Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4, A Phone with a Emphasis on Camera Tricks


At a launch event in NYC last night, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S4. It’s a phone that looks remarkably similar to its predecessor, and one that is heavily geared toward photography. Having just launched a smartphone-style compact camera, the Galaxy Camera, Samsung appears to have stuffed many of the same technologies and features inside this latest smartphone.

On the back of the camera is a 13-megapixel camera with a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, up from the 8MP one found in the SIII. On the front is a 5-inch 1080p screen that features durable Gorilla Glass.


Aside from hardware improvements, most of the new photography-related features are found in the software.

There’s a “Dual Camera” feature that lets you snap two photographs in two opposite directions (with the front and rear cameras) with a single press of the shutter. Users can then choose how they’d like the two photos to appear, whether as an overlay or side-by-side as a diptych.

“Eraser” is a feature that shoots multiple photos of one scene to give you the option of creating a composite photo without the distraction of people or things moving through the shot.

There are 12 shooting modes, including “Drama Shot,” a feature that snaps 100 shots in 4 seconds for cinemagraph-style moving images, and “Sound and Shot,” which adds a layer of sound on top of your still photos.

“Story Album” is a mode that can automatically create albums from your collection of photos based on the date and environment.

For serious photographers, many of the new camera features found in the S4 may be very gimmicky. That might be true, but the phone is one that’s geared toward casual consumers who want to snap photos of their everyday lives, and the features could be quite helpful in doing that.

While pricing hasn’t been announced yet, we do know that the S4 will be hitting shelves globally by the end of April.

(via DPReview)

  • Mark Dub

    Yes!! a pic of my face while I take a photo! I added a mirror to my DSLR, but this will be great so I can keep the shots!

    “Drama Shot” and “Sound and Shot” sounds totally awesome too! I wonder if there’s some way to take all of those stills and sound to make some kind of moving picture thingy. Like video, but with photographs and sound instead..


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  • ripley

    Didn’t the S3 come out less than 12 months ago?

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  • Jesse

    shut up!

  • Igor Ken

    exactly my thoughts after reading an article about the S4. Useless features to make up for the lack of actual improvements.

  • Ralph Hightower

    I’m looking to upgrade my HTC Thunderbolt. My use is fairly data intensive and I was looking at the Samsung Galaxy S3 w/ 32 GB, which my carrier carried, but now doesn’t.. I want storage, battery life, and faster speed. The “Gee Whiz” gizmos of the S4 does nothing for me.
    PS: I don’t use my cell phone as an MP3 player.