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GadgetSnaps: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 in New York

Snaps from the Unpacked trip

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The Unpacked event for Samsung’s newest foldables was a little unusual but it was still a blast. After the event, we immediately got our hands on both the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4. So, what did I do? I took the Galaxy Z Fold4 and snapped away around New York City. 

The camera department is one area that the Galaxy Z Fold4 got an upgrade in. Here’s what it looks like on paper: 

Cover: 

  • 10MP, f/2.2

Under display: 

  • 4MP, f/1.8

Rear: 

  • 12MP Ultra Wide, f/2.2
  • 50MP Wide-angle, f/1.8
  • 10MP Telephoto, f/2.4

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get to the photos!

Food 

Let’s start with something that everyone loves taking photos of. Food! In true Samsung fashion, these tasty treats are made to look even tastier with Samsung’s tendency to make colors really pop.

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Here’s one taken with 3x zoom. 

And here’s a couple flexing Samsung’s Nightography capabilities. 

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Zoom in, zoom out

Like the Samsung Galaxy S22+, I had fun taking photos with the main wide angle lens, the ultra-wide angle lens, and the multiple zoom capabilities. 

Here’s a quick demo of what that looks like on this cool United States of America flag display in our hotel lobby. 

Ultra-wide 

1x (Main wide angle)

3x Zoom. (As we zoom in, you’ll see exactly how they made this and it’s pretty cool). 

10x Zoom. In case you couldn’t tell from the 3x Zoom pic, these are beer cans, arranged in a way that they would look like the American flag when viewed from across the room. 

Here’s a 20x Zoom shot for good measure. 

I went up close for this next shot, using the main wide angle lens, for a different perspective. 

Galaxy Z Flip4

And here’s a shot of the same area with someone passing by. I sort of wanted to see how the Galaxy Z Fold4 processes a person in motion and this was pretty good. At least, I think so. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I later on learned that this person on the shot is Yejin Choi. One of the Generation17 Young Leaders that Samsung featured on this trip. You can read and watch about her amazing contribution to education here. 

Fun at Times Square

Hours after the Unpacked event, we made our way to Times Square to capture the BTS Times Square takeover ℅ Samsung. 

On the way, I took a quick snap of Madison Square Garden — the Mecca of basketball. Too bad it’s the offseason so I couldn’t catch an NBA game. This was taken inside a moving vehicle.

Galaxy Z Fold4

And then we got to Times Square where the ultra wide angle lens really came in handy. Just take a look at this shot. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I tweeted a quick video capturing the moment, taken using the Galaxy Z Flip4. 

I also put the Galaxy Z Fold4’s zoom capabilities to the test. And it was pretty impressive. Caught this nice shot of BTS member Jungkook.

Galaxy Z Fold4

And here’s a group shot so ARMYs don’t come after me. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I took a few selfies while I was here for good measure. This was using the 10MP camera on the cover. As you will see on the clouds behind me, the dynamic range varies in every shot. And this was just the camera auto adjusting the colors. 

Spidey sighting!

Of course, what’s a New York trip without encountering Spider-Man? We saw this dude dressed up as Spider-Man Miles Morales and I just had to take shots.

For some dramatic effect, I used the portrait mode here and I think they came out well, creating a nice little separation between Spidey and the rather busy background. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Galaxy Z Fold4

Walking around the Big Apple

Here are a few more shots of just me basking in the City that Never Sleeps. 

There are plenty of pizza places around New York. This one had a nice neon sign that I thought would look good on camera.

Galaxy Z Fold4

You can rent bikes too. These are found everywhere. Although, this photo was taken fresh off some rain that’s why a lot of them are just parked here.

Galaxy Z Fold4

This was taken at the cafe in the hotel where we typically had breakfast. It was taken right around the time it was raining. I just liked the contrast of the warm light inside the cafe and the cold, dull sight of the rain outside. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Growing up, I watched a lot of American TV series. Walking around town, I was amused at how familiar the neighborhood seemed only because I’ve seen them a lot on TV. 

Here’s a shot when it’s bright and sunny. Taken right outside Kobrick Coffee.

Galaxy Z Fold4

A quick selfie with Michael Josh and Chay who were hard at work producing Reels and YouTube videos while I was just hanging around. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Here’s a shot of Michael Josh posing with the Galaxy Z Flip4 in hand. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

The Galaxy Z Fold4 photo-taking experience

I’ve used both the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Z Fold3 and I can say that it was a tad more fun snapping with the Galaxy Z Fold4. 

The image results using the main camera, I found, were very satisfactory. Samsung is still doing its usual Samsung things in that the photos tend to look more saturated. But that’s a plus for most people, especially if you just want to snap a quick one and quickly share on social media. 

There are instances, though, where the overprocessing is a little too obvious. Take the photo below. Right on the top-left side, you’ll see some weird color lines that you otherwise probably wouldn’t see without any heavy-lifting from the photography AI.

Galaxy Z Fold4

The color reproduction among the rear camera lenses still isn’t 100% consistent unlike what I experienced with the Galaxy S22+. But they’re not half bad and aren’t immediately noticeable if you don’t compare them side-by-side. 

And if you take shots carefully, the color consistency can be surprisingly good. Take a look at the shots below.

The reduced weight, especially compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2 which I spent time with the longest, also made it easier to take photos when the Galaxy Z Fold4 is folded.

Not the best visual aid since I just took this while inside the hotel room, but here’s what that kind of looks like.

Overall, I had a grand time taking pictures with the Galaxy Z Fold4. The results aren’t too wild. In fact, they look vivid, sharp and ready for the gram. And the whole experience using the Fold to snap photos also feels natural. Sometimes even more so than the regular smartphones most of us have in our pockets right now. 

I’ll leave you with this shot of our hotel’s dark front desk area with a rather inspirational neon sign.

That’s it for now, make sure to tune in to GadgetMatch wherever you like to find your content to see more of Samsung’s foldables and accessories. 

Watch our Galaxy Z Fold4 Hands-on.

Camera Shootouts

vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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