6 things the Samsung Galaxy S8 camera can do



Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S8 has been dubbed by many as a game-changer in the smartphone arena with its winning design and high-powered specifications, but let’s talk about its feature that is most relevant to everyday life: the camera.

The Galaxy S8 features a 12-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front- facing camera, and I expected no less from a Samsung flagship. The difference lies in the built-in camera features.

The Galaxy S8’s Smart Autofocus means you’re always the star of the photo

This new function ensures you’re the focal point of all your selfies. Say goodbye to blurred, unfocused photographs!

Stickers are built into the camera app!

Who needs Snapchat when you have the cute stickers in the phone itself?

You can now take photos and videos with these cute animations! Just like Snapchat filters, they respond to different movement and some even have sound effects.

Up to three people can join in on the fun because the more the merrier.

The Galaxy S8 also has integrated stamps and filters

No need to download third-party apps for all your photo editing needs. Finally!

The camera also comes with preset filters for all your photo needs. #YesFilter!

The S8 camera makes you an instant wine connoisseur 

Because wine not?

All it takes is a quick scan and Samsung’s Vision Interface will give you instant information on whatever bottle of wine you’re enjoying at the moment.

Understand a different language with the S8

Say goodbye to Google Translate. This camera scans and quickly translates foreign words and phrases.

Unlock all these possibilities with one look

That’s all it takes to unlock the phone! No hands, no codes, no patterns. Samsung’s Iris Recognition allows for easy phone access.

This easy:

In a world full of dual-camera phones, be the power-packed single Samsung Galaxy S8 camera that does more.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-On Review


Samsung Galaxy S9 guide for the selfie lover

How to get the best out of the beauty mode



The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a power-packed phone, but one great feature that is most overlooked is its front-facing camera capabilities. I’ve taken it upon myself to walk you through the wonders of what magic Samsung’s latest flagship can do to your selfies.

It all depends on what look you want to achieve. But first, the basics.

The S9 has a number of selfie modes but we’ll focus on two modes here: Selfie Focus and Selfie. Both can be found on the upper part of the camera app, when the front-facing camera is activated.

This tiny button, dubbed “beauty crystals” by one of our unboxing guests, will be your best friend. This unlocks a host of beauty filters and options that will allow you attain those flawless shots.

Now, let’s begin. On to the first look!

Au Naturelle

Sometimes, you need a no-fuss, natural-looking selfie for the times that you know you can’t be spending that much time on a selfie, but you still want to look cute.

Turn to the Galaxy S9’s Selfie Focus mode. This activates the bokeh mode which will blur out the background and makes sure that you’re the center of attention in the photo. Find good, soft lighting, find your angle and smile!

Ugh. Marvin and Rodney are always getting in the way of my work 😂

A big bright window was used in this instance, and though other GadgetMatch people were proving to be big distractions in this photo, the bokeh took care of their annoying intrusion.

Sometimes, you don’t necessarily have to up the beauty mode to take a good selfie.

Fresh finish

For times that your fave needs a little boost, we turn to those “beauty crystals!”

The same Selfie Focus mode allow for a little airbrushing. Tap the “beauty crystals” found at the bottom right of the screen and this will allow you to toggle Color and Skin Tone.

Bumping these controls up can give you a fresh, glowing face, even on days when your face is nowhere near those two things.

With above mentioned settings, I managed to take a fresh photo as I was haggardly trying to navigate my way through an unfamiliar city by foot. A little beauty mode air-brushing does wonders, I tell you.

Basic makeup look

We move on to makeup looks! The following uses the Galaxy S9’s Selfie mode.

After navigating to this mode, tap the “beauty crystals” and a slew of themed looks will appear. Tap “Basic” and adjust intensity as needed. Tapping on the tiny “beauty pencil” will also allow you to customize the settings more.

On days when you need a tiny makeup retouch, this option works best. This setting allows for a filter that makes for subtle but made up look. The sample shown above is me at the end of a long day — my face still looks makeup fresh because of this mode, even when I personally wasn’t.

Beauty boost

For a more va va voom look, we turn to other settings on the S9’s Selfie mode.

Tapping each pre-set look will give you a fresh new makeup theme. The toggle at the bottom of the screen controls the filter’s intensity. Remember to take great care in making sure that the filter isn’t too much for your face, otherwise, you run the risk of looking fake.

After picking a particular look, tapping the “beauty pencil” brings you to even more makeup options — you can choose to change eyeshadow, lipstick, eyelashes, contouring, and more. Go crazy with the choices! And, you can even have a friend join in on the fun as the filters work for more than one person.

Friends that put makeup together, stay together

This is how me and Chay looked after a long day of shooting. In this photo, we’re fresh AF and makeup was definitely on fleek, which wasn’t necessarily true in real life.

Live your life on fleek with these Galaxy S9 tips. Seriously, I never thought a device could make application so easy, but here we are.

Technology, you’ve done it again.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 tutorial: How to make AR Emoji

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9: An honest review of AR Emoji and more

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Show and Tell

Samsung Galaxy S9 Unboxing with Georgina Wilson

She talks about her life with the Galaxy and her new favorite feature!



It’s not every day that we get to collaborate with someone who’s not from the tech industry. Not known to many, model and businesswoman Georgina Wilson-Burnand has been a long-time Samsung Galaxy user — ever since the Galaxy S6 came out.

In this video, Georgina does her very first unboxing with Michael Josh and talks about how her life has changed so much the last few years. Now married and a new mom, the only thing that hasn’t changed is she’s still using a Samsung smartphone.

“It really has grown with me. When I switched to the S6, I was just using it for selfies but now, I already gave up my laptop because I just work on my phone. Anyone in my life can attest that I live on my phone.”

Not only does Georgina use her phone 24/7 for work, it’s also the only camera that she uses to catch those precious moments of her son Archie that she would otherwise not be able to with another camera.

“My son has completely grown up on the Galaxy. I want to do a digital album of the millions of photos that I have because his life, even before he was born, has just been captured on my phone.”

The timing could not have been more perfect because Samsung promises to have reimagined the camera on the S9 which is also Georgina’s favorite feature on the new phone.

“I was so happy already with the S8 and I keep wondering how Samsung is going to outdo themselves. But the S9 has.”

The marquee feature of the S9 is Dual Aperture, a first on a smartphone. Michael Josh stresses it’s an engineering feat for Samsung to pull it off.

For a non-photographer, it’s one of those features that Georgina just assumes to be there but now that she understands what it means, she realizes it’s the reason why her photos are much better on the S9, especially in low light.

“It’s really mimicking how brilliant the human eye is.” She says it needs to be the best camera because it’s what she brings with her everyday.

As someone who’s been working in fashion, Georgina also commends Samsung for releasing the S9 in Lilac Purple — a color all her favorite designers are also using this season.

Michael Josh challenges Georgina to a dunk challenge, where they try to capture the splash after dunking a cookie in a glass of milk using the S9’s super slow-mo feature.

Fascinated by the idea of making a cartoon version of herself, Georgina finds herself gravitating towards using its selfie camera to make her own AR Emoji. She gave her character a pair of spectacles and the medium-length hair she’s sporting in real-life.

In between takes, Georgina also tries the new selfie features on the S9. She loves being able to blur her background using Selfie Focus, and virtually appling makeup straight from the camera app.

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung.

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Huawei Nova 2 lite Unboxing and Hands-on

Face unlock on a budget phone!



The huge success of Nova 2i in the Philippines prompted the company to make a follow-up. The Nova 2 lite carries features usually seen on higher-tier phones but positions itself as a budget handset.

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