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  1. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    Hi, I've recently gotten the N2 and realized that the quality of the picture tend to come out a little darker. I'm not sure if it's a setting issue, as I have mine on default. Anyone has the same experience?
    Could you upload a reference? Nothing personal please, just a simple photo that is exhibiting this darkness problem. I can pinpoint what the problem is based on the settings the camera used to take the shot.
    03-16-2013 12:28 AM
  2. mufaddal.ezzi's Avatar
    Hey I appreciate all your effort in making this review..but I have one problem with my camera the noise cancellation is too high and I have set every ISO available..picture are very noisy it was okay few months ago but now recently something's wrong with the camera..can you please help me or if anyone can
    05-02-2013 05:02 PM
  3. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    Hey I appreciate all your effort in making this review..but I have one problem with my camera the noise cancellation is too high and I have set every ISO available..picture are very noisy it was okay few months ago but now recently something's wrong with the camera..can you please help me or if anyone can
    The best way to diagnose the problem you're having is to upload a scaled down example photo with the problem so I can examine the settings your camera used to take the shot. Then we'll know what the problem is.
    05-02-2013 06:33 PM
  4. skinneejay's Avatar
    What settings should I be using it this kind of light?

    Sent from my Sprint Note 2.
    05-06-2013 07:54 PM
  5. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    First make sure to clean your lens. It's easy to tell it's dirty from the bright stadium lights appearing blurred and puffy.

    Next I would say personally go for Spot metering mode and then it should be fine on Auto at that point.
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    05-07-2013 02:45 AM
  6. lhgolfr's Avatar
    Thanks for the help and info.
    05-07-2013 08:04 AM
  7. Lodingi's Avatar
    Great info. Thanks for sharing. I do have a question. How does one determine the proper iso setting for their shots?
    05-08-2013 06:07 PM
  8. ishore99's Avatar
    Think of it as you did with film. 100 iso should be used outdoors and sunny. 400 iso would be indoors. Or you could set it to auto and the camera will decide for you. This just very basic info.
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    05-08-2013 06:30 PM
  9. nyabakov's Avatar
    My camara is horizontal how do i get it back to vertical view
    05-09-2013 01:33 AM
  10. radgatt's Avatar
    My camara is horizontal how do i get it back to vertical view
    This is something that I would like to know as well. Is this a software bug? Does this happen on any other version of the Note 2?

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    05-21-2013 10:15 PM
  11. kkapoorr's Avatar
    My camara is horizontal how do i get it back to vertical view
    I don't get it. Horizontal? How?
    Screenshot maybe?

    Sent from my Note II
    05-23-2013 06:46 AM
  12. skinneejay's Avatar
    I'm going to a wedding this weekend that is outside. Should I be using hdr for my photos.?

    Sent from my Sprint Note 2.
    05-23-2013 12:20 PM
  13. FlyingBackwards's Avatar
    I was trying to take pictures of my dog. She was sitting still in sunlight. Her head was moving left to right because she was trying to squirrel in the tree.

    All the pictures came out with her head in a blur... the rest of the picture was sharp. which camera setting in the Note 2 do I need to use to avoid this?

    Thanks!
    05-23-2013 12:43 PM
  14. TabGuy's Avatar
    I'm going to a wedding this weekend that is outside. Should I be using hdr for my photos.?

    Sent from my Sprint Note 2.
    HDR takes multiple photos at different exposure levels and merges them. It is best used for photos with little or no movement using a steady surface or tripod for the camera. I'd use it sparingly or when taking shots of still items like the cake. But don't use it all while people are dancing, talking or moving around.
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    05-23-2013 04:59 PM
  15. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    HDR takes multiple photos at different exposure levels and merges them. It is best used for photos with little or no movement using a steady surface or tripod for the camera. I'd use it sparingly or when taking shots of still items like the cake. But don't use it all while people are dancing, talking or moving around.
    Spot on. As I stated in my guide I would not recommend people use HDR all the time. It has a very specific setting, and that's for scenes with high contrast ratios. Example: it's a beautiful clear sunny day, your wedding couple are standing underneath a tree which is casting dark shadows onto them. In the frame you can see bright sunlight around the shadowed area. This would be an okay time to use HDR. If the scene is well lit all around, like if the wedding couple are not standing in the shade and everything is in sunlight, do not use HDR.

    I was trying to take pictures of my dog. She was sitting still in sunlight. Her head was moving left to right because she was trying to squirrel in the tree.

    All the pictures came out with her head in a blur... the rest of the picture was sharp. which camera setting in the Note 2 do I need to use to avoid this?

    Thanks!
    This is from the camera using longer exposure times, for animals that move constantly anything less than 1/60th shutter speed will have blur. If you're outside and it's really bright and sunny, then your camera should be using something in the ballpark of 1/200 or higher shutter speed, which should produce nice crisp pictures with no motion blur.

