Comparing the Galaxy S9’s dual-aperture camera

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It will have to wait a long time for our full review of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but in the meantime, we brought the two phones to our YouTube live show yesterday to take a closer look. First, we put the phones together with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to examine the small physical differences (not much, but at least Samsung moved the fingerprint reader); then we saw the improvement of the big camera of the S9; and, of course, we close with a look at the two horrors of the phone: Bixby and AR Emoji.
The double-aperture camera (which allows the phone to better control the amount of light it captures) is really the highlight of the S9's changes, but we've been wondering what difference it really will make. By default, Samsung keeps the aperture at f / 2.4, smaller and slower than other flagship phones, but the S9 can open the af / 1.5 camera to allow much more light to enter when you need it, such as at night or in a tenuous way Illuminated restaurants. We have some pictures side by side starting just before the seven minute mark that shows the difference between what the two openings capture.
You can watch the full episode of Circuit Breaker Live below. There is a bit more S9 talk during our question and answer session at the end of the show.

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