The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 Review – 4X Camera, 4X Fun?

Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 - 4X Cameras, 4X Fun?

24 MP Front Camera

In the front, the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a 24 MP camera built around the Sony IMX576 sensor, and f/2.0 lens.

The Sony IMX576 is the world’s highest-resolution image sensor, and is usually used only in flagship devices like the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro.

The wide f/2.0 aperture will help ensure that low-light selfies are possible, even without flash.


4X Cameras In The Back!

The marquee feature of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 (MY | US | UK) is its quad-camera module in the back. It is, after all, the world’s first smartphone to feature four rear cameras.

Supported by a single LED flash, the quad camera module is made up of :

  • a 24 MP primary camera with f/1.7 lens and OIS (optical image stabilisation)
  • an 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.4 lens and 120º FOV
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera
  • a 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens

Even though there are four cameras, only three of them actually take pictures or videos. The depth sensor is not an imaging camera, and is only used for better depth perception, and subject separation (from the background).

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The wide angle camera boasts the same 120° viewing angle as the human eye, while the telephoto camera gives you extra reach. Here are some photos to show you the differences between the three cameras :

The 5 MP depth sensor is slaved to the main camera, allowing to deliver Live Focus and more accurate software bokeh capabilities. That said, we have to question why it is even necessary.

After all, the telephoto camera could have done a better job, as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Samsung Galaxy Note9 have proven. Using the telephoto camera would also have enabled Dual Capture.

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