    I would take a look at the photo details on the phone and see how slow the exposure time was. You can do this in the Gallery app by finding your photo, pressing the Menu button and hitting Details. Then scroll down and look for shutter speed.

    The only way to truly force a faster shutter speed unfortunately is to force higher ISO settings. Instead of using Auto ISO try setting ISO to 200 or 400, and that should force the camera to use faster shutter speeds since that high of an ISO setting will be too bright outside otherwise.

    Okay it's really nice out today so I decided to try this test out in my backyard to see how it works. Turns out I was right, increasing ISO setting manually to 400 caused a massive speedup in shutter speeds. However it is worth noting that shutter speeds were already quite fast with ISO on Auto and well, I'll let the images speak for themselves as to what I'd recommend.

    ISO = Auto (80 ISO) / Shutter Speed = 1/3,416:


    ISO = 400 / Shutter Speed = 1/17,984:



    These are incredibly fast shutter speeds, motion blur should be non-existent at this short period of time. While the forced ISO setting did as anticipated cause a massive boost in shutter speeds, the question of was it really worth it is debatable. These pictures were resized down to 25% their original resolution and so telling them apart is tough. But the quality difference at full resolution is definitely there. And as I stated in the guide, you should ALWAYS shoot for the lowest ISO settings you can get away with.

    If you're finding that you're getting just too much blur in your shots, manually raising the ISO will help reduce the blur, but keep in mind it will come at a pretty hefty trade-off in image quality. If you're seeing motion blur in a setting similar to these shots I took, then something is seriously wrong. Even at 80 ISO my shutter speeds were so fast that a car travelling at 60 MPH would probably not leave a blur in the photo.
    skinneejay likes this.
    05-29-2013 02:20 PM
  16. Max19272's Avatar
    DaRkL3AD3R, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience!
    I also have SGN2, so your posts were essentially useful.
    Guys, I am thankful to your helpful comments too.
    Just a couple of questions that were not cover in the thread:
    1. What do think about installing another camera software and if the idea sounds good to you, then what can you recommend? In fact, I am not looking for applications that offer various visual effects, but the one similar to the camera software that Ive seen on iPhone (dont recall the name, sorry) that lets user to separately set the focus and measuring points. This feature seems very useful to me. Or maybe I overestimate it
    2. Do you have an idea what is the name of the stock camera application installed in SGN2? I am not sure that this is the software by Samsung. Just like the Samsung keyboard in SGN2 is the Swifts one and this is great, actually!

    Thanks in advance!
    Max
    05-31-2013 06:22 PM
  17. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    DaRkL3AD3R, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience!
    I also have SGN2, so your posts were essentially useful.
    Guys, I am thankful to your helpful comments too.
    Just a couple of questions that were not cover in the thread:
    1. What do think about installing another camera software and if the idea sounds good to you, then what can you recommend? In fact, I am not looking for applications that offer various visual effects, but the one similar to the camera software that Ive seen on iPhone (dont recall the name, sorry) that lets user to separately set the focus and measuring points. This feature seems very useful to me. Or maybe I overestimate it
    2. Do you have an idea what is the name of the stock camera application installed in SGN2? I am not sure that this is the software by Samsung. Just like the Samsung keyboard in SGN2 is the Swifts one and this is great, actually!

    Thanks in advance!
    Max
    You're very welcome Max. To answer your questions:

    1. I don't recommend using 3rd party camera applications because generally speaking the stock software is usually the most effective for taking advantage of the hardware in your phone. 3rd party apps are more towards generic and they work, but definitely prefer the original camera application.

    2. There is no specific name for the stock camera, because it is more or less just an application that lets you access the hardware, and it is stock firmware. I guess if you're speaking in terms of different ROMs and different 3rd party camera apps then the best name to give it would be "TouchWiz camera" since that's essentially what it is. But stock camera works just as well.
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    05-31-2013 07:00 PM
  18. castorscout's Avatar
    Thanks for your time and effort
    06-01-2013 11:12 AM
  19. OLIVER BEARDEN's Avatar
    Very Nice Article. Thank You.
    07-07-2013 12:15 AM
  20. Kelly Davies Ksdm Prospect's Avatar
    I take a lot of pictures at local metal shows for different bands. And while playing with different settings on the phone I can get some pretty amazing pictures given the low light and the off and on colored lighting that happens on stage, I tend to get a lot of motion blur. If the singer turns or the guitarist is playing a fast solo, and the headbanging....I just get an extreme amount of motion blur. I am not sure how to fix this problem or even if I can. But any help would be appreciated. I did read some tips in your article that I plan to utilize on other shots though so thanks for that. I have attatched 2 pictures to show what I mean. The first one is not bad (was using no flash ISO 400 center-weight photo). The second one was immediately following....the singer moved, all settings the same, huge motion blur.
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    07-08-2013 12:25 PM
  21. d0r1n's Avatar
    Hi, I've recently gotten the N2 and realized that the quality of the picture tend to come out a little darker. I'm not sure if it's a setting issue, as I have mine on default. Anyone has the same experience?
    I have the same problem with my Note 2. When I take the picture it looks nice, bright, with vibrant colours in the camera app. However when I look at the picture in the gallery afterwards it's a lot darker and dimmer than it looked when I had taken it. Essentially the end result looks like it was underexposed by 2-3 stops compared to what the camera was showing at the time when I snapped the picture.

