Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Camera Review

Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released last month is getting hyped because of its Metallic RIM and also for few other features that its flagship device Galaxy S5 boasts. We all that the flagship device from the South Korean giant included a fingerprint scanner on the physical home key, wherein you can unlock the device or pay your bill using your fingerprint. This feature is also present on the Galaxy Alpha along with the heart rate sensor that is been attached at the back of the device, near the camera.

Although the Galaxy Alpha might not have all the features from its sibling Galaxy S5, we can say that the device is one of the best looking smartphone with its sleek and slim design (6.7 mm). And its metal RIM or frame giving it a premium look. The back is same perforated or dotted design that we have seen on the Galaxy S5, and also polycarbonate material is used, giving a plastic feel. Sadly the Alpha is not a water resistant as its flagship device, but almost everything is similar in the design point of view.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha metallic bezel

The Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, made with Super AMOLED technology as it was seen in the Galaxy S5. The resolution of the device is cut down from 1080p to 720p on the Alpha, but the Galaxy S5 had a bigger 5.1 inch screen. The device is powered with Exynos 5430 octa-core processor – four high-performance cores run up to 1.8GHz while the other four run at 1.3GHz cores. There is another variant, with its 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, and there are available according to their locations. There is a 2 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of on-board memory but lacks a microSD card slot, so the storage is limited to 32 GB itself.

Coming to the camera, the Alpha boasts a 12 MP CMOS auto-focus (with ISOCELL technology) camera on its rear with 4608 x 2592 pixels accompanied with a LED flash. ISOCELL technology became popular with the Galaxy S5, as it reduces the crosstalk and luminance signal when compared to the normal BSI sensors. The rear camera is also capable of shooting UHD videos at 30 fps (frames per second). There is also a 2.1 MP front-facing camera for making high-quality video calls.

Samsung pushed many options on to its camera apps and which were seen on the flagship model also. Below are the details of the same with related screen shots and camera samples.

The options that are available are Picture Size (Size of the picture can be selected), Burst Shorts, Picture stabilization, Face detection, ISO, Metering modes, Tap to take pics, Selective focus, Video Size, Recording mode, Video stabilization, Audio Zoom, Effects, Flash, Timer, HDR, Local tags, Review pics, Videos, Remote viewfinder, White balance, Exposure value, Grid lines, The volume key and Voice control.

In recording mode we have the options like

  • Normal
  • Limit for MMS
  • Slow Motion
  • Fast Motion
  • Smooth Motion

Samsung Galaxy Alpha camera App interface

Video Size option

  • 3840 x 2160 (16:9), UHD
  • 1920 x 1080 (16: 9), FHD
  • 1280 x 720 (16:9), HD
  • 640 x 480 (4:3), VGA

Samsung Galaxy Alpha camera App interface 2

Picture Size options

  • 4608 x 2592 (16:9), 12M
  • 3456 x 2592 (4:3), 8.9M
  • 2592 x 2592 (1:1), 6.7M
  • 3264 x 1836 (16:9), 6.0M
  • 2048 x 1536 (4:3), 3.1M

Apart from these, we also have the various modes like Auto, Beauty face, Shot & more, Panorama, Virtual tour and much more. There is the selective focus option, wherein the user has the option of selecting the object and focusing them. But this feature works only when the object is 50 cm away from the camera.

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