Note 4 camera details leak: OIS, possible Side Touch sensor, new shooting modes

August 21, 2014
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The folks from Sam Mobile secured a credible leak detailing the features and specs of the Galaxy Note 4’s camera.

First off, the report confirms the specs we’ve seen associated with Samsung’s upcoming device, namely the 16MP and 3.7MP resolutions of the phone’s two cameras. Another confirmed feature is optical image stabilization (OIS) – the Note 4 will be Samsung’s first flagship to feature the technology, in combination with a Sony-made IMX240 sensor. If this info is accurate, Samsung is switching to a Sony sensor from the in-house Isocell sensor it used on the Galaxy S5.

Moving on, Sam Mobile found software evidence of the presence of a Side Touch sensor on the Note 4, but it’s not conclusive, as similar tracks were found in the code of the Galaxy S5 as well. Side Touch is a sensor placed on the lower right-hand side of the device that emulates a camera shutter button – basically, instead of tapping the screen to snap a shot, you tap the side of the phone, which should enable a more stable shot with less effort. Again, it’s not clear if the Note 4 will actually feature this sensor.

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The Note 4 will reportedly pack new camera modes, including three selfie modes: Wide Selfie – presumably taking advantage of a wide angle lens; Selfie – which lets you take a shot with a smile or wink; and Selfie Alarm – the rear camera automatically focuses on your face when you try to take a self-portrait. There’s also a GIF making mode that will convert shots taken in burst mode into an animated GIF. All the features from the Galaxy S5 will make a return on the Note 4 as well.

With days left to the launch of the Note 4 on September 3, more info about the coveted device is bound to transpire. Check out our roundup for an updated rumor tour and stay tuned for more.

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