    I tried using the built-in exposure compensation in the camera app but even at +2 EVs the end result looks dark and underexposed. It's really frustrating and it makes me avoid using the camera since I don't get pictures that look right. My old BlackBerry Bold 9900 took much better exposed pictures than the Note 2, so it's that annoying.
    I find this incredibly frustrating since my pictures
    07-11-2013 02:41 PM
  22. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    I take a lot of pictures at local metal shows for different bands. And while playing with different settings on the phone I can get some pretty amazing pictures given the low light and the off and on colored lighting that happens on stage, I tend to get a lot of motion blur. If the singer turns or the guitarist is playing a fast solo, and the headbanging....I just get an extreme amount of motion blur. I am not sure how to fix this problem or even if I can. But any help would be appreciated. I did read some tips in your article that I plan to utilize on other shots though so thanks for that. I have attatched 2 pictures to show what I mean. The first one is not bad (was using no flash ISO 400 center-weight photo). The second one was immediately following....the singer moved, all settings the same, huge motion blur.
    It really boils down to the physics in play with how light and the physical camera settings interact with each other. Given the already incredibly small camera lens we're using in smartphones it's near impossible to properly expose a low light photo while not incurring either massive ISO levels (2000+) or severe motion blur from very long shutter speeds. It's just the reality of these tiny little camera lenses that we have to deal with. I would suggest either manually setting ISO to 800, or leaving it on Auto which would likely give something in the range of 1000-2000 for those two shots you posted. It would help with the motion blur, but only by so much.

    I have the same problem with my Note 2. When I take the picture it looks nice, bright, with vibrant colours in the camera app. However when I look at the picture in the gallery afterwards it's a lot darker and dimmer than it looked when I had taken it. Essentially the end result looks like it was underexposed by 2-3 stops compared to what the camera was showing at the time when I snapped the picture.

    I tried using the built-in exposure compensation in the camera app but even at +2 EVs the end result looks dark and underexposed. It's really frustrating and it makes me avoid using the camera since I don't get pictures that look right. My old BlackBerry Bold 9900 took much better exposed pictures than the Note 2, so it's that annoying.
    I find this incredibly frustrating since my pictures
    Just a thought but do you have your phones screen brightness on max? Because when you open the camera app it automatically cranks the brightness to max to help with taking photos. This may lead to why when you tab over to the Gallery the image suddenly appears a lot darker. Try putting your brightness on max on the phone and see if that resolves the issue for you.
    07-12-2013 03:14 PM
  23. Linda McDonald's Avatar
    Wonderful review of the camera and it's functions. I especially like the part about cleaning the lens. It's a wonder any of us get a good picture! I wasn't aware of the 2.6 aperture. I would like to add a couple of things, very respectfully. The flash on this phone's camera is POWERFUL. If you are getting a lot of flashback; washed out pics...change your angle. Don't shoot dead straight at anything reflective. That includes faces sometimes! The light will bounce right back through the lens and mess your pic up. Step aside or shoot from above or below a little. Also, if you have a lot of red/orange in your house, kitchen (cabinets), churches Ahhhhh! Use the fluorescent AWB setting; it will even it out. I don't use my camera phone at weddings, but I tell you, so many of the little country churches around here have cedar, red oak interiors...drives me crazy! LOL And a question for DARKLEADER... do you think it would benefit the quality of shots by turning the resolution 'down' a little. maybe speed up children shots? Thanks
    11-01-2013 02:08 AM
  24. Henry Tan1's Avatar
    Hi wish to find out how to activate date/time feature on pictures taken if any.
    Thanks
    Henry Tan
    11-19-2013 09:49 PM
  25. Prentneemer's Avatar
    Excellent article and very helpful. If I may add one thing, seeing this phone doesn't seem to have a way to lock the exposure before composing and focusing, I found "spot" exposure setting useful in a "work-around" to compensate for this. Just set metering on "spot", lay the center point on something representative of the objects you want perfectly exposed, and at about the same distance from you as your main subject, because it will set the focus as well as set the exposure when you press the shutter icon, then press the shutter icon and keep it pressed and both the exposure and focus will lock. Then move your camera to attain the composition you want, and after composing, when you release the shutter, it will take the picture. You can't do this on center-weighted exposure because the area being monitored by the exposure metering is too large.
    03-27-2014 09:55 PM
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