We all the excitement around the Samsung Galaxy S6 camera, let’s not forget just how good the Note 4 camera still performs. Below is 6 action shots combined into a collage to illustrate George jumping.
Below are similar shots taken in the same place as the Nokia Lumia 830. It is not fair to totally compare them as the sunlight was vastly brighter and the sky bluer when I took the shots on the Note 4. With the Lumia 830 the sunlight was a little hazy. Again the Note 4 shots are unedited apart from framing them.
Anyway, below are the photos. Let me know what you think.
I’m not really into videoing events, but this morning I used 4K Video mode on the Note 4 and captured the following video. In fact, I normally would not even use the 4K video mode as it uses so much space, and my ancient MacBook struggles to process it without crashing.
Using the inbuilt Video app from Samsung to playback, whilst playing back, goto settings and turn on capture and playback speed. You can now tap screen and hit capture button to snap a 8mp photo from a frame. If you hit pause, you can skip back or forward one frame at a time using the on screen icons. Using this mode, I was able to get superb stills of my 3 labradors jumping and playing over and around the leat by Windy Post on Dartmoor.
Below is the 4K Video, weighing at around 230mb in file size for just a few minutes recording, and below are a selection of the captures. Head over to http://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100 if you want to see all 16 captures from this one video. I could have extracted so many more shots of the dogs at different intervals too. It is also possible to crop in on the photos too.
And now here are the frame captures, a very small selection too of possible frames, from the 4K video.
Going forward, I am always going to use 4K Video for capturing the action!
So far the Samsung Note 4 has been one of my longest owned smartphones, hitting the 4 month mark. Whether this remains to be the case is unknown, as I am currently testing a few other devices currently.
Anyway, here are some of my favourite photos taken with the Note 4 this month. Don’t forget to click on the photo to reveal the full resolution. And if you fancy looking over some more, there are over 160 photos on my Note 4 Flickr Album – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648796796660/
Below are photos taken on my Samsung Note 4. Any editing is done on the phone. Apps used are Camera360, VSCO Cam, Adobe Photoshop Express and Snapseed. I don’t use any other apps to achieve these photos. I also only use the default Samsung Camera app. If you want to see the full resolution, just click on the photo to go to my Flickr account.
After owning the Samsung Note 4 for 3 months I have finally settled on my perfect setup. With every new phone it takes real time day to day experiences to decide on what works and doesn’t. Even new and updated apps can influence that decision. For starters I have switched from Nova to Apex Launcher. These third party launchers are very similar but Apex themes the interface much better than Nova. Apex allows for so many gestures but I keep it simple. Swipe down to bring down the notification shade and swipe up to access the app drawer. The icon set is Audax. On the home screen I’m using the S-Pen widget and HD Widgets for the clock. I use the S-Pen every day. Tapping on the sunrise or sunset icon on the clock widget opens my netatmo weather station app.
Now my second home screen features Google Now widget which is handy as occasionally it displays useful info. I then have a few apps below. WeMo is the app that controls my Belkin WeMo Smart light Bulbs and Smart sockets. TeslaLED is a torch app. And then the icons below are all the buttons I use regularly to control my TV and DVD. These command icons are widgets from an app called Galaxy Universal Smart IR. As these use the infra red blaster on the Note 4, there is zero lag or delay from pressing these to operation. Plus the Note 4 has a powerful infra red blaster.
The third home screen is the month view widget from business calendar and the met office weather widget. I have Apex set up that I can scroll continuously from one screen to the next without having to go back to the home first screen.
And finally I have the app drawer all sorted into neat folders. I leave some apps outside of folders too but not that many. In total I have 199 apps installed on my Note 4. 51 of those are top notch games. 45 are themes/dock apps/clocks. 21 are photography apps. And the rest are tools, shopping, news, social, office, health, fitness and weather apps.
So now I have the perfect setup this means only one thing – time for change 🙂
They say pictures can say a thousand words. Below are photos showing the Qialino leather case for the Samsung Note 4.
Now without cheating, how expensive do you think this case is? Now you have made a guess, click on the ebay link – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Qialino-Real-Leather-Rivet-Back-Cover-Case-for-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-/261754207755?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cf1c43e0b
Samsung is rolling out the lollipop upgrade that includes many changes, some of which are under the hood but nonetheless still really important.
As part of the upgrade procedure Google does not force vendors to include all the new APIs. And that is what Samsung has decided NOT to do as well and not include the new CameraV2 API.
So what is so important about this new CameraV2 API. Well it is the API needed to enable the Samsung camera app to gain full manual control of the camera module. This includes the shutter speed, raw support and more.
This new API was a major improvement outlined for lollipop and it seems Samsung has cut corners and omitted this from their update.
Really disappointing news.