Poll results: manual camera controls – not for everybody

It’s a pretty modern thing to have manual controls on your phone’s camera app. Well, unless you are Apple, who actually decided to take out the HDR button completely on the iPhone 8 (no worries, you can get it back, look here). That aside, most major players now have a “pro” mode or “manual” mode on their apps, letting users adjust ISO, shutter speed, color temperature, and focus as they desire.

But the phone makers have also been achieving amazing results with their handsets’ image post-processing. Auto modes have become extremely competent — they are super-fast …


Galaxy Note 8 "Pro" mode camera tips & tricks: use RAW and manual controls to take gorgeous photos

In this day and age of mass automation and AI-driven experiences, it may seem counterintuitive to rely on manual camera controls on your brand new, shiny, bezel-less, smartphone. I mean, why even bother with adjusting so many variables when you can just point your phone at something, tap a button, and get an arguably good-looking result? Right? Well, there’s actually a good reason dabble in the mighty manual mode. In fact, let me tell you, using manual mode is just like shooting on full “Auto,” only a heck of a lot better!

Let’s take the Galaxy Note 8 for …

Do you care about manual controls on your phone's camera?

Over the past couple of years, manual controls for our phone camera apps have become a standard feature. In fact, out of the major manufacturers, it seems that Apple is the only one going the opposite way — while everybody is adding manual modes that give us access to shutter speed, ISO, focus, and white balance, Apple is sticking to its guns to keep the iPhone’s camera automatic and even removed the HDR button from its latest handsets (no worries, you can get it back, look here).

All the while, however, the phone makers have also been achieving amazing results …

Manual for Samsung's Android powered flip phone (SM-G9298) leaks indicating an imminent launch

In China today the manual for the SM-G9298 leaked. This is an Android powered smart “flip” phone that was recently certified in China by the TENAA regulatory agency. There are a pair of 4.2-inch displays, each one carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 821 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage.

A 12MP camera is found on back with a 5MP selfie snapper in front. Keeping the lights on is a 2300mAh battery, and Android 6.0.1 (!!!) is pre-installed. The SM-G9298 is available in your favorite …

Don't feel like a 200-page manual? With this short Galaxy S8 video tutorial, Samsung covers all the basics

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been finding their way in their rightful owners’ hands here in the US for a week already, and Samsung felt that now is the time to release a short video tutorial on what the phones are, and how to engage with them on a daily basis. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s clean, concise, and in the trendy sharing format with subtitles, so you don’t even have to put your headphones on to learn about your Galaxy S8 without reading the 200-page manual.