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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Senado Square At Night!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Senado Square At Night!

We took the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ for a photography trip to Macau, where we took some shots of the picturesque Senado Square at night.

Check out these sample photos which will show you what you can expect from the Galaxy Note 10+ at night!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : A Quick Primer

The Galaxy Note 10+ is the latest Samsung Note device. Think of it as an improved Galaxy S10+, with an S Pen stylus!

In addition to a flagship-class processor and a ton of memory and storage, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) boasts a quad-camera system.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+‘s quad-camera system consists of these cameras :

  • 12 MP Dual Aperture Camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) : 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • 16 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2) : 123°, 0.5X optical zoom
  • 12 MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4) : 45°, 2X optical zoom, OIS
  • 3D DepthVision Camera : ToF emitter and sensor with VGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution

The 3D DepthVision camera is actually a pair of ToF (Time of Flight) emitter and sensor that provide 3D data to the main camera for features like Video Bokeh and 3D scanning. It doesn’t take any photos.

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Introducing Senado Square, Macau

Senado Square, also known as the Senate Square, is a famous landmark in Macau featuring beautiful Portuguese pavements. It is part of the Macau World Heritage Site.

Senado Square is always crowded during weekends, but it was especially crowded at night when we arrived as residents and tourists come to revel in the Christmas spirit.

It is also a popular start for many tourists, as the Portuguese pavements lead you past the Leal Senado Building, and the St. Dominic’s Church, on the way to the Ruins of St. Paul and the Monte Fort.

Much of this “trail” has been renovated, with brand new stores replacing old shops. But there is still plenty of great sights here, making it a must-see location for all visitors to Macau.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Senado Square At Night!

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has three cameras, we found ourselves using its 12 MP dual-aperture main camera and its 16 MP ultra-wide camera for all of these sample shots.

Its ultra-wide angle camera, which has a viewing angle of 123°, was really useful in taking in the expansive architecture as well as crowds of people.

Try to avoid placing people at the corners though – they end up looking really distorted!

What impressed us about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) is how the shots turned out with any fancy manual adjustments.

In our photography samples, we believe in using Auto with no manual adjustments – because this is precisely how the vast majority of smartphone users take their photos!

In this shot of St. Dominic’s Church, note how it accurately captured the yellow facade and green doors in the limited light, while maintaining the proper exposure with a pitch black sky in the background!

With enough street lighting, you can capture decent photos of a fast moving crowd at night without excessive blurring, as this sample shot of nearby Rua de Sao Paulo demonstrates.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+‘s ability to capture great shots like this, with virtually no preparation, is why it is our favourite smartphone for our personal photos.

Just whip it out for a quick shot, and in almost all cases, you end up with a great shot!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Where To Buy?

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The Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

The Realme 3 is a mid-range smartphone with flagship aspirations. It is full of features that are usually found only in flagship smartphones. Like its Nightscape mode.

Let’s take a look at what the Realme Nightscape mode does, and show you how it can be used to take really awesome night shots!

 

Nightscape Mode

The Nightscape mode was first introduced in the Realme 3, and included in the recently-launched Realme 3 Pro.

It uses artificial intelligence, multi-frame capture and an anti-shake algorithm to produce significantly better low-light photos.

Nightscape Mode In Realme 3

When used in the Realme 3 smartphone, Nightscape delivers these improvements :

  • Increased exposure in dim lighting, allowing for better low-light photography
  • Better control of overexposed areas, bringing out details that would normally be washed out
  • Brightening underexposed areas, allowing details to emerge from the shadows
  • Keep noise under control, even in dark areas

Nightscape Mode In Realme 3 Pro

In addition to the above, the higher-end Realme 3 Pro will take multiple frames in the RAW format. This allows it to create Nightscape photos with more detail, greater brightness with lower noise and motion blur.

 

How To Turn On Nightscape Mode

Here is a short guide on how to turn on Nightscape mode in the Realme 3 smartphone. It should be the same for the Realme 3 Pro.

 

When To Use Nightscape

Now, as great as Nightscape mode is, there is a reason why Realme did not turn it on by default.

Each Nightscape shot takes between 4 to 7 seconds to complete – multiple shots are taken over 3 seconds, and it takes anywhere from 1 to 4 seconds to process them.

So you need to decide when is a good time to use Nightscape, and when you can skate by without it. After all, the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro have great cameras with fast, bright lenses.

Not Necessary : With Decent Lighting

Sometimes, an indoor scene may not seem bright enough. But the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro have bright, fast lenses – f/1.8 and f/1.7 respectively.

This corridor in The Venetian Las Vegas was not brightly-lit, but there was no need to use Nightscape to create such a great photo.

Worth Trying : When There Is A Mix Of Good And Poor Lighting

There will be times when some parts of a scene are well-lit, while other parts are not. It’s worth using Nightscape to bring out the details in the shadows.

Recommended : When There Is Poor Lighting

The Siegfried and Roy Commemorative Statue is not directly lit at night, although hey, it’s Las Vegas so there’s indirect lighting from across the street!

Still, it is recommended to use Nightscape to bring out details in the shadows, and reduce noise in the dark areas.

Next Page > The Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Part 1

 

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Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Photo Samples (Part 1)

We took the Realme 3 to Las Vegas for a photography session. Here is a comparison of various scenes with and without Nightscape mode.

You should see better results with the Realme 3 Pro, which supports multi-frame recording and processing in RAW.

Treasure Island

Now, do remember that this is Las Vegas, so it’s pretty much brightly-lit at night. But that doesn’t mean it is an easy night shot, because the brighter lights can and do throw off the camera, causing it to underexpose the photo.

Take this example of Treasure Island. The bright LED billboard literally fooled the camera into thinking its very bright, and so the photo came out underexposed.

But turning on Nightscape captures a multitude of photos over 3 seconds, so the camera won’t get fooled by a single take.

The result – a well-exposed photo where the bright billboard is not overly-exposed, and yet you can see details of the much darker hotel building.

The Mirage Volcano

The Mirage Volcano was also a difficult shot. The volcano was lit by lights in the water, which cast deep shadows at the top.

It also made the background much darker in comparison. In fact, the trees behind the volcano appeared pitch black, while the tree on the upper right corner was cloaked in darkness.

When we took the same shot with Nightscape mode, you can now see details of the volcano top that was earlier hidden in the shadows.

You can also see the colour and details of the trees in the background. And not only can you clearly see the tree on the upper right corner, you can even see that there is another tree next to it!

The Venetian

There is lots of bright lights in this sample of The Venetian. But there are also lots of areas that appear significantly darker in comparison.

Turning on Nightscape not only brought out those darker areas, the brighter areas had a more natural, warmer look. It was essentially creating a HDR image, with greater dynamic range.

Of course, your results will vary depending on the lighting conditions. In this example, the differences are less significant.

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Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Photo Samples (Part 2)

Generally, Nightscape will produce greater dynamic range by combining multiple photos, as these other samples will show.

You may be tempted to use it for all of your night shots even if there is plenty of light.

However, you have to balance that against the fact that it takes a few seconds to take each shot.

 

Realme 3 + Realme 3 Pro Price + Availability

The Realme 3 is available in two variants :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 599 / ~US$ 147 / ~£112 / ~€129
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 699 / ~US$ 172 / ~£131 / ~€150

The Realme 3 Pro comes in two variants as well :

  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 899 / ~US$216 / ~£167 / ~€192
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 1,099 / ~US$264 / ~£204 / ~€235

 

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