really isn’t a gimmick; it’s the way we use the Internet now, and Samsung just bundled it into the phone’s camera app so you don’t have to worry about procuring a third-party app to do it yourself.

Make a video collage

Remember when Samsung would include camera modes just for the heck of it? I thought the video collage was a throwback to those days, but after a little bit of diving I discovered that it’s more than just a kitschy little video making feature.

I’m not gonna lie: I had fun making four, 6-second vignettes and then piecing them together. The possibilities are endless! The first 6-second video is used as the overarching narrative of the video collage, while the three other videos are merely used as background. You can control the video volume and then tack on some background music. When you’re done, you can share the video anywhere you want, including Instagram.

However, you don’t have to stick to the four, 6-second collage format. You can choose from a multitude of other video styles and bump up the video time to 15-seconds, which is Instagram’s limit. I could see myself using this feature to more easily make yoga videos. It’s so much easier to have this feature readily available within the native camera app, rather than going out to download an app to accomplish the same thing. This is a great example of Samsung bundling in helpful features with its Android devices.

Save a photo in RAW

It’s true: we all got really excited when the LG G4 came out with RAW + JPEG shooting capabilities because it was the first Android smartphone to offer that ability. I was curious when Samsung would eventually follow suit, and fortunately it did so with the launch of its new phablet devices.

Like the G4, the Note 5 saves both a JPEG and DNG file. I didn’t realize which one was which until I exported both files to my computer, however.

You can still export the file to Instagram or whatever other editing application you like to use. The downside is that since the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ don’t offer expansion slots, you’re taking up double the space by storing both a JPEG and RAW file on your device. In this case, I’m storing a 32MB DNG file and 6MB JPEG file on a 32GB phone. Ouch.

Slow down that shutter speed

Samsung only slightly beefed up the manual controls in its Pro mode after what LG debuted this year. Now you can control the shutter speed on the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.


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