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Samsung Galaxy S3 review

Fri Jun 01 2012, 13:59
Samsung Galaxy S3 front shot

We're not going to beat around the bush here - the 8MP rear camera on the Galaxy S3 is one of the, if not the, best smartphone camera we've had the pleasure of using. Photos came out full of detail and colours looked natural, whether the snapshots were taken in our dimly lit office or outside in bright sunlight. Our only and rather slight issue is that colours can look slightly oversaturated when viewed on a computer screen, but the photos are still of a quality that could challenge a high-end digital camera.

Samsung Galaxy S3 camera sample

The 8MP rear camera is capable of recording HD 1080p video too, which it seemed to do with ease. Videos looked natural and we didn't notice any jerking or lag, and they looked great playing back on the AMOLED display.

The front-facing camera is just as impressive. We're used to testing out fuzzy VGA webcams or 1.3MP snappers, but Samsung has equipped its latest flagship smartphone with a 1.9MP front-facing imager. We found that this enabled crystal clear video calls over Skype, and ladies will be pleased to hear that it means that this smartphone also works well as a makeshift mirror.

To hear more of our thoughts about the Galaxy S3's camera, check out our in-depth camera review.

In Short
The Galaxy S3 manages to live up to our high expectations. We might not have been won over straightaway, but the Galaxy S3 managed to grow on us with its innovative software tweaks and excellent camera, which is one of the best smartphone cameras we've ever seen. Sure, with it's whopping 4.8in screen and massive processor it's not for those after a middle of the road Android smartphone, but if you're willing to spend £500 or more for an Android smartphone, we recommend that you spend it on the Samsung Galaxy S3. µ

The Good
Fantastic screen, super fast processor, excellent camera, nice design.

The Bad
S Voice is just a novelty.

The Ugly
No dedicated camera key.

Bartender's Score



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