The Samsung Galaxy S9 would be equipped with a photo sensor offering a record aperture of f / 1.5, dethroning the LG V30 and its f / 1.6 aperture sensor. More importantly, the Galaxy S9 is the first smartphone to offer an adjustable aperture photo sensor! Until now, this feature was reserved for Reflex digital cameras (DSLR). Samsung is about to revolutionize the photophony.
If we believe the latest rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be officially launched in January 2018, as part of the CES Las Vegas. Given the imminence of the event, leaks of information about the future flagship of the South Korean giant are increasing. This November 29, 2017, the Asian site VTECH unveils information about the camera of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. According to them, the new smartphone could offer one of the best photo sensors on the market.
The source confirms first that the Galaxy S9 will have a single sensor, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will ship a dual sensor. Nevertheless, the Galaxy S9 will not be left behind in terms of photographic performance. The smartphone would have a f / 1.5 aperture sensor. As a reminder, on August 31, 2017, LG created the event with the LG V30 with an unrivaled f / 1.6 aperture. In fact, Samsung is preparing to break the record set by his compatriot. As a reminder, the lower the number, the larger the opening, the more the sensor lets in light. The quality of photos in low light is improved.
Samsung Galaxy S9: the first smartphone with an adjustable aperture photo sensor
And that’s not all. Still according to VTECH, the Galaxy S9 would be the first smartphone to offer an adjustable aperture. Until now, the ability to set the aperture was only for true DSLR digital cameras. This flagship would mark the crossing of a new course in the quest of smartphone manufacturers to offer photo performance worthy of an authentic device. By adjusting the aperture, the user can add various effects to their photos. One can for example think of a bokeh effect (soft focus) more natural than those currently proposed.
For its part, the Galaxy S9 + would be equipped with a dual sensor. The first sensor would provide an F / 1.5 aperture, while the secondary sensor would provide an f / 2.4 aperture. The closer the launch of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +, the more it seems clear that photography will be the priority of Samsung with these new smartphones. Knowing that the lack of dual sensor was the main weakness of the Galaxy S8 against its competitors like the iPhone 7 Plus, we can understand that the South Korean manufacturer wants to catch up with this new model.